Preparing for Move-In Day

What should I bring to St. Olaf?

Below is a list of items that Residence Life suggests you bring to campus. This year, the move-in process and Residence Life itself will be different than ever before due to new health protocols. Because of the changing nature of residence life on campus, we recommend packing lightly in the event you need to pack up in a few hours.

Residence hall rooms are equipped with twin beds, mattresses, mattress pads, dressers, study desks and chairs, & mini-refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit. Keep in mind that all college-owned furniture present in your room upon check-in must remain in the room throughout the entire year. There are also printers available in public computer labs, so you do not need to bring your own printer.

For international students, please make sure you are keeping an eye on our international student portal as there are specific considerations for what to bring to campus.

Note: Large furniture will not be permitted this year (i.e. futons, recliners, etc).

  • Bed linens (mattresses are twin extra-long, 36”x80”)
  • Pillow, Blankets/Bedspread/ Comforter
  • Bathroom bucket or “shower caddy” (to transport things to and from the bathroom)
  • Shower shoes/flip-flops
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Bookbag or backpack
  • Laptop or Chromebook (for access to assignments, Gmail, and Moodle — there is no required software to download ahead of time)
  • Clothing appropriate for the changing seasons
  • Plate, bowl, cup, silverware, etc. (for preparing meals and snacks in your room. Note: residence hall kitchens will be closed and not available for use, but there are sinks available in restrooms and utility rooms.)
  • Power strip (preferably one with surge protection)
  • Desk or room lamp (no halogen lamps, only incandescent or fluorescent lamps are permitted; CFL light bulbs are recommended to conserve energy.)
  • Alarm clock
  • Waste basket
  • Laundry bag/basket and iron if necessary (ironing boards are available in laundry rooms)
  • Laundry detergent (using a high-efficiency and/or cold water detergent saves money and energy)
  • Reusable water bottle (consider buying stainless steel or glass for a sustainable plastic alternative. Bottled water is no longer available for purchase in most locations on campus.)
  • Fan (it often gets hot in August)
  • Personal health insurance information and documentation of high-value property (we suggest recording serial numbers of electronics or computers you may bring.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Reusable face masks (students will receive two masks and a face shield upon arriving to campus.)
What if I forget something:

Every student will be required to stay on campus and quarantine on campus until September 10; trips to Target or off-campus to get forgotten items will be prohibited. You may order items you need online to be delivered to your campus P.O. box.


When move-out does occur, there is storage space for sealed boxes in each residence hall with limited space for carpet storage. Furniture and computers cannot be stored on campus. Bicycles cannot be stored indoors.

Arranging your room and lofting beds: 

All of our beds are twin, extra-long size. The mattress is 36″ x 78″. Beds may be lofted, bunked, or stay on the floor. A bed rail is available if the bed is lofted or bunked. Lofting and bunking kits are available (at no charge) during check-in. Rooms have been left in the bed configuration students left them in March — some beds are lofted, some are bunked, and some were left on the ground. Residence life staff will be available to assist students with changes to their bed configurations.

Residence hall kitchens:

Kitchens will be closed this year. If you need to wash dishes, restroom sinks and utility room sinks will be available. 

Prohibited items:

St. Olaf College policy prohibits the following items in residence halls rooms: halogen lamps, candles, microwaves, hot plates or other cooking appliances, outlet expanders or “octopus plugs.” Coffeepots with automatic shut-off are permitted.  Keurigs are permitted.  Students are not allowed to build lofts or add privacy walls in their rooms.

Can I mail my belongings to campus:

Yes, students are able to ship items to campus. We ask that students wait until as close to move-in as possible to not overwhelm our Post Office. When you are ready to ship, please use the following address:

1500 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

Do you have a question about housing?

If you have any questions about what to bring to campus or residence life in general, please contact:



Residence Life
St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098

What should I expect at Move-In?

As you prepare for Move-In Day, please continue to reference the COVID-19 Reopening Plan FAQs for up-to-date information regarding arriving on campus, the reopening of campus, virus spread prevention practices, and more.

Traveling to Campus:

If you are traveling to campus by car, you will likely approach the Hill from one of three main roads: I-35, Hwy. 77, or US-52. Upon your arrival to campus, St. Olaf staff will be ready to assist you in finding your residence hall and will explain parking procedures. If you are looking for an address to input into a GPS, please use:

1520 St. Olaf Ave. Northfield, MN 55057

If you plan to travel to campus by plane, Northfield Lines has a shuttle service that runs from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to campus. Tickets can be purchased online. Please note that at this time, Northfield Lines is only offering a one-way shuttle. Incoming students traveling with family members are advised to utilize a rental car so guests can return to the airport.

Hotels in Northfield:

During our opening, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Archer House will have room for guests. If those are full, we’d recommend AmericInn.

Check-in Process:

New students should hear from Residence Life with details about the check-in process in the weeks leading up to the Spring semester.