Room Information: What to Bring

Items Provided in Each Residence Hall Room

  • 1 bed per person: Mattresses in our residence halls (except Rocker Square I) are twin extra-long (36”x80”). Rocker Square I mattresses are full-size.
    • Residence Life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items (full-size items are also available) and many other campus-living necessities. Proceeds from this program go to Residence Life and are used for programming in the residence halls.  Order online by visiting the RHL website.  
    • A lofting/bunking kit is provided in Peterson, Connolly, and Palmerton Halls. Beds are loftable in Placer Hall with provided frames. No other lofting or bunking kits are allowed.
  • Dresser and drawer space for personal items and clothing
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Window blinds/curtains
  • Bike Racks are located outside of each residence hall. Bikes storage is not permitted inside the buildings and will be removed from stairways and other public areas.
    • Online bike registration is encouraged and available here.  Registration is free and provides each bike with an ID sticker for the frame.
    • U-Lock (or similar) bike locks are recommended and available for purchase from the University Bookstore.  We do not recommend chain locks - these can be cut easily and are not secure.
    • Bikes must be removed over the summer; bikes remaining on campus will be removed and donated.
  • Internet
    • Placer, Peterson, Palmerton, and Connolly have wired and wireless internet access. More information, including registering gaming devices, is available through ITS.
    • Rocker Square I has wireless internet only.  Rocker Square II has wired internet (students must provide their own routers).
    • No Cable services are provided for on-campus students.
  • Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II have a variety of additional items, visit the Rocker Square website for additional details.

Items To Consider Bringing to Campus

Before deciding on what to bring to campus, we recommend coordinating with your roommate(s).  Many of the below items may be shared, based on roommate preferences.

  • Room Personalization
    • Room Carpeting
      • We recommend purchasing carpet once the room is viewed in person and personal items are taken into account for best measurements
    • Blue Painters Tape to hang items on walls (even popular 'damage free' hanging strips may remove paint from walls)
    • Damage-Free hanging strips to hang items on non-painted surfaces
    • Message Board
    • Towels, Pillows, Blankets, Rugs
    • Blackout Curtains
    • Pictures and Wall hangings
    • Moveable Storage Furniture
  • Electronics and Appliances (We generally approve appliances with auto-shut off features)
    • TV
    • DVD or Blu-ray Player/Gaming Consoles 
    • Mini-Refrigerator
      • One mini-fridge per person is allowed, up to 6.0 cubic feet.
    • Microwave
      • One microwave per room is allowed. Microwaves are also available in community kitchens.
    • Alarm Clock
    • Surge Protectors
      • Extension cords can not be used in the residence halls.  We recommend surge protectors with extra-long cords.
    • Hair Dryer
    • Electric Clothing Iron with Auto Shut-Off
    • Desk Lamp (non-halogen)
    • Small Fan
    • Extra Charging Cords
  • Bathroom Cleaning Items (if living in a room with your own bathroom)
    • Toilet Plunger
    • Toilet Bowl Brush/Cleaner
    • Mop/Floor Cleaner
    • Toilet Paper
    • Bathroom Drain Hair Catcher
  • Personal Items and Safety Considerations
    • Umbrella/Waterproof Jacket
    • Warm Clothing
    • Shower Shoes
    • Toiletries and Shower Caddy
    • Reusable Water Bottle
    • Laptop Lock and Safe
    • Insurance Information (Health and Renters)
    • Inventory of Items Brought to Campus
  • Cooking and Kitchen Supplies
    • Chip Clips, Can Opener, and Pizza Cutter 
    • Dish Soap, Drying Rack, Dish Towels
    • Drink Cups/Mugs, Microwaveable Plates, and Flatware
    • Small paring knife
    • Wastebasket, Recycling Container, Trash Bags (We recommend kitchen sized wastebaskets and trash bags)
  • Laundry Supplies
    • Clothes Basket/Hamper
    • Clothes Hangers
    • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheets
  • Cleaning Supplies
    • Broom/Dustpan
    • Small Vacuum
    • Disinfecting Wipes
    • Dust Wipes
    • Paper Towels/Washable Towels
    • Electronic Wipes  

What Not to Bring

  • Nails, Poster Putty, etc. (use blue painters tape!)
  • Hot plates, Foreman Grills, toasters, or other cooking items with exposed coils (these items can be used only in our approved kitchens)
  • Halogen Lights
  • Extension Cords
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Candles (with wicks)
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Pets (fish in a small tank, under 10 gallons, are allowed)
  • Any illegal or illegally-obtained item
  • Weapons of any kind (some utility knives and multi-tools are permitted in housing)
  • Hookahs

COVID-19 Considerations

In response to COVID-19, we highly recommend the following considerations when planning to come to campus.

  • Health and Wellness Items
    • Thermometer
    • Reusable face masks (we recommend having upwards of five masks)
    • Travel/On the Go Disinfecting Wipes
    • Travel/On the Go Hand Sanitizer
    • Over the Counter Medications
  • Isolation and Traveling Items (we recommend having the ability to grab a pack filled with essential items)
    • Three Day Duffle Bag/Backpack/Drawstring Bag
    • Extra Set of Bedding, Towels, Toiletries, Clothing, Shower Shoes


Thanksgiving Break
Residence halls do not close

Winter Break - Halls Close
December 15 - January 7
Details available here

New Student Housing Sign-Up
Application Opens February 13
Visit the New Student Sign-Up Page

Lottery Numbers Emailed
Sent to emails on March 1
For returners required to live on campus

Spring Break - Halls Close
March 11 - March 19
Details available here

Returning Student Housing Sign Up
March 20 - March 26 varying by group
Returning Student Housing Selection

May Closing
Halls close at noon on May 6
5pm on May 7th for graduating students