Fraternity House Packing List | Fraternity Essentials

Getting ready to move into a fraternity house? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Fraternities, unlike dorms and apartments, have differing requirements on move in items. As with our other lists, here’s some quick tips on getting ready to move:

  1. Navigate the list below and identify which items you already have purchased and which items you will need to get.
  2. When moving into a fraternity, be sure to check what items will already be furnished. Nearly all fraternities will supply beds, but only some will come with desks and armories.
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What to Take to College for a Guy in A Fraternity

Below provides an extensive supply list for packing for a fraternity house. We have organized this by category and are continually rolling out new recommendations on what to purchase for each item. Please check back regularly for our best recommendations!

Getting organized

Before moving in, check with the fraternity on what exists for wardrobe or armoires. A good majority of fraternities likely provide their members with organization for clothes, but it likely won’t be much space. If additional space is required, look to purchasing storage carts or a storage chest to put in your room.

  • Closet Organizers
  • Underbed Storage
  • Drawer Organizer
  • Storage Chest/Cart
  • Shelf and Drawer Liner
  • Storage Trunk
  • Shoe Storage
  • Hangers/Hooks
  • Bedside Table with Storage
  • Over the Door Organizer


Nearly all fraternities provide their members with a place to sleep, and it’s likely going to be a twin XL, but be sure to double check. The first purchase should be a mattress protector/zip on, followed by some mattress enhancers to make the mattresses more comfortable. (Check our reviews on mattress enhancers)

  • Pillows
  • Pillow Protectors
  • Pillow Cases
  • Comforter
  • Duvet Cover (Washable)
  • Bedspread (Washable)
  • Blankets
  • Bed Rest
  • Blow up Bed (For Guests)
  • Linens for Blow Up Bed
  • 2 Sets Sheets (Usually Twin XL)
  • Mattress Protector/Zip On
  • Mattress Pad
  • Mattress Enhancer/Egg Crate/Feather Bed (Check Our Reviews)


Most fraternities have communal bathrooms, therefore it’s important to purchase a shower tote/caddy to carry between a members room and the shower. Also, don’t forget to pack an old pair of waterproof flip flops to wear while showering.

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower Flip Flops
  • Shower Tote/Caddy
  • Shower Radio
  • Toothbrush Holder

Study & School

  • Laptop
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Computer Mouse
  • Mousepad
  • Computer Lock
  • Long Ethernet Cord
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Earphones
  • Printer/Scanner
  • Printer Paper
  • Printer Ink
  • Flash Drive
  • Blank CD’s
  • Backpack
  • Student Planner/Calendar
  • Notebooks/Folders
  • Note Paper
  • Textbooks
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Index Cards
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it Notes
  • Post-it Flags
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Pencil Lead
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Staple Remover
  • Paper Clips
  • Binder Clips
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Rubber Bands
  • Ruler
  • 3-hole Punch
  • Whiteout
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Desktop Storage/Caddy
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Bulletin Board
  • Push Pins/Thumbtacks


Most fraternities will have an on-site chef that cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner. The first purchase should be a mini fridge in order to store snacks and beverages in a students room. In addition, it’s good to stock up on additional snacks.

  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Microwave Safe Container
  • Toaster/Toaster Oven
  • Over Mitt
  • Blender
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Can/Bottle Opener
  • Dinnerware
  • Plastic Drinking Cups
  • Utensils
  • Chip Clips
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Travel Mug
  • Zip-lock Bags
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Water Pitcher and Filter
  • Popcorn Bowl
  • Snack Foods
  • Beverages


Before move in, check with your fraternity if their onsite laundry is free to use. Some offer free laundry that is paid within membership dues, while others may not offer laundry services at all.

  • Laundry Basket/Hamper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener Sheets
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Drying Rack
  • Lint Brush
  • Quarters


Furniture provided is likely going to be scarce. Some fraternities will provide members with desks in their rooms, but you’ll likely need to bring a chair. A smart purchase is to buy a futon or cheap sofa. Remember, don’t spend too much on furniture, as it will likely get ruined in the process.

  • Sofa/Futon
  • Lounge Chair
  • Futon Cover
  • Ottoman/Coffee Table
  • Entertainment Console
  • Bedside Table
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Floor Lamp
  • Bedside Lamp
  • Bookcase/Shelving
  • Wall Art/Hanging Supplies
  • Frames with Photos
  • Throw
  • Area Rug
  • Room Fragrance
  • Mirror


The best plan for entertainment is checking with your fraternity roommates, if you know who they are, and seeing if they’re bringing a television. If not, purchase a TV as it’s a great source of entrainment and a good way to bond.

  • TV & Remote (Check Our Reviews)
  • TV Wall Mount
  • Gaming Console
  • Video Games
  • Gaming Controllers
  • HDMI Cords
  • TV Cables
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Player
  • Movies
  • Surge Protector
  • Extension Cord
  • Cable Box
  • Stereo/Speakers
  • Camera
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger


  • Glass Cleaner
  • All Surface Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Swiffer Duster
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Trash Can
  • Trash Bags


  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • T-Shirts
  • Polos
  • Button Down Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Workout Clothes
  • Winter Jacket
  • Rain Jacket/Light Jacket
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Swimsuit
  • One Set of Business Attire
  • One Set of Semi-formal Attire
  • Winter Boots
  • Flip Flops
  • Slippers
  • Running Shoes
  • Boat Shoes
  • Dress Shoes
  • Belts
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Ties
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Umbrella


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouth Wash
  • Face Soap
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Spray/Gel/Mousse
  • Hair Brush/Comb
  • Hair Dryer
  • Razor
  • Electric Razor
  • Shaving Cream/Gel
  • Clearasil
  • Face Lotion
  • Body Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne
  • Nail Clippers
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Glasses
  • Contact Lenses & Supplies
  • Q-Tips
  • Tweezers
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Cotton Squares
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Bandaids
  • Thermometer
  • Cough Medicine
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Cold Medicine
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Pain Relievers
  • Antacids
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Freezer Ice Pack
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Vitamins
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Antibacterial Wipes


  • Fan
  • Toolkit
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Safe (Check Our Reviews)
  • Water Bottle
  • Board Games
  • Bike/Helmet/Lock
  • Sports Equipment
  • Beach towel
  • Lock for Lockers/Armoires
  • Playing Cards
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scale
  • Alarm Clock
  • Tissues
  • Duffel Bag
  • Suitcase for Travel

Important Documents

There will be a lot of people living in one house, with minimal privacy, therefore it’s important that you purchase a safe (Check Our Safe Reviews) to keep all of your important documents away from others. We recommend storing it in a place that’s not well visible.

  • Drivers License
  • Car Registration
  • Car Insurance
  • Social Security Card
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Bank Info
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Student ID
  • Renters Insurance
  • Financial Aid Forms
  • List of Emergency Contacts

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