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For commuter students and parents

1) Obtain your ISU Parking Permit online .

2) Make sure you have the phone number of ISU Public Safety
(812-237-5555) added to your cell phone contacts. In addition to handling emergencies, you can also obtain assistance in the case of a lock-out, dead battery or flat tire.

3)Consider signing up for a meal plan so you can eat conveniently
on campus. Meal plans designed for commuters can be found at  .

4) Pack your car so you’re ready for the academic year. Things to include:
* Umbrella in car and backpack
* Roadside service info in glovebox
* Towel (summer)
* Blanket, lock de-icer and window scraper (winter)
* Non perishable food
* Road flare
* Flashlight
* Extra change clothes
* Tennis shoes
* List important numbers
* Plug-in charger for your cell phone and laptop

Things to leave at home:
* Valuables
* Aerosol cans, which could explode in a hot car
* Hunting equipment/ Firearms

5) Check out places to study or relax if you have down time on campus. Indiana State has two commuter lounges located in the Cunningham Memorial Library (second floor) and Hulman Memorial Student Union. Other commuter-friendly places include the juice bar area at the Student Rec Center, the Commons, the atrium of the Bayh College of Education and the lobby area of the Scott College of Business.      

For residential students and parents

1)  Students should contact with their roommate.  Determine who is bringing the refrigerator, the microwave, the Xbox, etc;

2)  Decide if you will rent a bed from Go on line at to make your reservation;

3) Start packing! Among recommended items students should bring are:
* Alarm clock
* Laptop or desktop computer
* Flash drive
* Cell phone and charger
* Backpack or messenger bag
* Desk lamp
* Extra long twin sheets and pillow cases; deep pocket sheets also fit 
* Towels
* Blanket
* Bedspread
* Decor – photos, pillows, posters, rug or a bean bag chair
* Hangers
* Toiletries
* Flip flops
* Laundry basket and detergent (regular, not HE)
* Rolls of quarters for laundry
* Hand sanitizer
* A few eating and cooking utensils
* Fan
* Power strips (one is good, two is even better)
* Coax cable
* Multiple umbrellas (one for the room and one for your bag)
* Television, stereo or iPod with headphones
* Compact refrigerator, maximum capacity 4.5 cubic feet; maximum amperage 1.5 amp
* Small microwave
* School supplies - notebooks, binders, pencils, colored pencils, a calculator, pens, and a black marker * Toilet paper and bathroom cleaning supplies if you have a private bathroom
* Light cleaning supplies – Windex, Pledge, Swiffer dusters, paper towels
* Food items (such as macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, soup, cereal, crackers etc) to ward off hunger and the urge to order out pizza
* Medical kit: digital thermometer, aspirin and/or ibuprofen, Band-Aids, gauze tape, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, reusable hot/cold pack, anti-diarrhea medicine, antihistamine, decongestant, antacid, throat spray/lozenges, cough medicine, tissues and any prescription medications

Things to leave at home:
* Hot surfaced appliances, such as hot plates, space heaters, George Foreman Grills, electric frying pans, etc.
* Room-size air conditioners (window and/or floor units)
* Halogen lamps
* Candles
* Hunting equipment/firearms/weapons
* Waterbeds
* Grills
* Pets (other than fish)

4) Make sure you’ve signed up for a meal plan. If not, check out  .

5) Obtain your ISU Parking Permit (if bringing a car). You can do this online .

6) Make sure to write down or photograph items of value. Record make and model of electronics.

7) Check and make sure your parent’s homeowner’s policy covers items in your residence hall room. If not, it is suggested that you invest in renter’s insurance through your insurance company or by going to

8) Bringing a bike to campus? Remember to bring a lock and register it with Public Safety.

9) Remember to secure an appliance dolly. Contact friends, family, neighbors, moving companies or mom and pop appliance stores to see about borrowing/renting one.

10) Make sure to bring your ISU student ID.  Students WILL need their ISU ID to check-in at their residence hall.

11) Parents: On move-in day, you might want to bring along a small cooler filled with cold bottles of water and a couple of bandanas/towels. The cold water and cold towels on the back of your neck will make you feel tons better while you move-in your student to his new digs!