What to Bring

Moving to college is a big step and coming prepared is crucial for a smooth transition. Before going shopping, take into account the following:

  • All apartments are fully furnished.
  • Each bedroom has an extra-long twin bed (make sure to bring bedding for an XL twin!), dresser drawers and a desk for each resident. 
  • The living and dining room have tables and chairs, as well as a storage room. 
  • Kitchens include a stove, microwave, and refrigerator. Apartments in Phase II have a dishwasher. Cookware, plates, cups and utensils are not included.
  • Laundry rooms are available onsite and must be paid with a debit or credit card (not cash).

Here's a detailed list of what we recommend bringing:

Bedroom

Pillows
Twin XL bed sheets and blankets
Mattress pad (optional)
Under-the-bed storage trays
Desk lamp
Small waste basket
Alarm clock (optional)
TV (optional)
Computer/laptop (optional)
Clothes hangers
Laundry basket or bag
Sewing kit

Bathroom

Towels
Bath mat
Shower caddie
Toilet paper
Personal toiletries and grooming items
Toothpaste and toothbrush
First Aid Kit: band aids, alcohol swabs, Q-tips, ace bandage, etc.

Kitchen

Cookware (pots and pans)
Cooking utensils
Can opener
Bowls and plates
Cups, glasses, mugs
Silverware
Dish towels
Paper towels
Napkins
Food
Plastic storage bags
Food-storage containers

Cleaning Items

Non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner
Trash bags
Mop
Broom
Paper towels
Cleaning sponge
Disinfectant wipes
Dish soap
Laundry detergent and fabric softener
Iron and ironing board
Vacuum 

Do Not Bring

Furniture
Microwave
Pets (F
ish are allowed: one 10-gallon tank is allowed per resident.)
Space heater
Refrigerator
Hot plate
Weapons, ammunition, fireworks, explosives or dangerous or flammable chemicals

If you have any questions about what to bring or are unsure about any items you may need, send us an email at askhousing@calstatela.edu or give us a call at 323-343-4800.