We recommend that you work with your roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to coordinate who will bring certain shared items or cleaning materials. 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. If you are interested in maximizing space by lofting or bunking your bed, please see our page on loft kits.

What to Bring!

  • Cleaning Materials
  • Air fresheners/Febreeze
  • 409/Windex
  • Duster/Small vacuum
  • Lint roller
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Laundry basket (preferably one that folds up easily)
  • Broom/dust pan
  • Bathroom items such as gloves & bleach (for students living in halls with semi-private bathrooms---ex. West, Halsell, Bloss, the International Living-Learning Center, and Hawley/Buxton corner suites)
  • Bedding & Bath Items
    • Towels (bath, hand, washcloth)
    • Robe
    • Shower caddy (to carry shower supplies from room to bathroom)
    • Flip-flops for showering
    • Twin sheets (keep in mind that all halls have extra long twin mattresses)
    • Mattress topper (feather bed/memory foam/egg crate topper/etc.)
    • Comforter/Blankets/Pillows
  • Decorations
    • Posters
    • Pictures (of family, friends, favorite things, etc.)
    • Painter’s tape
  • Entertainment
    • Playing cards
    • Board games (Cranium, Apples to Apples, Catchphrase, Taboo, etc.)
    • iPod or other mp3 device (and accessories)
    • Magnetic Poetry Kits
  • Snacks/Food
    • Water bottle
    • A few dishes (bowl, plate, silverware)
    • Stainless steel thermos/something for hot drinks (discount for reusable mugs at all of our coffee venues)
  • Office Supplies
    • Laptop/desktop computer (anti-theft devices for laptops are recommended)
    • Computer speakers
    • Ethernet cable/surge protector (be sure to check appliances for allowed surge protectors)
    • Wireless computer mouse
    • Thumb drive/external hard drive
    • Desk organizers
    • Paper/pens/pencils/notebooks/binders/etc.
    • Desk lamp (non halogen bulbs only)
    • Dry erase board/cork board (and dry erase markers or pushpins)
    • Monthly planner
    • Desk/wall calendar
  •   First Aid/Medicine
    • Anti-itch cream
    • Aspirin or other such medicine
    • Cough syrup/cold medicine
    • Your prescription medication
    • Allergy medicine
  • Other
    • Alarm clock (or use your cell phone as an alarm clock)
    • Cell phone or phone card (and cell phone charger)
    • Digital camera and memory card
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Earplugs/tissue
    • Fan
    • Small plastic step ladder
    • Plastic storage containers
    • Some tools (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
    • Lanyard or key/OSU ID holder
    • Hangers/shoe racks (or other closet organizers)
    • Rug
    • Umbrella/rain coat

Appliances (Allowed items)

UHDS does allow some appliances in the living groups. It is an expectation that all appliances are undamaged and have no alterations. Many of the appliances listed below may be stored or used in the living groups under certain conditions. Misuse of appliances may result in loss of privileges and conduct action.

  • MicroFridges are combination microwave/refrigerator/freezer sets 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.
  • Blenders
  • Electrical Can Openers
  • Fans
  • Televisions (not wall mounted, rooms do not have cable TV connections)
  • Lamps (halogen bulbs not allowed; incandescent, LED and fluorescent OK)
  • Microwaves are only allowed in room if the appliance is part of a MicroFridge® set (a specific brand available from any online retailers for sale and for rent) or other microwave/fridge combination unit from various vendors that meet the criterias below:
    • Uses "one plug technology"
    • Is not kept in confined areas (i.e. closets), and
    • Is UL listed
  • Residents may use decorative LED lights in their rooms, as long as it does not violate the manufacturer guidelines.
  • The following items are also allowed but must be UL Listed, have a double insulated, three prong cord, and have an Automatic shut-off. (These items should only be used on leveled surface away from combustible materials) *
    • Clothes irons
    • Coffee makers (must only use an insulated carafe)
    • Hot Pots (must have an insulated carafe)
    • Rice cookers (may be stored in rooms but only used in kitchens, must have built-in thermal safety fuse)
    • Hair iron
    • Refrigerators (Energy Star rated, draw 11 amps or less, and 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.
    • Power strips (see expectations and restrictions below)
    • Keurig machine

*  Reminder:  Residents may not cook food in their room.  Heating water or brewing coffee is allowed provided the fire detection system is not activated.  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. 

 

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.
    • 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.
    • Not otherwise 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.