What Should I Bring?

  • Waterproof mattress pad (required and can be purchased at residence hall for $42)
  • Sheets, pillow/pillowcases (extra-long twin)
  • Comforter and blankets
  • Bath linens and supplies
  • Wastebasket and liners
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpet (cannot be installed)
  • Microwave (1.5 cubic feet or smaller)
  • Mini refrigerator (3.7 cubic feet or smaller)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk lamp (non-halogen)
  • U/L-approved extension cord/power strip (7 plugs or fewer)
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Crates for storage
  • Computer
  • Ethernet cord
  • TV (cable-ready)
  • TV stand with mount
  • VCR/DVD and gaming system
  • Portable radio/stereo
  • Laundry basket and detergent

Apartments Only

  • Utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Plates
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Other kitchen items

What Items Are Prohibited?

  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Appliance with an open heating coil
  • Broiler ovens, toasters/toaster ovens (only approved for apartments)
  • Alcohol and alcohol paraphernalia (please refer to University Policy)
  • Smoking materials and smokeless tobacco
  • Candles, incense, candle warmers, paraphernalia
  • Four-way or cheater plugs
  • Extension cords w/o breaker
  • Sun or heat lamps
  • Appliances not marked as U/L approved
  • Tacks or nails in the walls or ceiling
  • TV wall mounts
  • Contact paper on walls or furniture
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric sauce pans or hot plates
  • Laser pointers
  • Halogen/quartz light bulbs and lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Oil popcorn popper
  • Paint ball, BB guns, weapons
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks

Other Guidelines

Shower curtains are used in the bathrooms. Mattress covers are required and will be available at an additional charge. The covers can be purchased from the hall directors the day you move in.

We encourage you to also bring basic cleaning supplies for your bedroom and bathroom, including disinfectant cleaning solutions, sponges, toilet brush and cleaner, glass cleaner and furniture polish or spray. A limited amount of cleaning supplies will be available from housekeeping.

All residents of Gessner and Irwin halls and the New Living Center are required to purchase a meal plan for the Harter Union dining room. Cooking in the residence halls is not allowed, so please do not bring hotplates, grills, toaster ovens or any appliance that is heat-generated by an open flame or coils (Foreman Grills are also prohibited). Microwave ovens with low wattage are allowed. These policies are put in place and enforced by the local fire marshal.