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What to Bring

Residence Hall Room Overview

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, and include two beds, two desks with chairs, and two bookcases/carrels. 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 and Cassell halls, 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—Cassell, Centennial and Nebraska halls.

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 DC fire safety codes, refrigerators over 5.0 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 masking tape 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.

List of What to Bring

•  Standard Twin Sheets and Pillow Case(s)
•  Pillow(s)
•  Blankets
•  Towels
•  Hand Towels
•  Alarm Clock
•  Desk Lamp (Non-Halogen)
•  Posters
•  Headphones for quiet hours
•  Laptop Computer
•  Hangers
•  Laundry Bag/Basket
•  Iron (may only be used in floor laundry room)
•  Trash/ Recycle Can
•  Dishes and Glasses
•  Reusable Water Bottle
•  Reusable Travel Mug
•  Reusable Tote Bag
•  Water Pitcher
•  Eating Utensils
•  Shower Shoes (flip-flops)
•  Television (recommended no larger than 28", must be HD compatible)
•  Coaxial Cable For Television
•  Small Vacuum
•  Toiletry Bag
•  Laundry Detergent

What Not to Bring

•  Halogen Lamps
•  Grills (Including George Foreman grills)
•  Open-coil Appliances (toasters, toaster ovens, etc.)
•  Waterbeds
•  Steam Vaporizers
•  Microwaves (students may rent from MyFridgeRental)
•  Multiple Extension Cords

Restricted Items

These items may only be used in designated common cooking areas or kitchens. Microwaves are provided in each kitchen.

• Coffee Makers
• Hot Pots
• Popcorn Poppers
• Rice Cookers

NOTE: Candles and incense, used or unused, are not permitted in the residence halls. Space heaters are also prohibited.

The above list offers suggested items. 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." 


Please consider bringing your materials in reusable storage containers rather than disposable cardboard boxes. Reusable containers can serve as storage for you throughout the year and help you during move-out. If you do bring cardboard boxes to campus, please flatten them and place them by our waste bins located in the hallway or trash room. 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.