New Student Checklists

To assist you in building your unique Becoming Orange journey, the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs has organized tasks to help you successfully transition to Syracuse University.  It is encouraged to complete required tasks as soon as possible. For additional information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs.


Packing Checklist

The ease at which you can unload your car should help determine what to pack. Students should bring only the essentials.

  • Pillows
  • Blankets/throws
  • Comforter
  • Floor pillows/backrest
  • Mattress topper
  • Slippers/house shoes
  • Extra-long twin sheets

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Calendar/planner
  • Cell phone and charger(s)
  • Desk lamp and light bulbs (no halogen)
  • Flashlight
  • UL-listed grounded power strip with built-in fuse or circuit breaker
  • Wastebasket and trash bags

  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Medication
  • Shower caddy/bucket
  • Shower shoes/sandals
  • Towels/washcloths

  • Business casual and professional clothing (i.e. button-down shirts, pantsuits, dress pants, dress shoes, suit, polo shirts, etc.)
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Boots (rain/snow)
  • Gloves, hat, earmuffs

  • Fan
  • Closet hangers
  • Coaxial cable for TV connection
  • Plastic storage towers with drawers

We encourage you to plan with your roommate regarding the items below:

  • Refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (less than 1,000 watts)
  • Television
  • Video game systems
  • High-heat appliances (irons, coffee makers, hot-air popcorn makers and other small devices, including single-serve coffee makers are all permitted provided they are UL-approved and used in the manner intended).

  • Large appliances, including air conditioners (only refrigerators less than 5 cubic feet and microwaves less than
    1,000 watts are permitted)
  • Cooking appliances- ovens, hotplates, toasters, toaster ovens, crockpots, grills (including “George Foreman-type” grills) and other similar devices
  • Space heaters
  • Candles, incense, etc.
  • Wall-mounted TVs (only free-standing TVs are permitted)
  • Firearms, weapons, and fireworks
  • ALL general-purpose extension cords (even UL-approved; only UL-listed grounded power strips with builtin fuse circuit breaker are permitted)
  • Halogen lamps and multi-head floor lamps
  • Large pieces of furniture
  • Pets
  • Expensive or irreplaceable collectibles or jewelry


Required Tasks

It is encouraged to complete required tasks as soon as possible. Failure to complete requirements may result in losing the ability to register for classes, additional charges and/or a Conduct Hold on your student account, hindering studying abroad, participating in Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and more.


Optional Tasks 

For your convenience, you may wish to establish a personal bank account with a local bank prior to your arrival on campus. Information concerning types of accounts available, minimum deposits and required identification to open the accounts are available from each bank. For more information please visit the Treasurer's Office website.

Please note, local banks will not cash personal checks unless you have an account with them. Therefore, you will want to plan ahead and establish an account to have access to funds via an ATM machine.

'CuseTech, hosted in the Syracuse University Campus Store is your campus technology center offering education priced Apple products such as Macbooks and iPads, Dell PC’s, gaming systems, computer accessories and more. Additionally, the Campus Store offers special offer trade-in programs and extended warranties covering accidental damage and liquid spills.

For additional information or questions, call 315.443.9900 or email the Campus Store.

Syracuse University seeks to promote equal access to educational opportunities for all students. Incoming students who believe they have a current and essential need for disability related accommodations and resources, should complete the Syracuse University Disability Resources Registration Form.

For more information or questions, please visit the Center for Disability Resources website, email or call 315.443.4498.

Students are encouraged to visit the O-Zone Student Pass webpage for updated information.

In addition to registering for Orange Alert, Syracuse University’s crisis alert notification system, the University offers the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App.

Using the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App, users can stay connected and receive important campus notifications, communicate with campus safety, and gain access to resources needed most. Visit the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App webpage to learn more.

  • Easy Emergency Communication
  • Virtual Escort Feature
  • Anonymous Tip Reporting and Real-Time Chat
  • Push Notifications
  • Quick Access to Critical Resources

Please visit the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website for helpful advice on personal safety, crime prevention, statistics, campus alerts and DPS events. For more information or questions, please call 315.443.2224 or email

Students are invited to participate in the Syracuse University Campus Store MicroFridge Rental program.  Reservations may be made on the Campus Store MicroFridge Rental webpage.

Organize your finances for college and beyond by partnering with a Syracuse Smart Money Coach to create your Orange Budget. Begin your financial journey by scheduling an appointment in Orange Success.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Literacy at 315.443.5905 or by emailing

For additional information, please contact Parking and Transit Services at 315.443.4652 or by emailing

New York State sales tax is not charged for textbooks required and recommended for courses. The Campus Store accepts Campus Store Charge, Campus Store gift cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for online purchases. In addition, for in-store purchases with a valid SUID, the Campus Store accepts SUpercard PLUS, personal checks and cash. For additional information or questions, call 315.443.9900 or email the Campus Store.

  1. Access your course schedule by logging in to MySlice. (You will need your NetID and password.)
  2. Then visit the Syracuse University Campus Store website.
  3. In the top left select “Books” and then select “Syracuse Course Materials.”
  4. Under “Find Your Textbooks” and then under “Select a Term” enter your course schedule details. When complete select “Find Books.”
  5. Select your delivery or in-store pick-up preference when completing your order. Please note, residence hall delivery and in-store pick-up is free.

Syracuse University students have the opportunity to update their personal information, such as their preferred name and personal pronouns within MySlice. (You will need your NetID and password.)

This is an optional task that students may update throughout their time at Syracuse University. For additional information, please visit the Pronouns Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage and the Preferred Name Type Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.