What to Bring

We Provide

  • Extra-long twin bed and extra-long mattress
  • Closet(s)
  • Desk and chair
  • Refrigerator/freezer combination (except Love Memorial)
  • Mirrored medicine cabinets or personal mirrors
  • Roll shades or blinds/curtains
  • Wastebasket and recycle bin
  • Wired and wireless high-speed internet connectivity

Contact Your Roommate

When you have your roommate's contact information, give them a call. Take some time to get to know one another. Discuss what you'll be bringing and which of those things you might share (to prevent duplication and waste of space).

Discuss with your roommate before purchasing

  • Television, DVD player and/or sound system
  • Video game console
  • Futon/small couch
  • Room decorations
  • Carpet
  • Microwave (750 watt maximum) if you are assigned to Abel, Harper, Sandoz, Selleck, Schramm, Smith or Neihardt (halls that provide microwaves include Courtyards, Eastside Suites, Husker, Knoll, University Suites, East Campus Residence Hall and Village)


Every hall has laundry facilities. All machines run on a credit/debit card system called WaveRider. A wash is $2.25 and drying is free. No coins are accepted.

Packing Checklist

Packing Checklist PDF

We recommend no more than two (2) vehicle-loads of personal belongings – students who pack more than this often send most of it home. Experience shows that students often go home for the Labor Day weekend – what a great time to pick up a few extra items.

Items You'll Need

Your NCard (NU ID)

Twin-size sheets (extra-long and deep-pocket sheets will all work on our mattresses. All beds are 39" x 80" and require extra-long bed sheets. Kauffman beds are 34" x 80," Selleck beds are 36" x 80.")

Bedspread or comforter, blankets

Pillow and pillowcase

Alarm clock or clock-radio with battery

Towels and washcloths

Shower tote/caddy/robe/shower shoes/flip flops

Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)



Season-appropriate clothing (switch out during breaks)


Surge protectors

Social Security card (for employment purposes)

Insurance and pharmacy cards

Prescription refills (including eyecare)

Current prescription medications in their original containers

Information: physicians' name, address, telephone number and emergency telephone numbers

High efficiency laundry detergent

Courtyards/Village residents will also need to bring kitchen items such as pots, pans and dishes.

Useful Items

Cleaning supplies (all hall floors have a shared/community cleaning closet)

Flashlight and batteries

Personal computer with updated security

Portable fan

Checkbook/debit card

Pictures, posters and other decorative items (NOTE: Only use approved adhesives such as 3M Command adhesives and blue painter's tape.)

Desk/floor lamps (NOTE: Halogen lamps can be a fire hazard. Please avoid using them in the halls.)

Cooking appliances approved for use (all appliances must be UL-approved): toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, popcorn popper, blender, small electric sandwich maker, etc.

All UL-certified kitchen appliances can be used at The Courtyards and The Village.

Items You Should Not Bring


Drums and amplified guitars


Electric skillets and electric grills (i.e. George Foreman grill)

Any appliance with open heating coils

Any non-university bed frame or loft

Space heaters

Microwaves rated above 750 watts

Unapproved materials for hanging including Scotch, duct, electrical or masking tape; gum-type adhesives, tacks, nails and staples; anything else that might damage walls/doors/floors

Items Subject to Disciplinary Action

Alcohol, illegal drugs and/or prescription drugs that do not belong to the student

Decorated alcohol containers


Weapons or ammunition (firearms, martial arts weapons, knives, paint ball guns, etc.)

Pets (other than fish)

Fireworks/other explosives

For traditional halls only: ANY cooking appliances not listed as approved include, but are not limited to, toaster ovens, hot plates, George Foreman grills and any non-UL-listed appliances.