What to Bring

A common question many parents and students ask is what to bring (and not bring) to campus.  While this is by no means a simple question to answer, we have provided some information below.

What Is Provided

The following items are provided/available to residents:

  • Air conditioning (except in RH and UC)
  • Bed (twin extra-long)
  • Board games
  • Broom
  • Cable Service
  • Carpeting (except in RH)
  • Closet space
  • Desk (1 per resident)
  • Dishwasher (in AV only)
  • Dresser/drawers
  • Full-size refrigerator (in AV, UC and WH)
  • Internet service
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator (in CH and RH)
  • Mini blinds
  • Mop
  • Oven/stove (in AV and UC only)
  • Table lamps (in AV, UC and WH)
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags
  • Shower curtain
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vending machines
  • Wastebaskets 

What Should You Bring?

While each student's needs are different, below we have listed some common items many students need to bring with them:

  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding (twin extra long or college set)
  • Cable cord
  • Cleaning products
  • Dishes
  • DVD player & movies
  • Ethernet cord
  • Fan (especially in RH or UC)
  • First aid kit (bandages, thermometer, medications)
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, basket, etc)
  • Pots & pans (in AV and UC)
  • Printer & paper
  • Surge protector
  • Toaster
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toiletries, towels and wash cloths
  • TV (must be a digital TV with a QAM tuner)
  • Umbrella

In addition to the above, many students find these additional items help make their room feel a bit more like home:

  • Coffee pot
  • Curtains & tension rod (no holes may be put in walls)
  • Dry erase board or cork board
  • Envelopes, postcards and stamps
  • Fish (no larger than 10-gallon tank)
  • Flashlight
  • Food & snacks
  • Music & games
  • Posters and other decorations
  • Sewing kit
  • Storage containers

What Should You Leave at Home?

In order to maintain a safe and comfortable environment, there are some items that students are not permitted to have in the residence halls:

  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol (including empty containers as decorations)
  • Amplified instruments & large stereo systems
  • Appliances with exposed elements (includinghot plates)
  • Candles
  • Electrical appliances with frayed or non-UL cords
  • Explosives & fireworks
  • Flammable liquids
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters of any type
  • Illicit drugs
  • Incense
  • Kerosene lamps
  • Pets (except fish kept in 10 gallon tanks or smaller)
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Weapons (including knives with blades longer than 3 inches)
  • Weightlifting equipment over 50 pounds

Final Thoughts

Residents are permitted to bring a desk chair and small end tables. All of the furniture provided must remain in the room/apartment for the entire academic year.

Residents are highly encouraged to contact roommate(s) prior to moving so they can coordinate who is bringing what items.  This will help prevent students unnecessarily bringing two or more of the same items.

Residents can't bring everything they own...there's just not enough space.  Think carefully about what items will be needed to be successful and comfortable while sharing a living space with several other students.

Students' personal property is not covered by University insurance.  Please check to see if coverage is provided by parents' homeowners' policy.  If not, students may want to purchase their own insurance against loss or damage.

If you are unsure about whether an item is permitted or not, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life before bringing it to campus.