What to Pack

You'll change rooms every term, and storage areas are limited, so we recommend packing moderately. You can store personal belongings during breaks and over the summer in our trunk rooms, subject to space availability. Our rooms are furnished with basic items, and each student will have a desk and chair, twin bed, dresser, mirror, and closet space.

Remember, if you’re attending a sports camp, pack things for sports camp separately from the things you’ll drop off and store in your house for the term.


  • Bible, Science and Health, and access to the Bible Lesson (Quarterly, Full Text, subscription to eBibleLesson or the CSPS Student portal, etc.)
  • cell phone (AT&T has a tower on campus and provides the best on-campus coverage)
  • a debit or ATM card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, Shazam, Quest)
  • backpack
  • 2 sets of extra-long twin bedsheets*
  • comforter and pillow(s)*
  • towels and washcloths
  • toiletries and plastic storage basket
  • desk or floor lamp
  • trash can
  • clothes hangers
  • clothes for all seasons (temperatures range from about 0°F to 90°F) and special occasions
  • laundry bag or basket
  • liquid laundry detergent
  • extension cords and surge protectors (must be UL-listed for 1875 watts or greater)
  • plastic tubs with lids for trunk room storage
  • lockable trunk


  • laptop or tablet computer (discounts and recommended systems and software)
  • small refrigerator
  • microwave (1100 watts or less)
  • wall hangings (must use wall grooves or moldings to hang pictues and putty-type adhesive to hang posters); tapestries must be fireproof
  • bicycle

Don't bring these! 

  • fireworks (they’re illegal in Illinois)
  • weapons: knives (no blade over 3"), guns (including Airsoft/paintball), etc.
  • hazardous materials
  • personal furniture
  • candles and incense (no open flames allowed)
  • toasters, hot plates, popcorn poppers that use oil
  • wireless access point, wireless or wired router, or any device that can be configured to offer DHCP service (these interfere with the College network)

*All linens will be supplied for international students.