Suggested Packing List for UK Residence Halls
- Contact your roommate to avoid duplicate items.
- Make a budget and stick to it. Shopping for your room can get expensive.
- Leave valuable items at home. If it is irreplaceable to you, do not risk bringing it into a communal living environment.
- Write down the make, model, and serial number of valuable items such as bicycles, computers, stereos, televisions, and other electronics. Leave a copy of this information at home in a safe place. In the event that something is stolen, having this information increases the chance of recovering the item. You may also want to photocopy the contents of your wallet, including your credit/debit cards, driver's license, and insurance card and leave it at home. If your wallet is stolen or lost, you can refer to the photocopy to replace those items.
- Take inventory of what you already own and what you can borrow from older siblings or friends.
- If you are traveling a great distance, consider purchasing some items once you arrive in Lexington. Meijer Mania during K Week would be a great opportunity to do some discount shopping with other UK students. Don't worry about rememebering everything...we do have stores in Lexington!
- You can always pick up items on your next trip home or have your family send stuff to you.
- It is easier to store duffel bags than luggage. Bulky pieces of luggage will just take up precious space.
- Visit the UK Housing web page for typical room layouts.
- You may not need every item of the following list. For some caffeine addicts, a coffee maker is essential. Others will not need one. The following items are simply things you should think about bringing.
What to Bring - Sleeping
- Sheets (twin, extra long, at least two sets)
- Comforter and duvet cover (you'll spend a lot of time on your bed, so it is nice to have a duvet cover that can be easily removed and laundered)
- Mattress pad
- Alarm clock
What to Bring - Looking Your Best
- Towels and washcloths (at least two sets)
- Shower caddy
- Shower shoes/flip flops
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, etc.
- Clothes hangers
- Clothes hamper/laundry bag
- Clothes, shoes, outerwear, and accessories
- You won't have room for your entire wardrobe, but you can trade your warm weather clothing for your cold weather clothing at fall break or Thanksgiving and then trade back at Spring Break or another trip home.
- Keep some transitional clothing on hand at all times for sudden changes in the weather.
- College students typically dress for comfort, so don't worry about bringing a lot of dressy clothes.
What to Bring - Eating
- Refrigerator (max. size: 5 cubic feet)
- Microwave (not to exceed 700 watts, while there are microwaves in communal areas of the halls, many students choose to have one in their rooms)
- Dish soap and towels
- Coffee maker
- Kitchen supplies, including plates, cups, bowls, utensils, can opener, chip clips, Ziploc bags, and storage containers
- Favorite snacks and drinks
- Food for quick and easy meals in your room (breakfast bars, sandwiches, Easy Mac, Ramen noodles, microwave meals, etc.)
What to Bring - Studying
- School supplies, including binders, folders, pens, pencils, index cards, calculator, notebooks, stapler, tape, paper clips, rubber bands, scissors, post-it notes, highlighters, glue, white-out, ruler, backpack, dictionary, thesaurus, three hole punch, etc.
- Personal organizer/calendar
- Computer, printer, cords, and accessories, including disks and/or CDs, surge protector, printer paper, and ink cartridges
What to Bring - Cleaning
- Cleaning supplies, including disinfecting wipes and room freshener
- Laundry supplies, including detergent, fabric softener, stain removers, lint brush, iron, small ironing board, laundry marking pen, drying rack or clothesline, and plenty of money on your Plus Account
- Paper towels
- Garbage can and bags
What to Bring - Making it Your Home
- Posters, photographs, and other decorations
- Area rug
- Lamp and/or desk lamp and light bulbs
What to Bring - Electronics:
- CD player/iPod and headphones
- Telephone and answering machine
- DVD player
- Surge Protector
- Fan (if your room does not have air conditioning)
What to Bring - Everything Else
- Storage bins (for under your bed or in your closet)
- First aid kit
- Small toolkit (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
- Sewing kit
- Dry erase board and markers
- Bicycle and u-lock
- Your K Book, UK's new student handbook that was mailed to your home
What Not to Bring
For the safety of all residents, please do not bring the following items. Please remember that you may not plug multiple power strips together, alter smoke detectors, remove door closures, or put excessive furniture in rooms.
- Hot plates
- Excessive wall coverings
- Electric skillets
- Deep fryers
- Halogen lamps
- Crock pots
- Multi-plug adapters
- George Foreman grills
- Lofted beds
- Charcoal grills
Other questions about living on campus? Visit these websites:
Residence Life: http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/ResidenceLife/
Dining Services: http://www.uky.edu/DiningServices/
Parking and Transportation: http://www.uky.edu/Parking/