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Packing List 2023

Antioch College will be your new home away from home for the coming year. The rooms in both North and Birch Halls have the basics: a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe/closet for each resident. Keep in mind that while most students live on their own, most rooms are set up for double occupancy and therefore have 2 sets of furniture. All College-issued furniture must remain in the room and cannot be stored. Both halls have air-conditioning, wi-fi, and elevator access, as well as a community kitchen, laundry, and lounge spaces.

Co-op will require you to move frequently during your Antioch career, so we recommend keeping your packing simple.  Everything you bring must fit in your room while on campus and fit within a storage box (approx. 3’h x 2’w x 2’d) while you are on co-op.  (Additional space is available for bike storage.  You are welcome to secure additional storage at a local storage center at your own expense.) 


  • TWO forms of original identification.  A driver’s license, passport, social security card, birth certificate, and state ID are acceptable forms of ID.
  • Proof of health insurance.  The College requires every student to have health insurance.  If you are not covered by the time you arrive, you will be required to carry student health insurance.

Plan to bring:

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Bedding (Twin extra-long sheets, pillowcase, pillow, blanket/comforter)
  • Clothing for all seasons 
    • If you have the ability to go home between terms, you can switch these out
    • Layers are your friend – it allows you to adjust for temperature swings 
    • Plan for wet weather as well! Snow generally doesn’t happen until January
  • Personal medications and prescriptions
    • Highly recommend either transferring your prescriptions to a local pharmacy or altering your delivery arrangements to the campus mailing address
  • Toiletry items (contact lens solution, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  • Notepads, pens, pencils, highlighters, and other office supplies for classes (and a bookbag of some kind!)
  • All the cords for your electronics
  • Clothes hangers
  • A supply of laundry detergent and a laundry basket
  • Cleaning items (broom, dustpan, wipes, etc.)
  • Things you need for employment/co-op experiences (bank account info for direct deposit and required documentation needed for employment eligibility verification (I-9) – most use driver’s license or passport AND social security card) 

Consider bringing:

  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock / sound machine/docking station
  • Mirror (most rooms do have a mirror available)
  • Trash can, storage bins, space-saving or organizational items (most rooms have a recycle bin)
  • Shower caddy & shower shoes
  • Small appliances otherwise permitted with proper safe usage (blow dryers, curling/straightening irons, fans, etc.)
  • Laptop computer, printer, camera, etc. (there are common space computers and printing available)
  • Decor items (photos of loved ones, artwork, area rug- to make it like home)
    • Acceptable wall mounting materials:  Scotch Brand Removable Mounting Putty and 3M Command Brand Hanging Strips & Hooks; students still must take care not to damage room surfaces
  • Things for fun times
    • music, musical instruments, games (board, video, and other), crafting and art supplies, etc.
    • Radio/stereo or Bluetooth speakers
    • TV/DVD player, streaming device, video game console (there are TVs in most lounges)
    • sporting/outdoor equipment (please note these items may only be used outdoors)
  • Bicycle w/lock and safety gear (a basket or crate is also helpful)
  • Roller skates and/or skateboard and safety gear (there is a skate park in town) 
  • Reusable dishware (i.e., travel mug, water bottle, to-go container, etc.)
  • Work gloves (for the Farm)
  • Raincoat/poncho, umbrella, and rain boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots (for the Glen)
  • Flashlight

Please DO NOT Bring:

  • Microwaves, air conditioners, or space heaters
  • Candles, incense, oil lamps, or other items with open flames
  • Appliances with open heating coil/element include grills (gas or charcoal), fryers, hot pots, electric kettles, hot plates/burners, electric skillets, coffee makers with exposed hot plates, etc.
    • Toasters, toaster ovens, and George Foreman grills may only be used in community kitchenettes – never in individual student rooms.
  • Plug multipliers or ungrounded extension cords. Only heavy-duty, fusible, multi-outlet surge protectors are permitted (look for the U/L symbol and an auto-off function).  
  • Decor that falls outside of our policies:
    • That which promotes alcohol consumption, drug use, hate messages, or other messages harmful toward other community members
    • Anything that requires nails/screws or other unallowed room modifications
    • Contact paper, wallpaper or paints, wall decals, etc. 
    • Decor that poses a fire safety concern (large tapestries, live or cut trees, ceiling affixed items, etc.)
  • Halogen lamps or heat lamps/grow lights
  • Lofts or other homemade items to raise or loft furniture (cinder blocks, wood structures, etc.). Due to limited space and health/safety reasons, students are discouraged from bringing in additional furnishings. 
  • Pets of any kind (For students with a documented need for an ESA, please contact Sherri Sadowski.)
  • Smoke machines, amplifiers, or other items that disrupt the community
  • Waterbeds or other items capable of holding large volumes of water (jacuzzi/hot tubs, pools, etc.)
  • Unprescribed or illegal drugs (double-check Ohio laws!)
  • Weapons (including firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, knives, fireworks, ammunition, etc.)

Antioch College encourages sustainable ways of living.  As such, we discourage bringing small refrigerators due to energy use. Refrigerators and simple kitchenettes are available on each floor for storing food and cooking.  If you must bring a fridge for your room, it must be 4.3 cubic feet or smaller (limit of one per student).

**Please refer to the Student Policies for additional details.

Revised 8/2023