Guide to Moving and Packing

What to Bring

Acknowledging that everyone's needs and preferences are different, getting ready to pack everything you own to begin your college career can be a challenge. Many items are optional and there's no way to make sure you have everything, but here are some suggestions as far as the troublesome little items that always seem to be left behind... use this checklist to make sure the odds and ends are taken care of:

  • Linens (twin extra-long sheets)
  • Pillows
  • Mattress cover
  • Blankets
  • Hangers
  • Towels
  • Laundry detergent and basket
  • Iron with automatic shut off
  • Slippers/sandals
  • Dress clothes for interview/class presentation
  • Appropriate clothing for different seasons
  • Snow boots and bubble/wool jacket
  • Lint roller
  • Small trash can
  • Hair dryer and curling iron
  • Personal hygiene items and shower caddie
  • Desk supplies (pens, pencils, stapler, etc.)
  • Surge protector
  • Calculator
  • Message board for door
  • Book bag and small duffle for short trips
  • Calendar and Posters (one poster per wall)
  • Phone, chargers, cords
  • Dishes and silverware for snacks
  • Food storage containers
  • Coffee maker with automatic shutoff
  • Game systems
  • Sports equipment
  • Bed/desk lamp
  • Rug
  • Fan (window, desk or tower)
  • Laptop and printer (both optional- public computers and printers are available)
  • Electronic file storage (memory card and/or flash drive)
  • HDMI cord
  • Portable speakers
  • Lots of snacks and goodies
  • Small air mattress for guests
  • Umbrella

and don't forget:

  • Cloth Face Masks
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper towels
  • Flashlight
  • Dish soap/hand soap
  • Sewing kit
  • Prescriptions
  • Bathing suit
  • Aspirin
  • Sunscreen
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Notebooks and paper
  • Hotpot with enclosed coil
  • Books
  • A small refrigerator, 3'x3' is recommended
  • Television and connector cables

Items to Note

  • Multi-outlet electrical surge protector units are allowed, but standard extension cords cannot be used in rooms.
  • All multiple outlet units inserted into a standard three-prong outlet are prohibited unless it has a built in fuse breaker.
  • Remember, you will be sharing your room with a roommate who will have at least as much stuff as you do, so please check with your roommate before bringing things like refrigerators, carpet, TVs, etc.
  • Rooms vary in size within each hall, but an 8' x 10' carpet will fit all rooms.
  • Each room is furnished with shades/blinds, bringing your own blinds/shades is discouraged due to fire code restrictions.
  • All furniture or carpets brought into the hall must be in good condition. All furniture assigned by the college to your room must stay in the room at all times. We cannot store room furniture for students.
  • Students are permitted to leave their belongings in their rooms for all academic breaks, i.e.: October mini-break, Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks; but all items must be removed at the end of the academic year for summer break.

What NOT to Bring

Because of the special nature of the residence hall community, YOU SHOULD NOT PACK OR BRING:

  • Pets (except fish)
  • Hover boards
  • Curtains/blinds
  • Extension cords
  • Toasters or toaster ovens
  • Microwaves
  • ANY open coil or cooking equipment
  • Hot plates
  • Foreman-style grills
  • Candles and incense
  • Amplifiers
  • Kegs, beer balls, taps, & drinking game paraphernalia
  • Firearms, knives, or other weapons (including paint ball, splat ball, AirSoft, and BB guns)
  • Dartboards
  • Waterbeds
  • Air conditioners
  • Torchiere-style halogen lamps/bulbs
  • Christmas/holiday lights and strip lighting
  • Space heaters
  • Charcoal or gas grills

If you have questions as to whether specific items are permitted, or why any of the above items are not permitted, call Residential Services at 1-800-4-ALFRED or 607-587-4371.

When You Arrive On Campus

When you arrive on the Alfred State campus, a University Police officer or welcome assistant will direct you to your assigned residence hall.

At your hall, you will need to check in with the residence hall staff.

Check-in consists of the following:

  • Signing a License for Residence
  • Providing contact information about yourself for your hall's emergency card
  • Receiving keys for your room and hall, and keys/combination for your mailbox

Remember! Upon arrival on campus, there will be floor meetings to acquaint new students with the campus and policies/regulations. These meetings are mandatory for all students.

LATE ARRIVAL * If you will be arriving after the opening day check-in, please notify the Office of Residential Life by calling 607-587-4371

Interpreting Your Room Assignment

New students are assigned to all residence halls. Some halls do not have regular room numbers (i.e., 101, 102). The samples below will aid you in interpreting your room/suite address.





Burdick, Braddon, Getman, Peet, Shults, and R/C


01-Room number
Main Gate A & Main Gate B G04B G = Floor
04 = Suite
B = Room
MacKenzie Complex Tower Suite A1B2 A = Tower
1 = Floor
B = Suite
2 = Room
MacKenzie Complex Renovated Tower F301 F= Tower
3= Floor
01= Room
MacKenzie Complex Rowhouse Suite 1D2 1 = Rowhouse
D = Suite
2 = Room

When you were accepted as a Student, you will be assigned a mailbox. Mail can be picked up at Print and Mail Services Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Your mailing address will be:

Your Mailing Address

First name Last name
MC# _ _ _ _ _
10 Upper College Dr.
Alfred, NY 14802