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Many articles listed on the "Essential Items" and "Optional Items" lists could/should be shared between roommates. Residence hall rooms are not spacious enough to allow each occupant to bring all items listed in the above section. For this reason, the Office of Housing and Residence Life will supply each incoming student with the home address and telephone number (when available) of his/her new roommate. Providing roommate information and determining in advance what each roommate will contribute allows for optimum room organization.

Essential Items for Sucessful Residence Hall Living

  • Alarm clock (wind-up or battery back-up)
  • Bathroom bucket with bathroom supplies
  • Bed linens, mattress pad, blankets, pillow
  • Bottle opener
  • Clothes hangers
  • Daily appointment book, wall calendar
  • Desk lamp(s) for Wooddell, Wilson, Sarvay (no halogen lights, please!)
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Fan
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Framed family photo(s)
  • Insurance Information
  • Laundry basket/bag and supplies (including Quarters)
  • Medication
  • Mug, cups, etc.
  • Plastic-ware
  • Quality surge protector(s) with reset switch
  • Robe, face cloths, large bath towels
  • Roll(s) of masking tape (the only adhesive permitted)
  • Social Security Card
  • Telephone/answering machine
  • Waste Basket and Liners
  • Window coverings and necessary hardware (for all residence areas except Wilson Hall & Wooddell Hall)
     

Optional Items

  • Air filters (floor and table models only)
  • Address book /phonebook with important numbers
  • Area rug
  • Book bag
  • Calculator (specific type/brand is needed for some majors)
  • Camera
  • Computer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Four in one screwdriver
  • Ipod, MP3 Player, etc.
  • Lap desk
  • Large Pillows
  • Manual can opener
  • Microwave
  • Over-door pocket organizer or shoe hanger
  • Plastic stacking storage boxes (9" high or less)
  • Pliers and/or vice grips
  • Refrigerator
  • Small folding clothes rack
  • Small stereo/radio, headphones, rubber mats for under all large floor speakers
  • Television and coax cable "s"connector for television (6') (may be purchased at places like K-Mart, Circuit City, or Radio Shack)
  • DVD/BluRay player

Items Required to LEAVE at Home

  • Air Conditioners of any kind (portable or window units).
  • Alcohol/drug paraphernalia
  • Appliances with an exposed heating element (i.e. Hot Plates, Coffee Makers, Space Heaters, George Foreman Grills, etc.).
  • Barbecue grills, halogen lamps, space heaters, sun or heat lamps
  • Candles, incense, potpourri burners
  • Dart board which employs sharp tipped metal darts
  • Dimmer switches, ceiling fans
  • Electric blankets
  • Extension cords (especially all inexpensive brown, white or green cords)
  • Flammable holiday decorations
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Water beds
  • Weapons, firearms, explosives, fire crackers, and replica look alike weapons
  • Free weights
  • Hammers and/or nails
  • Double sided tape, scotch tape, duct tape, etc...(only masking tape allowed)
Last updated on Feb 22, 2012. Originally created on Oct 15, 2008. Report incorrect information.