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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.

Each room comes equipped with the basic essentials including the following for each student:

  • A clothes storage solution such as a closet, wardrobe, dresser, or under-bed dresser, or some combination of these – varies by location.
  • A desk
  • A two-position desk chair
  • An adjustable height Twin size regular bed, beds are set to a medium height to accommodate both storage under the bed and ease of use. The bed has a dual firmness Twin mattress (firm or extra firm, depending on which side is up) the dual firmness allows students to pick the comfort level that is best for them.
  • Fire-retardant window coverings
  • Other amenities – please see our website for more details at each individual community, some halls include soft seating like couches and chairs, coffee tables, etc.
  • Overhead or lamp lighting - varies by location.
  • What To Bring 
    • 3-M Products for hanging decorations
    • A place setting (plate, cup, bowl, silverware etc.)
    • A robe
    • A small safe for valuables or a laptop lock, please consider purchasing an electronic safe through the Residence Hall Association.
    • Alarm clock, radio, Bluetooth Speaker, or MP3 player
    • Bathroom linens (towels, washcloths), please consider purchasing bed linens through the Residence Hall Association.
    • Bed linens (sheets, pillow, pillowcases and blankets)
    • Bicycles with a U-lock - Bicycle racks are available outside each residence hall facility Bikes should be locked by the frame, and registered through UNC Parking Services. (Locks are included in the registration cost through UNC Parking Services.)
    • Cell phone, chargers
    • Clothes for warm and cool weather
    • Electric Heated Blankets are allowed on campus; however, the blanket must be UL-approved, operated and maintained in full compliance with safety and sanitary standards.
    • Ethernet cord and adapter for your device
    • Fish (maximum 20 gallon tank), please see our other animal restrictions in the UNC Housing & Residential Education Handbook
    • Laptop and/or computer (Note: some majors might require special software)
    • Laundry detergent
    • LED light bulbs if bringing task/desk lamps
    • Mattress pad, if desired, however many students find one side or the other of our dual-firmness mattresses comfortable
    • Organizers and storage bins
    • Posters, pictures, area rugs and other decorations
    • Scentsy Pot/Warmer
    • School, office and desk supplies (hole punch, stapler, staples, rulers, pens, notebooks)
    • Small Plants
    • Smart power strips to plug in appliances / chargers and easily turn off when not in use
    • Toiletries
  • What To Coordinate With Your Roommate
    • Basic utensils (i.e. can opener)
    • Coffee maker / Tea Maker
    • Digital TV compatible with UNC's Apogee Campus Televideo system
    • Induction cooking device (Only if approved)
    • Microwave:  2 cubic feet and 1250 watt maximum, please consider renting a combined microwave-refrigerator unit through the Residence Hall Association.
    • Printer - There are a number of printers on campus, including at several of our residence halls, learn more about Bear Print.)
    • Refrigerator: 6 cubic feet and 1.3 amps maximum.  Please consider renting a combined microwave-refrigerator unit through the Residence Hall Association.
    • Students that live in suite-style rooms will need to bring their own toilet paper.
  • Prohibited Items In A Residence Hall
    • Air-conditioners
    • Air Fryers
    • Candles
    • Combustible decorations or combustible light fixtures, including paper lanterns.
    • Computer Network equipment such as routers, switches, and hubs, See UNC Computer, Internet & Electronic Communication Procedures - Required Procedures & Prohibited Usage for more details.
    • Crock Pots
    • Dishwashers not supplied by UNC
    • Electrical Cords: Electrical extension cords must be well maintained and in good repair, have a grounding prong and bear the Underwriter Laboratory (UL) label.
    • Extension cords running from light fixtures
    • Fish tanks over 20 gallons
    • Flammable Liquid or Compressed Gases Tanks or Torches
    • Forced air space heaters / Space heaters
    • Halogen lamps
    • Hot plates
    • Incense
    • Light Fixtures - 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.
    • Loft beds (Homemade or Non-approved bed lofts)
    • Microwaves over 1250-watts or 2 cu. ft.
    • Modified or homemade light fixtures
    • Multiple extension cords plugged into each other or spider-type configuration extension cords
    • No appliances with open heating coils such as hot plates, toasters or forced air space heaters.
    • Non-UL approved appliances or fixtures
    • Open-coil cooking devices including George Foreman grills
    • Outdoor antennas of any kind
    • Refrigerators over 6 cubic feet maximum or 1.3 amps
    • Rice Cookers
    • Toasters & Toaster Ovens
    • Waffle Irons
    • Washing machines not supplied by UNC
    • Waterbeds

    Hammocks are allowed on campus (outside), but not indoors in the residence halls. If you bring a hammock it is prohibited to hang anywhere in the residence halls. 

    The UNC Housing & Residential Education student handbook contains the most current information regarding the rules and regulations of the residence halls. This student handbook document supersedes any information contained on this page. The student handbook can be found on our Forms & Publications webpage in the Publications box.  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. 

    The Dean of Students website is also a helpful resource for the Student Code of Conduct, Reporting a Concern and more.