Residential Life

Consider bringing the following items:

  • Backpack
  • Broom or small vacuum
  • Desk lamp and/or floor lamp
  • Fan
  • Hangers for your closet
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry supplies (hamper, detergent, softener, dryer sheets, etc.)
  • Posters and pictures (please use mounting putty, or you might be billed for wall damages)
  • Area/small rug
  • Shower caddy and flip flops
  • Surge protectors (extension cords are not permitted and will be confiscated)

Brown does not have storage for student belongings outside of the student room. Please think about what will work best for you: renting storage locally, contracting with a pack-and-store vendor, or taking your belongings home at year's end.

Brown is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, both on and off campus. Environmentally friendly alternatives for most of the items referenced below and more can be purchased locally. We encourage you to choose these or similar products for your room.


You will need to bring:

  1. Sheets
  2. Blankets
  3. Bedspread or comforter
  4. Pillow
  5. Pillowcases
  6. Towels

Mattresses are "twin, extra-long" (36 by 80 inches, about 6 inches thick). Extra-long fitted sheets or twin flat sheets will accommodate the mattress, but regular twin fitted sheets often will not fit. You may also wish to bring a mattress cover or pad.

Residence halls do get cold at night, particularly in early October before the heat is turned on. Many people use comforters instead of bedspreads for extra warmth.


Your clothing should be appropriate and prepare you for the range of weather and temperatures commonly found in New England. Weather will be variable and may change quickly.

Bring layers and appropriate jackets (hats, gloves, scarves) for the cooler seasons. You might also consider bringing an umbrella and rain boots in the case of rain, and snow boots for snow.