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Things You Might Need in a Residence Hall

Please note this list is not all-inclusive. You know you best, and we want your residence hall assignment to feel like home while you're here. Feel free to bring whatever items will make you feel at home and at ease as long as they are allowed below. When you are emailed the name and contact information of your roommate it would be wise to contact them and figure out who is able to bring what from the list below of shared items. If you have questions about items that are or are not allowed, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Personal Items

  • XL Twin Bed Linens
  • Bath Towels
  • Bathrobe or wrap
  • Toiletry tote and toiletries
  • Flip flops (for shower)
  • Toilet Paper (for suites and apartments)
  • Trashcan
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Eating utensils (plates, glasses, bowls, silverware)
  • Cooking utensils (pots, pans, etc. for community kitchen)
  • Dish soap and other cleaning utensils (broom, dust pan, etc.)
  • Sewing kit
  • First aid kit
  • Alarm clock
  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Desk or floor lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Flashlight
  • Pictures and/or posters (can only be hung with poster putty, command strips, or painters tape)
  • Computer (network cable needed to connect to wired internet)
  • Free standing shelves


Items that can or need to be shared by roommates:

  • Television and coaxial cable
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Telephone and cord
  • Microwave (not to exceed 700 watts; one per room/suite)
  • Refrigerator (not to exceed 4.5 cubic feet, one per room/suite)
  • Stereo
  • Extension cords (UL approved) and surge protectors


Items you should NOT bring:

  • Halogen Lamps
  • Candles, incense, or oil lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Appliances with an open heating element such as toasters or hotplates.
  • Pets (except fish in a less than 10 gallon tank)
  • Fireworks, explosives, flammable liquids (gasoline, propane, etc.)
  • Duct tape
  • Bed lofts
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Wireless routers
  • Portable washers/dryers


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