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What to Bring

Getting ready to come to college can feel really overwhelming, but now is the time to take a deep breath and relax. This section is filled with information and advice to help you decide what to bring on Move-in Day.

When you arrive in Binghamton, your room will have an extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair and a place to hang  your clothes; it's what you and your roommate(s) bring that makes it feel like home. Remember that storage space is not available, so everything needs to fit into the room.

Each student must fill out a Room Condition Report upon checking into their residence hall room. This is your opportunity to thoroughly inspect the room and furnishings. It is extremely important that you are VERY DETAILED on this report because any alterations, changes and/or damages to the room found after the original inventory is signed may be billable to your University account. This form is used as the baseline for future damage billing.


  • Trash bin and bags
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Extra-long twin sheets (39x80), blanket and bedspread
  • Mattress pad
  • Toiletries (including hand soap)
  • Any necessary medication prescribed to the student
  • Alarm clock
  • Bath and hand towels; wash cloths
  • Poster hanging putty should be used in all communities except Newing and Dickinson. If you live in Newing or Dickinson, use thumb tacks only.
  • Clothes hangers
  • Silverware, cups, plates, bowls
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, bleach, basket or bag)
  • General cleaning supplies
  • Dish detergent
  • 25' Ethernet (RJ45) cable for internet connectivity or computer with Wi-Fi capability
  • Power strip with internal breaker (extension cords are not permitted)

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  • Computer
  • Umbrella and/or raincoat
  • Can opener
  • Bag clips
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Personal-type water filter and extra filter cartridges
  • Stapler, tape dispenser
  • Paper towels
  • Notepads
  • Shower caddy and sandals
  • Large fan
  • Highlighters
  • Sewing kit
  • Markers
  • Desk drawer organizer
  • Screwdrivers/small tool kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Three-hole punch
  • Note cards
  • Clip on light/arm lamp (no halogens)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Re-sealable plastic bags and twist ties
  • Camera

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Items to Share

It's a good idea to contact your roommate(s) before coming to school to coordinate who's going to bring what.

  • Single-cup coffee maker
  • TV/DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Box of tissues
  • Refrigerator (5.5 cubic feet or less) with proper grounding mechanism (these can be rented - information will be sent home from the vendor)
  • Carpet or rug for room
  • Video game consoles
  • Free standing shelving system (no cinder blocks)

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Things to Leave at Home

  • Halogen lamps
  • Multi-headed lamps
  • Toasters/toaster oven
  • Rice cooker
  • Lamps with plastic shades
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Hot plates
  • Extension cords or cube adapters (power strips w/internal breakers okay)
  • Anything w/open flame or heating element (refer to Housing License V.3)
  • Fireworks
  • Guns, knives, weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol (if under age 21)
  • Supplies to "loft" your bed
  • Flags, tapestries or other cloth decorations
  • Pets

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Avoid Damage Charges

The following items will likely leave some kind of damage. Do not use:

  • Nails
  • Tacks
  • Screws
  • Foam tape, scotch tape, electrical tape or duct tape
  • Plastic hooks with adhesive backing
  • Anything that will put a hole or tear in a surface
  • Glow-in-the-dark stickers

Just to clarify some of the rules:

As of Aug. 1, 2017, Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all University-owned or rented property, including buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways, recreational and athletics facilities and vehicles.

No pets except fish in tanks no larger than one gallon (air filters, power heads, heaters or similar devices are not permitted). That's ONLY fish. No mice, rats, snakes, lizards, hamsters, gerbils, birds or other species that might be kept in such an enclosure.

If you're not 21 years of age then consumption, possession or distribution of alcohol beverages is not permitted. Violations of the alcohol and other drug policy may result in removal from the residence halls.

If you are 21 years of age, you may possess one case of beer (288 oz), two liters of wine and two liters of distilled spirits for personal use only. Distribution of alcoholic beverages to anyone less than 21 years of age is prohibited.  

Freshmen (fewer than 24 credits completed at Binghamton University) residing in University residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus.  This includes the parking garage, visitors paid parking and parking meters. Freshmen who commute may register a vehicle on-campus and purchase a parking permit.  Requests for exceptions to this policy are to be directed to the Deputy Chief of Police/Parking Services. 

Resident freshmen who park a car on campus without permission from Parking Services and upperclassmen who purchase a parking permit for a resident freshman (or attempt to do so) will be fined and/or face campus conduct action.

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Last Updated: 8/11/17