What to Bring

student moving in

While the first-year dorms offer many amenities, there are a few items all students are likely to need as well as some you should leave at home.


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 Spring 2021: 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. We recommend you bring:

  • Clothes for winter and spring weather
  • 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.