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
  • 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
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Suite bathrooms: shower curtain, trash can

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.

Wireless Compatibility

Due to the complexity and size of Western's wireless network, some home consumer devices are not compatible with wireless at WMU. These include Google Home, some Nintendo systems and wireless printers. A full list is available online.

What not to bring

  • Air conditioners
  • Air fryers
  • 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
  • Instant pots
  • 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.)
  • Wireless routers or printers