Preparing to Move in to the Residence Halls

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.

Although all residence hall rooms are painted off-white, many rooms also feature a neutral accent color on one wall. 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. 

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.

Your Packing Checklist

What to Bring

  • Your i-card (for meal plan and building access; Read more about obtaining your i-card)
  • Lamps for desk (non-halogen bulbs only—consider purchasing compact fluorescent bulbs)  
  • Pillow, bed linens, blankets (36”x 80”  or 99 cm × 203 cm for extra-long twin beds). You may order linens through a University-sponsored program.
  • Mattress pad 
  • Alarm clock
  • Bike and lock, rollerblades, or other "green" transportation (Please note: bikes may not be stored in residence hall rooms, and rollerblades may not be worn inside of the residence halls. Engrave your name or some identification on several parts of your bike and register it with the campus Parking Department. Motorized bicycles are not permitted in the halls.)
  • Key ring/lanyard for key and i-card
  • Clothes hangers
  • Bathrobe, shower shoes
  • Small bucket for carrying toiletries
  • Towels, washcloth, soap, shampoo
  • Room decorations, pictures of family and friends
  • Laundry basket/bag (no need for rolls of quarters—laundry is included in your room and board!)
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent (liquid or powder, not pods) — read about Housing's laundry services for more information
  • Coffee mug, drinking cups, dishes and cutlery for snacks
  • Assorted plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, or other items
  • Umbrella, rainwear
  • Headphones so your music does not disturb others
  • Two power strips with a 15-amp circuit breaker; it must be UL-approved with a heavy cord and three-prong grounding—use a power bar (extension cords are not permitted)
  • Poster putty or painters tape for hanging up decoration—no masking tape or scotch tape on wood or painted surfaces
  • Winter clothing (unless you can get it later or have it sent)
  • Emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, bottled water, first aid kit, etc. See

Items to Leave at Home

The following items are NOT permitted in the residence halls:

  • Wireless hub (wireless routers are against campus policy; their default configuration 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)
  • Waterbed
  • Nail picture hangers (no nails or thumbtacks in woodwork or walls)
  • Constructions (such as “lofts” or “room dividers”) and bed risers 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)

Optional Handy Items

Here are some other optional handy items to consider bringing when you move in:

  • A 15’ or longer Ethernet cable, and if you are bringing a laptop you should also bring a laptop cable lock
  • Small microwave (one per room), 800 watts or less
  • Small refrigerator (one per room), up to 3 cubic feet (Note: Sherman and Daniels Halls rooms already come with microfridges, a combo microwave, freezer, and small refrigerator.) You can rent a microfridge to save hassle.
  • Fan (box or window fans are recommended in non-air conditioned residence halls)
  • Electric coffee maker/tea maker (look for ones with auto-off feature)
  • Throw rug or carpet samples (Note: Busey-Evans and Daniels are already carpeted) If you would like your carpet pre-installed, consider purchasing it ahead of time from University Housing's approved vendor
  • Mirror with over-door hooks
  • Magnets for magnetic pegboard  
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Seat cushion for desk chair
  • Radio, TV, DVD player, stereo—your room has an outlet for free cable TV. There are also TVs in the central area of halls.
  • School supplies, such as stapler, paper clips, pens, etc.
  • Postage stamps
  • A cart or dolly to expedite your move-in process
  • Reading pillow for your bed
  • Paper towels and basic cleaning supplies
  • Sewing kit, scissors, safety pins
  • Personal sports/recreation equipment
  • Cell phone. (Your residence hall floor has a courtesy phone for on-campus calls.)