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There are so many things to consider when you think about packing up, traveling and moving your student into a new home. We compiled a list of frequently asked questions to assist you with this new experience!

What does my student really need to bring to school?


  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding
  • Shower caddy
  • Computer
  • Headphones
  • Extension cords
  • Power strips
  • Fan
  • Seasonal clothing
  • School supplies
  • Hangers
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Detergent


  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • TV/DVD player (See note for guidelines on supported electronic devices)
  • Cable cord
  • Coffee pot/Keurig
  • Furniture
  • Extra lighting
  • Office chair
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Plants
  • Bed risers
  • Tools

Creature Comforts

  • Bathrobe
  • Bible/Scared writings
  • Bike and lock-Use a heavy-duty U-Lock. Bikes locked with cables or small chains are frequently stolen. Leave as little space as possible in the “U” portion of the lock to minimize space for tools to be inserted.
  • Camera
  • Decorations
  • Poster putty
  • Removable adhesive strips
  • Dishware
  • Dry erase board
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Mattress pad
  • Sewing kit
  • Skateboard/scooter
  • Working attire
  • Storage boxes
  • Flashlight

Do NOT Bring

  • Pets

Due to health and sanitation issues and the possibility of other’s allergic reaction, pets are NOT permitted in the residence halls at any time. Service animals for individuals with documented disabilities are permitted in accordance with state and federal laws.

  • Candles
  • Weapons
  • Toasters
  • Hot plates

Visit http://gonzagaoutdoors.gonzaga.edu to discover the many, useful items that are available for rent. Your student can enjoy the outdoors, without sacrificing precious space in his or her Residence Hall.

Here are some of the technology requirements for the Residence Halls:

Television Requirements Please visit this page for a detailed list of the cable services and equipment that function well in Residence Halls at Gonzaga.

Printers: Wireless printers are very common, but DO NOT work over our wireless network. There will be 8 cloud-based print stations readily available for student use, in various buildings around campus.

Landline Phones: The 2016-2017 academic year will be the first year that landline phones will not be located in Residence Hall rooms, but they can be found in common areas. If a student would like a landline phone, a request can be made to Information Technology Services to have one installed.

Office 365: All active students can download a copy of Microsoft Office to use while they are enrolled at Gonzaga. It is not necessary to purchase a copy over the summer.

How do I register for Parent and Family Orientation?
It’s easy! Visit the Parent and Family Orientation registration page here:
Parent and Family Orientation Registration

What happens at Parent and Family Orientation?
Here is an example of what our itinerary will look like this August:
Sample Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Please note: Pets are NOT allowed at Parent and Family Orientation.  

Where will I stay during orientation?
Click below for a list of hotels and accommodations for any of your trips to Spokane! You will also find information about lodging, dining, recreation and shopping.

Visit Spokane 

What will my student be doing while I am at Parent and Family Orientation?
The goal of new student orientation is to provide opportunities for our new Zags to become acclimated to campus and feel comfortable about their new journey in college. Your student will be participating in diverse programming throughout the weekend to meet this goal. We are intentional about students acclimating apart from their families, so trust that our orientation crew is supplying a great welcome experience for your students.

Where should I park during orientation?
Campus parking is open to all visitors during orientation weekend. Red and Green lots are suggested with overflow parking available at College Hall.

What is Fred Meyer Night?
Students and families get an opportunity to visit the Fred Meyer store located at the Thor/Freya exit for exclusive specials offered only to GU students, families and employees. Enjoy shopping for everything your student might need to get started at Gonzaga… and win prizes!

What is the housing assignment process?
The answers to a whole range of housing questions can be found here:
New Student Information 

Looking for a local bank solution? Here is a list of financial institutions on or near campus:

How do the mailing services work at Gonzaga?
Click here to learn more about mailing services at Gonzaga.

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