Campus Life

Central Essentials

Packing for life at Central? Don’t forget these must-haves on your checklist.

Two students taking a selfie on Peace Mall.


It’s a long way across campus on tired feet. The faster you can get to class, the longer you can sleep, right?

Bike Sharing

Don’t have a bike? VeoRide bike share is a simple and easy way to rent a bike. Learn more


You never know when you might get caught in the rain!


Your clothes will thank you. Pro-tip: If you’re willing to splurge, felt hangers will help maximize your closet space.

Pens and Pencils

Bring plenty of ink. You wouldn’t want to show up to that psychology test unprepared.

Two female students in their dorm room.


A cooking night with friends in the Scholte kitchen is no fun without plates.

Gennis Equipment

Bring a golf club and some tennis balls to campus this fall to play Gennis with new friends — it’s a campus tradition.

Trash Can

The floor in your dorm room is not an appropriate substitute.


Bring towels with you, not only to campus, but to the shower. Others in the Gaass showers will thank you for it.

A group of students lounging near the pond.

Power Strip

Invest in a power strip with a surge protector. Don’t show up to class with a dead laptop because there weren’t enough plug-ins and you HAD to charge your phone.


Everyone in your 8 a.m. physics class will be glad you did.

Laundry Bag

Laundry rooms are typically down the hall — you’ll need something to carry all those dirty clothes in.


Don’t forget your calculator, and don’t forget batteries. It would be awkward to show up to a calculus test with just one of these.

Want a more complete list of everything you’ll need to move in? Read more.

Three students enjoying the weather on the Maytag patio.