Packing List

As you prepare to check into your new home on-campus, we've developed a checklist of items for you this fall amid COVID-19, along with your traditional items to bring to campus and what to leave at home.

In Your Room

Each room is furnished with desks, chairs, beds, drawers, and shelf space. We've provided a list of items to best help with your transition at AU. Remember, you will need far less than you imagine. Many necessities can be purchased at the Campus Store.

View our Housing Checklist Guide in PDF.  


  • Face coverings/masks
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Thermometer

  • Pulse Oximeter (measures blood oxygen levels if sick)

  • Disinfectant wipes/spray 


  • Twin sheets and pillowcases (full sheets for Nebraska Hall)
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Alarm clock
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Surge protector power strip with long cord
  • Bath towels
  • Shower shoes or flip flops
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Toiletries caddy
  • Headphones
  • Hangers
  • Wall mounting strips
  • Laundry bag and HE laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Dishes and glasses
  • Eating utensils
  • Water pitcher
  • Single serve coffee maker with automatic shut-off (ex. Keurig, Bella, etc.) 

Nebraska Hall, UC-Building and the Frequency residents should bring kitchen equipment, cooking appliances, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

* Cassell, Centennial, East Campus, and Scott Circle Hotel residents should bring bathroom cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

The items on this list are frequently reviewed by AU Housing & Residence Life and AU Risk Management. It is a violation of the Residence Hall Regulations to bring such items to the AU Residence Halls:

  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Open-coil appliances (toasters, hot plates, space heaters, etc.)
  • Grills (including George Foreman)
  • All candles and incense
  • Space heater
  • Hot plates

Items with Exceptions

  • Pets
  • Bed loft
    • Must rent bed lofts via AU (not available for fall 2020 & spring 2021)
  • MicroFridge & Microwaves
  • Extension cords
    • Surge protector power strips allowed)
  • Electric coffee makers or electric tea kettles
    • Single serve coffee maker with automatic shut-off (ex. Keurig, Bella, etc.)

All cooking devices that produce heat (ex. rice cooker, toaster, crock pot, etc.) can only be used in common (traditional or suite style halls) or in-unit(apartment style halls) kitchens. Students living in kitchens can store these devices in their room when not in-use and after they have cooled down. 

The following are required for any heat producing cooking device to be approved in any residence hall: 

  • All heat elements must be enclosed (ex. no stand alone burners or hot plates) 
  • All devices must have an automatic shut-off 
  • All devices must be UL approved

AU Zero Waste

Zero Waste

In support of the university's role in its green initiative, we highly recommend all residents to use reusable containers when packing, to reduce waste on our campus.