Move-In Checklist

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

Get ready for Move-In 2019!

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 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 smaller boxes that can be handled by one person rather than a few large ones. There is no space for storage in most halls.

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 wireless or wired internet connection (ResNet), a cable TV outlet, 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.

Note: We do not have room diagrams for every room available. If you are coming to campus for Summer Registration, you can take a look at tour rooms to get a better idea of dimensions and ways to arrange items in particular halls.

Choosing your bed setup

If you want your beds bunked, lofted or bi-leveled, need a bed rail, or want a bed extender, log in to MyHousing in late June to choose your bed configuration. You and your roommate should discuss and request a configuration online by the July 6 deadline. If you miss the deadline, we cannot guarantee your request will be fulfilled before Move-In. Requests will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your Packing Checklist

What to Bring...For Getting Around

What to Bring...For Sleeping

  • Pillow(s)
  • Comforter or bedspread
  • Blankets
  • Mattress pad
  • A set of sheets measuring 36”x 80” or 99cm x 203cm 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

What to Bring...For Your Wardrobe

  • Clothing for warm and cold weather (storing seasonal clothes at home until the weather changes is recommended)
  • Swimsuit or other athletic clothing
  • Umbrella, rainware
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket or 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 lamp (consider purchasing compact fluorescent or LED bulbs)
  • Two power strips with a 15-amp circuit breaker (must be UL-approved with a heavy cord and three-prong grounding)
  • Computer, power cord, and accessories. If you are bringing a laptop, you should also bring a laptop cable lock.
  • A 15' or longer Ethernet cable
  • Calculator
  • 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, friends, and pets
  • Poster putty, painters tape, or command strips for hanging up decorations — no masking tape or scotch tape on wood or painted surfaces
  • 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 (Note: Sherman and Daniels already come with microfridges.)
  • Throw rug or carpet samples (Note: Busey-Evans and Daniels are already carpeted.)
  • TV, DVD player, record player, stereo — your room has an outlet for free cable TV. There are also TVs in the central areas of the halls.
  • Coaxial cable to plug TV into cable outlet
  • Book shelf

What to Bring...Other Handy Items

  • Coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes, and utensils for snacks
  • Electric coffee or 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
  • Emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, bottled water, first aid kit, etc. See
  • Mirror with over-door hooks
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Seat cushion for 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 pitcher
  • 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, electric or space heater
  • Candles (either for lighting or decoration), kerosene heater, incense, scent pot burners, or other fire hazards
  • Pets (except fish, tank must be 5 gallons or less)
  • Waterbed
  • 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 on campus is very limited)
  • Hoverboards
  • Extension cords