What to Bring to Campus

Whether you're living on- or off-campus, you should be prepared with all the items you might need in case you're not feeling well. We've put together a checklist of items we recommend having on hand.

COVID-19 Identification and Care
Along with the What to Bring Checklists you can find in the printable resource section of the Move-In Guide, we recommend also stocking up on the following wellness items as we shift to a self-monitoring mode for COVID-19 identification and care on campus:

  • Antigen/home COVID-19 tests. Work with your local pharmacy to get free home COVID-19 tests through your insurance or through the federal government. See more information below. 
  • Well-fitting masks. Bring several KN95 and/or N95 masks to campus. We will likely have intermittent infection surges and mask requirements on campus may change.
  • Thermometer. Thermometers are a good idea so you can check your temperature when you are not feeling well.  
  • Over the counter symptom relief medications. Home medical supplies including acetaminophen/Tylenol, ibuprofen, sore throat lozenges, and simple food such as instant noodles, tea, and broth are useful to have on hand for when you are feeling ill.
  • Inhaler. If you’ve used an inhaler in the past, be sure to bring it with you.

How to Get FREE COVID-19 Home Tests

COVID-19 home tests are now easier to get than ever - and they can be FREE! Did you know insurance companies and group health plans are required to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests? This means you can stock up on free tests and bring them to campus with you in case you feel ill at any point during the academic year. Here’s how to get your tests:

  • Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. The process for obtaining tests varies for each insurance provider, so be sure to check with your insurance company and/or pharmacy on how to get your tests. Many pharmacies allow you to walk in with your insurance card and leave with your monthly supply of tests. Others require payment up front with reimbursement upon submission of the bill. Additionally, students with our AETNA Student Health Insurance can find more information here.

Health Information
All students are expected to have health insurance coverage for services provided outside of the Student Health Center at RIT. Health insurance coverage ensures that students receive the appropriate medical care in the event of an injury or illness that requires prescription medication, a referral to a specialist, or even hospitalization. We recommend bringing:

  • Insurance card. Bring a copy of your health insurance card and a basic understanding of your health insurance coverage.
  • Health insurance contact information. We recommend having this information readily available in case you have questions related to your coverage. Additionally, we recommend keeping the names and phone numbers of the health care providers actively involved in your care.

The Student Health Center on campus has a limited selection of commonly prescribed medications for acute medical needs available for purchase. If a prescription is recommended by the Student Health Center, but is not available to purchase or if your doctor at home continues your prescriptions, you can arrange for delivery from Wegmans Pharmacy to the Student Health Center. If you have a different preferred pharmacy, our clinicians can fax your script directly to them. 

Learn more about medication services and prescriptions