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Essentials to Bring

Check out a list of suggested essential items to bring with you when you start your life at Central.


  • Hangers
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Renters insurance
  • Health insurance card
  • Safe or lockbox
  • School supplies
  • Laundry detergent for high-efficiency washers
    • Laundry pods may be used
  • Refrigerator
    • 4.3 cubic feet or smaller


  • Bedding
  • Bedspread/comforter
  • Blankets
  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • Pillow
  • Mattress pad
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan


  • Health and beauty products
    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Razor/shaving cream
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels and washcloths


  • Dishwashing soap
  • Snacks
  • Microwaveable/reusable dishes
    • Cups
    • Bowls
    • Silverware


  • Computer
  • Ethernet cord
  • Power strips with surge protectors
  • Extension cord
  • USB drive
  • Cell phone and charger

Other items you may want

  • A list that includes the make, model and serial number for any personal item you are bringing with a value over $100.
  • Social Security card (if you plan on getting a job on-campus).
  • Bike and bike lock (Optional. Remember to register your bike with CMUPD if you bring one.)

Sheets and linens

The Residence Hall Linens program offers extra-long twin sheets, extra-long full sheets, comforters, matching towels and storage items. Proceeds from this program go to the CMU Residence Hall Assembly for programming in the residence halls.

Microwaves and refrigerators also rents approved microwave/refrigerator combination appliances to interested students.

  • A MicroFridge is a combination refrigerator, freezer and microwave, and is the only microwave approved for use in all CMU residence halls. MicroFridges can be pre-ordered and delivered directly to your room.
  • Other microwaves are only allowed in Northwest Apartments and Campbell, Celani, Fabiano, Kesseler and Kulhavi Halls.
  • The Residence Hall Assembly student leadership group receives a portion of all profits which helps support programs and activities for all residence hall students. 

Note: Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for the services and/or actions of or the Residence Hall Linens organization.