Preparing to Move in to the Residence Halls
What should you bring?
After receiving your room assignment, you will want to contact your roommate and discuss what you’re planning to bring. Decide who will bring major items such as the TV, stereo, carpet, etc. Will one of you bring a small refrigerator or do you want to rent one? How about decorating your room? For room decorating ideas, check out past winners of Housing's annual Fab Pad contest.
Don’t try to bring everything you own—you can always get it later. Not all halls have elevators, so it is better to pack a number of moderate-sized boxes that can be handled by one person rather than a few large ones. There is no space for storage in most halls.
Please note: some homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover residence hall belongings. Check your policy or consider purchasing renter’s insurance for coverage.
What's included in my room?
Your room will have desks with drawers, desk chairs, beds with extra-long twin mattress, drapes or blinds, locking closets, a computer connection to ResNet, cable TV outlet and connector cable, smoke detector, and a wastebasket. Although all residence hall rooms are painted off-white, many rooms also feature a neutral accent color on one wall.
Hall pages have specific information on room layouts, furniture types, and dimensions.
Your Packing Checklist
What to Bring...For Getting Around
- Your i-card (for meal plan and building access; Read more about obtaining your i-card)
- Key ring/lanyard for key and i-card
- A cart or dolly to make the move-in process easier
What to Bring...For Sleeping
- Comforter or bedspread
- Mattress pad
- A set of sheets measuring 36”x 80” or 99 cm x 203 cm for extra-long twin beds (or two for when one is in the laundry.) You may order linens through a University-sponsored program.
- Alarm clock or clock radio
What to Bring...For Your Wardrobe
- Clothing for warm and cold weather (if you can, store your seasonal clothes at home until the weather changes.)
- Swimsuit or other athletic clothing
- Umbrella, rainware
- Clothes hangers
- Laundry basket/bag
- High-efficiency laundry detergent (liquid, powder or pods) — read about Housing's laundry services for more information
- Shoe rack/storage
- Drawer liners
What to Bring...For Studying
- Non-halogen desk, floor or bedside lamps (consider purchasing compact fluorescent or LED bulbs)
- Two power strips with a 15-amp circuit breaker (they must be UL-approved with a heavy cord and three-prong grounding)
- Computer, power cord accessories. If you are bringing a laptop, you should also bring a laptop cable lock.
- A 15' or longer Ethernet cable
- Office supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highlighters, stapler, scissors, tape, ruler, thumb tacks
What to Bring...For Washing
- Bathrobe, shower shoes
- Small bucket or caddy for carrying toiletries
- Towels and washcloths
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)
- Hair dryer
What to Bring...For Making Your Room Into A Home
- Room decorations, pictures of family and friends
- Poster putty or painters tape for hanging up decoration—no masking tape or scotch tape on wood or painted surfaces
- Small microwave, 800 watts or less (one per room)
- Small refrigerator, no more than 4.4 cubic feet and Energy Star certified (one per room) NOTE: Sherman & Daniels Halls already come with micro-fridges.
- Throw rug or carpet samples NOTE: Busey-Evans and Daniels are already carpeted.
- Radio, TV, DVD player, stereo–your room has an outlet for free cable TV. There are also TVs in the central areas of the halls.
- Coaxial cable
- Book shelf
What to Bring...Other Handy Items
- Coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes and cutlery for snacks
- Electric coffee maker/tea maker
- Assorted plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, or other items
- Bike and U-shaped lock, rollerblades, or other "green" transportation (Deter theft and register your bike.)
- Headphones so your music does not disturb others
- Emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, bottled water, first aid kit, etc. See www.redcross.org.)
- Mirror with over the door hooks
- Crates or stacking containers
- Seat cushion for the desk chair
- Postage stamps
- Fan (box or window fans are recommended in non-air conditioned residence halls.)
- Reading pillow for your bed
- Bedside caddy
- Paper towels and basic cleaning supplies
- Dish soap and sponges
- Hand vacuum
- Filtered water pitchers
- Air freshener
- Sewing kid, scissors, safety pins
- Personal sports/recreation equipment
- Cell phone and charger. Your residence hall floor has a courtesy phone for on-campus calls.
Items to Leave at Home
The following items are NOT permitted in the residence halls:
- Wireless hub (The default configuration of most wireless routers interferes with the Internet connectivity of rooms around you)
- Halogen lamps or halogen bulbs of any kind
- Hotplate, skillet, toaster, toaster oven, rice cooker, George Foreman Grill, or similar cooking or high-wattage appliances with exposed surfaces
- Air conditioner or personal cooling unit, electric or space heater
- Candles (regardless if used for lighting or decoration), kerosene heater, incense, scent pot burners, or other fire hazards
- Pets (except fish, tank must be 5 gallons or less)
- Nail picture hangers (no nails or thumbtacks in woodwork or walls)
- Constructions (such as “lofts” or “room dividers”) are not allowed in the residence halls, and standard room furnishings cannot be moved out of your room or stored.
- Weapons, including air pellet, soft pellet, water, paintball, or BB guns; swords; knives; etc.
- Alcohol (even empty, decorative bottles)
- Oversized stereo speakers
- Your own mattress
- A car (parking is very limited)
- Hoverboard (battery-operated self-balancing scooters are not permitted in any University Housing facility, due to fire risk)
- Extension cords