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
  • 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!
  • 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 Our Campus Market for a linen program.  This is optional for students but should they want to explore it they can do so here: https://www.ocm.com/WAG/linensponsor

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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