Packing Guide

Below you'll find a list of items on-campus residents often find helpful to have with them on campus. Keep in mind, the “bring” list is not a list of required items, nor does it represent everything you might want or need. We have also included a list of items that you cannot bring, along with information about things you may choose to leave at home.

The important thing to remember is that it's a lot easier to have your family send you the things you didn't realize you would need, than to go through the hassle of shipping unnecessary items to your home from campus. We recommend that you communicate with your roommate to decide who will bring large items such as televisions or mini-refrigerators.

Bring These Items:

  • Alarm clock
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Bath towels, soaps, robe, etc.
  • Bike and bike lock
  • Blu-ray/DVD (with headphones)
  • Bedding, sheets, pillows, blankets
  • Eating utensils, plate, bowl, cup
  • First aid kit, bandages, aspirin
  • Hair products, hair dryer
  • Iron and small ironing board
  • Laundry bag (or basket)
  • Laundry soap
  • Mini refrigerator 1
  • Office supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Power strip/surge protector 2
  • Reading light 3
  • Sports equipment
  • Safety pins, needles and thread
  • Small toolbox
  • Shower shoes
  • Television4
  • Trash can
  • Umbrella
  1. Mini refrigerators are not to exceed 4 cubic feet, and there should be only one per student room. All mini refrigerators should be ENERGY STAR rated.
  2. Extension cords are prohibited; power strips must be UL approved with circuit breakers.
  3. Halogen bulbs are NOT permitted.
  4. Oxford College offers cable streaming services, not a wired service so please bring a television compatible with this service.

Remember there are stores around the Oxford/Covington area, such as Wal-Mart, Big Lots, and others for picking up things you may have forgotten, or things you choose to purchase when you arrive at Oxford.

Do Not Bring These Items:

  • Air conditioners
  • Air Fryer
  • Any appliance with exposed heating coil
  • Candles or incense
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coil lighting or string lights
  • Crockpot or slow cooker
  • Extension cords / multiple-plug converter 1
  • Firearms, weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Halogen lamps 2
  • Hot plates
  • Hookahs
  • Hover boards
  • Microwave 3
  • Mini indoor grills (example: George Foreman grill)
  • Multi-arm (flower) lamps—often floor lamps
  • Pets 4
  • Plug-in air fresheners
  • Space heaters
  • Velcro, double-sided tape, hooks with double-sided tape 5
  • Waterbed
  1. Only surge protectors with a reset button are allowed in residential facilities.
  2. Floor lamps or any desk lamp that uses a halogen bulb are not allowed.
  3. Microwaves are allowed only with an approved MicroFridge unit. 
  4. Due to health and safety hazards and sanitation problems, pets are not allowed in the residence halls. Only tropical and domestic fish are permitted and must be kept in a ten gallon (or less) aquarium and only if all roommates agree to have an aquarium.
  5. Velcro, double-sided tape, and hooks with double-sided tape will damage the walls when removed and are prohibited.

Leave These Items at Home:

  • Expensive clothing and jewelry
  • Off-season clothes
  • Large pieces of luggage