What to Bring

Recommended Items

  • Clothes (casual and formal)
    • Cold weather apparel (a must, particularly for January and February)
  • Tolietries (hand soap is provided in the bathrooms)
  • Shower Slippers/Sandals
  • Shower Caddy
  • Computer/Laptop (Look for Energy Star products or EPEAT certification products)
    • Charger
    • Ethernet Cable
    • Laptop lock
    • Headphones (especially with a roommate)
    • Power strip
  • Cell phone charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Extra lighting (floor lamp, desk lamps, etc.)
    • CFL or LED light bulbs last much longer than incandescent!
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • White board (small size for outside the door)
  • Bulletin Board (cork is preferred)
  • Hamper, detergent, drying rack
  • Iron
    • Irons are fine to have but should not be used in sleeping rooms
  • Duct tape & WD-40
  • Cooking Utensils (pots, pans, etc.)
  • Reusable cups, mugs, plates, plasticware, shopping bags, etc.
  • Food (fruit, candy, canned goods, cereal, etc.)
  • Social Security Card (if you plan on getting a job)
  • Spare cash
  • Plastic bags
  • Can opener
  • Pillow, Blanket, 80″ sheets, comforter
  • Towels
  • Old textbooks/notes for reference
  • Notebooks, paper, binders (whichever fits your study needs)
  • Bike, Roller Blades, or Scooter
    • Kryptonite long U-lock or other strong bike lock is a must
    • Helmet
  • Pictures, posters, tape (use only BLUE tape for hanging on walls)
  • Musical instrument (if you plan on joining Marching Band, Philharmonia, or other musical interests on campus)

What NOT to Bring

  • Pets of any kind
  • “Heat sources” in rooms such as:
    • Microwaves
    • Water Boilers
    • Coffee Pots
    • Crock Pots
    • George Foreman Grills
    • Etc.
  • Decorative/holiday lights
  • Alcohol if you’re under 21
  • Firearms, explosives, swords, or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or substances

Other Things to Consider

Slivka has the following items and appliances:
  • Refrigerator (1 per floor)
    • It is STRONGLY recommended to bring your own!
    • The university suggests a maximum 3 cu. ft. capacity, and look for Energy Star products
    • Consider buying from RezEssentials, Northwestern’s official mini-fridge provider. They offer both sales and rentals, and will deliver directly to your room before you move in!
  • Microwave (1 per floor)
  • Pool Sticks
  • Ping Pong Paddles
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Vacuum
    • You may still want to bring your own
  • Laundry room (washers and dryers)
  • Trash cans and recycling bins
  • Chairs, a couch, and a table in each suite
  • 1 Large-Screen DLP TV in the Rec Lounge
  • Black and White Laser Printer
    • Toner is provided, but you need to supply your own paper.
    • It is STRONGLY recommended to bring your own!
    • Consider buying a toner-paper-color printer bundle from RezEssentials and they’ll deliver directly to your room before you even arrive on campus!