WSU Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residential Life

What to Bring

What to Bring to Campus (or Not) for Living in the Residence Halls

All rooms are furnished with extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, closet, wastepaper baskets 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 buy them locally). You may want to coordinate with your new roommate for some items such as televisions and cables, area rugs (where applicable), printers, etc. to avoid duplication.

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 Avenue halls (only one per room). All authorized items must be used on a noncombustible surface. All electrical items have to be UL approved.


  • Bedding--extra-long twin sheets with deep pockets (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. Rooms in Orton, Regents, Scott/Coman, Stephenson Complex and Streit/Perham have wall carpeting on two of the walls so small nails and tacks can be used there.  The following halls should use push pins which we hand out at opening, or very small nails (16 gauge brad) or old style picture hangers:  Community/Duncan Dunn, Global Scholars, Elmina White Honors Hall, McEachern, Northside Olympia, and Stimson; 3M products are strongly discouraged in these halls as they will pull off the paint and Sheetrock paper causing damage.
  • Computer (bring a security cable and lock)
  • Computer needs such as surge protector, flash drive and mouse pad
  • Printer, extra ink cartridges and paper; scanner
  • Headphones/ear buds (to keep from disturbing your roommate or neighbor)
  • School supplies, e.g., pens/pencils, paper, highlighters, stapler, scissors, hole punch
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets for front loading washers; laundry bag or basket
  • Cleaning supplies for room
  • Favorite eating supplies, e.g., coffee mug, cutlery, plates, food storage containers and microwavable containers (pots & pans for cooking in the kitchen can be checked out at your hall front desk)
  • Personal toiletries and bag/bucket to carry them in to shower
  • Shower flip-flops
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Sleepwear
  • Clothes for all types of weather, including rain gear
  • Warm coats and winter accessories (gloves, hat, scarf)
  • Waterproof shoes and boots

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; humidifiers; irons; radios; rice cookers; sewing machines; shavers; stereos, iPods, MP3s and video game systems; study lamps;microfridges (ours are45” tall, a little over 18” wide, and not quite 20” deep)small refrigerators and TV sets. If you have a specific question regarding approved appliances, email for more information.

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:  minimum of 16 gauge wire, groundwire with an extra prong on the plug (3 wires, 3 prongs), and contains a built-in circuit breaker. Persons bringing electrically operated equipment also have the responsibility of protecting such equipment from damage as a result of possible power surges or variations.


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