Housing Hints

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. 


Special items to consider for the 2020-2021 year

  • Two or more washable masks
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medications for illness (fever reducer, cough drops, etc.) 
  • Insurance cards (a copy or photo)
  • Your clinic's emergency phone number




  • 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 Racket/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 gauge
  • Oil


  • 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 items provided in the common kitchens)

  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan
  • Pizza pan
  • Pizza cutter
  • Pot holders
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Can opener

School Supplies

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

Miscellaneous Necessities

  • 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
  • Posters & photos
  • Camera
  • Room decorations
  • Posters w/sticky tac
  • Rug
  • Extension cords/power strips
  • 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”x 80”):  Roadman Hall rooms 30-41, 130-142, 230-246, 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. 

All traditional residence halls provide:

  • Free laundry
  • 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. 

Renter's Insurance

Students are encouraged to have renter's insurance policies to cover the replacement value of possessions. Morningside College does not carry insurance to cover residents’ belongings, such as clothing, notebook computers, computers, TVs, and other valuable personal possessions. In the event of loss or theft, a student will be responsible for the replacement costs.  In some cases, your parent's home owner's insurance may cover your personal items, contact your insurance company for confirmation prior to move in.


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
  • Evaporative air coolers (i.e. Arctic Air)
  • 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 allowed
  • Duct Tape is not recommended
  • Weapons - Including Firearms/Hunting knives
  • TVs to be mounted on walls (free standing TVs okay)