What to Bring

Packing up the car? The cardboard boxes to ship? Making a list of what to buy once you get here? Be sure to check out the resources below before you toss out your winter coat to make room for your PS3...

Your Room: What Is Provided

Specific information about housing guidelines is available on the Housing Web page, but here are some rules that typically apply to dorm rooms each year: Double rooms are typically 20 feet by 12 feet. Each of the following provided for each student:

  • An extra-long twin bed (36” x 80”), mattresses are extra-long, 80-inch, twin mattresses
  • Closet
  • Desk & Desk chair
  • Bookshelf
  • Waste basket & recycling bin
  • Dresser
  • Whiteboard on the door exterior
  • Face mirror (some but not all rooms come with full-length as well) 
Your Room: What you need

Here is a list of other items that you may want to bring or plan on acquiring upon arrival from the College Bookstore or from many other great local vendors!

  • Linens: Twin XL (80”) Sheets, Comforter, Pillows, Blanket(s) and Mattress Pad
  • Towels (two are ideal, one to use while washing another!)
  • Odds and Ends:
    • Study lamp and/or floor lamp with light bulbs
    • Small area rug or carpet remnant up to 16 x 10 feet in size
    • Hangers
    • Power Strips (instead of extension cords) with surge protection
    • Posters, Pictures, Flags and other decorations that can be affixed to the wall without using nails (Command Hooks are a great option)
Your Room: What you don't need
  • Pets: Only sanctioned support animals for people with disabilities, such as guide dogs, and small animals (e.g. fish and hamsters) kept in appropriate aquariums or small cages at all times are permitted in the residence halls.  Snakes and ferrets, even if caged, are not allowed in residence halls at any time.
  • Bikes and Cars: Parking on campus is limited and often far from first-year residence halls. Most businesses in town are within a short walk to the campus. Zipcar, ride sharing and carpooling are also common, so think strategically as to whether having your car on campus would be worthwhile.
    • While cars are permitted, they must be registered with the Department of Public Safety. To begin the registration process before you arrive, log onto BannerWeb with your license and registration information and fill out the form titled "Register Your Vehicle."
    • Students with vehicles will need to pick up their parking permit upon arrival on campus. You must also register your bicycle with the Department of Public Safety, if you choose to bring it to campus. 

The Items Listed Below Are NOT Allowed

  • Halogen lights
  • Christmas lights (Rope lights encased in a tube are permitted)
  • Candles, incense, and any devices that create open flames
  • Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements such as toasters, heaters, and hot plates. (Only irons with automatic shutoff mechanisms are allowed in rooms)
Your Room: What you can share with a roommate
  • Fridge: At the beginning of each semester the bookstore will have new and used refrigerators for purchase. There are also refrigerators in the kitchenettes of every dorm open for common use.
  • Microwave: Students may prefer to have a microwave in their personal space.  However, there are microwaves available in the kitchenettes of every dorm which are open for common use.
  • Speakers & Digital Camera: The college library has these available for one-day rental.
  • Printer: Having your own printer is unnecessary.  Each Middlebury student is allotted a printing quota and you can purchase additional funds for printing as needed.  Visit go/printing for more information.

Your Room: What you can buy on campus

The College Bookstore offers a wide range of products and services to ease your transition into dorm room living. 

  • Panther Dorm Shop is open throughout orientation and has assorted room supplies for sale, including towels, rugs and refrigerators.
  • Apple Campus Store and Certified Apple Tech products in the bookstore year round, some at educational discount prices.
  • Loyalty Rewards Program is a great way to start saving.  Every dollar spent at the bookstore equals a point.  Points accumulated in increments of 250, 500, 700 and 1,000 can be redeemed as bookstore gift cards for $5, $15, $30 and $50 respectively.
Your Room: Buying local

The business community of Addison County, in which Middlebury College resides, works hard to meet the needs of college students by providing many of those items locally. By purchasing products from Addison County businesses, you contribute to a thriving local economy, support the strong relationship between the College and the community, and reduce the need to pack, ship and transport excess items. For a complete list of local retailers, click here.

Your Room: Technology
  • Cell Phone: We find Verizon, AT&T Wireless and Sprint offer the best reception and service plans for the Middlebury area. For details on coverage and plans, see the company’s website).
  • Computer: Both Windows and Apple computers are supported on campus and you are strongly encouraged to purchase one of the systems recommended by Middlebury. The College Bookstore sells Apple computers which incoming students are eligible to purchase at an "education discount." Please consult with the Helpdesk staff at 802-443-2200 to discuss the recommended configurations for student computer systems, and review the information on our Web site: go.middlebury.edu/computers
  • Ethernet Cord: For the fastest network connection and best experience, use an Ethernet cable and plug into the red jack in your residential hall room (or the Data jack in some dorms).
Your Room: Sustainability

Here at Middlebury we are increasing our use of renewable energy and improving energy conservation to reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2016! This huge undertaking involves participation from students, staff, and faculty from across the college.

Here's how you can help!