Items with asterisk (*) indicate potentially shared items. We would recommend that you contact your roommate before arriving to campus to avoid duplication of items.

Items with two asterisks (**) indicate appliances such as iron, coffee pot, heating pad, curling iron that should be equipped with automatic shut-off.

For information about what's included in each room, please check out information about our on-campus residential facilities.

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.

Ship to F&M with Storage Scholars

If you need to ship any items ahead of your arrival, Storage Scholars is here to help. Storage Scholars will ship boxes to your house for packing. Once the team receives your belongings, Storage Scholars will store them and later deliver them to campus so they’re ready and waiting in your room. 

Learn more about Storage Scholars

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
  • First aid kit (please note there is a CVS Pharmacy is across the street, within walking distance of campus)
  • Storage bins
  • Bicycle/bike lock/helmet
  • Iron/Ironing board **
  • Coffee pot **
  • Heating pad **

Room Items *

  • Lamp/Floor lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited) 
  • TV or monitor. Cable is not provided. Learn more about how to use streaming services at F&M.
  • Hangers  
  • Room cleaning products
  • Poster Putty or 3M Command poster products
  • Power strips/surge protectors 
  • Area rug (runner or 5X8 only)
  • Fan (all rooms are centrally air conditioned) 
  • 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. Learn more about microfridge rentals

Academic Items 

  • Backpack/bookbag
  • Pencils/pens/highlighters
  • Notebooks & writing paper 
  • Note cards (various sizes)
  • Daily planner
  • Dry erase board *
  • Calculator (please note professors may require a specific model)
  • Additional common office supplies as needed




Do Not Bring 
  • Air fresheners — your roommate may be allergic
  • Candles/incense/oil burning lamps
  • Electric blanket 
  • Ethernet hubs/switches
  • Firecrackers, fireworks or explosives
  • Gasoline motors of any type and no storing of fuels such as gasoline or propane
  • Guns, ammunition, or weapons, including but not limited to knives, darts, and swords
  • Hot plates/hot pots
  • Microwave (most halls have an available microwave)


  • Mifi devices
  • Paint guns or BB guns
  • Personal printer. Learn more about F&M's printing services.
  • Pets (fish are permitted - max. aquarium size 10 gallon)
  • Power tools
  • Rice cooker
  • Single-use water bottles 
  • Upholstered furniture/ottomans/chairs, as all housing options are fully furnished
  • Wireless router
  • Wooden frame or metal lofts