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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Moving Checklist

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Before heading to the mall or retail store, it's helpful to create a list of needs and wants when it comes to shopping for college.  Help your student be a savvy shopper by making a budget and sticking to it.  A few more tips for your planning may include shopping early to minimize family stress.  You don't want to spend the last few days/weeks arguing with your student about what to take along.  Please visit the Residential Life page for specifics on what types of appliances students may bring as well as services provided.

Moving Checklist


Kitchen Items

Once your student gets settled into their room, head out to the grocery store to stock up on some essentials like snacks, microwavable popcorn, bottled water/juice, and canned soup etc.

  • Plates, bowls, cups
  • Forks, knives, spoons
  • Can opener
  • Chip clips

Room Needs/Storageresidence hall room

  • Bedside lamp
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wastepaper basket
  • Storage cubes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Fan
  • Small dry erase board or bulletin board


  • Phone
  • Phone cord/Ethernet cord
  • Computer/printer
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • iPod
  • Camera

Linens/Laundry Supplies

Don't overestimate how often your student will be doing laundry.  21 pair of socks may see like a lot, but three weeks fly by when your student is busy settling into college life.
  • Sheets and pillowcases (extra-long)
  • Towels (bath, hand, face)
  • Pillow
  • Mattress pad (extra-long)
  • Blankets
  • Comforter/Duvet cover
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry soap

Toiletries/Miscgage residence community

  • Shower tote
  • Shower shoes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair care products
  • Bath and face soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Shaving supplies
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Cotton swabs/Facial tissue
  • Pain relievers/cold relief medicines
  • Band-aids

Academic Supplies

  • Memory sticks
  • Calendar/planner
  • Stapler with staples
  • Printer paper
  • Pencils and pens
  • Notebooks
  • 3-Ring binders
  • Notecards
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Stamps/envelopes

Clothing Guidelines

Encourage your student to not pack four season's worth of clothing.  Remember that residence hall room closets are fairly small.  Your student will be able to retrieve extra clothes from home during breaks.
  • 21 pair underwear and socks
  • 7 pair of pants/jeans
  • 14 shirts
  • Pajamas
  • 2 Sweaters
  • Light/heavy jacket
  • Glove/hat/scarf
  • 2 pair of shoes
  • A few dress clothes items

Shared Items

Check with roommates to avoid duplication.  Space is tight (so are electric outlets, generally) so divvy up the large items.
  • TV/DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Posters/art
  • Area Rug/carpet
 Also, don't forget the items that will make the residence halls feel like home.  Bring along a few photos of friends and family, mementos, or anything that will personalize the student's space.