What to Bring


Student rooms are furnished. Each student is provided with the following:

  • Extra-long twin bed and mattress (39"x80")
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Bookshelf
  • Clothing storage (closet/dresser or wardrobe unit)
  • 1-2 trash and recycling cans - shared with roommates

Recommended items for all students:

  • Bedding: extra-long twin sheets (39"x80"), blankets, pillows, pillow cases
  • Laundry items: basket, detergent, hangers
  • Comfortable clothing, shoes, etc.
  • Emergency kit

Listed here are some additional items you may want to bring with you to make your life in university housing more comfortable. Bring only what can fit in your room—the residential communities have no storage space for your personal belongings. Many of the items on this list are available at our campus Bay Tree Campus Store.

  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe, towels (hand towels, wash cloths, bath towels), shower shoes
  • Decorations
  • Desk lamp/light bulbs (no halogen, consider energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or LEDs)
Power strips (also called a multi-plug extension block)
Power strip (also called
a multi-plug extension block)
  • Ear plugs, headphones
  • Lock (for your bike and/or computer)
  • Plate, cups, silverware (for use in your residence)
  • Power strip (also called a multi-plug extension block) UL approved, with surge protector
  • Rain gear, umbrella
  • Reusable/refillable water bottle and travel mug

Note: It is okay to have a mini-fridge and/or microwave. Coordinate with your roommate(s) to make sure there is only one of each appliance in the room (fall roommate assignments are available in late August). This will save you time, energy, and money, and will help you make the best use of space in your room!

  • Rent a MicroFridge mini-fridge and microwave combo from CollegeFridge.com/ucsc and it will be delivered to your room

Energy Star logoWhen it comes to electrical appliances,
consider energy efficient products

Students in Apartments/Flats
(coordinate with housemates to avoid duplications)

  • Coffee maker
  • Dishes, flatware, dish towels
  • Microwave oven
  • Pots, cooking utensils
  • Toaster (for apartment kitchens only; not allowed in other rooms)
  • Toilet tissue

What NOT to Bring

  • Air conditioning units (window/portable) and space heaters
  • Alcohol or other drugs and paraphernalia, including medical marijuana
  • Amplified instruments or drum sets
  • BBQ grills, charcoal, lighter fluid, propane
  • Candles, lanterns, incense or incense-like materials, smoking devices, or other fire hazardous items
  • Cooking equipment with exposed heating elements (e.g. hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, etc.). These are NOT allowed in residence halls or other areas not intended for cooking.
  • Disposable/single-use water bottles (invest in a refillable water container instead)
  • Extension cords (without an internal circuit breaker)
  • Firearms, knives, other weapons, and ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Halogen lamps or lava lamps
  • Paintball guns, airguns, BB guns
  • Pets (except fish, in up to 10-gallon tank)
  • Second-hand furniture
  • Skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates, or hoverboards

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