Don’t leave home without it: Housing must-haves

Must have items from RAs

As you prepare to live on campus, it can be hard to decide what to add to your packing list beyond the basics. Getting advice from someone who’s been there can help you narrow down which items are must-haves and which will only serve to take up space.

We’ve brought together two Resident Assistants (RAs) and one Eco Leader to find out which items they’ve found most useful while living on campus. Read through to see if these unofficial must-haves make sense for you.

Abby

Allison Hall RA Abby
Lived on campus

Three years

Where

Allison Hall
Community-style double

1. A robe

Bring a robe if you’re going to be in a hall with a community-style bathroom. All you’ll have to do is throw on your robe and walk back to your room after a shower.

2. Somewhere to sit besides your desk and bed

It can get really frustrating when all you have to watch Netflix in is your bed. If you set up your room right, you can set up a futon no problem — usually under someone’s bed if you loft it.

3. A water filter

Like a Brita water pitcher. You won’t have to worry about filling a water bottle from the drinking fountain or a filtered water tap.

4. A desk light — especially if you have a roommate

There will be times that they’ll be tired but you’ll need to stay up and study. Also, some rooms don’t have a lot of light so that extra light is a help.

5. A refrigerator isn’t a necessity

You don’t really need a fridge unless you have a smaller meal plan and need to stock food. The only thing I used my fridge for was my water pitcher.

Matt

Matt Diller.
Lived on campus

Two years

Where

Academic Village
Engineering
Aspen Hall

1. A bike

You’ll definitely want to have a bike — it will get you around campus and to classes much quicker. It’s saved me on a few occasions that I forgot to set my morning alarm. Without my bike, I would’ve actually failed my Sociology final last semester.

2. A combination lock

It can come in handy for any trips to the Rec Center, and you can also use it to keep items secure in one of your desks.

3. A small plant

It will add a lot of charm to your room, and shouldn’t be too much work to keep alive.

Suriya

A Q&A with Suriya, Honors Hall RA.
Lived on campus

Three years

Where

Academic Village
Honors

1. Cleaning supplies if you have a suite-style bathroom

Although suite bathrooms are cleaned every other week, it’s still good to have some cleaning supplies in case you miss a cleaning or need to spot clean your bathroom.

2. Consider lofting your bed

Especially if you’re going to be living in a suite-style room. These rooms are usually smaller than community-style, so lofting your bed gives you more space underneath for a TV, your desk, a couch, or just storage in general.

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