What To Bring

Each residence hall room is approximately 12' x 15'. This size is probably the size of your room at home, but now it will be your home to share with your roommate(s).

The University provides each resident with a bed, desk, chair, closet or wardrobe, dresser, and bookcase or hutch. If you are in a triple room, one bed will be lofted. Storage space is limited, so get in touch with your roommate(s) to coordinate shared items to bring.

Students may choose to rent bed lofts through the University. Sign-ups will be emailed to your University email address, or you can sign up through your AU Housing Portal when the application is open. Bed lofts increase usable floor space by raising one of the beds. Because of microwaves are not permitted due to circuit limitations and D.C. fire safety codes, many students opt to rent a MicroFridge, a microwave-refrigerator unit, from MyFridgeRental. Each hall floor has a fully equipped kitchen for residents who wish to cook, except for Nebraska Hall, where kitchens are located within the apartment.

Rather than purchasing new supplies, consider renting items from one of our permitted vendors or purchasing gently used to reduce our carbon footprint.

What To Bring


  • University documents
  • Photo identification
  • Backpack and school supplies

For your room

  • Twin sheets and pillowcases (full sheets for Nebraska Hall)
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Alarm clock
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Surge protector with long cord
  • Bath towels
  • Shower shoes or flip flops
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Toiletries caddy
  • Headphones
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Small vacuum
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Dishes and glasses
  • Eating utensils
  • Water pitcher

Out and about

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Reusable travel mug
  • Reusable tote bag


  • Laptop computer
  • Iron and ironing board (use in laundry room)
  • HD compatible television (smaller than 28") and coaxial cable
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Posters and removable adhesive
  • Refrigerator (smaller than 4.5 cubic ft.)

What Not to Bring

Safety concerns

  • Steam vaporizers
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Pets, except small fish or unless approved through Academic Support and Access Center
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Bed risers
  • Microwaves (must be rented from MyFridgeRental)

Fire hazards

  • Halogen lamps
  • Open-coil appliances (toasters, hot plates, space heaters, etc.)
  • Grills, including George Foreman
  • All candles and incense
  • Extension cords
  • Space heater
  • Hot plates
  • Electric kettle

Items restricted from use in your room

These items may only be used in common area kitchens. Each common area kitchen has a microwave, but many students rent a personal MicroFridge for their room.

  • Coffee maker, including Keurig
  • Hot pot
  • Popcorn popper
  • Rice cooker

Remember, you will need far less than you imagine. Many necessities can be purchased at either the Campus Store or the P.O.D. (the campus convenience store), both of which are right on campus. Make your move-in motto: "When in doubt, leave it out."


Think stackable. Consider bringing your belongings in multiple smaller boxes rather than one big box or plastic bags. Additionally, stackable, reusable containers can serve as storage for you throughout the year and help you during move-out. If you bring cardboard boxes to campus, please flatten them and place them by our waste bins located in the hallway or trash room.

By using reusable containers, you will be directly supporting the university's goal of sending zero waste to landfills and incinerators by 2020. In 2012 alone, the University recycled 25,000 pounds of cardboard during student move-in!

Fragile materials? Instead of purchasing Styrofoam peanuts that do not break down in landfills, try packing with your clothes or towels. You could also use newspaper which can be recycled in one of our blue recycling containers in the residence halls when you finish unpacking.