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What to Bring

In accordance with the Housing Contract, Cabrini is not responsible for the loss of personal property, so residents are encouraged to protect all valuables under their family’s homeowners insurance policy or by contacting National Student Services, INC (NSSI).

These plans can protect students’ phones, laptops, TVs, video game consoles, furniture, and other valuables if they are damaged or stolen.

Please contact either NSSI or your personal insurance agent to inquire if additional coverage is necessary.

In an effort to ease your transition from home to college, we suggest that you consider bringing some of the following.

Please communicate with your roommates so you don't bring two (or more) of the same item!

It is important to remember when preparing for your arrival to campus students do not need to pack all their belongings. We suggest you pack items needed for a few weeks at a time. Most students live regionally and have an opportunity for families to coordinate when students may exchange seasonal clothes, pick up additional items, and resupply toiletries and food. University housing has limited space for storage and it is important to recognize many students bring items they do not need. We recommend the following necessities however, we suggest you make a packing list and review the items prior to packing and make many edits. Students should prepare to remove all their belongings in case the University closes the residence halls for an extended period due to COVID-19 and/or other emergency mitigations.

  • Masks
  • Thermometer
  • Health insurance card
  • Disinfecting wipes and Hand Sanitizer
  • Bedding: sheets (extra-long twin), pillows, mattress pad, comforter
  • Refrigerator 
    • 3.0 cubic feet or less
  • Microwave (1 per room, maximum 750 watts)
  • Laptop
  • Power strip/surge protector and Chargers
  • Desk lamp
  • Laundry bag or basket and detergent
  • Hangers, sewing kit, iron and small ironing board
  • Disposable cups, plates, and eating utensils
  • Organizer/planner/calendar
  • Backpack, paper, pens/pencils, and other school supplies
  • Bath towels, soap, robe, shower caddy, and shower shoes
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc.)
  • First-aid supplies (aspirin, ice pack, cough drops, sunscreen, band aids, antibiotic ointment, thermometer)
  • Any over-the-counter or prescription medications necessary
    • Recommend students bring fever reducing medication
    • Students may want to consider a lockbox for prescription medication
  • Umbrella
  • Posters to decorate the room-pictures of family/friends 
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Waste basket


Residents in the Apartments should also purchase kitchen equipment (pots and pans, dishes and glasses, dish drain, coffee mugs, silverware, toaster, can opener, dish towels).

Residents in the Apartments are also responsible for their own cleaning and should purchase supplies (disinfectant spray, vacuum cleaner with bags, furniture polish, all-purpose liquid cleaner, bathroom cleaner, bucket and mop, cleaning rags and sponges, broom and dustpan, dish detergent, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, rubber gloves, toilet bowel brush).