What to Bring

Boarding students need to bring clothing for classes and recreation, with enough changes to last a week until laundering. The dress code lists clothing needed. Dorms have twin beds, desks, chairs, dressers or shelves, closet areas, and a combination-lock safe that can hold two laptops; a recreation room or living room at or near each dorm has television. Our dorms have online computer connections and broadband Wi-Fi. Any dorm requirement can be purchased after arrival at school. Dorm parents will help with purchases when students enter Southwestern.


  • Twin-bed sheets (36×75″)
  • Pillow and pillow cases
  • Blankets, beadspread
  • Mattress cover (required by law)
  • Bathrobe
  • Pajamas or nightgown
  • Slippers and/or shower thongs
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bath towels; washcloths
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock or clock radio
  • Padlocks for book and gym lockers


  • Clothes hangers
  • Small throw rug
  • Desk lamp (fluorescent or LED only)
  • Posters or pictures to decorate room (G or PG only, please)
  • Small stereo player with earphones
  • Hair dryer, iron
  • Laptop, tablet, or notebook computer with earphones (but no speakers)
  • Padlocks for book & gym lockers
  • Small desk fan
  • Cellular phone

Not Allowed In Dorms

  • Any heating, cooling, or cooking devices (including halogen or incandescent lamps)
  • Hotpots, rice pots, refrigerators, coffee makers, etc. – (not allowed for fire and health safety)
  • PCs, large stereos, large TV’s, desktop computers or external monitors
  • Other furniture
  • Suitcases or trunks (there are storage rooms available near all dorms for your luggage)