My name is Anne, and I am a junior Cookie and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, majoring in International Studies and French. This is my third year living in Martha Cook and my fifth year living in dorms (yay boarding schools!) That being said, I know a thing or two about moving into and living in dorms (especially as an out of state student.). As we all know, knowledge is worth sharing, so here we go:
What to bring to your new dorm room this fall!
When it comes to clothes, I’ve found that most people (including myself) tend to overpack. Yes, you are here for a year. Yes, Michigan weather is ridiculous. But you do have limited space and many of you will be sharing a closet with a roommate. I’m not saying bring three shirts and that’s it, but look into what you really wear. If you’re planning on going home for Fall Study Break, maybe you can bring more of your wintery clothes then. Leave space when you move in! Trust me, you’ll be getting a ton of free t shirts and Michigan gear. Also, the 6 bus (free for Umich students with your Mcard) that leaves from the Union (about a 1 ½ minute walk) takes you directly to the mall, not to mention Urban Outfitters and the other apparel stores in Ann Arbor itself.
Staples you will need:
- Hot weather essentials such as tees, tanks, shorts, skirts, or sundresses, as the first month or so can be brutally hot. But don’t bring too many!
- Warm winter clothing. Jeans, sweaters, etc. You live in them.
- Exercise clothes (if you’re into that...) Both the Central Campus Rec Building (CCRB) and the Intramural Sports Building (IM Building) have lap pools as well.
- Something you don’t mind getting dirty, as many organizations like to paint the rock, and you don’t want to wear something you can’t wreck.
- Michigan gear if you already have it, if not you can buy it anywhere. Go Blue!
- A big warm winter coat and waterproof warm shoes/boots. It gets real slushy here, and you’re walking to class.
- Don’t forget things like pyjamas, socks, and undergarments!
- And fun dress clothes for Friday afternoon teas! Dresses, skirts, slacks, nice shoes... It’s fun to play dress up!
Martha Cook is a beautiful building with amazing character. That being said, it does have its quirks!
I highly recommend talking to your roommate before you move in to coordinate what each of you will be bringing.
-Also, Bed Bath and Beyond has this AMAZING service where you can go into your home store, scan whatever it is you want for your dorm, have them send it in to the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond (there’s one just down the road on Washtenaw!) where you can pick up and pay for all your items without lugging them halfway across the country!-
- Power strips and extension cords. Old building, very few plugs.
- Bedding. Twin XL sheets, a mattress pad, blankets for when it gets cold, pillow(s), etc.
- Towels! I like having two sets.
- Toiletries- but don’t buy these until you get to Ann Arbor. We have a CVS on campus and Target/Meijer/other places close by. You don’t need to take up the room in your luggage. Shower caddies are great as well! You’ll probably want a pair of cheap rubber flip flops to shower in as well.
- Lamps. The lighting is rather dim.
- School/desk supplies!
- A first aid kit is always a good addition: band-aids, neosporin, anti-nausea, tylonol, feminine products...
- Fan(s)!!! It’s really hot the first few weeks!!!
- Closet organizers/bins/what you need to keep yourself organized.
- Laundry hamper
- Fridges- 2ed, 3rd, and 4th floors have kitchenettes with them, but it’s always nice to have a minifridge in your room as well.
- Computer. The building has desktops, but it’s really nice to have your own as well.
- Futon- but only for the rooms big enough to support them! (Doubles, you can be kind of out of luck for this.)
- Wall art, decor- the walls are a blank canvas!
- Ethernet cable- the Wifi in the building is really good, but sometimes it’s nice to have an ethernet cable as well. Each room as a plug in.