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

What to Bring to Campus

Students enjoying residence hall livingTurning a Residence Hall room into a home is an important part of on-campus life, and it should not be neglected. 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. 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.


Bed and Bath

  • Pillow, comforter, blankets and extra-long twin sheets (all beds are 80 inches long)
  • Mattress pad/mattress topper (over 2 inches must be CA fire approved)
  • Pillow(s) and pillow cases*
  • Extra-long twin sheets*
  • Comforter*
  • Blanket*
  • Towels and washcloths*
  • Shower shoes/flop flops (white-soled)
  • Shower caddy
  • Bath mat for suite-style bathrooms
  • Throw rugs
  • Desk lamp (non-halogen, no narrow plastic shades) and bulbs
  • Floor lamp (non-halogen, no narrow plastic shades) and bulbs
  • Hangers
  • Mirror – full length
  • Trash can liners
  • Toilet paper (toilet paper is provided in community style bathrooms)

Hygiene Supplies

  • Cleaning supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Electronic thermometer
  • Prescription medications*
  • Over-the-counter medications (e.g., cough syrup)
  • Soap/shampoo*
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste*
  • Makeup/moisturizers*
  • Hair products/hair dryer*
  • Shaving accessories*


  • Photo albums and scrapbooks
  • Pictures and frames
  • Stuffed animals
  • Yearbook

Laundry Supplies

  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets and fabric softener
  • Drying rack
  • Iron (auto shut-off) and ironing board
  • Laundry bag/basket


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


  • Alarm clock
  • Camera
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Blu-Ray/DVD player
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Telephone (landline). Contact housing office if you're planning to bring one.
  • Tablet/computer/laptop with charger and locking cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Gaming system
  • Power strip with surge protector (UL approved)
  • Printer, ink cartridges, and printer paper (350 pages of free prints provided at the front desk each semester)
  • TV (if your TV doesn’t have a built in digital converter, an external converter is needed)
  • TV coaxial cable (6-10 feet)


  • Posters & 3M Command adhesive products
  • Calendar/planner
  • Message board (dry erase board)
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Plastic food storage containers with sealing lids
  • Dishware/silverware
  • Can opener
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Sports equipment (e.g., bicycle, rackets, balls)
  • Fan (large and/or clip)

School supplies

  • Pens/Pencils
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Spiral notebook/binders
  • Scissors/stapler/tape/sticky note pads

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  
Electrical cooking devices other than a coffee pot  
Halogen torchiere lamps  
Heater/heating units  
Illegal drugs or paraphernalia  
Lamps with plastic shades  
Ozone machines  
Pets (other than fish in a 20-gallon tank or less)  
Tobacco products  
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.