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Moving: What to Bring

What’s provided in your room

A chest of drawers, a mirror, a desk, a chair, a single bed and mattress (36”x 80”), blinds or drapes, and Internet.

Refrigerators and microwaves

You can rent a refrigerator and/or microwave for $50 each per academic year. Reserve one ahead of time with a $10 deposit per item and the rental form.

What to bring

The list seems exhausting, but it’s basically common-sense stuff. Residential Life has partnered with an outside vendor to provide one-stop shopping for room essentials in comprehensive sets. Students have suggested the following:

  • Sheets (single 36” x 80”)
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Mattress pad
  • Blanket/comforter
  • Alarm clock
  • Trash can
  • Dry-erase/message board for your door
  • Plants
  • Posters, wall hangings, etc.
  • Throw rug
  • Desk lamp (but no halogen bulbs!)
  • Iron
  • Umbrella
  • Flash drive
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • School supplies: paper, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters,
    paper clips, stapler, Post-its, calculator, tape, folders, planner
  • Plates, mugs, cups, silverware
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent, hamper, quarters for laundry machines
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip flops/shower shoes
  • Toiletry basket
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Hair brush, other hair products
  • Adhesive bandages, first aid kit
  • Facial tissues
  • Contacts, contact solution, glasses
  • Medicine/prescriptions/lock box to put them in
  • Hangers
  • Clothes for both warm and (very) cold weather
  • Gym clothes/shoes
  • Small sewing kit, toolkit
  • Water bottle, water filter
  • Computer, laptop charger, computer accessories (such as a surge protector power strip)

For those traveling long distances, many of these suggested items can be purchased in Beloit.

Exchange students may borrow a linen set that includes sheets, a pillow and pillow case, a blanket, and a set of towels.

What not to bring

  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets (besides fish)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Waterbeds
  • Candles/incense
  • Toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Air conditioners


Coin-operated washers and dryers are located on the lower level of most halls ($1.25/load to wash, $1/load for 60 minutes of dryer time). In fall 2018, laundry will most likely become free, so stay tuned! 

Smoking policy

All Beloit College residence halls are smoke free. In fact, it’s a city ordinance. Smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of building entrances and windows, or on main sidewalks. Some students with asthma or allergies cannot be around smoke at all. 


We have two secure storage areas which are open by appointment. You can store large trunks, boxes, and plastic totes. You might be charged a small fee, depending on what you store.


First-years are advised not to bring vehicles, since on-campus parking is limited and many services are either provided on campus or within walking distance. Regularly scheduled shuttles and city buses can get you to stores for groceries and other needs, and plenty of students get around by bike. The Enterprise Car Share Program offers another transportation alternative to licensed drivers.

If you do bring a car, you will need to participate in the parking lottery. You can request a parking permit ($85/semester; $170/year) via the "Parking Permit Request Form" on the Portal. Most new students who request a parking permit will be able to obtain one; however if too many requests are received, we will maintain a waiting list. If you’re approved for a permit, you can pick up your permit/sticker at the Security Office when you arrive on campus. Parking stickers are required to park in college lots. City street parking requires cars to move every day.