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What To Bring and Not To Bring

Packing for college may feel intimidating and you may not know what to bring. A good rule of thumb is to bring what will make your space feel like home. Listed below are a few suggestions. We suggest discussing these items with your roommate/suitemates to coordinate the common area items so you don't have duplicates. If you are unsure if something is allowed or not and it is not explicitly listed here, contact us before bringing it to campus.

Items to bring:

  • Bedding and linens (Twin XL size for all residential halls and Legacy Park, Full XL for The Heritage)
  • Storage containers for under your bed
  • Decorative shower curtain (plastic shower curtain provided by the University)
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent (the pods work great!) and dryer sheets
  • Hygiene and grooming products (soap, shampoo, deodrant, hair dryer, curler or straightener, shaver, etc.)
  • Laundry baskets (find one with wheels)
  • White sticky tack/dorm tape/Command strips for hanging decor (but note that Command strips can damage walls if not removed properly)
  • Plunger
  • Microwave/mini fridge: both are provided in the suite styles but residents are allowed to have personal ones in their rooms (mini fridge must be 31" or less to fit under the beds and microwaves must be under 700 watts)
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, shower curtain, personal items, towels, tissues
  • Clothing hangers
  • Door mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • Smart TV, Amazon TV, or Firestick 
  • Cleaning supplies: broom, mop, dust pan, Clorox wipes, small vacuum 
  • Laptop and printer (though there are computer labs across campus)
  • Dishes and utensils for cooking
  • Power strips
  • Padlock for your armoire: only for Baker, Huger, and Agnes Edwards Halls 
  • Collapsible rolling cart: usual to help with move in and move out but also to help bring groceries and supplies to and from building to vehicle
  • Thermometer and other typical medical supplies like bandaids, Tylenol, etc. 
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Facial coverings: several because they should be washed frequently
  • A container that can hold up to 14 days of clothes and supplies for IF isolation/quarantine is needed

Items allowed as long as they are properly cleaned and stored:

  • Air fryers
  • Beverage and coffee makers, like a Keurig, with an automatic shut-off
  • Slow cookers with an automatic shut-off
  • Rice cookers

Items not to bring:

  • Pets of any kind (even fishbowls!)
  • Wi-fi routers (you will be charged a $200 fine every time you're caught using one!)
  • Pull-up bars
  • Candles or incense
  • Window air conditioners
  • Sandwich makers 
  • Candle or wax warmers
  • Coffee makers without an automatic shut-off
  • Space heaters, electric heating blankets
  • Hoverboards (campus-wide policy)
  • Vape, tobacco, or alcohol, including empty alcohol bottles (campus-wide policy)
  • Exposed heating elements like toasters, toaster ovens, convection ovens, etc. (if it gets red, it’s a no-no)
  • Weapons (campus-wide policy)

Space Decor & Decorating: If you want to decorate your walls without messing up the paint (so you aren't charged for damage to the room!), we suggest bringing the Command strips, white sticky tack, or durable double-sided tape that won’t damage the walls. Blue sticky tack will stain the walls. You also will not be able to hang your TV on the wall, so make sure you bring a stand for it.