Sustainable Practices

As you prepare for your move to Franklin & Marshall College, please remember that we are committed to reducing our collective impact on the environment through sustainable practices in all areas of campus. We encourage you to purchase fewer items, reuse them when possible, and choose recycled or other low-impact products when you can.

More Residence Hall information can be found HERE.

Packing Do's & Don'ts

Bedding Items

  • Twin XL sheets (mattress is provided by the college)
  • Mattress cover
  • Mattress topper (please read the label on the mattress topper to be sure it complies with the federal standards concerning flammability)
  • Pillow and pillow cases
  • Blanket/comforter

Personal Items

  • Towels/washcloths
  • Shower supplies/shower caddy
  • Flip flops and bathrobe for the shower
  • Laundry supplies (washers require HE (high efficiency) detergent), reusable dryer balls, laundry basket or bag 
  • Tissues
  • Reusable water bottle. Discounts apply at Blue Line, LSP, and Mean Cup when using reusable coffee mug/thermos.
  • Umbrella/rain coat/rain boots
  • Reusable bag for shopping *
  • Alarm clock
  • Flashlight *
  • Bandaids/cold medicine/first aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Storage bins
  • Shoe rack
  • Sewing kit
  • Bicycle/bike lock/helmet
  • Iron/Ironing board **
  • Coffee pot **
  • Heating pad **

* * Appliances such as iron, coffee pot, heating pad, curling iron should be equipped with automatic shut-off

Room Items

  • Lamp/Floor lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited) *
  • TV - students may bring a TV.  Cable is not provided.
  • Dust buster or Swiffer *
  •  Hangers  
  • Room clearing products
  • Power strips/surge protectors *
  • Area rug (runner, 5X8 or 6X9 only) *
  • Fan (all rooms are centrally air conditioned) *  
  • Expandable window screen, optional *  
  • Refrigerator * — 1.8 cu ft. up to 4 cu ft. Energy Star refrigerators are permitted.  You may also rent a microfridge combo unit from our preferred vendor.  See microfridge rental info button below. 

Academic Items 

  • Backpack/bookbag
  • Pencils/pens/highlighters
  • Pencil sharpener *
  • Computer
  • Printer (wireless feature turned off). Please note, printing is widely available on campus for a small fee.
  • Ethernet cord (wireless is available)
  • Scissors *
  • Hole punch *
  • Notebooks & writing paper 
  • Stamps/envelopes
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler and staples *
  • Ruler
  • Note cards (various sizes)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Thumb tacks
  • Poster Putty or 3M Command Hooks
  • Calendar
  • Daily planner
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Dry erase board *
  • Calculator

NOTE:  Items with Asterisk (*) would recommend that you contact your roommate before arriving to campus to avoid duplication of items.

Do Not Bring 

  • Hot plates/hot pots
  • Wireless printer
  • Ethernet hubs/switches
  • Mifi devices
  • Wireless router
  • A stand alone microwave is not permitted (most halls have an available microwave)
  • Electric blanket 
  • Candles/incense/oil burning lamps
  • Power tools
  • No guns, ammunition, or weapons, including but not limited to knives, darts, and swords
  • Pets (fish are permitted - max. aquarium size 10 gallon)
  • Paint guns or BB guns
  • No wooden frame or metal lofts
  • Firecrackers, fireworks or explosives
  • No gasoline motors of any type and no storing of fuels such as gasoline or propane
  • Air fresheners—students could be allergic
  • Upholstered furniture/ottomans/chairs, as all housing options are fully furnished