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.

Included Essentials
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk & chair
  • Dresser
  • Mattress
  • 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
  • Vending machines
  • Washers & dryers (most accept either RUExpress or quarters)
  • Lounges or study areas
  • Floor/hall kitchenettes
  • Library
  • Campus center
  • Recreation center
  • Health center
  • Computer labs
  • Dining hall
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Packing List

For a comfortable night:

  • Set of sheets (or two for when one is in the laundry)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Comforter or bedspread and blanket
  • Alarm clock or clock radio

For your wardrobe:

  • Clothing for warm and cold weather (storing seasonal clothing at home, if an option, is recommended)
  • Swimsuit and other athletic clothing
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag (and detergent)
  • “Under the bed” storage boxes and bed risers
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Drawer liner
  • Shoe rack

For mishaps, emergencies, and general “fix its”:

  • First-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Flashlight
  • Small tool kit (screw driver, hammer, pliers, etc.)

For getting around:

  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Good walking shoes
  • Boots for wet weather

For the shower:

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower caddy

For study breaks and general relaxing:

  • Mp3 player
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Coaxial cable for connecting to the TV

For making the most of your study time:

  • Computer, power cord, and accessories
  • Ethernet cable
  • Calculator
  • Office supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highliters, stapler, scissors, tape, ruler, thumb tacks

For light and power:

For all your other needs:

  • Small vacuum
  • Plates, cups, bowls, utensils
  • Prescription medication
  • Fan

To make your new home feel more like home:

  • Posters
  • Family photos
Prohibited Items

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

  • Pets of any kind
  • Candles or incense
  • Fridge, toaster, hot plate, microwave*
  • Extension cords without surge protection
  • Air conditioner
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Grills, charcoal, or lighter fluid and any flammable liquids/materials
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters (space, electric, propane, etc.)
  • Oil lamps
  • Hoverboards

* Microwaves are prohibited in residence halls, suites, or apartments that are equipped with a Microfridge/microwave. In the event an apartment/suite does not come equipped with a microwave/microfridge in the room or a communal space, students are permitted to bring their own.

Residence Life strives to create a community in which all members feel safe, comfortable and at home. To aid in creating this environment, it is important that all students understand what is expected of them while living on campus. Residence Life maintains important policies with which residents should be familiar. It is expected that all students living in residence have read and understand the policies of on-campus living. Please take a moment to review these policies here: http://ruoncampus.rutgers.edu/policies