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What To Pack

Whether you are new to Shepherd or returning for the fourth year, here is some helpful information as you pack for move in. There’s also information about purchasing your parking permit through the mail & being prepared in case you become sick.

In addition to clothing and personal care items, we recommend that you consider bringing the following articles.

For Health & Wellness

  • Health insurance information and prescriptions
  • Personal thermometer
  • Fever-reducing and other medicines you may choose to use
  • First-aid kit

For Cleaning

  • Laundry supplies: basket, detergent, and dryer sheets
  • Hand soap
  • Trash can and trash bags
  • To-go bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes, paper towels, and other cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum or broom

For Your Room

  • Comforter, blanket, pillows, and mattress pad
  • Sheets (sizes listed below)
  • Storage bins to organize your belongings
  • Clothes hangers
  • Multi-outlet power strips with surge protector function
  • TV coaxial cable and Ethernet cord

For your Bathroom

  • Shower caddy
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Shower curtain (for Dunlop, Printz, and Potomac Place)

For Class

  • Laptop – preferably with a camera
  • Ethernet cord
  • Personal printer – access to University printers may be reduced, but many professors accept work electronically
  • Writing utensils and notebooks
  • Textbooks – you can find what books you need by entering your course section information here. You may want to order early due to slow shipping times; be aware of return policies
  • Desk lamp or reading light; floor lamp

For Snack Time

  • Microwave (less than 750 watts)
  • Refrigerator (less than 7 cubic feet)
  • Can opener, bowls, plates, cups, and utensils
  • Snacks
  • Keurig or coffee pot without warming plate

Everything Else

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Copies of birth certificate and Social Security card (if you are applying for employment)
  • TV/gaming/entertainment systems
  • Flashlight and screwdriver
  • Umbrella and rain clothes
  • Snow shovel – if you have a vehicle on campus
  • Purchase your parking pass by mail and avoid the lines; more info here
  • Complete your Rambler ID card process by uploading a photo; more info here

NOT Permitted

Don’t pack the following:

  • Cooking devices such as toasters, toaster ovens, griddles, electric grills, etc.
  • Smoking, vaping, and tobacco products
  • Extension cords without surge protection switch
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Halogen lamps
  • Large sound speakers, amps, or subwoofers
  • Wireless routers or similar wifi devices
  • Weapons, reasonable replicas of weapons, or knives in excess of 4 inches
  • More information available here

Specific Building Requirements and Features

Dunlop & Printz

  • Sheet size: twin, 6x36x75 inches
  • Cooking devices, when properly attended, are permitted
  • Student must bring shower curtains, toilet plunger, and toilet bowl cleaning brush
  • Cooking utensils are needed for anyone who will be cooking in the kitchen

Potomac Place

  • Sheet size: extra long twin, 6x36x80 inches
  • Student must bring shower curtains, toilet plunger, and toilet bowl cleaning brush
  • Mini-fridge and microwave are provided

West Woods Suites

  • Sheet size: twin, 6x36x75 inches
  • Student must bring their own toilet plunger and toilet bowl cleaning brush
  • Students are required to empty their dehumidifiers daily and clean the dehumidifier filter weekly

Shaw & Thacher

  • Sheet size: twin, 6x36x75 inches
  • Shower caddy to bring shampoo and showering items
  • Shower shoes