Packing for Oregon State

As you prepare to move to Oregon State University, take a look at these guidelines for what you'll need in your residence hall room.

  • We recommend that you work with your roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to coordinate who will bring certain shared items.
  • Keep in mind that space is limited and many of the items listed below are optional or may be obtained in Corvallis after you arrive.
  • Before you shop, take a look at what's provided in each residence hall.

You can always check our policy guide for additional information or contact us with specific questions.

 

What to Bring

Necessary Items

Bedding & Bath 

  • Sheets (all halls have extra-long twin mattresses)
  • Comforter, blankets, and pillows
  • Towels (bath, hand, washcloth)
  • Shower caddy for transporting toiletries to and from shared bathrooms
  • Flip-flops/shower shoes and robe

Laundry & Cleaning

  • laundry basket or hamper
  • laundry detergent
  • hangers
  • Cleaning supplies, such as disenfectant, glass cleaner, a duster or hand vacuum, and broom or dust pan. (Cleaning supplies may also be checked out at the front desk of each residence hall).
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies, such as gloves, shower cleaner and a toilet brush (for students living in halls with semi-private bathrooms: ILLC, Tebeau, West, Bloss, and Halsell).

Personal Supplies

  • toiletries
  • tissues
  • personal prescription medications
  • first aid kit (bandages, aspirin or non-prescription pain reliever, cold or allergy medicine)

 

Suggested Items

Room supplies

  • Mattress topper (feather bed/memory foam/egg crate topper)
  • Decorations, such as posters and pictures from home (may be mounted using methods that don't damage walls, such as painter's tape or command strips)
  • Rug, if desired (most residence halls have hard-surface floors)
  • Desk lamp (non halogen-bulbs only)
  • Shoe rack/closet organizer
  • Dry erase board/cork board (and dry erase markers or pushpins)

Kitchen supplies

  • Water bottle and reusable mug or thermos
  • A few dishes (bowl, plate, silverware)
  • Pot/pan/cooking utensils for use in shared hall kitchens (note: kitchen supplies and utensils may be checked out from the front desk of your residence hall)
  • Non-perishable snacks

Study supplies

  • computer and mouse
  • printer (wireless printers are not allowed; shared printers are available at service centers on each side of campus as well as other locations via BeaverPrint)
  • ethernet cable
  • thumb drive/external hard drive
  • desk organizers
  • paper/pens/pencils, notebooks
  • planner or calendar

Other

  • flashlight
  • fan
  • earplugs
  • small stepladder or stool

 

What to Leave Behind (Prohibited items)

  • Please exercise good judgement when deciding to bring items to the residence halls. All items need to meet the following criteria to be permitted within the residence halls:
    • All items should be in good working order. Any damaged or altered items are prohibited.
    • All appliances should be UL listed and have an automatic shutoff.
    • No exposed heat source.
    • No open flame (this includes candles).
    • Any appliance that produces steam, smoke, or grease laden vapors is prohibited.  Clothes irons and electric kettles used to boil water are the only exceptions to this.
    • Any device with light bulbs that generate excessive heat is prohibited (including halogen bulbs and/or incandescent bulbs that exceed 60 watts).
    • Any device that would exceed the electrical load is prohibited.
    • Devices must not interfere with OSU’s wireless or network infrastructure. 
    • Any approved cooking appliance must be attended at all times.

 

  • The following items are never approved in the residence halls:
    • Air conditioners, barbecues and grills, electric fryers, electric grills and sandwich makers/presses, electric woks, extension cords, fog, smoke, and haze machines, gasoline, electric, or hybrid powered scooters, hookahs, hookah smoking accessories, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, hot plates, microwaves (unless combination microwave/refrigerator unit provided by a UHDS approved vendor or microwave provided by UHDS), portable space heaters, and wireless network routers and wireless access points.
    • If you have a special need for an exception, please talk to your Resident Director, who can guide you through the process.

 

  • Exceptions
    • Coffee Makers.  As long as your coffee maker doesn’t use a warming plate to keep the coffee warm, you can use it in your room.
    • Toasters and toaster ovens. All toasters and toaster ovens may be stored and used in the community kitchen or in-suite kitchens within Halsell Hall and Orchard Court in your building after talking to your Resident Director.
    • Clothes irons, curling irons, hot curlers and flat irons. These items are permitted as long as they are used according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Power strips or a plug multiplier. Power strips and plug multipliers must have built in circuit breaker to be permitted within the residence halls.

 

  • If the use of your item poses a health or safety concern, causes a disruption to the community, causes property damage or property loss, regardless of whether the item is approved, you may be subject to disciplinary action and associated costs or sanctions. 

 

Appliances (Allowed items)

UHDS does allow some appliances in residence hall rooms and suites. It is an expectation that all appliances are undamaged and have no alterations. Misuse of appliances may result in loss of privileges and conduct action.

  • MicroFridges® are a specific brand of combination microwave/refrigerator/freezer appliance that meet safety guidelines for residence hall rooms. Visit Collegiate Concepts online to rent a MicroFridge that will be installed in your residence hall room prior to coming to campus, at a cost of $219/academic year. MicroFridges are also for sale and rent through other online vendors. Residents may also purchase or rent other microwave/fridge combination units from various vendors if they meet the following criteria: uses one-plug technology, is UL-listed, and is not kept in confined areas.
  • Microwaves are only allowed in room if the appliance is part of a MicroFridge® set. All halls have shared microwaves available for use.
  • Refrigerators that are not part of a MicroFridge unit are allowed, as long as they are: Energy Star rated, draw 11 amps or less, and are 3.1 cubic feet or less. We strongly recommend that residents only have one refrigerator per room, due to load limitations on our building’s electrical system. Contact your roommate to determine who will bring shared items/appliances. All halls have shared refrigerators available for use.
  • Coffee makers/Keurig machines: Coffee makers and Keurigs are allowed as long as they do not use a warming plate to keep the coffee warm.
  • Cooking appliances. Residents may not cook food in their room.  Heating water, using a microwave, or brewing coffee is allowed provided the fire detection system is not activated. Rice cookers, toaster ovens, and slow cookers may be stored in rooms and used in hall kitchens. They must be UL-listed, have a three-prong cord, have an automatic shut-off and a built in thermal safey fuse.
  • Power strips: power strips and plug multipliers must have a built-in circuit breaker to be permitted within the residence halls.
  • Fans: are allowed. 
  • Televisions: Allowed as long as they are not wall-mounted. Rooms do not have cable TV connections. Free cable TV is available in hall lounges.
  • Lighting: Lamps with hallogen bulbs are not allowed; incandescent, LED and fluorescent OK). Decorative LED lights are allowed as long as they do not violate manufacturer guidelines.
  • Clothes irons: must be UL-listed, have a double-insulated three-prong cord, and have an automatic shut-off.
  • Hair straighteners, curling irons: must be UL listed, have a double-insulated, three-prong cord, and have an automatic shut-off.

*  Reminder:  Activation of the fire system, such as a smoke detector, even if on accident may result in disciplinary action by the University and the Corvallis Fire Department.  For safety purposes, the smoke detectors are sensitive. 

For further information about items that are allowed or prohibited in UHDS residence halls, see the UHDS Policy Guide, or contact us with specific questions.