Students hanging out in their dorm.

Housing Checklist

Review this helpful list of items you do and do not need to bring with you when you move to your residence hall.

What's Included in Your Room

You don't have to worry about the following items—they will be included in your room or apartment.

  • 3 drawer dresser
  • Air conditioner (window units in Furness and Spruce. There is central air in Juniper.)
  • Extra-long twin size bed
  • Closet storage
  • Drafting desk
  • Desk chair
  • Microwave‐fridge unit
  • Kitchen storage

What You Do Want to Bring

The following items are not included. Don’t panic if you forget something, there are many stores in Philadelphia and it is easy to get whatever basics you might need.

You and your roommates may want to plan who is bringing what and for additional items once you have moved in.

We ask residents to bring only essential items into your assignment. The list below will be helpful as you prepare to move on campus.


  • Bed linens for extra-long twin bed (pre-order is available)
  • Alarm clock
  • Blanket/bedspread 
  • Mattress pad or foam 
  • Pillows 


  • Bathroom
  • Bath mat 
  • Personal toiletries 
  • Shower caddy 
  • Shower curtain and rings 
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Toilet paper (single-ply only)


  • Cleaning wipes and other disinfecting products
  • Broom/vacuum/mop 
  • Dish soap/dishrack/sponges 
  • Laundry basket or bag 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Trash can and trash bags


Please note, laundry is available in each residence hall. Juniper Hall takes quarters to operate the machines, so Juniper students will want to come prepared with quarters. Spruce and Furness use a card operated system. Campus Life will supply students with a laundry card that can be loaded with money on the card operators in each laundry room. These card operators only accept cash, so you may want to come prepared with some $10 or $20 dollar bills to load onto your laundry card. 


  • Coffee/tea pot (auto-shutoff only) 
  • Cooking utensils 
  • Plates and silverware
  • Food storage items 
  • Glasses, cups and/or mugs 
  • Toaster or toaster oven


  • Face covering/mask
  • Hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol or higher 
  • Hand soap
  • Medicine and first-aid supplies


  • Bicycle and lock 
  • Fan 
  • Hangers 
  • Lamps (room lighting is limited)
  • Power strips with surge protectors 
  • Safe or lockbox for valuables 
  • Sewing kit 
  • Toolkit
  • Umbrella 

What Not to Bring

Certain items are prohibited in the residence halls because they violate university policy or fire codes.

  • Air conditioners (bringing your own is prohibited, but one is provided for each room)
  • Alcohol containers (whether they contain alcohol or not)
  • Alcohol paraphernalia
  • Candles/incense/wax burners (open flame or lit ember prohibited)
  • Drugs
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Electric blankets
  • Extension cords
  • Fireworks
  • Large Furniture (couches, chairs)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hookahs
  • Microwave ovens (bringing your own is prohibited, but one is provided for each kitchen area)
  • Pets or animals (fish are allowed, maximum size aquarium is 1 gallon)
  • Refrigerators and freezers of any size (bringing your own is prohibited, but one is provided for each apartment)
  • Space heaters
  • Plug-in string lights, rope lights, holiday lights (battery or solar-powered lights are allowed limited to 3 strands per apartment)
  • Tattoo equipment
  • Upholstered furniture or furniture that requires cushions (includes but is not limited to dish/butterfly chairs, couches, futons, etc.)
  • Weapons