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Move in Day Information

A typical room contains…

  • Two single beds with inner spring mattresses (Men’s halls in Elmwood and Maplewood will have 80" mattresses. All others are standard twin size, 36″ × 74″)
  • Two individual desks, with two desk chairs
  • Two wardrobes (or closets) with top storage and two chests of drawers
  • Mirror
  • Window blinds or shutters
  • One smoke detector
  • Carpeted floors
  • Each floor has a lounge and a kitchen (with microwave and toaster). Some have prayer or study rooms.

What should I bring with me?

Before you bring the kitchen sink with you, it would be best to consult with your roommate in advance… Decide what items both of you might have that only one of you will need to bring. It is best to postpone purchases of most shared items until you arrive. Remember, too, that you and your roommate will want to work together to arrange and decorate your room.

  • Any small equipment that will assist you in the move (dollies, handcarts, screwdrivers, 9/16 wrenches, etc…)
  • Clothing (with hangers) and shoes (with shoe rack)
  • Sheets (extra long for men in Elmwood and Maplewood)
  • Comforter and/or blankets and a pillow
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Bathroom necessities and bucket/container to carry them (hair dryers, curling irons, personal items, etc)
  • Dishes and silverware to use in the hall kitchens and suites
  • Comfortable chair/small couch or loveseat
  • Stackable crates (NO CEMENT BLOCKS)
  • Trash basket
  • Laundry bag/basket and detergent
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer or word processor (computer hook-ups available for the university system in all residence hall rooms for a fee )
  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Iron (one provided in laundry room)
  • Cork and/or memo board
  • Pictures/posters
  • Refrigerator that does not exceed 2.5 cubic feet in size OR 1 kwh per day in energy consumption may be used in traditional residence halls (ONLY ONE PER ROOM). No extra refrigerators can be used in suites.
  • Phone (one per room)

What should I leave home?

The use of electrical appliances is limited because of safety and circuit-overload factors. NO microwaves or toaster ovens are permitted in student rooms.


  • Firearms or weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
  • Fireworks or large quantities of flammable materials
  • Room decorations that pertain to alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, or material which is sexually explicit or degrading
  • Pets, with the exception of harmless fish (includes mammals, reptiles and arachnids)
  • Alcoholic beverages or other illegal drugs of any kind.
  • Candles
  • Hot plates or other units with open coils

Helpful hints for moving day…

Loading Zones: Please use designated unloading zone areas at each building. Driving and unloading on sidewalks in the “Woods” area is allowed ONLY during check-in weekend. Please be careful when parking anywhere other than a specified parking space. The University is not responsible for damages caused by car operation or illegal parking. Unload your items as quickly as possible with the assistance of the welcoming crew and move your car to a designated parking area. This will allow as many people as possible to get close to the residence halls.

Double Duty: Remember, if you bring it into your room, you have to find a place for it. Soft luggage can be folded and easily stored. Footlockers are convenient for both transporting and storing belongings.

On arrival day…

Check in at the University Commons prior to unloading. You will receive your Orientation Information packet. The Orientation staff will then direct you to your residence hall check-in site.

Getting your keys: Check in at your Residence Hall (usually in a Foyer, on a patio, or in the Residence Director’s office). Pick up your keys and meet your Residence Director and your Community Adviser. You will then be ready when it’s your turn to start unloading the car.

Meet your Community Adviser: He or she will give you a tour of your floor and give you the Room Clearance Form.