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Top 20 things to leave at home

  1. Candles (this will get you termed)
  2. Vacuum (you can rent one from housing)
  3. Swiffer (same as above)
  4. Food (you can buy this when you get here)
  5. TV stand (housing provides plenty of places to put your TV)
  6. Hammer and nails (you can’t nail anything into the walls here)
  7. Plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons, butter knives (housing provides this for you)
  8. Pots and pans (same as above)
  9. Microwave (same as above)
  10. Hover board (banned in housing)
  11. Couch covers (half the fun of living in DCP housing is getting to complain about the ugly couches, if you cover them up you’re not getting the FULL college program experience)
  12. Rugs (same as above but referring to the carpet)
  13. Your entire collection of coffee mugs (there’s not that much cupboard space, please don’t hog it all with your 16 holiday themed mugs. 2-3 is enough since you’re probably just going to buy more while you’re here anyways)
  14. Your entire collection of shot glasses (same as above)
  15. Boxes upon boxes upon boxes of decorations (the apartments are not that big, so it’s better to not clutter them with too much stuff all over every inch of the walls. I found it was best to bring just enough stuff to decorate around my bed, decorate the top of my night stand, and one wall hanging for our bathroom)
  16. Winter parka, boots, hats, gloves, etc (this may seem obvious, but unlike when I lived in Wisconsin, I won’t be needed my winter gear this December)
  17. A ton of jewelry (you can’t wear most of it to work which is wear you spend most of your time)
  18. A ton of make up (you’re probably going to sweat it right off)
  19. A hair straightener (the Florida humidity renders these babies useless)
  20. A bad attitude. The DCP is what you make of it. Starting the program with a bad attitude is going to lead to having a bad experience. Manifest some positive vibes!


If your program is anything like mine, you will not know who you’re going to be sharing an apartment with until you arrive. Therefore, it makes buying things for the common areas rather difficult.

For example, I was placed in a 2 bedroom, 4 person apartment. I was able to link with one person, but the other two girls were a mystery. Three of us brought coffee makers, meanwhile none of us brought a toaster. As you can see, there are a few things that are just easier to buy once you get moved in and assess what everyone brought with them.

Here’s a short list of what I suggest you wait to buy once you get there:

  1. Toaster
  2. Coffee maker
  3. Blender
  4. Cable cord
  5. HDMI cord
  6. Paper towels
  7. Cleaning supplies
  8. Hand soap
  9. Dishwasher detergent
  10. Extra pots, pans, silverware (the apartments come with these things, but we found that buying one extra pot, a small pan, and extra forks and spoons was super helpful)

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