St. Mary's University 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 St. Mary's University logo William Joseph Chaminade St. Mary's University, Texas

What to Bring to Campus

As you prepare to move to college, here’s a checklist of everything you should bring.


  • Comforter, quilt, or bedspread
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow
  • Regular twin bed sheets
  • Towels
  • Washcloths


  • Area rug
  • Bathroom rug
  • Hangers
  • Laundry baskets
  • Photos
  • Posters, wall decals, etc.
  • Poster putty
  • Shower caddy
  • Chairs – bean bags, folding chairs, etc.


  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Computer and charger
  • Desk lamp or bedside lamp
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cords
  • Fan
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hair dryer
  • HDMI cable
  • Headphones or ear buds
  • Iron and small ironing board
  • Microwave (max 1.4 cubic feet)
  • Power strip with surge protection
  • Printer
  • Refrigerator (max 4.5 cubic feet)
  • TV (optional; there are common room TVs)


  • Broom and dust pan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Tub/tile cleaner and sponge
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash can and bags
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap


  • Coffee pot and mug
  • Drinking glass, bowl, plate
  • Food storage containers
  • Utensils
  • Coffee
  • Easy Mac
  • Granola bars, energy bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Ramen noodles
  • Soup

School supplies

  • Backpack or messenger bag
  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Calculator
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Textbooks

Other items

  • First aid kit
  • Games
  • Bug spray
  • Lanyard
  • Medicine
  • Toiletries
  • Sewing kit
  • Small toolkit
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Clothing – include formal attire for special events, clothes you don’t mind ruining while doing volunteer work, gym clothes, and everyday wear
  • Jackets for fall and winter

NOT allowed

  • Anything illegal
  • Guns, knives and other weapons
  • Candles or anything with a flame
  • Incense burners
  • Appliances with open heating elements
  • Cappuccino makers
  • Electric skillets
  • Toaster ovens
  • Halogen lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Electrical outlet splitters
  • Fog machines
  • Pets – except service and emotional support animals and fish in 10 gallon or less tanks

An organized dorm room with shelving, portable drawers and hooks for purses and coatsEvery room on campus is furnished with a desk chair, bed with a standard-sized twin mattress, a closet and drawer space for each resident. Chaminade Hall and Périgueux Hall have xl-twin mattresses, and a limited number are available upon request for other buildings. Each residence hall room also has a sink (either in the adjoining bathroom or in the room), a window with blinds/shade, basic TV cable service, HBO, Showtime, air conditioning/heat, and one Ethernet port per resident.

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