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Housing Hints

Last updated June 16, 2017

Helpful Advice 

  • The college supplies a standard twin or extra-long twin bed frame, mattress, power strip, desk, and chair for each resident. (see lofting rules for more information on what is in each room)  Extra-long twin sheets will fit standard sized beds. 

  • You really don't need to bring everything you own.

  • Don't over-pack; Mom and Dad can always ship "care packages" to you!

  • Consult with your roommate(s) ahead of time so you don't bring duplicate items (for example: TV, fridge, rugs, large furniture)

  • You can buy things in Sioux City -  There is no need to panic if you forget something.

What should students remember to bring to Morningside? 

  • Here is a list of items current students found helpful. 




  • Slippers
  • Robe
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hangers

Medication/Health Items

  • Vitamins
  • Cough/cold medicine
  • Antacids
  • Allergy pills
  • Pain reliever
  • Thermometer
  • Band-Aids
  • Health insurance card
  • Medications
  • Ice pack/heating pad

Indoor Recreation Equipment

  • Fun Books
  • Gaming Systems (hdmi cables)
  • Games/Puzzles
  • Playing Cards
  • Movies

Outdoor Recreation Equipment

  • Baseball/softball
  • Bat/glove
  • Basketball
  • Frisbee
  • Tennis Racquet/Balls
  • Bicycle

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning/dusting rags
  • Multi-surface cleaner

Items for your Car

  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Winter survival kit
  • Air pressure gage
  • Oil


  • Body lotion
  • Chap stick
  • Contact solution
  • Q-Tips
  • Tissues
  • Washcloths/towels
  • Tweezers
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Dental Floss
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair spray
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Shower shoes
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Deodorant
  • Shower caddie

Handy Food Items

  • Baggies
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishes/Bowls/Plates
  • Silverware
  • Glasses/cups/mugs
  • Plastic containers
  • Salt/Pepper shakers
  • Sugar
  • Snack foods
  • Hot chocolate
  • Tea bags
  • Peanut Butter/Jelly
  • Soup mixes/Ramen noodles
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Coffee pot/hot pot
  • Water bottle

Items for Cooking in the Kitchen

(Some itmesprovided in the common kitchens)

  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan
  • Pizza pan
  • Pizza cutter
  • Pot holders
  • Stiring spoon
  • Measuring cups

School Supplies

  • Assignment book/planner
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/pencils
  • Tape
  • Stapler/staples
  • Paperclips
  • Calculator
  • Note cards/sticky notes
  • Back pack

Miscellanious Neccesities

  • Bedding for XL-twin bed
  • Pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone charger
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Desk lamp
  • Stamps/envelopes
  • Bluetooth or plug in speaker
  • Waste basket
  • Picture album with friends & family
  • Camera
  • Room decorations
  • Posters w/sticky tac
  • Rug
  • Extension cords/power strips
  • Cables for TV hook up (coax, hdmi)
  • Needle/thread
  • Tools
  • Stackable crate/shelving
  • Window or box fan
  • Umbrella
  • Flash drive or back up hard drive

Winter Clothes

  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Coat/jacket
  • Winter hat

Bedding: What to Bring

These residence hall rooms have the new style lofted beds that are extra long (36”x80”):  Roadman Hall rooms 30-41, 130-142, and 330-349, Dimmitt Hall, Poppen Hall, Waitt Hall, Lags Hall, or Garretson Houses.  Although not all rooms have extra-long beds, most upper-class housing options do. If you only want to purchase sheets once in your college career it is recommended that you purchase extra-long sheets. They will fit on standard beds. 

To make your life easier you can order your sheets, comforters, matching towels, and storage items directly through Morningside College’s Residence Hall Linens Program.   The Value Pak has everything you need for campus living!  Don’t forget- ordering from Residence Hall Linens ensures you have sheets that will fit all of the beds on campus while supporting Morningside College’s Residence Hall Association.  Please visit the RHL website

All traditional residence halls provide:

  • Free laundry
  • Free cable television hook up
  • Vending machines
  • Study and TV lounges
  • Information desk
  • Public kitchen facilities with stove, microwave, and fridge
  • Computer Print Station
  • Game Room
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Items to discuss with your roommate

  • TV
  • Small fridge (6.0 cubic feet or less)
  • Additional furniture
  • Lofts (if not provided in room)


Can be brought for use in student's rooms, no larger than 6.0 cubic ft. A main refrigerator is provided in the kitchen area of each residence building. 


There are NO areas for storage of personal items, furniture, boxes, or bicycles during the school year or the summer months. There are storage units available for rent in Sioux City. Check local listings once you get to campus.

Do NOT bring:

  • Microwaves
  • Air Conditioners
  • Pets (except fish in a 10 gallon or smaller tank)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Fireworks
  • Waterbed
  • Space Heaters
  • Candles/Incense
  • Any appliance with exposed heating elements
    • (i.e. toasters, electric frying pans, hot plate burners, Foreman grills, pizza Pizzazz
      • Coffee pots and Keurigs are okay
  • Duct Tape is not recomended
  • Weapons - Including Firearms/Hunting knives
  • TVs to be mounted on walls (free standing TVs okay)