“Don't forget shower shoes and a shower caddy! It helps keep all your stuff together and makes bathroom trips easier!" - Melanie Moon '19  

What to pack for college

Do you know what you need?

Here is a helpful list to get you started on making sure you don't forget the essentials! 

Talk to your roommate before you make any major packing decisions!

 Also, here's what NOT to bring to campus with you.


  • wastebasket and milk crates
  • blankets/linens (extra long sheets)
  • mattress pad, bedspread & pillows
  • towels/bathrobe/shower caddy (container w/ holes) 
  • tissues/paper towels 
  • alarm clock
  • laundry supplies/clothes drying rack
  • fan/lamp/hangers 
  • highlighter/pens/pencils
  • tape/scissors/stapler
  • ruler/calculator
  • 3-hole punch 
  • sewing kit/band aids
  • posters/pictures/door memo board
  • games/cards/Frisbee
  • camera/flashlight 
  • stationary & stamps
  • mug/spoon/hot pot/soup/dish soap
  • refrigerator 
  • stereo 
  • television/cable cord
  • computer
  • microwave
  • coffee maker
  • bed risers
  • floor air conditioner

Having trouble finding extra-long bedding to fit Bluffton's mattresses?
The office of residence life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students and families with a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit all of the beds on campus. The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items.

A portion of the proceeds from this program are used for programming in the residence halls. Shipping is free for all Value Pak orders, and there are more than 40 color combinations available. Plus, linens are delivered to your home during the summer so you don t have to worry about waiting in line at the store.  Order now for the best selection as popular colors can sell out quickly!
>>> order linens

What not to bring

Safety is our number one priority at Bluffton University in residence life. We try to create an environment that is safe for everyone to comfortably live. 

The following items are NOT ALLOWED in the Bluffton University residence halls:

  • window air conditioners
  • space heaters
  • animals/pets
  • water beds
  • halogen lamps
  • toaster/indoor grill/waffle iron
  • partitions
  • incense/candles/lanterns
  • electric iron
  • charcoal/lighter fluid