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, scissors
  • Desk lamp/floor lamp (NO 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 dryer
  • Cotton swabs, cotton balls
  • First aid kid (thermometer, bandages, aspirin, etc.)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Manicure set

 Other Items

  • Pillow, blanket/comforter, sheet set
  • Mattress pad/cover
  • Laundry basket/bag, detergent 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, DVD player, video game systems, stereo
  • Refrigerator (5 cu. ft. or smaller only)
  • Microwave (Oakwood, Helman and Garver ONLY)
  • Built loft beds (Optional for Garver and East ONLY)
  • Storage crates
  • Small vacuum cleaner/dust buster
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Small area rug
  • 3M command hooks









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, combustable liquids (lighter fluid, butane, etc.)

  • Halogen lamps
  • Alcohol and alcohol paraphernalia (including empty bottles/cans, boxes, posters, etc.)
  • Candles and incense (wax warmers are allowed)
  • Cinderblocks

Basic Room Dimensions

 Hall Floor Size Window Size Mattress Size
 East Hall (First years only) 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"
 Schwalm Hall (Sophomores, juniors and seniors only) 14' x 13.5' 138" W x 36" H 36" x 80"
 Schwalm Hall (3rd floor) (Sophomores, juniors and seniors only) 14' x 14' 138" W x 36" H 36" x 80"

Hall Amenities

 AmenitiesEastGarver Helman Oakwood Schwalm 
 Traditional or Suite T  T S S T
 Community Bathroom X  X    X
 Air Conditioning  Window Central Central 
 Microwaves Provided on floors  X  X  X  Provided on floors 
 Wireless Internet X X X X X
 Laundry Area X X X X X
 Recycling & External Trash Drop X X X X X
Cable  X X X X X
 Computer Lab X X X X X
 Lounge/Recreational Area X X X X X
All of this information and more is available on an easy-to-print PDF available here: Residence Hall Planning Information