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50 Days Until Move-In: a graduate’s guide to shopping and packing for college
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50 days until first-year students move-in!? Wow! I can’t believe this summer is flying by so quickly. With the countdown getting smaller and smaller, I thought I’d write a quick blog with my recommendations about what to buy, pack, and leave at home.

First of all, remember that you are coming to Philadelphia University with about 700 other new students. If you forget to bring something, this will be the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbor: “Hey, do you have a can opener?” Most of the items on my list below can be purchased at the PhilaU bookstore on campus. On the bookstore’s website, they also offer links to software requirements and art and architecture supply companies. If you can’t find what you need on campus, there’s always Target nearby. You can even rent a car for the day to get where you need.

You will most likely NEED…

-Pillows, sheets, blankets, and comforter (Extra-Long mattress size!)
-Towels and washcloths
-Shower flip flops
-Full-length mirror
-Toiletries and shower caddy
-Desk lamp
-Cleaning supplies
-First aid kit with cold medicine, pain relievers, and bandages
-Clothes for all occasions
-Business/business casual attire (You will be surprised how often you will need to be somewhat dressed up for class presentations or events.)
-Rain coat, boots, and umbrella

-School supplies (Pack most of this in your backpack for easy moving)
-Power strip
-Duct tape
-Flash drive
-3 hole punch, stapler (with staples, obviously), and tape
-Fun-tac for hanging photos and posters
-Trashcan (not a mesh one, a solid plastic trashcan that can hold liquids if necessary)

-Simple dishes and utensils (store them all in a giant popcorn bowl)
-Can opener
-Filter water bottle or pitcher
-Pantry basics (peanut butter, popcorn, soup, oatmeal)
-Alarm clock—your phone won’t cut it in college
-Under-the-bed storage bins
-Pop-up laundry hamper and laundry supplies (Hello, Tide To Go!)
-Plug-in style air freshener (One of my friends had a roommate who was VERY into Dance, Dance Revolution. I’m a supporter of pursuing your own hobbies, but this was a very sweaty and smelly hobby.)

You might want…

-Dry erase board (so friends can leave you old fashioned text messages)
-Telephone (Believe it or not, you will have your own landline in your room!)
-Envelopes and stamps
-Seat cushion (You will be studying a lot!)
“Soccer mom” chairs (This was my mom’s brilliant idea! You can fold them up and throw them in a closet when your guests leave.)
-Mini toolkit
-Mattress topper (memory foam is an amazing thing, but make sure you buy that alarm clock too!)
-Bike, helmet, and bike lock
-Athletic equipment (basketball, volleyball, Frisbee, Yoga mat, etc)
-Gym bag/overnight bag
-Reading pillow

You should coordinate with roommate about these things…

-Refrigerator and MicroFridge (These can be rented through the university’s vendor
-Board games and card games
-Iron and ironing board
-Clothes Drying Rack (Only one kid on my floor had a drying rack when I was a freshman. That kid quickly became very popular, and he even earned the nickname Drying Rack John.)
-Floor lamp
-Area rug (Students may bring their own carpet or purchase one through the University vendor. If a carpet is pre-purchased, the carpet will be delivered to the room prior to move in day.)
-Mini vacuum

Leave at home

-Air conditioners
-Halogen lamps and sunlamps
-Hot plates, heating coils
-Microwave ovens (except in townhouses and apartments)
-Open-flame items (No candles and incense; get a plug-in style air freshener)
-Pets (except for small fish)
-Toaster ovens

Abbey Carr
Assistant Director of Admissions

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