Packing List-Pre-College - Carnegie Mellon University

Packing List

  • Alarm clock – for those early morning classes
  • Summer clothing
  • Bathing suit – for off-campus activities and sun bathing
  • Extension cord
  • Surge protector
  • Extra hangers
  • 2 Fans – residence halls can get quite warm in the summer
  • Laundry supplies
  • Linens (Extra-long twin-sized sheets, pillow cases)
  • Pillow – the obvious is often forgotten
  • Light blanket or comforter – some nights get chilly
  • Towels, hand towel, washcloth
  • Lights – for extra illumination
  • Dressy outfit – for special occasions
  • Out of the ordinary, strange, or somewhat bizarre clothes – for dances (the crazier the better)
  • Posters/paint-safe poster putty – to make your room look like home
  • Sporting supplies – tennis racket, softball glove, etc.
  • Cell phone
  • School materials
  • Toiletries

What not to bring:

  • Air conditioners (ONLY students with a serious medical condition, confirmed by their physician with documentation received by Health Services, will be permitted to purchase their own air-conditioning unit for installation. For more information, please see the enrollment portal.)
  • Cars
  • Expensive jewelry (and other valuables)
  • Large amounts of money
  • Knives or other weapons
  • Toaster ovens
  • Your pet boa constrictor, dog, cat, hamster, fish, etc.
  • Candles, incense and other fire hazards