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 UHDS 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 disinfectant, 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).
  • NEW! For fall 2020, a bottle of surface sanitizer and a microfiber cleaning cloth will be provided for each room. Sanitizer refills will be available throughout the year.
  • 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, Halsell, and corner suites in Hawley & Buxton).


Personal Supplies
  • toiletries
  • tissues
  • first aid kit (bandages, aspirin or non-prescription pain reliever, cold or allergy medicine)
  • thermometer
  • Supply of face coverings for daily use in OSU public areas. At fall 2020 move-in, a Beaver logo face covering will be provided to each resident to supplement their personal supply of face coverings.


What to Bring Suggested Items


Room supplies
  • Mattress topper (feather bed/memory foam/egg crate topper)
  • Decorations, such as posters and pictures from home. Decorations may be mounted using finishing nails, thumbtacks, sticky tack, or painter's tape; no command strips.
    • (Note: Previous versions of the UHDS Policy guide listed command strips as an acceptable mounting option for walls, while finishing nails and thumbtacks were not recommended. This policy changed beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Thumbtacks and finishing nails are now acceptable; command strips are not).
  • 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
  • printer (optional) - There are many printing options on campus including BeaverPrint at each service center. Also, wireless printers will NOT work on OSU's wireless network.
  • headphones
  • Ethernet cable for wired network
  • thumb drive/external hard drive
  • desk organizers
  • paper/pens/pencils, notebooks
  • planner or calendar


  • flashlight
  • fan
  • small step ladder 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.
  • Items with adhesive that sticks to wall surfaces, such as command strips, command hooks, or removable wallpaper. These items frequently cause wall damage when removed. (Thumbtacks, small hooks, and finishing nails are allowed).


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 without built-in fuse protection
  • fog, smoke, and haze machines
  • gasoline, electric, or hybrid powered scooters
  • hookahs, hookah smoking accessories, e-cigarettes and vaporizers
  • hot plates
  • microwaves that are not part of a microwave/refrigerator combination unit
  • portable space heaters
  • 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.


  • 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 (with prior approval). Toasters and toaster ovens may be stored and used in the community kitchen (or in-suite kitchens within Halsell Hall) 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.

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


  • Microwave/Refrigerator combination units. All halls have shared microwaves available for use, usually on each residential floor. Microwaves are only allowed in rooms if the appliance is part of a microwave/refrigerator combination unit. Residents may bring a microwave/refrigerator combination unit if they meet the following criteria: uses one-plug technology, is UL-listed, and is not kept in confined areas.

    FREE: Microwave/refrigerator units are provided free of charge to each Economy Triple room, Tebeau Hall suite, and within each bedroom of Halsell Hall suites.
  • Refrigerators. All halls have shared, full-sized refrigerators available for use. Small refrigerators that are not part of a microwave/refrigerator combination unit are allowed, as long as they meet the following criteria: Energy Star rated, draw 11 amps or less, and are 3.2 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.
  • 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, and slow cookers may be stored in rooms and used in hall kitchens. Toasters or toasters ovens are only allowed with prior approval by a resident director; they may only be used in hall kitchens. All cooking appliances must be UL-listed, have a three-prong cord, have an automatic shut-off and a built in thermal safety 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 by 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.