Keep in mind that although Concordia's residence hall rooms are larger than the average dorm room, you'll still have limited space.

Packing Tips

  • Bring only what you think you'll really need.
  • If you don't want to bring everything on the day you move in (or if you forget something!), you can shop in Fargo-Moorhead once you arrive.
  • Remember to check your Concordia email for the latest housing, Orientation, and move-in information.

Interested in renting a loft? Check out our vendor, College Loft Services.

First-Year Packing Checklist

Dorm Essentials

  • Small couch, futon, ottoman, or bean bag chair
  • Alarm clock
  • Small fan and/or HEPA air purifier
  • Floor lamp
  • Power strips with surge protection
  • Computer

Students are no longer permitted to bring their own microwave or mini-fridge. Each traditional hall room (including all first-year dorms) comes with a microfridge (a microwave and mini-fridge combo unit). Students may work with Disability Services if they require an accommodation for an extra fridge.


  • Twin XL sheets (extra-long beds in Livedalen, Erickson, Hoyum, Hallett, and Park Region)
  • Comforter
  • Blankets
  • Pillows


  • Towels, washcloths
  • Shower tote
  • Flip-flops (for the shower)
  • Robe (for walking to and from the shower)
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry basket or bag, laundry soap (for high-efficiency machines), fabric softener, dryer sheets, instant stain remover


  • Hangers
  • Over-the-door towel rack or hook
  • Rug
  • Cups, plates, bowls, utensils, can opener
  • Storage tubs
  • Toolkit
  • Sewing kit
  • First aid kit
  • Wastebasket
  • Posters and photos to decorate your room
  • Sticky tack and 3M hooks
  • Cordless vacuum
  • Napkins/paper towels

School Supplies/Studying

  • Backpack
  • Planner
  • Notebooks, binders, folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, stapler

Important Numbers and Cards

  • Driver's license and Social Security card or passport (needed to complete your campus job paperwork)
  • Health and car insurance cards
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications

What to Leave at Home

  • Illegal drugs and alcohol (cannabis/marijuana is not allowed on campus property)
  • Pets (with the exception of fish) — all Emotional Support Animals must be approved by Disability services prior to the animal coming to campus
  • Candles or anything that creates an open flame
  • Mini-fridges and microwaves (each room has a fridge/microwave unit provided)
  • See the Hall Handbook for a full list of policies