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What To Bring (And What Not To Bring)
For Living In The Residence Halls

What To Bring

All residence hall rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, lamp, and chair, and wastepaper and recycling baskets. We suggest coordinating with your new roommate(s) for certain items, including televisions, carpets, and printers.

  • Clothes for all climate types, including rain gear
  • Bathrobe or something to wear to the community bathroom
    (Note: Cuarto and Primero Grove residents' bathrooms are in their suites)
  • Warm coat or parka
  • Waterproof shoes or boots
  • Coat hangers
  • Toiletries, mirror
  • Bedding: sheets, pillows and pillowcases, mattress pad, comforter and/or bedspread, blankets
  • Washcloths and bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Telephone (most students use their cell phones)
  • Alarm clock (preferably with a battery back-up in case of power outages)
  • TV, radio, video and music players, video games, movies and music, other electronic entertainment; Energy Star rated is preferred
  • A few eating utensils (coffee mugs, silverware, plates, glasses)
    (Note: Primero Grove residents may want to bring additional items, including pots and pans, small appliances, towels, and containers)
  • Items to decorate your room, such as pictures, posters and plants
    (Note: Students may NOT nail or screw items into walls; poster putty, thumb tacks and push pins are okay)
  • Computer - See the UC Davis computer ownership website for recommendations; Energy Star rated is preferred
    (Important: Because Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and represents a significant network security risk, beginning in June 2014 campus computer networks and related log-in portals will deny access to computers running Windows XP; students should not bring computers running Windows XP to campus; for additional information about unsupported computers, visit the campus Obsolete Computers webpage
  • Computer cable lock to secure computer to your desk
  • Computer needs, such as a surge protector, flash drive, mousepad, and small screwdriver
  • 25-foot Ethernet Cat-5 cable with RJ45 connector (to connect to the data-port)
    (Note: some Primero Grove residents may prefer a 50-foot cable for even greater flexibility)
  • Printer and extra ink cartridges (Energy Star rated is preferred)
    (Note: our computer center offers free printing up to 250 pages per quarter)
  • Coaxial Cable (long) for television
  • Calculator
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Bicycle, bike lock, light for nighttime riding and basic tools
  • Sports equipment: rollerblades, basketball, tennis racquet, snowboard, etc.
  • Laundry supplies, iron, laundry bag or basket
  • Checkbook and/or bank card
  • Health insurance card and other forms of identification (e.g., driver's license)
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of your bank and credit card companies
  • Bring back your My First Year as an Aggie Handbook
    (If you were unable to attend Orientation, please visit the Academic Advising Center in your area beginning Saturday, September 27th; refer to your Fall Welcome Schedule for more details)

What Not To Bring

  • Appliances which are not UL-approved
  • Torchiere halogen lamps
  • Candles
  • Space heaters
  • Refrigerators and microwaves which are larger than the maximum allowable size
    (Note: the maximum allowable refrigerator size is 4.5 cubic feet and 35 inches tall; the maximum allowable microwave size is 800 watts)
  • Hot plates and burners
  • Weapons of any kind, including decorative swords and paintball guns
  • Fireworks, firecrackers, flammable liquids, and other explosive or incendiary devices
  • Items which are illegal to possess
  • A car (Note: residence hall students may not purchase a parking permit)
  • Large stereo equipment
  • Amplifiers
  • Cases of bottled water
    (Note: you won’t need to bring your own water as we provide each residence hall student with a new stainless steel bottle, and you can fill the bottle at residence hall bottle filling stations that provide free cold filtered water)
  • Toilet paper
    (Note: Student Housing provides toilet paper for residence hall bathrooms all year)
  • Computers running Windows XP