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How to make your dorm room home, sweet, home

Exeter is awesome. It's even more awesome with the right stuff.

By
Patrick Garrity
August 28, 2018
An Exeter student moving into her dorm room at Exeter.

Move-In Day is just around the corner. Be sure to bring some essentials to make your dorm room a happy place.

You have your charming personality, your brilliant mind and your boundless curiosity. But did you remember to pack your shower shoes? 

As summer break winds down and Move-In Day nears, we've compiled a packing list to ensure the "boarding" part of your boarding-school experience is a hit. 

Electric fans: New Hampshire can be steamy this time of year (it topped 80 degrees eight times last September). Exeter’s dorms are hallowed but they don't have central air conditioning.

Bedding: Each boarder is issued sheets, pillow cases and towels, and woolen blankets and pillows are available on request. Your own pillow, a mattress pad and a cozy comforter or quilt can make a big difference in a good night's sleep.

Chargers: Bring two for every device: One for the room, one for the backpack.

Eye mask and ear plugs: Roommates won’t always be in sync, so well-positioned masks and ear plugs can keep the peace.

Shower shoes: Google tinea pedis, then pack a pair of flip-flops.

Bike lock and helmet: Secure your bike, secure your brain. New Hampshire state law requires those under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public way.

Alarm clock: Smart for when the smartphone dies.

Clothes hangers: Hang 'em up and beat wrinkles.

Area rug: Just be sure not to block the door.

Air freshener: Laundry pick-up is only once a week.

Raincoats and rain boots: Exeter gets 48 inches of rain a year, on average (that's not counting the 55 inches of snow annually).

Books: Strictly fun, not work.

And here are some things to leave home (because they're not allowed):

  • Upholstered furniture
  • Refrigerators
  • Stringed or Christmas lights
  • Portable space heaters and all heat-producing items, including flat irons, coffee pots, corn poppers, hot plates, toasters and halogen lamps
  • Candles and incense
  • Improvised partitions and room dividers

Consult the E-Book, page 24, for a full list of banned items.

Have a look at an empty Dunbar Hall dorm room in 360 degrees.