Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Packing List

Most students will reside in a double room with a roommate. The double rooms are furnished with twin extra long beds, chests of drawers, desks with chairs, bookshelves, closets, and wastebaskets. Pillows, sheets, and fans are NOT supplied. 

Things to bring

  • Cell phone (for international students, please plan to have a cell phone that works in the U.S.)
  • Bed Linens - extra-long twin-sized sheets, blanket, pillow, and pillowcases
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Robe
  • Warm weather clothing (temperatures can get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer in Pittsburgh.)
  • Bathing suit
  • Dressy Casual or Semi-Formal attire (there will be two parties during the Pre-College program and students usually get a little bit dressed up for the occasion)
  • Alarm clock
  • Extension cord
  • Surge protector
  • Extra hangers
  • Personal reading lamp/light
  • Cash, credit card, or ATM debit card for miscellaneous purchases
  • Photo ID
  • Optional: Posters and paint-safe poster putty
  • Optional: Sporting supplies – a tennis racket, softball glove, etc.
  • Please check the program-specific information for additional items needed for classroom activities.

Things to leave at home (not permitted)

  • Cars
  • Drones
  • Expensive jewelry (and other valuables)
  • Large amounts of money
  • Knives or any other weapons
  • Toaster ovens, candles, incense, hotplates or burners, or any other open flames. These are all fire hazards and not permitted.
  • Animals of any kind