What to Bring

student moving in

We strongly encourage all students to pack lightly. If the need arises to again de-densify campus, students will be responsible for their own shipping or storage. We advise students not to bring additional furniture beyond what is supplied by the College. 

In order to manage the number of students moving into a building at the same time and adhere to public health guidelines, we are spacing student move-in times out across the move-in period. We anticipate that move-in will run from Sunday, August 23 until Tuesday, September 1. Please note that these dates may be subject to change based on any evolving public health guidance.  Approved students will be assigned a timeslot by the end of July. If you cannot move in during your assigned time slot, you can follow the process to request a new timeslot. Additional information about requesting a new timeslot will be included with the move-in logistics e-mail at the end of July. 

You may bring one additional person to help you move in. They must adhere to the same face-covering and social distancing requirements as students.


Each student is provided with several pieces of furniture in the dorms:

  • Twin x-long bed and mattress (38" x 80")
  • Dresser
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Bookcase

Your suite will also contain recycling and compost bins, however trash bins are not provided. See guidelines for recycling and composting on the Office for Sustainability's website.

For Fall 2020: Bulky items like furniture can make moving out on short notice very challenging, and we do not recommend you bring additional furniture to campus. Harvard College will be furnishing Houses and dorms with MicroFridges for students' personal use.

Items to Pack

When packing for your move, err on the side of bringing less. Remember that you're on campus until Thanksgiving, for a total of 12 weeks. We recommend you bring:

  • Clothes for temperatures ranging from 40° to 85°: a mix of pants, shorts/skirts/dresses, tops, sweaters/sweatshirts, raincoat, and light jacket
  • Active wear to take advantage of the outdoor spaces
  • Towels
  • Bed linens (pillow, mattress pad, sheets, blanket/comforter)
  • Mobile phone
  • Computer
  • Laundry hamper/basket and detergent
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Trash can
  • School supplies
  • Surge protector/power strip
  • Desk lamp
  • Non-damaging, temporary adhesive for posters, pictures, and wall art

Prohibited Items

The following items are not permitted:

  • Pets
  • Candles or incense
  • Halogen lights
  • Fire arms or weapons
  • Space heaters
  • Cooking appliances with exposed heating elements, such as toaster ovens, air fryers, hot plates, griddles, or crock pots
  • Exercise equipment
  • Dart boards
  • Hoverboards
  • Cleaners containing ammonia or chlorine
  • Pest control products
  • Natural-cut Christmas trees

View fire safety guidelines for more information.