What to Bring With You

In order to help you prepare to move to campus, the Department of Residence Life has prepared the following list to help you plan for your arrival.


What to Bring and What NOT to Bring Checklist (PDF)

Welcome to College Life! Remember: Do not pack too much junk in your trunk…or your room.  You cannot bring everything you own from your bedroom at home. When packing, keep in mind that you and your roommate will be sharing limited space that is approximately 12’x15’ (180 square feet). We strongly recommend that you collaborate with your assigned roommate and suitemates before bringing larger items or major furnishings, in order to lessen any potential space-use disagreements.

  • Personal clothing, toiletries & hygiene products
  • Reference books, Address Book, Password Book
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Computer or laptop
  • Calculator, Calendar, Academic Supplies
  • George Foreman style grills, Panini presses
  • Pots and Pans, kitchen knives (apartments)
  • Silverware, glassware/drinkware, bowls, plates
  • UL-Surge Protector
  • UL-Extension Cord
  • Flashlight
  • Small furniture pieces (nightstand, bookshelf, study lamp, desk-top fan, ironing board, etc).
  • Bed linens (1-2 sets), pillow(s), blankets, bedspread, mattress pad or topper, towels (Support Resident Housing Association and buy online)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Laundry Basket/Hamper
  • Clothes Hangers
  • General Cleaning Supplies (409 or all-purpose cleaner for suite bathrooms)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Radio or stereo – Please note: subwoofers and surround-sound systems which can be heard or felt outside of the confines of an individual room are prohibited.)
  • Small television (32” or less) – TVs should be at least 1080dpi. TVs older than 3yrs will need a converter box; converters are not provided.
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Gaming systems
  • Wall decorations (non-flammable, not obscene or offensive)
  • Painter’s Tape (blue)
  • Compact refrigerators 3.5 cubic feet or smaller
  • Microwaves
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glasses/Sunglasses
  • Checkbook/ATM Card
  • Pad lock for desk
  • Plunger
  • Mop
  • Shower Caddy
  • Bath mat/rug, Shower Curtain

What You Cannot Bring

Due to safety, security, or Residence Life policy provisions; fire safety regulations; other related concerns; or all of the above, the following items are strictly prohibited in the on-campus INTERIOR residential environment:

  • Flushable wipes (toilet) that aren’t really flushable as they clog sanitary waste systems
  • Halogen lamps or items containing halogen light bulbs
  • Personal space heaters or other portable heat producing units
  • Candles (even decorative ones or gifts)
  • Wax Warmers (Scentsy pots, etc)
  • NuWave ovens or cooktops
  • Incense burners, and incense
  • Hookahs (including e-hookahs)
  • Hot plates, toaster ovens, and any other similar item with an exposed-coil burner or exposed flat burner (drip coffee makers).
  • Highly combustible items, flammable liquids, toxic chemicals or anything gasoline-powered
  • Firearms or ammunition (including air-soft guns, or toy guns that resemble real weapons, Nerf guns)
  • Knives (fixed blade or with blades over 3 inches, except kitchen knives)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Surround sound systems, subwoofers, or other amplified audio equipment/musical instruments.
  • Road Signs, traffic cones, and emergency lights are not permitted in rooms or apartments
  • Antennas, satellite dishes, short-wave radio transmitting equipment, splitter cables and wireless routers.
  • No alcohol (including empty alcohol beverage containers, can or bottle collections, kegs, shot chillers, etc)
  • Illicit drugs & other controlled substances (including paraphernalia)
  • Waterbeds and water-filled furniture
  • Oversized items, such as sofas, couches, game tables, drum sets, large entertainment systems, etc
  • Dartboards, metal-tipped darts, etc
  • Nails, duct tape, double stick tape (will cause damage to the drywall and paint on the walls)
  • Pets are not permitted in any campus residence (except fish in maximum 10-gallon tank in the residence halls and 20-gallon tank in the apartments)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Curtain and curtain rod (to create false closet door, or for windows)


Additional Items of Note:

  • Residents are individually responsible for sharing general cleaning within their room or apartment, all furniture & other contents, and common areas contiguous to their living units (bathrooms, etc). This includes cleaning the bathroom that you share with your suitemates on a schedule determined by the residents of the suite.
  • The University retains the right to restrict or prohibit a resident’s use of weight-lifting equipment, musical instruments, radios, stereos, and other items on University premises.
  • Room re-painting or other alterations are not allowed (even if your guardians are professional painters, contractors, interior decorators, etc.)
  • Road signs and emergency lights or signage are subject to confiscation as stolen property, unless you have a bill of sale or ownership can be otherwise proven.
  • Charges can be assessed for vandalism, malicious destruction, avoidable damages, extra cleaning, full-value replacements, labor &/or materials costs associated with repairs, or other appropriate costs or additional assessments above definitions of “normal wear-and-tear.”
  • BOTTOM LINE: Make sure you are detailed when completing your inventory and turning it in within the 72 hour period. Note any discrepancies found during check-out will be considered for damage charges, therefore, being as thorough as possible upon checking in is extremely important.

A Note on Renter’s Insurance:

UIS assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to residents’ possessions within Residence Life units. You’re strongly encouraged to consider purchasing renter’s insurance, particularly if you’ll be bringing expensive items such as a computer, printer, TV, or stereo. Students may be covered under a parent’s homeowner’s insurance, so check with your insurance agent to determine if you’re covered under an existing policy or rider.