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What to Bring and Know

What to Bring & Know

Female student unpacks during welcome weekend 2020Know this: you will feel welcome here.

Also know this: you’ll need to bring a lot more stuff to campus than you think.


  • A warm winter coat
  • Gloves
  • Snow boots
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Sportswear
  • Personal Care
  • Sheets
  • Blanket
  • Bedspread (All beds have 36″ x 80″ extra-long twin size mattresses. Residents taller than 6’6″ may request a longer bed – note there is very limited availability for 36″ x 90″.)
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Washclothes
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Hair dryer


  • UL listed extension cord and surge protector
  • Iron
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Laundry supplies
  • Room cleaning supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Bicycle

School supplies for the classroom. In addition to the Holy Cross Bookstore, supplies may be purchased at numerous shopping venues within five miles of campus.

Residents of Pulte and South Halls may desire to buy kitchen utensils, as well as some basic baking supplies. Residents of South and Pulte may purchase a microwave for their apartments.

Acceptable Room Additions

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stereo (bookshelf style speakers)*
  • TV
  • Fan
  • Small plants
  • Refrigerator (no larger than 2.5 cubic feet)
  • Poster/pictures
  • Floor lamp

*A note on stereos: speakers with subwoofers are not permitted. Headphones are required of all students possessing stereos and other sound systems.

  • Alcohol
  • Empty containers or packages of alcohol, including shot glasses
  • Drugs and paraphernalia
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Pornographic or sexually explicit material
  • Fireworks
  • LED strip lights
  • Pets
  • Ceiling fans
  • Air Conditioning units that require an outside venting system
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Dartboards
  • Halogen lamps
  • Bed lofts
  • Hot plates
  • Broilers
  • Room decorations that depict or promote the use of illicit drugs are prohibited
  • References to alcohol may not be the focal point of any room decoration
  • Microwaves*
  • Toasters*
  • Toaster Ovens*

*Microwaves, Toasters, and toaster ovens are permitted in Pulte and South Halls only. Microwaves are available in the Student Union and many of the lounges and student kitchens of campus.

**It is recommended that residents do not use 3M / Command strips. They tend to peel off paint.

  • Alcohol or alcohol-themed decorations are NOT permitted anywhere on the Holy Cross campus.
  • Banks: Holy Cross does not endorse any specific bank or credit union. A number of banking options are available near the campus. An ATM is located in Vincent Hall.
  • Breaks and vacations: The residence halls and cafeteria are closed during Fall, Christmas, and Spring Break. Residents are not permitted to remain in the residence halls during these breaks. During Thanksgiving and Easter breaks the residence halls are open; however, meals are not served.
  • Several Streaming Services are available to students including Disney+; Neflix and Hulu.
  • Furniture: All assigned furniture must remain in the room.
  • Healthy form: All residents should have completed the health information form as part of registration prior to or during the SOAR session.
  • Health Services: Holy Cross has an on-campus health clinic and counseling services available to students. The South Bend area has several local clinics and hospitals available for residents to use in the event of a medical emergency or visit. Please contact a member of hall staff if you have questions about the location of the nearest clinic. Note: resident students need to be covered by health insurance. Please make sure you’re covered by your parents’ policy, or arrange a policy for yourself.
  • Laundry: Washers and dryers are located on the 1st floors of North, Pulte, and South Halls, and near the Student Union for Basil, James, and Anselm Halls. There is no cost to use the laundry facilities; it’s included in the price of room and board. The facilities are reserved for resident students only.
  • Mail & Packages are delivered to student mailboxes in the student union and the package room located across from the dining hall every business day. Your mailing address should be written as: Your full name (no nicknames), Holy Cross College, 54515 SR 933 North, PO Box 782, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0782. Note: if you plan on shipping your belongings from home, you must be on campus to receive them. The College does not have adequate facilities to store your belongings prior to your arrival.
  • Parking: On-campus parking is available for all students. All student vehicles are required to be registered with campus security, and to display a parking decal by the first day of class. The first vehicle registered is free of charge. Additional replacement parking decals are available for $30 each.
  • Room Assignments: Residents may view their assigned room in the Holy Cross Portal. Returning student assignments will be posted in early May; new student assignments will not be posted until the end of July when all assignments are confirmed.
  • Smoking, vaping, and e-cigarettes are prohibited in all College buildings and only allowed in a designated area. This includes rooms in the residence halls, the cafeteria, and lounge spaces. The use of chewing tobacco is also prohibited in all College buildings.
  • Stereos: Speakers with subwoofers are not permitted. Headphones are required of all residences possessing stereos and other sound systems.
  • Storage: Students may not store luggage and boxes in hall storage during the academic year.
  • Technology:
    *Each student is assigned and expected to use a Holy Cross email account.
    *A computer lab is available for all students in Vincent Hall.
    *Wireless service is available throughout all campus facilities.
    *Residence hall rooms are wired for Internet access.
    *Choosing between laptop or desktop computers is up to each student.
    *Assistance is provided as needed by the Information Technology Department for configuring personal computers for internet use.
  • Valuables such as expensive jewelry are strongly discouraged. The College assumes no financial responsibility for damage to or loss of personal property of students, nor does it carry insurance on the personal property of students. If a student is not covered by the parent’s policy, they may check with any general insurance agency for details for securing such insurance.
  • Visitation: Holy Cross does not enforce the curfew, but does limit the hours at which residents may visit the rooms of members of the opposite sex.

For more information concerning Residence Life policies, please refer to the student handbook.