What to Bring

Space is limited, so bring only the things you really need. You can always bring more things later. Please coordinate with your roommate so that you don’t end up with two TV’s, two microwaves, or two mini fridges! Taking a campus tour can also give you a better idea how you can make your room feel more like home.


Rooms have beds, pillows, dressers, closet space, bookshelves, desks and chairs, Internet and phones for local calls only. (Most of you will have a cell phone, but if you don’t, you’ll need a calling card for long distance.) Of course, Skype is also an option since Internet is included.

Here’s the list of what you need to bring (Going shopping? Download and print a PDF of the list): 

  • Bedding: Your favorite pillow, pillowcases, sheets, blankets, comforters, duvets for a twin bed if you’re in traditional residence or a double bed if you’re in suite style. 
  • Towels and washcloths and personal toiletries
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer and headphones
  • Surge protector
  • Fused power bars (not extension cords)
  • Small rug or carpet
  • Alarm clock
  • Message or memo board for your door
  • Posters and "sticky tack" - no tacks, pins or nails
  • Some plastic dishes and cutlery, plastic (not glass) mugs, food storage containers
  • Laundry bag, soap.
  • Bath robe and slippers or flip-flops
  • Raingear
  • Winter clothes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Some dress clothes

If you’re living in a suite-style residence , see what’s included in your suite, and then coordinate with your roommate. Some things you’ll need: 

  • Dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery and cooking utensils
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper


  • Television/DVD player, game console: If you don’t have a TV, every House has a lounge with cable TV.
  • Mini fridges (max. 5.2 cu. ft.)
  • Microwave ovens: If you don’t have one, several houses have communal microwave ovens.
  • Electric tea kettles

What NOT to bring

  • Extension cords (fused power bars ok)
  • Any open flame or candles.
  • Milk crates (toxic in fire) but plastic bins approved for home use are fine.
  • Used couches or chairs
  • Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, firearms or any weapons
  • Pets, other than tropical fish
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements (toasters, toaster-ovens, hotplates, etc.)
  • Air conditioners or electric heaters

Room Size

Typical room dimensions are:

  • Double Room: 12 ft. x 15 ft. (3.7m x 4.6m)
  • Single Room: 10 ft. x 12 ft. (3.1m x 3.7m).