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What to Bring

Packing for Move-in

Living in a community space can be a lot of fun. To make sure our buildings are as safe as possible we have some items that we recommend every student bring, and items that are prohibited in the halls. Please read this list carefully before packing and coming to campus. The What to Bring list will help you make sure you're not forgetting anything.


What To Bring



  • Sheets (most beds are Twin XL; room assignment will specify)
  • Comforter or blankets
  • Pillows and pillowcases


Closet & Storage

  • Hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Storage containers
  • Mini fridge (4.6 cubic feet or smaller)


Desk & Electronics

  • Desk organizer and supplies
  • Surge protector
  • Small desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Small fan
  • TV and DVD player


Room Décor

  • Posters and pictures
  • Adhesive putty or 3M strips (no nails, tacks, or double-sided tape)
  • Rug



  • Laundry basket
  • High-efficiency detergent
  • Fabric softener



  • Clothing for all types of weather



  • Toiletries
  • Towels (bath, hand, and washcloth)
  • Robe
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Note: If you have a private bathroom or a sink in your room, bring cleaning supplies and toilet paper, here are some tips on cleaning your bathroom



  • Cup, plate, bowl, mug, and flatware
  • Thermos (dining venues give discounts when you use a reusable mug or bottle)
  • Coffee pot, rice cooker, and electric kettle (with automatic shut off)


Emergency Supplies

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Emergency supply kits



  • An inexpensive bike
  • Secure bike lock (U-lock)
  • Bike helmet
  • Bike lights and reflectors



Prohibited Items


Alcohol and Drug Paraphernalia:

  • Alcoholic beverages and alcohol memorabilia
  • Empty alcohol containers
  • Rapid consumption devices
  • Illegal drugs or paraphernalia such as bongs, vaporizers, grinders, pipes, etc.


  • Knives with a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring, by centrifugal force, by gravity or by any other force, such as combat and switch blades
  • Any blade over three inches in length (e.g. ceremonial and fencing swords)
  • Firearms, ammunition, explosives, and dangerous chemicals
  • Possession or threatened usage of any projectile weapons (slingshots, water guns, paintball guns, air guns, and or any guns that fire foam or plastic pellets)
  • Misuse of any personal defensive device, such as pepper spray or tasers
  • Any other weapons or dangerous items including but not limited to: martial arts weapons, metal knuckles, blackjack, sap, or similar instruments

Room Accessories

  • Unapproved loft bed equipment such as cinderblock bed risers, or bed risers with power outlets built-in are not allowed (only bed risers made of high-density polyethylene that hold up to 1200 pounds are permitted)
  • All candles with or without a wick, incense, fireworks, gasoline, kerosene, butane and all other flammable materials
  • Dry-erase or cork board - these can damage doors
  • Couches and furniture without flame-retardant upholstery (documentation required) 


  • Refrigerators over 4.6 cubic feet
  • Microwave ovens, toasters and toaster ovens, hot plates, or electronic cooking grills
  • Humidifiers
  • Devices or appliances with an open heat source and without a thermostat and automatic-off features
  • Air conditioning units
  • Household appliances, such as lamps, that include unprotected electrical outlets on the device are prohibited. (Household appliances, such as alarm clocks or computers, with low voltage USB charging ports are acceptable.)


  • Extension cords or multi-plug adaptors
  • Power strips without circuit breakers and reset buttons
  • Space heaters
  • Halogen lamps
  • Devices not compatible with 110 volts and 60 cycle voltage, and not UL approved


  • Pets (only fish are allowed, which must be held in a tank of ten gallons or less)
  • Fuel-powered vehicles or parts

Please see your Residence Hall Contract for official information about placement of items in your room or other expectations related to safety.