What First Year Residents Need to Know
Starting college can be a very exciting yet stressful time. The Residence Life Staff at King's is committed to making the transition to living away from home easier for all of our resident population. Below, please find a timeline that aims to prepare you for the major aspects of living in a college residence hall for the first time. We hope to take you through this process one step at a time while addressing any concerns or questions that you might have.

Step 1 - The Application Process
Once final arrangements have been made with the Office of Admissions regarding your decision to attend and live on-campus at King's, you will be receiving a housing application packet from our office. This application packet will be sent in mid May and should be returned with the $150.00 security deposit by June 1st in order to ensure a room assignment and the granting of a roommate request.

Step 2 - The Roommate Pairing Process
In early July, the Office of Residence Life Staff begins the Roommate Pairing Process. Roommates are matched by the Office of Residence Life using the returned Resident Student Application along with the other information the students receive with their housing packet. It is for this reason that the student fill out this information as accurately as possible to make the best roommate match. In order to grant roommate requests, both parties must request each other and the requests need to be received in early June to ensure the request.

Step 3 - The Residence Life Roommate Pairing Mailing
In early to mid July, the Office of Residence Life will send out the Roommate Pairing Mailing. This email (to your kings.edu email address) will include the name and contact information for your roommate. It is strongly encouraged that resident students make contact with your roommate soon after you receive the mailing so you both can begin the planning process for what to bring, as well as beginning to get to know your roommate on a personal level.

Step 4 - The Shopping and Packing Process
This is without a doubt the most tedious of the processes involved with heading to college. After all, you're packing up all of your belongings and heading to a place that is going to be your new home for almost nine months of the entire year! You and your roommate only have so much space to work with so here is a more complete breakdown of personal items for your new room:

Electrical Appliances
All resident students are required to limit their use of electrical appliances to the following: stereo equipment, TV, clock, hairdryer, refrigerator no larger than 5.0 cubic feet, microwave ovens no more than 900 watts, hot pots, coffeemakers with UL-approved heating elements and automatic shutoffs. Any appliance without an enclosed heating element, such as a hot plate or toaster oven is in violation of the safety codes and is not permitted.


  • Bed linens (all beds are size twin XL)
  • bathing suit
  • brush/comb
  • computer
  • deodorant
  • dryer rack
  • fan(s)
  • fridge
  • hangers
  • jewelry
  • laundry detergent
  • mirror
  • pencils & pens
  • planner
  • power strips
  • razors
  • shaving supplies
  • shower shoes
  • sunglasses
  • television
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • umbrella
  • blanket
  • calculator
  • clock
  • desk lamp
  • egg crate for bed
  • first aid supplies
  • food
  • highlighters
  • key chain
  • medicines
  • money
  • cell phone
  • phone charger
  • plastic bags
  • ruler
  • shoes
  • slippers
  • stereo / headphones
  • suntan lotion
  • tissues
  • book bag
  • clothes
  • cosmetic supplies
  • dish soap & sponge
  • flashlight
  • hairdryer
  • jacket
  • laundry basket / bag
  • microwave
  • paper clips
  • pillows
  • posters
  • robe
  • scissors
  • shower caddie
  • stamps
  • storage bins
  • tape
  • towels

King's College is not responsible for a student's personal belongings. The College highly recommends that you check your homeowner's insurance to make sure that student property is covered while living at college. Some carriers will provide a standard policy to insure personal belongings while attending college.

Step 5 - Final Arrangements
In late July, the Office of Campus Activities and New Student Orientation will send a mailing to all new students regarding the Orientation Schedule. The Orientation mailing will include important information regarding New Student Orientation Weekend along with the date and time for the residence hall move-in process.

We wish you the best of luck as you prepare to begin your college education and move into your home away from home. If at any time you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us in the Office of Residence Life either by phone (570) 208-5856 or email reslife@kings.edu.