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 (in WH, CH & AV)
  • Bed (twin extra-long)
  • Board games
  • Cable TV Service
  • Carpeting
  • Desk (1 per resident)
  • Dishwasher (in AV only)
  • Dresser/drawers
  • Full-size refrigerator (in AV, UC and WH)
  • Internet/Wi-fi service
  • Microwave
  • Mini-refrigerator (in CH and RH)
  • Oven/stove (in AV and UC only)
  • Toilet paper & trash bags
  • Shower curtain
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Vending machines
  • Washing machines & dryers
  • Wastebaskets 
  • Wi-fi Internet
  • Window blinds

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:

  • Bathroom mat/rug
  • Bedding & pillow (twin XL beds)
  • Cable & HDMI cords
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning products
  • Closet hangers
  • Coffeemaker/Keurig
  • Curtains/tension rods (no holes in walls)
  • Desk/office supplies
  • Dishes & utensils
  • Dry erase/cork board
  • Fan (especially in RH or UC)
  • First aid kit (bandages, thermometer, medications)
  • Flashlight
  • Floor lamp
  • Food & snacks
  • Headphones
  • Laptop/tablet/computer
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, basket, etc)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Posters & 3M strips
  • Pots & pans (in AV and UC)
  • Surge protector
  • Toaster
  • Toilet brush & plunger
  • Toiletries, towels and wash cloths
  • TV (must be a digital TV with a QAM tuner)
  • Umbrella

What Should You Leave at Home?

In order to maintain a safe and comfortable environment, there are some items that you 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

You 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. You are highly encouraged to contact roommate(s) prior to moving so you can coordinate who is bringing what items.  This will help prevent you unnecessarily bringing two or more of the same items. Keep in mind that you cannot bring everything you 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.

IMPORTANT: Your personal property is not covered by University insurance.  Please check to see if coverage is provided by your parents' homeowners policy.  If not, you and your family may want to purchase your 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.