Before rushing out to purchase items to bring to campus, remember that most students will be sharing a room with up to three other students.
Contact Your Roommates
Before the move-in date, new students will receive a room assignment notice which will include the name(s) and contact information of those with whom they will be living. Students should use this information to contact each other to begin creating a relationship, as well as to coordinate what items to bring. This will lessen the number of multiple items such as televisions and additional furniture that may potentially clutter the room.
Included in Your Room
All student rooms contain an extra-long twin bed (36" by 80" by 6" mattress) that is adjustable up to 32" high, wooden desk, desk chair, dresser and bookcase for each student, and a closet or wardrobe. Other features in each room include local and domestic long distance (US and Canada, including Alaska and Hawaii) telephone service, hard-wired Ethernet connections and WiFi, and cable television with access to approximately 60 channels which can be viewed on your computer.
Included in Common Spaces
General community amenities include a common kitchen as well as study and lounge spaces. Each community has an ice machine and a microwave, both of which are usually found in the kitchen. The spaces also have at least one lounge that contains a television and DVD/VCR player. Some also have a piano for students to play. Additional services and items in individual residential buildings include vending machines containing snacks and beverages, coin/card swipe laundry services, campus phones, and recycling areas. The common spaces and amenities are for all community residents to use. They can be used for private studying or get-togethers, as well as for community programs sponsored by the student staff or other College organizations.
Remember that student room space is most likely shared and somewhat limited. Experience suggests it is best when students bring only those items that are most essential. Once students have moved in, it is likely that there will be important items missing that were not brought from home or purchased in advance. Such items can be shipped to students at a later date or picked up locally. One of the unique things about housing at Dartmouth is that each room has its own particular configuration. As a result, waiting to purchase or receive some items after arrival is a wise decision. At that time students can be more confident that everything will fit, by measuring and creating a space for any additional items desired by all roommates.
These items may be brought to campus for comfort and personal use. This list is not exhaustive.
- Bedding – Mattresses are 36" x 80" x 6" and require extra long twin sheets.
- Personal linens (towels, etc) and something to carry personal items back and forth to bathrooms.
- Laundry bag/basket.
- Surge protector/Power-strip – no two-wire extension cords.
- Alarm clock.
- Iron with auto-shutoff feature, coffee pot (UL listed for commercial use only).
- Pictures, posters. (May be hung with map tacks, thumbtacks, or 3M Command fasteners, which are available at our computer store. Double-sided tape and adhesive gum are not allowed.)
- Lamps – low wattage, LED, or compact fluorescent bulbs preferred. (Torchier style halogen floor lamps or any halogen lamps of 100 watts or more are prohibited.)
- Telephone (not 2.4 GHz). Local and domestic long distance service (including Alaska, Canada and Hawaii) is provided. Information regarding telephone service can be found at: http://tech.dartmouth.edu/its/services-support/help-yourself/knowledge-base/telephone-service-overview.
- Refrigerator – no larger than 3 cubic feet, Energy Star preferred.
- Bicycle and bicycle lock - For more bicycle information go to Dartmouth Bikes FAQ.
- Small storage units/milk crates for storage. Including sealable units for food storage.