• Packing for College - CIA New York
  • Packing for College

    What to Bring

    • Bedding, linens, and towels (mattresses are twin XL, 34 inches x 80 inches)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Coffee maker (must include automatic shut-off feature)
    • Kitchen supplies (dishes, pots and pans, sponges, etc.)
    • Television
    • Non-halogen desk or floor lamps
    • Area rugs
    • Hair dryer/curler
    • Computer
    • Surge protector (with a built-in fuse and reset switch; extension cords to multi-plug adaptors without a built-in fuse are not allowed)
    • Fan
    • Iron (with automatic/tip-over shut-off feature) and/or steamer
    • Hangers
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Laundry bag or basket
    • Bicycles (can be stored in the room, but bike racks are located at each residence hall)
    • Command™ Strips or Wall Putty (no push pins, screws, nails, or double-sided tape)

    What to Leave Home

    For safety reasons, the items listed below are not permitted in the CIA’s residence halls (note this list is not all-inclusive):

    • Furniture not issued by the CIA
    • Halogen lamps, as well as octopus or medusa lamps
    • Refrigerator or microwave oven (as of August 2018, the CIA will provide these)
    • Coils, toasters, toaster ovens, electric grills, or any other electrical cooking or open flame devices
    • Electric blanket/electric heating pads
    • Portable heater
    • Air conditioner
    • Electric musical instruments
    • Pets or animals of any kind
    • Bed risers with built-in electrical outlets
    • Extension cords/wall mount multi-plug adapters
    • Candles, incense holders/burners, wax melts, or plug-in scented diffusers
    • Curtains, tapestries, or flags (or any type of fabric wall hanging)

    Living With a Roommate

    Learning to live with a new roommate is a great way to build interpersonal skills and a long-lasting friendship. That’s not to say you will always see eye to eye on everything but good communication skills are essential for any food professional.

    Open and honest discussions are the healthiest way to resolve any conflicts. In situations where you are experiencing difficulties with your roommate, please contact residence hall staff.

    How to Be a Good Roommate

    • Always ask permission should you wish to use or borrow their personal property.
    • Don’t make lots of noise if your roommate is trying to sleep or study.
    • Respect each other’s privacy.
    • Take accurate messages intended for your roommate.
    • Don’t let little things build up. Talk about them when they happen.
    • Avoid being judgmental.
    • Be willing to compromise.
    • Set the tone to solve a problem (don’t just complain about it).
    • Be assertive and don’t cave in if there is a disagreement; stand up for what you want.
    • Realize there is no perfect roommate.

    Changing On-Campus Residences

    The Residence Life office will use discretion when fulfilling room change requests during your first month with a roommate.

    After your first month, room changes will also be considered for:

    • Medical or financial needs
    • Upper-level students not accommodated with their prior choice of roommates upon return from externship

    Remember to submit applications for room changes to your residence director by the first Thursday of the current block of study. Contact reslife@culinary.edu if you have any questions.