Move In Day: What to Bring and What to Leave Behind

Lamar University near South Houston is excited to welcome you to Cardinal Village! Not sure what to bring and leave behind on move-in day? Not to worry. Take a look below to see what’s included in your residence hall and what’s you should consider bringing along.

Lamar Housing and Residence Life

Need to go shopping for your new room?
Here is a printable shopping list for your new room.

Also, view our Housing Contract for rules and regulations.

In your private bedroom: In the unit:

  • Extra long twin bed w/ headboard
  • Stackable dresser drawers
  • Full length mirrored closet doors
  • Computer desk with lamp
  • Desk chair
  • Couch              
  • Side chair      
  • Coffee table      
  • End table   
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Window blinds
  • Shower rod
  • Medicine cabinet with vanity 

What to Bring:

The following is an optional list of items that will help make your stay in university housing more comfortable. Note that this list is only a suggestion. Please do not feel you should incur any additional expense to acquire any of these items. To help reduce costs, please communicate with your roommate on the items that potentially could be shared.

  • Linens (XL Twin)
  • Mattress cover (to protect against allergens and bed bugs)
  • Mattress pad (for added comfort) 
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Personal stereo equipment with headphones
  • Laundry detergent (liquid only please) and fabric softener
  • Laundry basket
  • Toiletries (tooth brush, tooth paste, soaps, shampoo and conditioner, etc.)
  • Lamps
  • Clothes hangers
  • School supplies (back pack, pencils, pens, Scantrons, Blue Books, spirals, etc.)
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (i.e. bleach, cleaners,  sponges, rags, toilet brush, etc.)
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain with hooks
  • Living room and bedroom cleaning supplies (Pledge, Windex, etc)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cutlery (spoons, forks, knives, cups, plates, etc.)
  • Dish soap
  • Garbage cans with trash bags
  • Television (with cable connecter)
  • Computer (with an Ethernet cord or WiFi router)
  • Printer and printing supplies
  • Surge protector (please use this if you have several electrical items in use at one time)
  • Air freshener (please NO candles)

Things to leave at home:

  • George Foreman grills
  • Hot plates
  • Electric skillets
  • Electric kettles
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Crock pots
  • All other heating & cooking appliances
  • Alcohol (even if you are 21 years of age)
  • Loud stereo equipment
  • Dressers
  • Microwave
  • Pets of any kind (unless they are certified service animals)
  • Patio furniture
  • Flammable/combustible materials (i.e. paint thinner, lighter fluid, fireworks etc.)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lava lamps
  • Heating lamps
  • Portable heaters
  • Weapons or firearms
  • BBQ grills
  • Candles
  • Wax or oil warmers
  • Incense burners
  • Anything that produces fire
  • Coffee makers (this includes individual coffee makers like Keurigs)
  • Cappuccino makers
  • Rice cookers

** We encourage all residents to secure renters insurance for all personal property.