Equipping Your Dorm Room

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Your residence hall room will come equipped with the following items:

Each room contains loftable furniture that you can arrange in multiple configurations. Check out individual dorm pages to get ideas about how you might want to arrange your room. There will be a set-up guide in your room when you arrive.

  • network and wireless computing
  • student-run coffee bar (Kratz-Miller-Yoder connector)
  • lounges: vending machines
  • washers and dryers
  • ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner / broom
  • storage space (limited)
  • bike racks

New friends – new challenges
At Goshen College you will find new friends, have easy accessibility to campus activities and facilities and discover many new challenges and opportunities. As you live in your new “home away from home,” you will be challenged to examine yourself, your relationships and your world in a new light.

Essential stuff:

  • alarm clock
  • telephone
  • laundry basket/bag
  • laundry soap
  • coffee mug
  • plastic bucket to tote stuff to bathrooms
  • hair dryer
  • bathrobe
  • backpack
  • desk supplies
  • wastebasket
  • memo board and markers for door messages
  • surge protector(s)
  • bed sheets (twin for 80″ beds)
  • blanket
  • pillow
  • bedspread
  • towels
  • hangers
  • fan
  • iron
  • small medicine kit
  • 3-prong UL-listed extension cord or surge protectors
  • small sewing kit
  • sticky tack reusable adhesive (blue, yellow or white stuff)

Optional touches of home

  • posters
  • computer
  • stereo / radio
  • small refrigerator (no more than 3 cubic feet)
  • video gaming system
  • TV / DVD
  • plants
  • snack foods
  • tennis racket, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.

Stuff you should leave at home

  • water beds
  • lumber for building lofts
  • air conditioner
  • halogen lamps
  • candles
  • incense
  • oil lamps
  • ceiling fan
  • dimmer switch
  • 2-prong non-UL listed extension cords
  • multiple outlet adapters (the ones that you plug into the outlet to give you more outlet spaces – use surge protectors only)
  • open coil appliances
  • answering machine (you’ll have voicemail)
  • nails and screws (they will damage your room; please use sticky tack)
  • no pets (fish are OK)
  • paint (you are not allowed to paint your room)
  • firearms
  • alcohol, tobacco, vapor paraphernalia and drugs