What to Bring

What to Bring

It is a good idea to check with your roommate before bringing everything yourself. Often the amenities in a room are shared – there’s no need (or space) for two of everything.

Suggestions of items to bring with you to campus:

Refrigerator: (6 cubic feet maximum, max 1.3 amps) (Check with your roommate-microfridges are available to rent at through UNC's RHA Office) Storage: There is 31" of storage space available under your bed if you place it at the highest setting.
Digital television compatible with UNC's Campus Televideo system (Check with your roommate) Bike with a lock (Please consider using a U-lock. They are more secure than chain locks.)
Microwave: (2 cubic feet maximum, 1250-watt maximum)   (Check with your roommate)* School/office/desk supplies: hole punch, stapler, staples, ruler, pens, notebooks
Bed linens: sheets, pillowcases, pillow, and blankets: All beds are REGULAR twin size. Bathroom linens: towels, washcloths
Students that live in suite-style rooms need to bring their own toilet paper. Lap Top / computer/ printer  (some majors require special software)
A  robe Shower caddy / shower shoes
Organizers / storage bins 3-M products for hanging decorations
Clothes for warm and cool weather Plants  / fish in maximum 10 gallon tank
Laundry detergent Clothes hangers
Toiletries Dish soap
Posters, pictures, area rugs and other decorations A small safe for valuables or a laptop lock. (Safes can be rented through the RHA Office.)
A place setting  (plate, cup, bowl, silverware, etc.) Basic utensils- (i.e. can opener)
Cell phone Alarm clock /radio/ MP3 player
Surge protector or Ethernet cord Coffee maker
*We recommend that you check with your roommate before buying large items.   Most rooms will not accommodate multiple refrigerators, microwaves and televisions. Print this list.


Prohibited appliances and electrical fixtures include, but are not limited to:

Loft beds are not allowed. Configuration on extension cords
Combustible decorations on light fixtures Non-UL approved appliances or fixtures
Combustible lampshades, including paper lanterns Open-coil cooking devices
Hot plates Refrigerators over 6 cubic feet maximum
George Foreman grills Space heaters
Halogen lamps Toaster ovens
Homemade light fixtures Extension cords running from light fixtures
Toasters Microwaves over 1250-watts
Multiple extension cords plugged into each other or spider-type Modified light fixtures
Light Fixtures: The light fixtures in your room should be equipped with 60 watt (ceiling) or 45 watt (lamps) bulbs. DO NOT INCREASE the bulb size or wattage. Additional light bulbs for lamps are available at the front desks. If a ceiling light or a light in an enclosed fixture burns out, report this to the front desk so that Housing Services can replace it. Please recycle your used compact fluorescent light bulbs at the front desk of your residence hall. Electrical Cords: Electrical extension cords must be well maintained and in good repair, have a grounding prong, and bear the Underwriter Laboratory (UL) label. For additional information on the types of electrical cords that can be brought to campus, refer to the UNC Housing & Residential Handbook regarding appliances and electrical fixtures.
The UNC Housing & Residential Education Handbook contains the most current information regarding the rules and regulations of the residence halls. This student handbook document supercedes any information contained on this page. Possession of prohibited appliances is a violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Community Standards and may result in disciplinary action. If you have questions about an appliance, hall staff (Resident Assistant or Hall Director) are available to help determine if an appliance is approved.


  • Students who are registered for the New Student Orientation program for spring semester can arrive on campus beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016. All other students begin arriving on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
  • While a few carts and dollies are available to students, it is a good idea to bring your own, if you have one.