What to Bring/Not Bring

What to bring

What’s included in your room

Some good basic items to pack are:

You know the basics to bring – clothes, a computer, linens and towels, school supplies, toiletries, posters and pictures, etc. – but here are some additional things to think about.

  • Computer
  • Sheets (extra long twin)
  • Clothes for all weather
  • Laundry basket
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Trash can (or request a trash can from Residence Life at move-in)
  • Flip flops for community bathrooms
  • Shower caddy to carry your toiletries to the shower
  • First aid kit (basics like Band-Aids and mercury-free thermometer)
  • Basic dishes and utensils
  • 3M adhesive strips for putting things on the walls
  • Fan
  • Pictures, posters or other items to decorate the room
  • Multi-outlet strip with a circuit breaker

Electrical equipment

All electrical equipment must have an approved UL rating. Appliances or equipment such as ceiling fans may never be directly wired to a residence hall. Irons, coffee makers and electrical tea pots are permitted in your room, as long as they are equipped with an automatic shut-off feature and fully enclosed heating elements.

Microwaves and refrigerators

Microwaves and small refrigerators are permitted in your room. MicroFridges, a combination refrigerator, freezer and microwave unit, are available for rent through Bedloft.


Some televisions are not compatible with WMU's EduCable system. Refer to the EduCable website for a list of brands that do not have the required QAM tuner.

What not to bring

  • Air conditioners
  • Anything with an exposed heating element
  • Anything with an open flame
  • Candles and candle warmers (eg. Scentsy)
  • Coffee pots without an automatic shut-off feature (brands like Keurig with enclosed heating elements are okay)
  • Contact paper
  • Dry-erase/memo boards are prohibited on room doors
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable liquids
  • George Foreman-style grills
  • Grills or griddles
  • Halogen floor lamps
  • Hoverboards
  • Incense
  • Irons without auto shut off features
  • Lava lamps
  • Lofts – personal or homemade
  • Mattress from home
  • Outdoor antennas or satellite dishes
  • Pets other than fish
  • Space heaters
  • Spider/multi-arm floor lamps
  • Sub-woofers
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Tobacco and tobacco-related products (e-cigs, cigarettes, chew, etc.)
  • Waterbeds and water-filled furniture
  • Weapons (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, stun guns, martial arts weapons, knives, etc.)