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Housing & Residence Life

Residence Hall Room Overview

Related page: Residence Hall Room Specifications

Each residence hall room is approximately 12' x 15'. This is probably the size of your room at home, but now it will be your entire house, and you'll share it with someone else.

All rooms come equipped with built-in closets or wardrobes, storage cabinets, and dressers. You will also have your own bed, a desk and chair, and bookcase or carrel. Temporary triple rooms are equipped with a bunked and lofted bed and an additional chair, desk, and dresser. All rooms are seasonally heated and cooled, and equipped with window coverings. All rooms are carpeted, with the exception of Nebraska, Cassell, and East Campus, which are exclusively apartment and suite style buildings. All units are equipped with both wireless and wired internet connectivity. All halls have common bathrooms, with the exception of the apartment and suite style buildings.

Students may choose to rent bed lofts through our office, for which sign-ups will be emailed to your university email address. Bed lofts increase usable floor space by raising one of the beds. Due to circuit limitations and D.C. fire safety codes, refrigerators over 4.5 cubic feet and exceeding 7 amps are prohibited, while all microwave ovens and other cooking appliances are prohibited. As an alternative, students may rent microwave-refrigerator units for the year 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.

While you are welcome to personalize your room, please use only removable adhesives to hang posters. By purchasing a membership for the AU Student Advantage Program, students can get up to 15% off on posters from

Below is a list of recommended items we encourage you to bring to your residence hall room. Remember, rather than purchasing new supplies, consider renting items from one of our preferred vendors or purchasing something gently used, as this reduces our carbon footprint and limits materials sent to landfills.

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

Damage concerns

  • Microwaves (must be rented from MyFridgeRental)
  • Waterbeds

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.