What to Bring to Your Residence Hall

Wondering about what you need to bring? Each room is furnished with a desk, bed, drawers, and shelf space. The rest is up to you. Below is a list of items that students have found useful. You won’t need everything on this list.

As you work on packing things for your room, there are some other helpful things to do before you arrive or early in the semester to make your life easier once school starts. For instance checking that your immunizations are current, confirm your meal plan meets your needs, and get access to a local bank, like Bank of the West*, the official bank of UC Berkeley, with a branch and 10 ATMs conveniently located on campus. 

* UC Berkeley students are not required to have a Bank of the West account to use any aspect of the Cal 1 Card student ID, including the Cal 1 Card's debit feature

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
  • Disinfectant cleanser and cleaning supplies for your room
  • Ear plugs
  • Extension cord/power strip
  • Face coverings or masks, at least five reusable and washable ones
  • Facial tissues
  • First aid kit with a thermometer
  • Go Bag for general preparedness, with 72 hours of essential items
  • Hand sanitizer, travel size and for your room
  • Hand soap, travel size
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Laundry basket
  • Lock for bathroom locker
  • Mattress pad
  • Medical information (insurance card, doctor's contact, etc.)
  • Mini dry-erase board
  • Music player/stereo system
  • No touch door opener tool
  • Pain relievers and other over-the counter-medicines
  • Plates, cups, silverware
  • Prescription or ongoing medications for one month and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.
  • Printer* (Note that wireless printers are not permitted. Additionally, printing is available in the Academic Centers in the residence halls.)
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol or UV sanitizer for cleaning electronics
  • School supplies (backpack, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, pens, erasers, ruler, etc.)
  • Shower basket
  • Shower shoes/sandals
  • Thumbtacks (for walls)
  • Umbrella
  • Water filter/pitcher

Note: For 2020–21, residence hall rooms will include a MicroChill refrigerator and microwave combo in each room; the combination appliances are provided because meals will be initially served on a to-go basis. Personal microwaves and refrigerators are not allowed in residence hall rooms.

What NOT to Bring
  • Candles or incense
  • Decorative string lights
  • Electric cooking implements (anything with coils)
  • Extra furniture, storage containers and other bulky items (wait until you've settled in to determine what you really need)
  • Heaters
  • Halogen lights 
  • Home network devices such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, smart bulbs, and smart outlets. (These devices often will not work on AirBears2 or CalVisitor, the campus wireless networks.)
  • Microwave (There is already a microwave in your room!)
  • Refrigerator (There is already a mini refrigerator in your room!)
  • Pets
  • Satellite dishes
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates
  • Wireless routers (These devices are not permitted because they interfere with the campus AirBears2 wireless network.)