What to Bring & Not Bring to the Residence Halls!

Packing for college can be a difficult time.  The Office of Residential Education wants to provide you with some information about things you should consider bringing with you! Also, Res Ed has completed a list of items you should not bring.

Note, this list isn’t all encompassing, but a good place to start!  It is not necessary to purchase all of the items on the list below.  These are just recommendations of what past students have brought!


  • Twin extra-long bedding (pillows, pillow cases, mattress protector, sheet sets, blankets, etc.)

Storage & Organization 

  • Hangers
  • Bins/Tote Organizers
  • Underbed Storage
  • Hooks/Hook Racks
  • Wall Safe Adhesive
  • Wastebasket

Bath Items 

  • Towel Set
  • Shower Tote/Caddy
  • Flip Flops/Shower Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene Products

Desk Organization 

  • Desk Lamp
  • Desk Organizers
  • School Supplies!
  • Message/Dry Erase Board

Laundry & Cleaning 

  • Laundry Basket
  • Pop-Up Hamper
  • Drying Rack
  • Broom/Dustpan
  • All Purpose Cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent & Dryer Needs
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Personal Items & Other Considerations 

  • Identification cards
  • Medications
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Phone Charger
  • Photos/Memories (some, not all)
  • Surge Protectors
  • Headphones
  • Mini-fridges and microwaves
    • Our office has partnered with Campus Specialties to offer MicroFridge© rentals to our residents.Specially designed for residence hall rooms, MicroFridge units offer plenty of space for both roommates. Share the cost, and avoid the expense and hassle of purchasing, transporting, and storing a unit of your own.
      • Each unit is a 2-door stainless steel refrigerator/freezer and a .7 cu. ft., 700 watt microwave oven equipped with their patented 1st Defense Smoke Sensor™. ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator/freezer uses less energy, saves money and helps protect the environment.
      • Click here to learn more or rent a MicroFridge!
  • Two TVs too many!  For students who need to catch their weekly Thursday night stories or the game on Sunday, it’s good for one person to bring the TV!
    • TVs should have streaming capabilities! Cable service was discontinued in 2023!
  • Area Rug (if that’s their style)
  • Floor lamps (review policy)

Prohibited Fire Safety Items

  • The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, ‘vapes’, etc.
  • Any candle (burnt or unburnt), incense, or appliance with open face heating coils or elements such as hot pots, coffee pots, electric grills, toasters and hot plates.
    • Note: Coffee makers that use pods to make individual servings are permitted.
  • Fireworks, firecrackers or any other chemicals which are of an explosive or corrosive nature are prohibited on College property or at any College function.
  • Firearms, ammunition, offensive or defensive weapons, paintball guns, BB guns, sling shots, water guns, swords, stun guns, knives and any other item that may be determined a weapon by the college.
  • Gasoline or any other flammable liquids.
  • Kerosene heaters, oil lamps, immersion coils and space heaters not provided by the College.
  • Internal combustion engines (motorcycles, mopeds).
  • Charcoal or gas grills.
  • Personal electronic transportation devices such as e-scooters and hoover boards.

Prohibited Electrical Items

  • Non-UL approved power cord or extension cords. All power suppliers must have surge protector and automatic shutoff.
  • No suppliers or over-utilized electrical sockets.
  • Light fixtures where the lamp is exposed in the up position, including neon lights.
  • LED adhesive strip lights.
  • Oversized refrigerators taller than 4 cubic feet.
  • Microwave ovens over 700 watts.

Prohibited Technology Items

  • Any non-UL approved charging cables, power adapters or extensions.
  • Network Routers
  • Network Switches
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Access-Points
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Extenders
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Routers
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) enabled printers (you can use the printer, only if the Wi-Fi is disabled, so please bring a USB cable to connect your printer to your laptop)

For more assistance with Information Technology questions, please visit our HelpDesk page.

Prohibited Room Furnishings

  • Live cut Christmas trees
  • Air conditioners.
  • 50% space on each wall in the room must be left uncovered.
  • Shelves and other structures may not be attached to room furnishings, walls, ceilings or floors.
  • Any item hanging from or attached to the fire sprinkler pipes or sprinkler heads.
  • Privately purchased couches, large arm chairs, coffee tables, or any other non-college owned furniture for one’s private use.
  • Decorations promoting, celebrating or encouraging the use of alcohol or illegal substances, including flags, posters or decorations.
  • Students cannot provide furnishing for lounges/lounge spaces. Items in this area will be discarded.
  • Tapestries, wall hangings and posters that cover more than 50% are prohibited.
  • LED adhesive strip lights.
  • Items that obstruct a doorway, strobe- light smoke detector, and any wood structure.
  • Mattresses and beds not provided by the college, water beds
  • Personal non-upholstered furniture made of bamboo or rattan.
  • Futons that do not comply with California Technical Bulletin 129 or BFD 1X-11

Residential Education as partnered with Dormify for a linen program.  This is optional for students but should they want to explore it they can do so here: wagner.dormify.com/move-in


Additional Prohibited Items

  • Any pet or laboratory animal, except fish.
  • Dogs are not permitted on campus (exception is service animals).
  • Pet equipment, food, supplies, or paraphernalia.
  • Old/empty alcohol bottles as decorations.
  • Items alluding to drug use/paraphernalia, including posters.
  • Placing any furniture or other items in stairwells or coordinators, which limits emergency egress.
  • Personal door locks other than those provided by the College.
  • Space heaters (exception: one’s provided by Wagner Campus Operations Department).

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