Move-In Checklist

What should you bring and what's included in your room? Find out here.

Get ready for Spring Move-In 2021!

What should you bring?

After receiving your room assignment, you will want to contact your roommate and discuss what each of you plan to bring. Decide who will bring large items such as the TV, carpet, etc. Will one of you bring a small refrigerator? How about decorating your room? Check out OCM for all your room and decor essentials.  

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 your room?

Your room will have desks with drawers, desk chairs, beds with extra-long twin mattress, drapes or blinds, locking closets, a wireless or wired internet connection (ResNet), smoke detector, and a wastebasket. 

Hall pages have specific information on room layouts, furniture types, and dimensions. We do not have room diagrams for every room available. 

Note: Due to COVID-19, Room Configuration Requests are suspended until further notice. It is recommended that you limit bringing additional large furniture. 

The Ultimate Packing Checklist

Cleaning and COVID-19 Necessities 

  • Masks that cover your nose and mouth 
  • Hand sanitizer (also available throughout University Housing buildings and dining locations)
  • Cleaning supplies and hand vacuum for use in personal space
  • Thermometer  
  • Emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, bottled water, first aid kit, etc. See


  • Comforter, bedspread, and blankets 
  • Pillows, including a reading pillow for your bed
  • Mattress pad or protector 
  • Two sets of sheets measuring 36”x 80” or 99cm x 203cm for extra-long twin beds  
  • Bedside caddy

Room Decor and Storage 

  • Room decorations, pictures of family, friends, and pets
  • Poster putty, painters tape, or command strips for hanging up decorations 
  • Carpet or throw rug (Note: Busey-Evans and Daniels are already carpeted.)
  • Crates, storage, or stacking containers
  • Shelving 
  • Mirror with over-door hooks
  • Seat cushion for desk chair
  • Fan (box or window fans are recommended in non-air conditioned residence halls)

Toiletries and Bathroom Supplies  

  • Bathrobe, shower shoes. shower cap 
  • Small bucket or caddy for carrying toiletries
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Hair dryer and styling tools 

Clothing & Laundry Supplies 

  • Clothing for warm and cold weather 
  • Athletic clothing
  • Umbrella and rainware
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent (liquid, powder or pods) — read about Housing's laundry services
  • Shoe rack/storage
  • Drawer liners
  • Sewing kid, scissors, safety pins

Schools Supplies and Technology 

  • Non-halogen desk, floor, or bedside lamp (consider purchasing compact fluorescent or LED bulbs)
  • Office supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highlighters, stapler, scissors, tape, ruler, thumb tacks, calculator 
  • Computer, power cord, and accessories. If you are bringing a laptop, you should also bring a laptop cable lock.
  • TV, DVD player, video game console, record player, stereo, bluetooth speaker 
  • Cell phone and charger 
  • Tablet or eReader
  • Headphones or earbuds 
  • Two power strips with a 15-amp circuit breaker (must be UL-approved with a heavy cord and three-prong grounding)
  • A 15' or longer Ethernet cable and coaxial cable 

Kitchen and Grocery Essentials 

  • Small microwave, 800 watts or less (one per room)
  • Small refrigerator, one per room, no more than 4.4 cubic feet and Energy Star certified (Sherman and Daniels already come with microfridges.)
  • Coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes, and utensils for snacks
  • Electric coffee or tea maker
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Assorted plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, or other items
  • Filtered water pitcher

Important Documents

  • Drivers Licence or State ID
  • Social Security Card (Especially if you plan to apply for a job.)
  • Health and dental insurance information 
  • Passport and Visa 

Items to Leave at Home

The following items are NOT permitted in the residence halls:

  • Wireless internet hub  
  • 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, electric or space heater
  • Candles, 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)
  • Oversize stereo speakers
  • Your own bed mattress
  • Hoverboards
  • Extension cords