Below are some tips on what to and not to bring when arriving on campus.

  • Appropriate clothing—think in terms of a number of items of lighter clothing, which can be layered as it gets colder and shed as it warms up. Bring hats, gloves, and boots for winter.
  • Academic supplies (backpack, pens, notebooks, etc.)
  • Computer, laptop, or tablet
  • Bathrobe, shower shoes, and a small bucket for carrying toiletries
  • Bedding: blankets, pillows, and sheets (all beds require extra-long sheets, 36” x 80”)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp with LED or CFL light bulbs
  • Ethernet cord
  • Fan (for good circulation and white noise)
  • First-aid kit
  • Laundry basket/bag, detergent, and supplies
  • Towels, washcloths, and toiletry items
  • Power strip
  • Reusable water bottle, cutlery and plate
  • Bike, helmet, and bike lock (UI is a silver level bike friendly university)
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Rice cooker
  • Coffee pot
  • Keurig coffee pot
  • Crock pot/slow cooker
  • Clothing iron
  • Air popcorn popper
  • Blender
  • Personal blender/juicer
  • Hot water boiler/electric kettle
  • Hair styling tools
  • Electric wax melt
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Humidifier
  • Dehumidifier
  • Clothing steamer
  • Lava lamp
  • Insurance information (health and renters)
  • Photo identification
  • Proof of employment eligibility (if you plan to work)
  • Bicycle or moped and helmet
  • TV, plus coax cable cord for TV
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Room decor
  • Refrigerator/microwave (five cubic feet and nine amps or smaller—no personal refrigerators allowed in Mayflower or any room with supplied kitchen)
  • Futon for extra seating (80” wide or smaller will fit under a lofted bed)
  • Small Energy Star rated and approved appliances
  • Alcohol or alcohol containers
  • Candles, incense, toaster ovens, Pizzazz, pressure cookers, hot plates or grills
  • Firearms, fireworks, or explosives
  • Halogen lamps (all styles)
  • Pets, except fish
  • Space heaters
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Hoverboards
  • Tobacco and electronic cigarettes (may be stored but not used on campus)
  • Wireless printers (incompatible with UI-DeviceNet)
  • Google Chromecast (incompatible with UI-DeviceNet)
  • Electric grills (i.e., George Foreman, waffle iron, griddle, pizzazz pizza oven, panini maker, quesadilla maker, etc.)
  • Pizza cooker
  • Toaster oven (except in Mayflower Hall)
  • Hot plate
  • All-in-one breakfast maker
  • Instapot
  • Air fryer
  • Hover board
  • Halogen lamp
  • AC unit
  • Space heater
  • Electric fire place
  • Portable electric dryer

It's always good to be sustainable and move-in is no exception. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Pack with reusable plastic bins or laundry baskets.
  • If you must use cardboard boxes, make sure to save or recycle them after moving in.
  • Consider purchasing natural non-toxic products, used items, local, fair trade or organic when possible.

Typical Residence Hall Furniture Dimensions

1 of Each Item Per Resident

Lofted Bed: 81.5 inches (width), 58 inches (height), 40 inches (depth)
Dresser: 30 inches (width), 30 inches (height), 30 inches (depth)
Desk and Chair: 48 inches (width), 30 inches (height), 24 inches (depth)
Closet: 37 inches (width), 72 inches (height)

Please note: Closet configuration varies by residence hall. 

  • Single Configuration: 24 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 37 inches (total bed height)
    • Mayflower: 19 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 36 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​
  • High Loft Configuration: 69 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 74 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Mayflower: 68 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 72 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Bunk Beds Configuration:  69 inches (mattress height)​​​​​​​, 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 74 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Mayflower: 68 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 72 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Captains Bed Configuration: 33 inches (mattress height),​​​​​​​ 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 37 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Mayflower: 32 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 36 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • High Captain Configuration: 43 inches (mattress height),​​​​​​​ 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 37 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Mayflower: 42 inches (mattress height),​​​​​​​ 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 35 inches (total bed height)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Rent a MicroChill

Renting a MicroChill combination microwave and refrigerator through College Products is a great solution for your room. The MicroChill will be placed in your room prior to move-in and you will just need to return it at the end of the year. You can order online at

Futon and Linens

Need a futon or linens for your room? Purchasing a futon through can be a great additional to your room. You can order online at Additionally, if you are in need of linens, Our Campus Market provides a wide array of colors, patterns and sizes to fit your needs. You can order online at:


Renter's Insurance 

The university does not provide insurance for student belongings. Students and/or their parents should consult their current homeowner's policy to determine if a student's belongings are covered through a current policy. A renter's insurance policy can be purchased as part of a homeowner's policy, or you can purchase insurance through companies specializing in property insurance for college students.