What To Bring To Campus


After spending over a year apart, Howard University will be welcoming students back to campus for Summer Session II and the Fall 2021 semester. Can you believe it?

In preparation for this return, we compiled a list of items that you should bring with you to campus. Items you should not bring are listed after. Moving to campus, especially for the first time, can be overwhelming and we want to ensure that you have the tools necessary to make this transition smooth. 

As you are looking at this list, you should consider saving time and money on packing and shipping costs by ordering some of these items online. Many stores, including Best Buy, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond, allow for online orders to be picked up in stores. 

It is also recommended that you pack clothing suitable for Summer Session II or Fall 2021 - and switch items when you go home.

We hope this list helps and we look forward to seeing you during Summer Session II or Fall 2021! A PDF version of the list, can also be found below.

What To Bring 


  • Masks  
  • Cleaning Gloves  
  • Hand Sanitizer  
  • Thermometer   
  • Disinfectant Wipes/Spray  



  • Twin-XL Mattress Topper  
  • Twin-XL Comforter Set  
  • Twin-XL Sheets  
  • Extra Blanket  
  • Pillows   
  • Desk and/or Floor Lamps   


Bath and Body  

  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops  
  • Shower Caddy  
  • Personal Hygiene Products  



  • Ear Plugs  
  • Laptop  
  • Printer  
  • Surge Protected Power Strip  
  • TV  
  • Streaming or Gaming Devices  


Laundry and Toiletries  

  • Clothing Hamper  
  • (3) Towel Sets  
  • Toilet Tissue  
  • Paper Towels  
  • Laundry Supplies  
  • Cleaning Supplies  


School Supplies

  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Printer 


First Aid  

  • First Aid Kit  
  • Prescription Medication  
  • Cough Medication 



  • Small Safe for Personal Items  
  • Renter's Insurance (can be purchased from GradGuard ) 
  • Microfridge purchased from MyFridgeRental .com
  • Desk and/or Floor Lamps
  • Food Storage Containers  
  • Garbage Can  
  • Keychain/card holder  
  • Reusable grocery bags - There is a $0.05 tax on plastic bags in DC** 


What NOT To Bring 

  • Candles, incense, and fragrance burners 
  • Non-surge protected extension cords 
  • Motorbikes
  • Halogen lamps 
  • Weapons, including pocket knives, knives in a sheath, spears, swords, souvenir weapons, firearms, ammunition, and BB, air, pellet or paintball guns, tasers, stun guns, expandable batons or impact weapons. 
  • Chemical mace or pepper spray 
  • Fireworks 
  • Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or drug manufacturing materials 
  • Alcohol
  • Hazardous materials (not including household cleaners) 
  • Animals (unless you have received written approval) 
  • Portable/space heaters  
  • Cooking appliances in non-cooking areas including hot plates, crock pots, waffle irons, toasters, toaster ovens, George Foreman grills, sandwich makers and popcorn poppers 

If you have any additional questions about what to bring (or not bring), please contact the Office of Residence Life and University Housing. 


Written By: Strategic Communications Manager Melissa Simmons