What to Bring

 We often receive questions about items students should/shouldn’t bring with them.

Login to GrinnellShare to find a detailed packing list.

Incoming students will receive access to GrinnellShare in May, 2018.

If you have further questions about living on campus, they may be answered by referring to our residence life policies.


Leave at home:

  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Anything with an exposed heating element
  • Anything with an open flame
  • Candles and candle warmers (eg. Scentsy)
  • Coffee pots without an automatic shut-off feature (brands like Keurig with enclosed heating elements are okay)
  • Contact paper
  • Dry-erase/memo boards are prohibited on room doors (every door already has one!)
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable liquids
  • George Foreman-style grills
  • Grills or griddles
  • Halogen floor lamps
  • Hoverboards
  • Incense
  • Irons without auto shut off features
  • Lava lamps
  • Mattress from home
  • Outdoor antennas or satellite dishes
  • Pets other than fish (see our Pet Policy)
  • Space heaters
  • Spider/multi-arm floor lamps
  • Sub-woofers
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds and water-filled furniture
  • Weapons (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, martial arts weapons, knives, etc.)