Items to Bring

It is natural to want to bring all of your prized possessions with you as you settle into your new space but remember to “pack light” and only bring the essential items you need until you and your roommate(s) have talked. You can always bring additional items after you move in. Storage will be your closet space and under your bed.

  • Bedding (consider using bedding you already own/use at home)

    • Regular twin-size sheets (36” x 75” x 6” mattress)
    • Blanket, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases
    • Mattress cover
  • Small Electronics (consider ENERGY STAR Rated models)

    • Laptop or Personal computer and category 5 ethernet cable no longer than 14 feet
      (Wireless access in all halls and throughout campus)
    • Lock for laptop
    • Printer for laptop or PC
    • Alarm clock
  • Soap, Toiletries, Shower tote bucket
  • Towels, Washcloths
  • Laundry bag, Detergent, Clothes Hangers
  • Quarters for the washers and dryers (you may also use your Terrapin Express account for laundry)
  • First Aid kit
  • Bed risers (do not bring cinder blocks to use as bed risers)
  • Flashlight, Battery-powered radio, Extra batteries, Emergency Kit
  • School/Desk Supplies
  • Backpack or reusable cloth bag for carrying books
  • Reusable Water Bottle   (Why Reusable & Find a Filling Station)
  • Reusable Mug/Cup, Plate, Fork, and Spoon
  • Reuseable Shopping bag(s)
  • Dictionary, Stapler, Stationery, Stamps
  • Desk/Floor Lamp
  • CFL or LED light bulbs; no halogen bulbs, no lamps with gooseneck arms and plastic shades
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes (10” clearance)
  • QAM-Ready television and 15- to 20-foot cable (HD digital service in residence halls)
  • DVD/ Blu-ray Player
  • UL/CSA Approved Power Outlet Strip with Integrated Circuit Breaker (consider “smart power strip” to save energy)
  • Small Appliances (UL/CSA Approved, ENERGY STAR Certified models preferred)
    • Small Refrigerator (3.6 cubic foot maximum, ENERGY STAR Certified)  
      [View the vendor information page for information about Refrigerator Rentals]
    • Iron and Ironing Board
    • Air cleaner or air ionizer with UL Seal
    • Window fan(s)
    • Keurig hot drink dispensers (consider purchasing a reusable K-cup filter)
  • Touch-tone phone with standard plug, line cord (voicemail is provided)
  • Bicycle and U-lock or membership to the campus Bikeshare Network
  • Free-standing shelving units for floor, dresser top or closet shelf
  • Carpet Rug or remnant  
    [View the vendor information page for information about Carpet Sales]
  • Curtains
  • Dustbuster/Vacuum, Green Cleaning Supplies
  • “Hold-It” for hanging posters
  • 2 Waste Bins
    • One for trash (with liners)
    • One for recycling
  • Memo /Dry erase board for your room door
  • Green Cleaning supplies


  • Bed Risers with outlets
  • Extension Cords of any type
  • Boxes, trunks, suitcases, etc., except what fits under your portion of bed (10" clearance) or closet
  • Clothing that must be hung in closet and that exceeds 2'-3' width
  • Excessive or bulky winter clothing and gear (keep in mind that you have limited closet space)
  • Extra seating or other furniture
  • Excessive amounts of clothing, books, posters, personal effects, etc.
  • Ashtrays (smoking is not permitted inside any campus building and, as of July 1, 2013, smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus)
  • Cinderblocks
  • Halogen bulbs
  • Lamps with gooseneck arms and plastic shades
  • Disposable water bottles
  • Alcoholic beverages (if under age 21)
  • Illegal drugs (grounds for dismissal), drug paraphernalia
  • Candles (lighted), incense, fireworks, weapons
  • Hotplate, any appliance with open or exposed heating element or coil
  • Toaster, toaster oven, skillet, crock pot, etc.
  • Pets
  • Private air conditioner, space heater
  • Waterbed
  • Masking or cellophane tape, nails, other products that damage paint/wall surfaces
  • Partitions, room dividers, other structures and lofts of any type – residents may rent an approved Bedloft unit.
      [View the vendor information page for information about Bedloft Rentals]
  • Microwaves (permitted only in select residence halls)

Please Note

The Department of Residential Facilities recognizes that residents may want to decorate their rooms with posters or pictures. If you choose to do so, you will be responsible for any and all damage to the paint and/or wall. We recommend that residents hang posters or pictures using "blue painter's tape" which is readily available at home improvement stores. Removable poster "putty" is another option.

Despite advertising, products sold as "removable" poster hooks, mounting tape, strips, squares or dots have been found to stain the paint or cause damage to surfaces in the residence halls when they are removed. If you select to use these or similar products, we recommend first applying the blue painter's tape to the wall and then adhering the removable hook or fastener over the tape to protect the wall and paint surface from damage. NEVER use masking tape or duct tape as these leave residue and damage the wall surface.