Preparing for Move-in
The best move-in resource for residents is the 2017 Move-in Guide (Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view, download Adobe Acrobat Reader) which will be available in early August 2017. The guide provides all of the information you need about your new living environment, from internet services and voice mail instructions to getting to know the staff and valuable academic resources. If you have a question, the guide probably has the answer. Familiarize yourself with what's available online so you can focus on bigger things - like what to pack.
Please make sure that you pick up your SDSUcard (student ID card) from the SDSUcard Office (Student Services West, room 2620) before you check-in to your hall or apartment.
5 Things to Bring
1. Personal items: clothes, toiletries, shower caddy, a bike, pictures of friends and family, posters, favorite books, favorite pillow/blanket, mini-sewing kit, etc.
2. Basic room set-up: bed sheets (for extra-long twin, regular twin, or double depending on room), pillow, pillowcase, bedspread, blankets, towels, laundry supplies, storage bins, organizers, hangers, desk supplies, power strip and a non-halogen desk lamp. All rooms have either an overhead light or lamp and some desks have built-in reading lights but it's not a bad idea to bring an extra desk lamp for more light. Traditional residence hall rooms are not carpeted, so residents may bring or purchase a rug after arrival. Suite-style and apartments are carpeted.
3. Emergency supplies: a flashlight with extra batteries, a battery powered radio, a first-aid kit, a supply of necessary medications, and 3 gallons of water. In the case of an emergency, it's good to be prepared.
4. Entertainment: television, tablet, or computer. All rooms are Wi-Fi-ready.
5. For apartment-style living: bring kitchen items such as pots and pans, dishes, utensils, small appliances, cleaning supplies for your kitchen and bathroom etc. Consider coordinating the purchase of these items with roommates.
5 Things to Leave at Home
Almost more important than what you bring is what not to bring — why take up space with items you don’t need, can’t use or may even be dangerous?
2. Refrigerators and microwaves: they are already provided.
3. Hanging artwork: you can decorate your room or apartment to make it feel more like home, but in order to avoid potential damage charges you should not put anything up on the walls that will leaves marks or holes.
4. Candles, incense or anything flammable: these are fire hazards and a violation to the Student Housing License Agreement's Policies and Regulations.
5. For traditional hall or suite-style living: you are not allowed to bring cooking appliances or any appliance with a heating element (blender, hot plate, coffee maker, popcorn popper, toaster, Foreman grill, Magic Bullet or oven of any kind).
Money, Money, Money
A common question is how much money should I bring? You should arrive with enough money to purchase books and supplies for your classes (approximately $400-$500). If you are receiving financial aid, it is possible that all of your available financial aid funds will be used to cover the cost of your registration fees and housing. Know how much financial aid you are receiving, make a budget, and make sure you have enough funds to cover expenses throughout the semester.