What to Bring (and What to Leave at Home), Residence Life | Earlham College
COVID-19 news, plans and updates | READ MORE
Skip to Content


Tobacco -free -Logo

Earlham College is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors on its campus. As of July 1, 2016, Earlham College is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

What to Bring (and What to Leave at Home)

We understand how overwhelming it can be to decide what to bring with you and what to leave behind when you come to Earlham.  Our team hopes to make this an easy process for you and your family.  In addition to our recommended packing list and information about what our residential communities have to offer in amenities, we've put together some additional information to think about as your preparing for your move to campus.

While these lists are not all-encompassing, they are a great place to start.  You are not required to purchase all or any of the items listed below as things you should think about bringing.  These are merely recommendations meant to help you get started.

We also encourage you to review our lists with some of the items that are prohibited on-campus so you can plan to leave them at home.


  • Twin extra-long bedding (pillows, pillow cases, mattress protector, sheet sets, blankets, etc.)

Storage & Organization

  • Hangers
  • Bins/Tote Organizers
  • Underbed Storage
  • Hooks/Hook Racks
  • Wall Safe Adhesive
  • Wastebasket

Bath Items

  • Towel Set
  • Shower Tote/Caddy
  • Flip Flops/Shower Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene Products

Desk Organization

  • Desk Lamp
  • Desk Organizers
  • School Supplies!
  • Message/Dry Erase Board

Laundry & Cleaning

  • Laundry Basket
  • Pop-Up Hamper
  • Drying Rack
  • Broom/Dustpan
  • All Purpose Cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent & Dryer Needs
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Personal Items & Other Considerations

  • Identification cards
  • Medications
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Phone Charger
  • Photos/Memories (some, not all)
  • Surge Protectors
  • Headphones
  • Television
  • Minifridge
  • Area Rug (if that’s their style)
  • Floor lamps (review policy)
  • Use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, ‘vapes’, etc.
  • Use of candles, incense, etc.
  • Appliances with open face heating coils or elements such as hot pots, coffee pots, electric grills, toasters and hot plates.  While these items are prohibited in student rooms, they can be used and stored in the communal kitchens in each hall.
  • Fireworks, firecrackers or any other chemicals which are of an explosive or corrosive nature are prohibited on College property or at any College function.
  • Firearms, ammunition, offensive or defensive weapons, paintball guns, BB guns, sling shots, water guns, swords, stun guns, knives and any other item that may be determined a weapon by the college.
  • Gasoline or any other flammable liquids.
  • Kerosene heaters, oil lamps, immersion coils and space heaters not provided by the College.
  • Internal combustion engines (motorcycles, mopeds).
  • Charcoal or gas grills.
  • Non-UL approved power cord or extension cords. All power suppliers must have surge protector and automatic shutoff.
  • No suppliers or over-utilized electrical sockets.
  • Light fixtures where the lamp is exposed in the up position, including neon lights.
  • Oversized refrigerators taller than 4 feet high.
  • Microwave ovens over 700 watts.
  • Any non-UL approved charging cables, power adapters or extensions.
  • Network Routers
  • Network Switches
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Access-Points
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Extenders
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Routers
  • Live cut Christmas trees
  • Air conditioners.
  • Shelves and other structures may not be attached to room furnishings, walls, ceilings or floors.
  • Any item hanging from or attached to the lights, fire sprinkler pipes, or sprinkler heads.
  • Students cannot provide furnishing for lounges/lounge spaces without approval. Items in this area will be discarded.
  • Items that obstruct a doorway, strobe- light smoke detector, and any wood structure.
  • Mattresses and beds not provided by the college, water beds
  • Any pet or laboratory animal, except fish or approved service and support animals.  This also means that visiting animals are also prohibited.
  • Pet equipment, food, supplies, or paraphernalia.
  • Old/empty alcohol bottles as decorations.
  • Items alluding to drug use/paraphernalia.
  • Placing any furniture or other items in stairwells or corridors, which limits emergency egress.
  • Personal door locks other than those provided by the College.
  • Space heaters.


Print Friendly and PDF

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.