What to Bring

What to Bring to GW (and What Not To)

Prior to moving in, talk to your roommate(s) about what items you are comfortable sharing -- this will defray your personal costs and cut down on duplication. We recommend that you consider purchasing common items when you come to campus. Many malls and stand-alone retail outlets are within walking distance or a short Metro ride or drive away.

What Not To Bring to Campus

For your safety, there are items that GW prohibits in its residence halls. These items will be confiscated, if found. Please carefully review GW's Prohibited Item List prior to arriving on campus.

What To Consider Bringing to Campus

  • Pictures, Photo Albums, or Scrapbooks
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Yearbook
  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • Cell Phone & Charger **Combining your alarm clock, camera, & calendar into one device saves money & energy**
  • Computer/Laptop -. Don’t forget the laptop’s charger and locking cable.
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Player* (with remote and user manual)
  • Gaming System (Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox are supported by GW's wireless network)*
  • Power Strip w/Surge Protector (UL approved) **Use a smart power strip wit ha control outlet to save energy**
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges*
  • Printer Paper **Be sure to get paper with recycled content (30% or higher is best)**
  • TV (with remote and user manual)*
  • Streaming Devices (Apple TV, Rokus, and Amazon Fire Sticks are supported by GW's wireless network)*

**Consider Energy Start or other efficient options for your electronics and connect your printer to a smart power strip to prevent phantom power usage**


To maintain the safety of the entire GW community, it will be the personal responsibility of the residents to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of their space. During the first two weeks of school, Campus Living staff will work with every resident to establish a cleaning routine and schedule that all members will be expected to follow. GW community members will be required to wear face masks at all times when they are outside their room and to abide by all social distancing guidelines. 

  • Cleaning Supplies/ Disinfectant Wipes 
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Hand Soap
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Prescription Medication
  • Pain and Fever Reducers (eg. acetaminophen)
  • Cough Medication 
  • Thermometer 
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • Face Mask 
  • Disposable Gloves 
  • Tissues 
  • Paper Towels
  • Debit Card
  • Checkbook
  • Credit Cards
  • Drivers License
  • GWorld Card
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box
Laundry Supplies
  • Detergent **High efficiency detergent works best on GW machines & saves energy**
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack* **You can save $1.75 for every load of laundry you air dry**
  • Fabric Softener
  • Garment Bags
  • Iron (auto shut-off)*
  • Ironing Board*
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Lint Brush
Room Supplies
  • Calendar
  • Desk Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen) **Use high efficiency lightbulbs like CFLs & LEDs**
  • Fan
  • Floor Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen)*
  • Hangers
  • Mattress Pad
  • Message Board*
  • Mirror-Full Length
  • Poster Putty
  • Posters
  • Reusable utensils, dishes, & food containers
  • Sheet Sets (Extra-Long Twin recommended), pillows & blankets/comforter
  • Throw Rugs*
  • Trash Can
  • Window/Door Curtains (w/tension rod)
  • Bike and/or Bike Helmet **Saves time, money, & energy on transportation**
  • Flashlight
  • Hand Truck (for move-in)
  • Reusable grocery bags **There is a $0.05 tax on plastic bags in DC**
  • Reusable Water Bottle **Saves and estimated $550 per year over single-use water bottles**
  • Travel Mug **Get discounts at many coffee shops for bringing a personal mug**
  • Umbrella
  • Water Filter Pitcher*
*Items commonly shared among roommates
**Check out the Green at College flyer for more tips and tricks to sustainability on campus