What To Bring, What Not To Bring

Now for the fun part! You’ve applied for housing and are counting down the days until move-in day. Review our checklist to make sure that you have everything you need to have the most comfortable experience on campus.

Many students will coordinate with their roommate(s) to minimize duplicate items. The University Bookstore carries many small items, including accessories for computers and mobile phones, toiletries, and shower shoes. You can also purchase many of these items in local stores, or buy online and ship them to your campus address two weeks prior to moving in.


What To Bring

Living & Sleeping

  • Pillows
  • Carpet or Area Rug
  • Bowl, cup & plate
  • Cutlery set
  • Lamps (no halogen or neon)
  • UL-approved power strips (15 amp)
  • Full-length or handheld mirror
  • Crates and organizers
  • Bed lifts
  • Clothes hangers
  • Coffee makers & electric kettles (both with auto shut-offs) are permitted
  • Mattress pad
  • Comforter
  • Bed lifts (optional)
  • Blankets (heated blankets are not allowed)
  • Sheets for Twin XL (80″ long)
  • Grounded (3-prong) extensions cords
  • UL-certified fan
  • Alarm clock
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Sewing kits
  • A mini-fridge (no more than 4.0 cubic feet) or MicroChill (1 per room)

Technology, entertainment & recreation

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Tablet
  • Cell phone and charger (landlines are not provided in rooms)
  • Extra charging cables
  • Bike and lock
  • Sports equipment (rentals available at Maine Bound)

Personal Care

  • Prescription medications (Send Priority Mail Express)
  • Personal care products
  • Dusting wands (Swiffer or similar)
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Toiletry holder/shower caddy
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Broom & dustpan
  • High-efficiency detergent
  • No need for quarters – $35 will be loaded onto your MaineCard for laundry each semester

Health and Safety

  • Health Insurance card
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • First-Aid kit
  • Face coverings or masks
  • Over-the-counter medications (if needed)


  • Automobile (parking permit)
  • Room decor
  • Removeable wall hanging strips

What NOT To Bring

Electrical Appliances

  • Any cooking appliance other than a coffee makers and electric kettles (with auto shut offs)
  • Heating elements (e.g. hot plate, toaster oven, space heater)
  • Heated Electric Blankets
  • Two-prong extension cords
  • Personal wireless router
  • Halogen lamps
  • Neon signs
  • Air conditioners
  • Analog televisions


  • Pets (other than small fish in up to 10 gallon tank)
  • Large furniture that will not fit in the room
  • Weapons or ammunition
  • Alcohol, if under 21 or residing in Substance Free Housing
  • Illegal or non-prescribed drugs (including marijuana in any form)
  • Candles or incense
  • Flammable liquids
  • Hoverboards
  • Drone
  • Tobacco in any form

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