What should you bring?

After receiving your room assignment, you’ll want to contact your roommate and discuss what you’re planning to bring in order to avoid duplication of large items and electronics. We also encourage you to bring your own belongings to personalize your room.

With that in mind, don’t feel that you have to bring everything on your own, all at once. You can always get it later. Not all halls have elevators, so it may be better to pack a number of moderate-sized boxes that can be handled by one person rather than a few large ones. Be mindful that there is no space for storage in most halls.

Below are a list of essential items included in your room, residence hall, and campus, along with a packing checklist, and list of prohibited items.

You can also download our printable Ultimate Guide to Move-In!

Included Essentials


Each student is provided a:

  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk & chair
  • Dresser
  • Mattress

Most rooms have:

  • A Microfridge (combination microwave, refrigerator & freezer)
  • High speed Internet access (click for more about ResNet)
  • Cable television service
  • Carpeting or tile floors
  • Drapes or Blinds

Most buildings have:

  • Vending machines
  • Washers & dryers (most accept either RUExpress or quarters)
  • Lounges or study areas
  • Floor/hall kitchenettes

On each campus you'll find:

  • Library
  • Campus center
  • Recreation center
  • Health center
  • Computer lab(s)
  • Dining hall

Packing List

  • Cell phone/charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription/over the counter medications
  • Essential documents
  • Sheets and pillows
  • Comforter/blanket
  • Alarm clock
  • Swimsuit
  • Athletic clothes
  • Laundry bag
  • Under bed storage
  • Ironing board/iron
  • Shoe rack
  • Umbrella/rain coat
  • Winter boots
  • Winter gloves/hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Vacuum
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Towels/wash cloths
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes
  • Hygiene products
  • Shower caddy
  • Hair dryer
  • Comb/brush
  • Television/coaxial cable (RU-tv tech. info)
  • Laptop/charger
  • Pens/pencils
  • Stapler/tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Floor/bedside lamp
  • Surge protector
  • Fan
  • Posters/decorations/photos
  • Snacks

Prohibited Items

Below is a list of prohibited items in the residence halls:

  • Pets of any kind, unless it is a pre-approved service or support animal
  • Candles or incense
  • Fridge/toaster/hot plate
  • Air conditioner, unless provided by Rutgers
  • Washing machine and/or dryer, unless provided by Rutgers
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Grills/charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters
  • Oil lamps
  • Hoverboards
  • Anything listed under our “Fire Safety Policy”