WSU Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residential Life

What to Bring

What to Bring to Campus

All residence hall rooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, closet, and wastepaper basket for each student, and one recycling basket for each room.

Space is limited, so bring only what is necessary at the beginning of the school year. You can always bring more later, or purchase items locally. You may also want to coordinate with your roommate to decide who will bring communal items such as televisions, area rugs, and printers.

What to Bring Checklist

  • Bedding
    • Extra-long twin sheets with deep pockets (our beds are 36” x 80”)
    • Pillows and pillowcases
    • Mattress pad or foam topper
    • Comforter/bedspread
    • Blankets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Under-the-bed storage containers
  • Clothes hangers
  • Posters/pictures. Check the move in information for your residence hall to find out what materials can be used to hang items on your walls.
  • Computer
  • Computer Accessories
    • Security cable and lock
    • Surge protector
    • Flash Drive
  • Printer
    • Extra ink cartridges and paper
  • Scanner
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • School supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, highlighters, a stapler, and scissors
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets for front-loading washers
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Cleaning supplies for room
  • Eating supplies such as cutlery, plates, food storage containers, and coffee mugs. Pots and pans can be checked out at your hall's front desk for cooking in communal kitchens. 
  • Toiletries 
  • A bag/bucket to carry toiletries to the shower
  • Shower flip flops
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Sleepwear
  • Clothes for all types of weather, including rain gear
  • Warm coats and winter accessories such as gloves, hats, and a scarf
  • Waterproof shoes and boots

Electrical Appliances

The following UL-approved electrical appliances are authorized for use in residence hall rooms: 

  • Blenders
  • Clocks
  • Coffee and espresso machines
  • Personal computers
  • Printers, scanners, and related equipment for personal use
  • DVDs and Blu-ray players
  • Electric blankets or pads
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers, straighteners, and curlers
  • Hot-air popcorn poppers
  • Slow cookers
  • Pressure cookers (no larger than 3 quarts)
  • Humidifiers
  • Irons
  • Radios
  • Rice cookers
  • Sewing machines
  • Shavers
  • Stereos
  • Video game systems
  • Study lamps
  • Microfridges (ours are 45” tall, a little over 18” wide, and not quite 20” deep)
  • Small refrigerators 
  • TV sets

Cooking in residence hall rooms is restricted to coffee pots, hot-air popcorn poppers, and hot pots. Personal microwave ovens are only allowed in Community/Duncan Dunn, Global Scholars, Northside and Olympia halls. In these halls, students may only have one microwave per room.

All authorized items must be used on a noncombustible surface. All electrical items have to be UL approved.

Extension cords must have three wires, three prongs and at least 16-gauge wire. A multiple outlet strip can be safely used if it meets following specifications: a minimum of 16 gauge wire, groundwire with an extra prong on the plug (three wires, three prongs), and contains a built-in circuit breaker. Persons bringing electrically operated equipment also have the responsibility of protecting equipment from damage as a result of possible power surges or variations.

​If you have a specific question regarding approved appliances, email housing@wsu.edu for more information.

What Not to Bring

The following items are prohibited:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns or weapons (including imitations)
  • Firecrackers, explosives, propane
  • Pets (approved service animals excluded)
  • Candles
  • Toasters and toaster ovens