What to Bring

First of all, think green! The environment is important to St. Mike’s so do your best to bring reusable items and talk to your roommate ahead of time so you don’t have more than one fridge, microwave or TV in your room. You can’t paint the walls or make permanent changes to your room but otherwise, your creativity is the limit to how you personalize your space.

Check out the SMC Campus Store website to reserve a gently-used dorm fridge and/or microwave at a major discount. Visit the Center for the Environment’s Instagram page for more move-in tips!


For Your Desk

lamp / tape / scissors / stapler / pens / pencils / markers / calendar / Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs


For Your Laundry

laundry bag / basket /  environmentally friendly detergent strips / dryer balls / drying rack / iron / ironing board / hangers


For Your Bed

blankets / comforter / pillows / bed lifters / egg crate pad / mattress pad / sheets


For Your Storage Trunk

hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, thumb tacks) needle and thread / umbrella


For Communication

white board / dry-erase marker / addresses / phone numbers


For Your Walls

mirrors / posters / collages / tapestries

first aid

For Emergencies

first aid supplies / thermometer / over-the-counter cold and fever-reducing medication


For Your Electrical Outlets

power strip with on/off switch / extension cord / window fan / chargers


For Your Food

small refrigerator (Energy-Star certified) (visit Campus Store for gently-used, cheaper options) / low-voltage microwave (visit Campus Store for gently-used, cheaper options) / can opener / hot pot (Energy-Star certified) / dishes / utensils / sponge / environmentally friendly dish soap / reusable water bottle (bottled water is not sold on campus)


For Your Person

towels / shampoo / conditioner / razors / soap / toothbrush / toothpaste / floss / carrying case / flip flops or other shower shoes / hand sanitizer / facial coverings/masks

Green Living & Learning: Items with the green leaf logo are available and/or preferred items on campus as we collectively steward the impact our residential and study habits have on the SMC community and beyond.


Saint Michael’s students should consider themselves global learners, and therefore we encourage all students to bring a valid passport with them to campus. If you don’t yet have a valid passport, we encourage you to apply for one as soon as possible. Saint Michael’s has many opportunities for student travel as part of coursework and through special programs, and having a passport with you will make these trips much more feasible. From a weekend in Montreal with your French class to a week rock-climbing in Mexico with the Wilderness Program to an international study course in Bhutan or a service trip to India, you can see the world over the course of your four years.

Click here for more information about how to apply for a passport.

Leave Home

None of the following items are allowed in any residence:

candles / halogen lights / lava lamps / cinder blocks / animals/pets (cats, dogs, fish, lizards, etc.) / glass bottles / air conditioners / incense / exterior holiday lights / hot tubs / waterbeds / kerosene or electric space heaters