Residential Life - Residence Hall Planning Information

Living in a community like a residence hall is different than any environment you might have experienced before. It is our hope that the halls are vibrant, friendly, welcoming spaces that offer you space to relax, sleep, socialize and study. The following information will give you ideas about what to bring to campus, as well as answer some questions that you might have about your room as you prepare to arrive. Please have consideration for your roommate and limit the quantity of items you bring in the fall. We strongly encourage you to contact your roommate to talk with them about how you want to set your room up and what items you might want to share.

Suggested Items to Bring:

Desk/School Supplies

  • Pens, pencils, pencil sharpener
  • Stapler, ruler, tape, scissors
  • Desk lamp/floor lamp (NOT halogen)
  • Alarm clock
  • Paper, notebooks, binders
  • Calculator
  • Small trash can
  • Book bag/backpack
  • Headphones/ear buds

 Personal Care Items

  • Shower caddy with soap and shampoo
  • Deodorant, razor, shaving cream
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Comb/brush
  • Curling iron, hair straightener, hair dryer
  • Cotton swabs, cotton balls, manicure set
  • First aid kid (thermometer, bandages, aspirin, etc.)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Towels and wash cloths

 Other Items

  • Pillow, blanket/comforter, sheet set, mattress pad
  • Laundry basket/bag, detergent pods and softener
  • Hangers and drying rack, lingerie bag
  • Rain gear, umbrella
  • Electrical extension strip with circuit breaker/surge protector
  • Cable coaxial cord
  • Fan
  • Kitchenware (dishes and silverware)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothes iron and small ironing board
  • Computer (optional, as there are computer labs in each hall)
  • TV, video game systems, stereo
  • Refrigerator (5 cu. ft. or smaller only)
  • Storage crates
  • Small vacuum cleaner or broom/dustpan
  • Small area rug
  • 3M command hooks (NO tape or tacks allowed)
  • Microwave (NOT allowed in East or Garver)

Do Not Bring:

  • Pets other than fish in a 5 gallon tank
  • Toasters, toaster ovens or open burner cooking items
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms, fireworks, weapons, explosives, combustible liquids (lighter fluid, butane, lighters, etc.)
  • Instant Pots or other pressure cooker appliances
  • Vaping devices or tobacco products
  • Lofts, purchased or built


  • Crock Pots/slow cookers or air fryers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Alcohol and alcohol paraphernalia (including empty bottles/cans, boxes, posters, etc.)
  • Candles and incense (wax warmers are allowed if they use a lightbulb to warm)
  • Cinderblocks
  • Weapons of any kind, including knives longer than 3"

Basic Room Dimensions

 Hall Floor Size Window Size Mattress Size
 East Hall (First years, and upperclass students) 9' x 16' 86" W x 46" H 36" x 75"
 Garver Hall (First years only) 9' x 15.5' 87" W x 46" H 36" x 75"
 Helman Hall (Sophomores, juniors and seniors only) 17' x 12' 60" W x 72" H 36" x 80"
 Oakwood Hall (Sophomores, juniors and seniors only) 17' x 12' 60" W x 72" H  36" x 80"

Hall Amenities

 AmenitiesEastGarver Helman Oakwood 
 Traditional or Suite T  T S S
 Community Bathroom X  X   
 Air ConditioningWindow Window Central Central
 MicrowavesProvided on floors 
Provided on floors 
 X  X 
 Wireless Internet X X X X
 Laundry Area X X X X
 Recycling & External Trash Drop X X X X
 Computer Lab X X X X
 Lounge/Recreational Area X X X X