What to Bring to Campus--and What NOT to Bring

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Turning a Residence Hall room into a home is an important part of on-campus life. Below, we have listed items that we recommend bringing. All of them fall within our safety and health requirements. If you have any questions about a particular item, please feel free to contact the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services offices and we will be glad to assist you.

Every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start of things to consider. Make sure to consult your roommate to avoid purchasing doubles of items! Items we consider essential are starred (*), and there are some items on the list below that students can check out from their residence hall front desk if needed.

 

Room and Bath Supplies

  • Pillow, comforter and blankets
  • Extra-long twin sheets (all beds are 80 inches long)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Bath mat for suite-style rooms
  • Area and/or throw rugs
  • Non-halogen lamp and light bulbs
  • Alarm clock
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hangers
  • Toilet paper (provided in community bathrooms)
  • Trash can(s) and trash can liners
  • Plastic food storage containers with lids
  • Dishes and tableware
  • Can opener and ice cube trays
  • Auto-shutoff coffee pot or kettle
  • Blender, toaster and air popcorn maker
  • 3M Command adhesives
  • Posters and pictures
  • Message board and dry-erase markers
  • Calendar or planner
  • Pens, pencils, notepads, notebooks and binders
  • Backpack
  • Fan
  • Sports equipment
  • Umbrella or other rain gear

Laundry and Personal Hygiene Supplies

  • Detergent, fabric softener or dyer sheets (please do not bring 3-in-1 laundry sheets)
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Auto-shutoff iron
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shaving or makeup items
  • White-soled shower shoes and shower caddy
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Thermometer and first-aid kit

Identification

  • BearPass card
  • Driver’s license
  • Checkbook
  • Insurance cards
  • Passport/visa
  • Social security card
  • Lock box

Electronics

  • Computer and Ethernet cable
  • Calculator
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Power strip and surge protector (UL approved)
  • Camera
  • Gaming system
  • Music player, radio and alarm clock
  • DVD player
  • TV (some TVs require a digital converter box from Mediacom)
  • Coaxial cable (6-10 feet)

Op5.13-6 What Not to Bring to University Housing

What Not to Bring to Campus

As important as it is to make a Residence Hall room feel like home, it is equally (if not more) important to ensure that all items brought to campus fall within the University's policies for health and safety.

ItemNot Packed
Alcoholic beverages or containers  
Candles  
Electrical cooking devices other than a coffee pot  
Fireworks  
Halogen torchiere lamps  
Heater/heating units  
Illegal drugs or paraphernalia  
Incense  
Lamps with plastic shades  
Ozone machines  
Pets (other than fish in a 20-gallon tank or less)  
Tobacco products  
Waterbeds  
Weapons (or any item that may be construed as a weapon)  

If you have any questions about a particular item, please feel free to contact the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services office. We will be glad to assist you.