11 things not to bring to your residence hall room

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Independent living is just around the corner. You’re probably starting to plan for your residence hall room and maybe freaking out a little bit about what to bring. At this point there is the temptation to go overboard, which will inevitably cause you to end up with a lot unnecessary and unused things. So to avoid wasted time and space here are a few suggestions of things you can leave behind.

  1. Printer. There are places for you to print literally all over campus. You can print to any building wirelessly when you’re on the grounds. Not to mention there is a 24-hour computer lab for late night printing. So unless you want a big clunky desk ornament, leave the printer at home.
  2. Board Games. If you love board games and wish to line your shelves with them in your college room, you may want to think twice. Residence halls rent out board games that you can use any time. By renting games you can keep your shelving space AND Tuesday game night! Win.
  3. Kitchen Cooking Supplies. There is food available all over campus. It is possible, and likely, that you can get through the entire year without cooking a single thing. But for the chefs out there, don’t start packing strainers and pans. Cooking supplies are also available for rent in the Residence Halls.
  4. Winter Clothes. I’m aware that we live in Wisconsin but odds are that the first couple months of school are going to be fairly warm. You’ll have enough stuff to pack as it is without adding a couple bags of winter clothes. Pack a couple warm items, but then wait till it is closer to winter to get the heavy coats, hats and boots.
  5. Anything on the Residence Life “Not Permitted” List. This includes:
    • Air conditioner
    • Pizza oven
    • Carousel rotisserie
    • Raised platforms
    • Decorative fishnets
    • Deep fryer
    • Electric blanket
    • Electric griddle
    • Electric skillet/wok
    • Fondue pot
    • George Foreman grill
    • Halogen lights
    • Halogen makeup mirror
    • Indoor/outdoor grill
    • Oil lamp
    • Other flammable items
    • Parachutes (I know this one is especially tempting… sorry!)
    • Potpourri simmer pot
    • Rice cooker
    • Roaster oven
    • Sandwich maker
    • Slow cooker/crock pot
    • Space heater
    • Toaster oven
    • Waffle iron
    • Wall outlet add on units
    • Waterbeds
  6. Camping materials. You may be an outdoorsy person and like the ability to go camping at a moments notice. But bringing your tent to school may be unnecessary. The Xpeditions office on campus offers the ability to rent any camping materials you may want or need.
  7. Pets. There are no pets allowed in the Residence Halls with the exception of fish. Unfortunately you’ll have to leave Spot at home…unless of course that’s what you named your goldfish.
  8. Too much food. There are tons of places to get food on campus. That means you don’t need to pack for a nuclear winter. Especially with refrigerated foods. Though fairly large in size, you don’t have a massive fridge like you do at home. Also your roommate is probably going to want some room for their snacks as well.
  9. An extremely large TV. A large TV will take up too much space and may not even fit. If it does fit, you’re just begging to have your room become the residence floor theatre / game zone. So… I’d go with a smaller TV.
  10. Valuable possessions. If you have an item that means a lot to you, or is worth a fair amount of money, it might be best to leave it at home. The last thing you want is to be constantly worried about misplacing your diamond necklace. Out of room, out of mind.
  11. A really loud alarm clock. If you’re like me, you like a little morning snoozing between alarm bursts in the morning. This behavior is harder to get away with when you have a roommate and an obnoxiously loud alarm. (And don’t even get me started on how awful it is if you set your alarm, forget about it, and have it go off for an hour straight while you’re in class… Your floor will love you.)

There you have it, 11 things you can do without. Hopefully this puts some ease on your mind (and your car tires) as your “things to pack” list gets smaller. So is there anything else you can add to the list? Maybe had a bad packing experience in the past? Let us know!


2 Responses to “11 things not to bring to your residence hall room”

  1. Zach

    I’m one of those people who brought a loud alarm. It wasn’t just loud alarm, it was called the “sonic boom”….. I still use that alarm clock. My neighbors hate it, but I love it.

  2. Danny

    The board games i disagree with, nut only slightly. I say bring the games you have that are really fun that are obscure (tabletop gamers). But, I agree leave the monopoly sorry, etc. at home


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