What to Bring to Your Residence Hall

Wondering about what you need to bring? Each room is furnished with desks, beds, drawers, and shelf space. The rest is up to you. Here's a list of items that students have found useful. You won’t need everything on this list; check with your roommate(s) to see what they're bringing — you don't want to end up with three mini refrigerators!

Download or print the Checklist as a PDF.

Checklist: What to Bring
  • Alarm clock
  • Bath towels
  • Bed sheets (twin extra-long)
  • Bicycle and bike lock
  • Computer
  • Desk lamp (not Halogen) and CFL/LED lightbulbs
  • Detergent
  • Ear plugs
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cord/power strip
  • First aid kit with a thermometer
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Laundry basket
  • Lock for bathroom locker
  • Mattress pad
  • Microwave (Allowed only when ordered from UC Berkeley's approved vendor, and it will be placed in your room before you move in.)
  • Mini dry-erase board
  • Mini refrigerator (Allowed only when ordered from UC Berkeley's approved vendor, and it will be placed in your room before you move in.)
  • Music player/stereo system
  • Plates, cups, silverware
  • Power strip
  • Prescription or ongoing medications for one month and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.
  • Printer*
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable water bottle
  • School supplies (backpack, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, pens, erasers, ruler, etc.)
  • Shower basket
  • Shower shoes/sandals
  • Telephone (It's good to have access to a landline in case of emergencies!)
  • Television* (Rent an HD TV & split the cost with your roommate from campustvs.com/berkeley.)
  • Thumbtacks (for walls)
  • Umbrella
  • Water filter/pitcher

*Look for the Energy Star logo.

What NOT to Bring
  • Candles or incense
  • Decorative string lights
  • Electric cooking implements (anything with coils)
  • Extra furniture and bulky items (wait until you've settled in and had a chance to determine what you really need)
  • Heaters
  • Halogen lights 
  • Microwave (You can order a refrigerator and microwave for your room!)
  • Refrigerator (You can order a refrigerator and microwave for your room!)
  • Pets
  • Satellite dishes
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, hotplates