New Student Orientation

What to Bring to Scripps

Greetings New Students,

The Residential Life team hopes this letter finds you well. The information contained in this email is designed to introduce you to your Residence housing portal and get you started with your housing questionnaire.  As a new student to Scripps, you are required to fill out the New Student Housing Questionnaire. The questionnaire is used to help us best match you with your future roommate(s), for your first year at Scripps. Please think a bit about each question, answer as honestly as possible regarding your habits and lifestyle, as this information will assist with the selection of your roommates and your housing assignment.

Housing options for New Students:

Each residence hall at Scripps has students from every class year living in them, and each hall has rooms designated for new students. The majority of new student housing is comprised of three-person rooms or two person rooms; the placement of students into these rooms as well as each residence hall is random.

Students who may need a housing accommodation, should visit Academic Resources and Services site to learn more about the Housing Accommodations process. Students who are seeking housing accommodations must submit their application and appropriate documentation by July 31st. Please review the Housing Accommodations site for more information.

How to submit your questionnaire:

To get to the questionnaire, you must log onto your Residence housing portal HERE ( To log in to your housing portal, you will utilize your network log in credentials. You received your network log in instructions from Scripps Information Technology on July 1st.  Please utilize the attached user guide to help you navigate the Residence housing portal.

How to indicate a roommate:

If you have another new Scripps student that you would like to live with, please indicate this student by logging into your Residence housing portal. You will utilize your unique Roommate Code, located in the upper right hand corner of your profile. You must independently share your code with someone you know you want to live with. It is important that each roommate request one another to be matched together. Please note that although you will be matched with your request, you may also be matched up with additional roommates who have similarities to you.

We ask that each new student please complete the questionnaire by Friday, July 31st at 11:55 p.m., PST. After this time, the questionnaire will close.

All students will be notified of their roommates and housing assignments by the end of the first full week in August. If you need help with logging on, navigating Scripps’ Residence site, and/or have any questions regarding your questionnaire please contact Jill Langan (  We are excited to have you join our campus community and look forward to meeting you on the morning of August 25th!

Kind Regards,

Residential Life
Scripps College

Please find a list of items to bring for your stay at Scripps! We suggest talking to your roommate(s) about what items could potentially be shared within your space.

Unlike other institutions, Scripps College has a unique and historical campus. As a result of the plethora of different types of residence halls, we do not have dimensions of individual rooms available since they vary within the different buildings. That being said, every building has a courtyard, a TV room, a kitchen, a browsing room, laundry facility, and living room. All are fully equipped with the various amenities and appliances for living on campus. Additionally, each hall has a computer lab and printing stations for your use.


Bed linens (Twin extra long)
Clothes hangers
Coffee mug
Drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks
Poster putty for hanging up decorations
Plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, etc.
Headphones/ear buds MP3 Player/iPod
Cell phone chargers
Power strip
Desk lamp or bed lamp
Hair dryer
Alarm clock
Crates or stacking containers

Personal Items

Bath robe
Shower shoes
Towels, washcloths
Shaving cream and razors
Small bucket for carrying shower things
Laundry basket/bag
Laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Cold medicine
First-aid kit


Flash drive for the computer labs
Binders, folders
Writing utensils

***Please note that this list is not exhaustive, you may have personal items beyond what is listed that you would want, need or prefer to have with you.

Please do not bring the following:

Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens
Air conditioners
Coffee pots
Pets (fish in small tanks are okay)