What to Pack For Your Freshman Year of College

What to Pack For Your Freshman Year of College

The LCU Blogging Team
June 27, 2017 at 4:01 AM

Leaving your parent’s home for college can be an adjustment, but that doesn’t mean your new residence shouldn’t feel like “home.”

There’s plenty of excitement about moving into a residence hall on campus with your new roommates and other fellow students. At LCU, we want your residence hall room to become your home, and we have some ideas about how to help make your transition easy and fun.

What to Expect: Katie Rogers Hall and Johnson Hall

As a freshman, you’ll live in either Katie Rogers Hall (for females) or Johnson Hall (for males).

Get residence hall specifications to help plan your layout and decor.

Katie Rogers houses nearly 250 women and is undergoing a major renovation that will be ready when students arrive in August, 2017 and is located on the east side of campus.

Johnson Hall, located on the west side of campus, houses nearly 200 men.

Both residence halls include XL twin-size beds, a dresser, desk (one per student), mini-blinds, closet, sink, Internet connection, and cable.

What to Bring?

One of the biggest questions you probably have now is what to pack for your freshman year and first semester on campus. Rest assured, you’ll need essentials such as bedding, laundry items, and – of course – school supplies, but here’s a checklist of what to bring and what not to bring.

It’s important to coordinate with your future roommate about what other items you’ll both bring, to avoid duplicates, as well as ways to find deals on furnishing such as microwaves, lamps, etc. Check on sales at local stores and online deals for the perfect essentials and fun items for your new room!

How can I decorate?

Adding personal touches such as decorations will help make your dorm room feel like home. Here are just a few of the things you can do:

Make a wall photo mural

Your room will feel larger with a printable mural, and it will be comforting to have pictures of friends and loved ones as the perfect decoration and encouragement during study sessions in your room.

Potted plants

Placing potted plants in your room will add life to your space. Keep them as close to the windows as possible to ensure they keep growing all semester long.

Floor cushions

Floor cushions add color to a room while providing additional seating.


Grab a lamp for your desk and string of twinkle lights for your wall. We recommend illuminating your photo mural with twinkle lights to make your space ‘pop’ even more.

Folding chairs

OK, folding chairs aren’t necessarily exciting, but they’re easy to store and provide extra seating for guests.


Easily removable peel-and-stick wallpaper adds color and design to your room, and it’s something great to choose with your new roommate.

Note: permanent wallpaper is not allowed in LCU dorm rooms.

Area rug

An area rug also will add color and help bring your space together, keeping your toes warm and room comforting

Throw pillows

Add artful throw pillows on your bed to spruce it up - these could also double as your floor cushions in a pinch.

LCU Residence Hall Reference Guide