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It is not uncommon to arrive at Central and realize that something was left behind, especially since, for most students, coming to college is their first real taste of independent living. Weeks of careful planning and packing definitely help, but it’s also advantageous to hear advice from others who have already been through the experience. The following list is compiled for your reference.


  • Day-to-day clothing
  • Slippers

Desk Items

  • Computer and accessories
  • School supplies: notebooks, folders, etc.
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters

Food related items

  • Dishware, silverware, cups
  • Water bottle 
  • Snack food

Room Furnishings

  • Game console
  • Plants
  • Surge protector
  • Desk lamp (no halogen)
  • Area rug and other decorations


  • Comb, brush, tweezers
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner
  • Soap, lotion
  • Shaving cream, razor
  • Bath and hand towels, wash cloth
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes and bathrobe

Bed Articles

  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Sheets (twin XL) and blankets
  • Mattress cover


  • Facial coverings
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer 
  • First aid materials and medications
  • Kleenex
  • Money, credit/bank card
  • Sunglasses
  • Hangers
  • Backpack
  • Reading material
  • Flashlight
  • Laundry basket, detergent
  • Extra set of keys for home or car

What not to bring

  • Refrigerator/microwave
  • Pets
  • Weapons
  • Hot plates
  • Candles
  • Alcohol/drug and or paraphilia

Don’t Forget Your CWU Connection Card!

Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services welcome you to Central Washington University. While these items are appropriate, all are not necessary and the priority of these items is left up to the individual. Keep in mind that your personal style and tastes are probably the most important considerations when you are packing for college.

By all means, consult your parents, friends and the above list for advice, but you are the one who is going to have to live with what you bring or don’t bring. It would also be a good idea to talk with your roommate and coordinate with them so that you don’t end up with two of everything. Plan ahead and choose wisely, but don’t panic. You can find almost anything you need on campus or in Ellensburg if you do happen to forget something. We also encourage you to create a list of serial numbers for your valuable items and keep that list at home in the event something is lost or stolen. Remember all halls are wireless.

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