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
  • Fan (for good circulation and white noise)
  • 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)
  • Insurance information (health and renters)
  • Photo identification
  • Proof of employment eligibility if you plan to work
  • TV, plus coax cable cord for TV
  • 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, 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)

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.

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

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.