Here are some suggestions on what you will want to consider bringing with you ...
- Alarm clock -- need we say more
- Sheets and bedding -- We provide you with a mattress cover or pad. Twin extra-long flat sheets will fit all beds but wait to buy fitted sheets until you see the mattress.
- Carpet -- Carpet is permitted in the Peterson Hall and in Connolly Hall. We suggest you wait until arrival to get an accurate measurement. We encourage students living in Peterson to install carpet as it helps on noise reduction in the building.
- Cleaning supplies -- who knows, someone might use them
- Personal care -- soap, shampoo, towels
- Laundry detergent
- Bicycles -- Bike racks are located near the residence halls. All bikes must be registered. Registration is free and provides each bike with an identification sticker for the bike frame—good for the entire time you reside on campus. Register your bike on-line. Bike locks are recommended. Bikes must be removed during the summer months unless you are residing on campus. Bikes not removed for summer (especially those not registered) may be donated.
- Extension Cords -- We highly recommend that you invest in surge protector strips for your electrical appliances. Light duty extension cords are not meant for continuous use -- especially not for fridges, TVs, and so on -- and are therefore not allowed.
- Furniture -- All rooms are furnished with a bed for each resident, study chairs, desk space, closet space and drawer space. If you bring other furniture -- please no water beds -- you will need to ensure all furniture does not impair access to windows, doors, plumbing access panels or heating units.
- Lofts -- A bed (mattress, bedspring and legs/frame) is provided for each student assigned to live on-campus. However, should you choose to loft your bed, each loft must be freestanding and follow the guidelines available from Residence Life or review the Residence Life Handbook at the beginning of school. Because the room sizes and bed frames vary in each building it is advised that you wait to construct the loft until after you arrive. Residence Life does not provide storage. Lofting is not allowed in Peterson Hall -- all beds in the Peterson are equipped to be bunked or lofted with provided equipment that is in the room (under the bed).
- Phone -- Local telephone service is provided, but you must provide your own telephone. Each room is equipped with one touch-tone modular jack. Long distance calls may be made using a personal calling card or a pre-paid calling card. For more information see the Residence Life Handbook.
- Stereo, TV, VCRs, etc. -- you might want to check with your roommates so you don't end up with a room full of TVs and no place to sit. Network and cable TV are available in all rooms, including our own TV Channel - GrubbyVision which features nightly movies (some are even fairly new releases). Keep in mind when you’re packing your woofers that quiet hours do exist in the residence halls.
Refrigerators and Microwaves -- Fridge size is limited to typical dorm size fridges - approx. 3.0 to 4.0 cubic feet (some companies make compact fridges that are 6.0 cubic feet). These fridges are usually 2-3 feet tall. Microfridges, a larger size fridge with a microwave -- the only microwaves allowed in student rooms in Connolly and Palmerton Hall, are available for rent or direct buy from the manufacturer. Small size microwaves are allowed in Peterson Hall. Limit of one fridge per resident and one microwave per room in dorms where they are allowed.
Cell phone -- it sure makes it easier for your family to get a hold of you
- Car -- it's not required, but it sure makes it easier to get out and explore without relying on friends and classmates. And the public transportation around here is pretty spotty. All vehicles including those with free permits must have a parking permit. Register for your permit on-line at www.sdsmt.edu/services/facilities. Registration is available from July 1 thru August 20. All vehicles, including motorcycles, must be registered to in order to park on campus.
- An open mind -- it sure helps, especially as you will be doing new things, meeting new people, and growing in a lot of ways.
Don't worry about bringing ...
- A computer -- as a freshman you'll be enrolled in the TabletPC Program, but you can never have enough computers. Right? But no matter how many computers you have, high-speed Internet connection ports are in each room (1 port per person). These connections are ready to go. Just plug in to the network connection and you'll be prompted to register. Wireless connections are currently available in Peterson Hall and Palmerton Hall. Connolly Hall residents get fairly okay signals from the rest of campus, but should have their own wireless ports soon. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
- Backpack -- your TabletPC comes with its own backpack.
- Blinds -- We provide light filtering mini-blinds in each resident room.
- Your parents -- it's okay for them to visit, but we don't want them moving in, do we?