Guide to Moving & Packing

What to Bring

Acknowleging that everyone's needs and preferences are different, getting ready to pack everything you own to begin your college career can be a challenge. Many items are optional and there's no way to make sure you have everything, but here are some suggestions as far as the troublesome little items that always seem to be left behind... use this checklist to make sure the odds and ends are taken care of:

  • Linens (extra-long twin sheets)
  • Pillows
  • Mattress cover
  • Towels
  • Radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Back Pack
  • Posters
  • Large fan
  • Scotch tape
  • Hangers
  • Dishes and silverware for snacks
  • Laundry detergent and basket
  • Slippers
  • Flashlight
  • Hair dryer and curling iron
  • Iron with automatic shut-off
  • Personal hygiene items and tote bucket
  • Desk supplies (pens, pencils, stapler, etc.)
  • Message board for door
  • Sports equipment
  • Blankets
  • Fused multiple outlet box
  • Calendar
  • Desk study lamp
  • Telephone
  • Answering machine
  • Game systems
  • Phone cards
  • Coffee pot
  • Board games
  • Sewing kit
  • Appropriate clothing for all climates

and don't forget:

  • Prescriptions
  • Bathing suit
  • CDs
  • Aspirin
  • Suntan lotion
  • Calculator
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Notebooks and paper
  • Lots of snacks and goodies!
  • Hotpot with enclosed coil
  • Books
  • A small refrigerator, no larger than 3'x3'
  • Television and connector cables

Items to Note

  • Extension cords used in rooms must be multi-outlet electrical surge protector units. A multiple outlet unit inserted into a standard three-prong outlet without a fuse breaker is prohibited.
  • Remember! You will be sharing your room with a roommate who will have at least as much stuff as you. Check with him/her before bringing things like carpets, refrigerators, and TVs.
  • Rooms vary in size within each hall, but an 8' x 10' carpet will fit all rooms.
  • Each room is furnished with shades/blinds. Many students use a spring rod to hang curtains. (Determine room and window dimensions.) Curtains must have a manufacturer tag that states the curtain is fire resistant sewn on or attached to the product.
  • All furniture or carpets brought into the hall must be in good condition and approved by the residence director. All furniture assigned by the College to your room must stay in the room at all times. We cannot store room furniture for students.
  • Until ID cards are issued, each student will be given a set of meal tickets to use in the dining hall. DO NOT lose these tickets, and make sure you receive them when you check in.

What NOT to Bring

Because of the special nature of the residence hall community, YOU SHOULD NOT PACK OR BRING:

  • Pets (except fish)
  • Extension Cords
  • Toasters or toaster ovens
  • Microwaves
  • ANY open coil or cooking equipment
  • Hot plates
  • Foreman Grills
  • Candles and incense
  • Amplifiers
  • Kegs, beer balls, and taps
  • Firearms, knives, or other weapons (including splatball, AirSoft, and BB guns)
  • Dartboards
  • Waterbeds
  • Air conditioners
  • Torchiere-style halogen lamps/bulbs
  • Christmas/holiday lights
  • Space heaters
  • Charcoal or gas grills

If you have questions as to whether specific items are permitted, or why any of the above items are not permitted, call Residential Life at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4326.

When You Arrive On Campus

When you arrive on the Alfred State College campus, a University Police officer or welcome assistant will direct you to the residence hall to which you have been assigned. Please follow their directions as the campus roads are ONE-WAY only on opening day. At your hall, you will need to check in with the residence hall staff.

Check-in consists of the following:

  • Having a signed housing license on file.
  • Providing contact information about yourself for your hall's emergency card.
  • Receiving your meal tickets.
  • Receiving keys for your room and hall, and keys/combination for your mailbox.
  • Inspecting your room with a resident assistant and signing the room/suite/door condition forms.

Don't forget! Upon arrival on campus, there will be hall and floor meetings to acquaint new students with the campus and policies/regulations. These meetings are MANDATORY for all students.

LATE ARRIVAL * If you will be arriving after the opening day check-in, please notify the Office of Residential Life by calling (607) 587-4326

Interpreting Your Room Assignment

New students are assigned to all residence halls. Some halls do not have regular room numbers (i.e., 101, 102). The samples below will aid you in interpreting your room/suite address.

Burdick, Braddon, Getman, Peet, Shults, and R/C 101 Floor and room number
Main Gate A & B G04B G = Floor
04 = Suite
B = Room
MacKenzie Complex Blockhouse Suite A1B2 A = Blockhouse
1 = Floor
B = Suite
2 = Room
Rowhouse Suite 1D2 1 = Rowhouse
D = Suite
2 = Room

Your Mailing Address

Upon your arrival, you will be assigned a mailbox. Mail is delivered to the residence halls Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Your mailing address will be:

Your Name
Room # and Hall
Alfred State College
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802