What to Bring

It can be overwhelming to pack for college. We’ve provided some guidelines to help you plan ahead.        

What We Provide

Medford and Somerville Campus

Every student will be provided with the following in their residence hall:

  • Bed – extra twin long (36” x 80”)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Window shades and screens
  • Ethernet data jack (one per student), telephone jack and cable television jack

SMFA: Fenway and Beacon House

Students living in on-campus housing will be provided with the following in their residence hall:

  • Bed – extra twin long (36” x 80”)
  • Desk and chair
  • Small dresser

Things to Bring

For Your Room

  • Recycling bin
  • Power strip and power cords for your electronics
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan (rooms are not air conditioned)    
  • Flashlight (a real one, not your cellphone)
  • Shower tote
  • Towels
  • Desk light
  • Headphones
  • Cleaning supplies - common spaces are cleaned, but your room is your responsibility
  • Trash Can
  • Plastic shoe/boot tray

Suggestions from Health and Wellness

You can visit the Health Service at any time for bigger concerns, but we suggest building your own medicine cabinet for day-to-day needs.
We recommend:

  • Your health insurance card
  • 1-month supply of any medications you take (Health Service can assist you with refills, if necessary, once you’ve settled in)
  • Band-Aids
  • Ace bandage
  • Thermometer
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Tissues
  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Common cold remedies (e.g., cough drops, cold/cough medicine, sore throat spray)

Other Items to Discuss With Your Roommate

Once you know who you’ll be living with you can decide together if you want have any of the following:

  • Telephone
  • Stereo or television
  • Area rug - we recommend 6’ x 9’
  • Dorm-sized refrigerator with attached microwave (“microfridge”) *

Find Out How to Rent a Microfridge

* Students living at Beacon House are permitted to have 1 microwave and 1 fridge per room. Students living in Fenway House can each have 1 microwave, 1 fridge, and 1 Keurig coffee machine.

Things to Leave at Home

For your safety and the safety of your dorm mates, please leave the following at home: 

  • Candles, incense, flammable substances
  • Microwaves and other cooking appliances
  • Halogen lights and multi-armed “octopus” style lamps
  • Weapons of any kind (real or replica)
  • All upholstered furniture that does not meet the CAL -133 safety rating  
  • Dart boards with metal tipped darts
  • Air conditioners
  • Grills
  • Explosives
  • Hoverboards and similar devices

Living and Furniture Accommodations

If you have a disability, you may wish to request accommodations for your on-campus living space.
Health and safety concerns dictate that we handle these requests in a structured way. Therefore, you will need to submit an updated accommodation request yearly. If you have a medical condition, you may request a modification to the standard furniture in your residential room.

Learn More about Living Accommodations

Find Out About Requesting a Furniture Modification