When rising junior Winter Earnhardt moved into Koury Residence Hall last fall, she made the mistake of overpacking.
“I was the throw pillow person who brought way too many,” she said. “I very quickly learned that I didn't need all of it.”
Beyond throw pillows, Earnhardt said that she brought an excess of books, toiletries and shoes — all of which took up space in her room, rather than being used.
Current UNC students shared their favorite dorm room items, essentials and packing tips as the class of 2026 prepares to move into their residence halls.
What to bring
Earnhardt said she did research on what to pack via online videos of UNC dorm rooms, while Alexis Cameron, a class of 2022 graduate, consulted various essential packing lists to compile her belongings.
During her first year at UNC, Cameron lived in Stacy Residence Hall, a first-year dorm on North Campus.
“I think the location was really cool and I didn't have to walk that much to get class,” she said. “It was still pretty social. I made a lot of friends my first year.”
Ahead of her first year, Cameron said that she tried not to buy too much before moving in because she wanted to see what her roommate had.