Late. Laaaaate. Such late. Much wow.

In other words, it’s time for the second to last installment of your summer reading and the third installment of the “Oh God I Can’t Believe I Forgot to Write This and Left It Off for Three Weeks” blog series. We’ll be looking at things to bring, things to leave at home, things that will be here when you arrive, etc.

Of course, for about half of you, this post won’t be live until after you arrive at Random Hall. And for the other half, it’ll probably be too late to stop you from making any big purchases like a fridge or a second bed or a microwave. So basically, the timing for this post was awful, and we’ll fix it for next year.

Anyways. Onwards to the lists!

what’s already here

As mentioned multiple times in previous posts, Random Hall has some very nice kitchens. On most floors, the kitchens come stocked with microwaves, fridges, paper towels, and basic dishware — the availability/effectiveness of these varies from floor to floor, but in general, you’ll have the basic amenities. Most, if not all, of the floors also have basic cookware, e.g pots, pans, knives, etc., and some floors have fancier tools, e.g stand mixers, rice cookers, ice cream makers, blenders, toaster ovens, etc. Many also have community tupperware and cleaning supplies.

The rooms come standard with twin XL beds and bed frames, bureaus, large closet-cabinets, desks, chairs, and bookshelves. Some come with their own small metal trashcans, though in most cases you have to hunt one down from within Random Hall. Some come with their own air conditioning window units.

In short, things you don’t need to bring include:


  • pots & pans
  • microwave
  • fridge
  • bowls, plates, eating utensils
  • knives
  • toaster oven
  • misc cookware e.g blenders, rice cookers, etc.
  • misc cleaning supplies

personal room

  • bed/bedframe
  • cabinets, drawers, bookshelves, etc.
  • desk
  • chair
  • trash can

what you should probably bring from home

You could probably get this list by Googling, but I remember being a prefrosh and wanting multiple different sources of confirmation on my list of things to bring, so here we go:


  • nothing here! :)

personal room

  • clothing, especially some kind of winter clothes & boots
  • electronics, e.g laptop, phone, personal server, etc.
  • important documents, e.g birth certificate, health records, etc.

what you should probably buy

For those of you coming from other parts of Massachusetts or the New England area, you could probably combine this list with the one above. For the rest of you, it’ll probably be more convenient to wait until you get to MIT to get the following:


  • nothing here! :)

personal room

  • bedsheets, blanket(s), pillow(s) — Twin XL size
  • desk supplies, e.g pens, pencils, paper*
  • laundry supplies, e.g hamper, detergent
  • toiletries, e.g soap, shampoo, loofah, etc.
  • towels
  • umbrella
  • more serious winter clothes**
  • clothing hangers

*You may or may not need to buy paper, depending on the kind you use. By the printer in the basement we have a lot of printer paper, which many people just take for personal use, so if you’re fine with using that, you only really need to buy writing implements.

**I come from Southern California so I waited until I got here to buy more serious winter clothes, since I didn’t really have any at home.

The official list of things to bring from MIT Housing can be found here. The MIT Admissions blogs also have several lists, found here, here, and here. In addition, if you keep Googling things like “college checklist” or “what to bring to college”, you’ll get even more lists for your perusal. Generally, though, you can buy a lot of stuff here, so it isn’t the end of the world if you forget something.

One more post coming up for you this Saturday at the usual time (read: 8am). We’ll have some pre-REX coverage on how Random Hall is preparing to welcome its prefrosh, as well as general information on REX and FYRE and all the cool events that’ll be going on this weekend. :)