Posted July 31, 2020

(Almost) everything you need to bring on move-in day

With move-in day right around the corner, we’ve got you covered with the essentials you need for life in University Housing. 

Photography By: 
Betsy Manning
A student preparing to move into a residence hall at Temple in fall of 2019

This story was updated on August 11, 2022.

Moving into your own space is inspiring, exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Your residence hall should serve as more than just somewhere to sleep—it’s your personal space to recharge, study and relax as you acclimate to college life.

Because this fall semester is unlike any other we’ve had here at Temple, there are a few things on the list that you won’t want to forget (think: a stash of facial coverings). Whether it’s your first year on campus or you’re a returning student, read on to find out what essential items you should bring and things you need to know to ensure a smooth start to your year of living in University Housing. 

What to do before move-in. 

1. Report your immunizations.
Learn more about what immunizations are required for incoming Temple students. Pennsylvania state law requires all students to either receive the vaccine or sign a waiver. Go to the Student Health website and log in to My Online Student Health to report your immunizations or sign the waiver before you get to campus. You’ll need your Accessnet username and password to log in. 

2. Know your assigned move-in date.
Your assigned move-in date will be posted in MyHousing. Watch this video to learn more about how to select a move-in time—your date will be assigned to you, but you’ll be given some times to select from. 

3. Figure out who’s helping you move in. 
This year, only one person is permitted to help you move into your residence hall. Other people can come, for example, to help unload your car, but only one person is allowed to accompany you inside the residence hall. 

What to bring with you. 

1. Sheets, pillows, blankets and towels
There are two bed dimensions in Temple’s residence halls: regular twin or twin XL. Be sure to buy the right size sheets (and an extra set!) to fit your bed. Don’t forget towels, either. Pro tip: add some colorful pillows and blankets for extra pizzazz. 

STANDARD TWIN: 75” x 39” 
• 1300 Residence Hall 1st through 3rd floor suites 
• Beech International Village 

EXTRA-LONG: 80” x 39” 
• 1300 Residential Hall 4th and 5th floor apartments 
• 1940 Residence Hall 
• Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall 
• James S. White Hall 
• Temple Towers 

2. Room decorations and materials for wall hangings
One of the greatest parts of customizing your space is the freedom to bring decorations that reflect your personal style, such as posters, photographs, string lights—you name it. You’ll want to decorate your room to be as cozy as possible so it feels like your new home. Don’t forget to bring the necessary materials to hang these items as well. We recommend poster putty and push pins for easy, damage-free wall hangings. There are some restrictions, like no candles or contact paper and only 50% of your walls can be covered. Make sure you read the Fall 2022 Move-in Guide for the full list of don’ts. 

3. Electronics and appliances 
Of course, bring whatever electronics you may need, such as a laptop, headphones, a fan, and personal appliances with shut-off features such as a coffee maker. Additional items that are optional include a TV, USB cables, a printer, chargers, etc.

You may only bring refrigerators that are less than 3.6 cubic feet and are ENERGY STAR–rated. You can contract our preferred vendor, Campus Specialists, by visiting

Protip: Bring a powerstrip to make sure you can use all of your electronics. 

4. Cable lock or safe
A cable lock can help keep your laptop safe, or an actual small safe can help protect other valuable items.

5. Trash can
This might seem like an obvious one, but bring a trash can for your room. Temple doesn’t provide them for each room. 

6. Laundry detergent, hamper and quarters
Like it or not, living on your own also means that laundry will become part of your routine. Bring some laundry detergent, a hamper or clothing bag for easy transport and quarters to run the machine. 

Pro tip: You can also use Diamond Dollars on your OWLcard to pay for laundry. Not all laundry machines on campus accept Diamond Dollars, though. 

A student settling into her new dorm room

Temple student Alicia Hutchinson makes her dorm room as cozy as possible to transition into her new home in fall of 2019. (Photo by Joseph V. Labolito)'

7. A reusable water bottle 
Not only is it better for the environment, but the bubblers (that’s the little spout) will be disabled on all water fountains across campus as a safety precaution. You’ll be able to fill your bottle using the automatic bottle filling option at the fountains. 

8. Cleaning supplies
Living on your own means you have the extra responsibility of keeping your space tidy—especially now when it’s very important to clean and sanitize things we come into contact with. Throw some cleaning and disinfecting products on your packing list and be sure to actually use them when you get here. Temple will keep common spaces in your residence hall clean, but you’re responsible for your own space. 

9. Hand sanitizer
Stay safe and pack hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) with you, which is now an essential on everyone’s packing list. Dispensers will be all around campus, too, but it never hurts to have your own supply. 

10. Health items
Now, more than ever, it’s extremely important to monitor your health. Bring a thermometer because we recommend you take your temperature every day! Additional health items include your health insurance card, medications you may take, over-the-counter pain relief medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin, bandages and whatever else you may need.

11. Facial coverings 
We recommend to bring a supply of your own reusable, washable masks.

For more details about the move-in process, check out the full Fall 2022 Move-in Guide. We can’t wait to see you!