What to Bring

Moving In

When helping your student prepare for college there are many items one might consider bringing. Here are some suggestions from the Residence Life Office:

Brownsville Hall Residents

  • Please bring bathroom cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Residents will be expected to keep their suite bathrooms clean.

General Room Items

  • UL-listed plastic waste paper basket
  • Fan - either a box or a windowsill model, no air conditioners.
  • Posters or other decorating items with command strip hangers
  • Cell phone and charger cable(s)
  • Surge protector/power strips with circuit breakers and long reach cables for computer, electronics, etc. must be grounded or surge protected.
  • Small flashlight, extra batteries
  • Area rug (6’ by 9’ is usually sufficient)
  • Basic tools – Screwdriver, pliers, hammer, multi-use tool
  • Portable shelves/Stacking storage units
  • Full-length mirror with over the door hanger

Entertainment Supplies

  • Television (smart TV or roku stick needed to connect to IPTV)
  • Entertainment electronics - small stereo w/an iPod docking station; DVD or Blu Ray player; gaming system or radio
  • DVDs, video games, headphones, etc.
  • Bike and bike lock (must be stored outside, not in student room)
  • Games: a deck of playing cards, board games, etc.

Clothes and Linens Items

  • Selection of clothing for season including cold weather clothing
  • Rain gear/umbrella, boots, coat, jacket, swimsuit, sports workout clothes
  • Bed sheets (extra-long twin size), egg-crate or memory foam mattress pad, pillow, bedspread, and blankets

Laundry Items

  • Each hall has a laundry room with many washers and dryers available at no cost to the residents. These high-efficiency washers and dryers are provided by the Mac Gray Corporation and use the LaundryView system which allows students to monitor the status of their laundry from their room via a computer.
  • Landry detergent (high efficiency machines)
  • Laundry basket (mesh, pop-up)/duffel bag, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets
  • Clothes stain remover, clothes hangers, iron and table-top ironing board

Health and Beauty Supplies

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, mouthwash, and facial tissues
  • First-aid kit, including bandages and over-the-counter pain relievers like Aspirin, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen; other medications, vitamins
  • Shampoo, soap and a soap dish, and a tote to carry bathroom essentials to and from the shower; shower shoes, hair dryer, curling iron

Office Supplies

  • Desk lamp
  • Computer with wireless connectivity; routers in rooms do have 3 Ethernet cord plug-in spaces as well
  • Flash drive or external hard drive
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, scotch and masking tape, scissors, ruler, paper clips, stapler,three-hole punch, rubber bands, note cards, post-it notes; scotch, masking, and duct tape
  • Notebooks, folders, binders, calculator, backpack/book bag, ruler
  • Planner/calendar/organizer, envelopes, postage stamps

Kitchen and Cleaning Items

  • Utensils (knife, fork, spoon), cup, plate, bowl
  • Dish soap, paper towels, trash can and trash bags, Ziploc bags
  • Reusable water bottle, snacks and soft drinks

Personal Items

  • Include Residence Hall Room on Home Owners' or Renters Insurance, Bring insurance card/health insurance information
  • All necessary papers: financial aid forms, class schedule, campus map

What NOT to bring

The following items are ones that the Residence Life Office does not allow or permit students to bring. Should a student be found to have the following items within their residence hall room they could face student conduct reprimands.

  • Gasoline, kerosene, ether, paints, propane or other volatile liquids
  • Open flame sources such as sterno, candles, incense, etc.
  • Overstuffed furniture (e.g. stuffed chairs, couches, bean bag chairs)
  • Weapons
  • Open-coiled and open hot plate appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates. Items without open coils are permitted with student rooms.
  • Students are also cautioned not to hang items from ceiling fixtures, pipes, exit lights, smoke detectors, etc.
  • Pets other than fish in 10 gallon or smaller tanks.
  • LED Strip lights cannot be adhered to University walls or furniture.