8 residence hall must-haves

Students relax outside of their residence halls on the CSU campus.

It can be tough to pinpoint the most-important things to bring along when moving into a limited space. Want to bring some creature comforts? Ensure you’ve always got cold drinks on hand? Make sure your phone and laptop are always charged? Spend a little extra time planning and add these eight items to your packing list; you won’t regret it.

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Re-usable water bottle

Colorado is well known for its high altitude and dry air, which both can cause dehydration. You’ll be on the go often at CSU, so bring along a durable water bottle to keep hydrated.

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A fan is a must-have for some, especially during the first and last few weeks of the school year when temperatures soar. It also comes in handy to make white noise while you sleep!

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Extra-long bed sheets

Don’t come up short. Your sheets need to be extra-long twin size in order to fit the mattress provided in the residence halls.

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Mattress pad

If you like your bed soft, bringing a mattress pad with you is recommended. Make sure to buy extra-long twin size here, as well.

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Need a snack on the spot? A microwave is handy when you don’t want to go to the dining centers (or maybe just want a bag of popcorn for your movie night).

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Mini fridge

Keep your cold water, drinks, and snacks in your room by adding this to your list.

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Power strip

Laptop, smartphone, earbuds, smart watch, e-reader … you’ve probably got more than a few things to keep charged. Make sure you’ve got enough places to plug them all in.

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First-aid kit

Bumps, cuts, and scrapes happen. Be prepared.

What's included in the room?

View the full list, as well as more recommended items, by visiting the CSU Housing website.

What's Included

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.