Please read Hall President Jackson Jhin's, Rector Jim Lewis's and Frosh-O Coordinators John Shaft and Peter Hall's letters to the freshmen.


Frosh-O is a weekend of activities designed for incoming freshmen to get to know their new classmates and dorm residents and to become familiar with the Notre Dame campus. Activities are organized by the University, the dorm, as well as by quad. It is a fun weekend that will ease the transition into college life for freshmen.


Here is the Freshmen Booklet. The booklet contains all the information you should need to prepare for college life at Notre Dame in addition to Frosh-O (or Freshmen Orientation). It is also recommended that you read over the Domer Dictionary in order to learn the inside lingo used on campus.


During move-in weekend, there is time for trips to Bed Bath & Beyond with your parents to buy most of these larger items. Alternatively if you are driving up, feel free to bring these items from home. However if all else fails, and older students can help sell you any missing necessities.

  • Backpack
  • Fan - as of now, Carroll does not have air conditioning. Fans are very important for the hot months and can be turned outwards to air out stinky college stench.
  • Duct Tape
  • Power Strip, Surge Protector, Extension Cords
  • Winter Coat and Boots - You will have time over Thanksgiving break or fall break to purchase these before the cold really hits
  • Lamps - the ceiling lights are fairly decent compared to some other dorms thanks to the recent renovation. This being said, lamps for studying and lamps to provide happiness when the sun fails to do so in the late winter (ie Nov - April).
  • Laundry Detergent - Tide Pods are a convenient way to go
  • Bedding - each bed comes with a standard mattress. Many use an extra foam futon on top.
  • Sports Equipment - bring cleats or pads for any interhall sport you plan on trying! (lacrosse and hockey are full pads contact)
  • Shower Supplies
  • Clothing Hangers
  • Bike - from Carroll this is especially important to get to class in a hurry
  • Dance/Formal attire - there formal dances that will call for your best. Suit/tie is also sometimes necessary for events like the career fair or interviews.

Things to decide and divide among roommates

  • TV - hdmi cables, coaxial tv cable, etc. Most rooms are too small for anything over 40 inches
  • Game system
  • Speaker System - bluetooth speakers come in handy, but usually the most economical fixed system is something like a desktop computer 2.1 speaker system.
  • Rug/Carpeting - easier to purchase in South Bend
  • Futon/Couch - available in South Bend, resale shops, or from the beginning of the year Stepan resale
  • Minifridge
  • Shelving/Storage


  • Laundry Room - machines, dryers, iron and board. $.25 cheaper to use Domer Dollars on your ID rather than quarters (about $2.00 vs $1.75 per load)
  • Kitchen - microwave and larger fridge/freezer. Do college students need anything else? (there is also a stove, oven, and sink)
  • Vending Machines
  • Vacuum Cleaner on each floor
  • Water Fountain (purified water and nozzle for bottles)
  • Lounge - large tv in the 24hour tv lounge with couches and recliners
  • Weight Room - there is a full free-weight set (up to 70lb dumbbells), squat rack, lat pull machine