What to Bring

icon-check.pngWhen helping your student prepare for college there are many items one might consider bringing. Here are some suggestions from the Residence Life Office.

General Room Items

  • If you bring an 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 (do not affix to walls or doors)
  • Waste paper basket
  • Bike and bike lock (must be stored outside, not in student room)
  • Games: a deck of playing cards, board games, etc.


  • Television (smart TV or roku stick needed to connect to IPTV)
  • Entertainment electronics 
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Fan - either a box or a windowsill model, no air conditioners.
  • 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
  • Computer/laptop/tablet and charger
  • Headphones/earbuds with microphone

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 for the residents. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Small cooking appliances without a hotplate or open heating element such as; Tea kettle, keurig style pod coffee maker, popcorn air popper, rice cooker. (see the What not to bring list for details on small appliances that are prohibitied in the halls)

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

icon-x.pngThe 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.

Decorative Items

  • Curtains, unless flame retardant, all of our windows have blinds
  • LED Lights, strip lights
  • Candles, incense, fireworks, any open flame source
  • Halogen light bulbs
  • Lava lamps
  • Wax burners with lightbulbs
  • Removable wallpaper or wall decals – they do not remove as easy as promised and damage paint
  • Christmas trees (only under 2 foot artificial trees are permissible)
  • Anything that will damage wall surface
  • Wall mount for television
  • Wall hangings over 6x6 feet
  • Sofa/futon
  • Bean bags over 3 feet wide


  • For safety reasons, cooking is prohibited in all student rooms with the exception of university supplied microwave attached to the MicroFridge Smoke Sensor combination unit.
  • Air fryer, deep fryer
  • Crock pot
  • Pressure cooker
  • InstaPot
  • Hot plates, electric skillet, griddle, any appliance with open or exposed heating element or coil
  • Toaster/Toaster oven/Convection oven
  • Coffee pot with hot plate, Keurig type machines allowed
  • Outdoor grilling appliances 


  • Space heater/heating blanket
  • Extension cords, or strip outlets without surge protectors
  • Air conditioner
  • Doorbell cameras that face outside of room


  • Weapons
  • Tattoo guns, needles, and tattoo paraphernalia
  • Needles, piercing guns, and items used for piercing
  • Martial arts devices
  • Free weights over 10 pounds
  • CO2 cartridges
  • Drones
  • Power tools
  • Waterbeds
  • Additional door locks
  • Pets
  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Full or empty kegs
  • Wired or wireless router
  • Electronic scooters/hoverboards, etc.
  • Any flammable materials