OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

What to Bring & Leave Behind

We recommend that you work with your roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to coordinate who will bring certain shared items such as a TV or cleaning materials. Keep in mind that space is limited.

What to Bring!

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  • Cleaning Materials
  • Air fresheners/Febreeze
  • 409/Windex
  • Duster/Small vacuum
  • Lint roller
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Laundry basket (preferably one that folds up easily)
  • Broom/dust pan
  • Bathroom items such as gloves & bleach (for students living in halls with semi-private bathrooms---ex. West, Halsell, Bloss, the International Living-Learning Center, and Hawley/Buxton corner suites)
  • Bedding & Bath Items
    • Towels (bath, hand, washcloth)
    • Robe
    • Shower caddy (to carry shower supplies from room to bathroom)
    • Flip-flops for showering
    • Twin sheets (keep in mind that most halls have extra long twin mattresses)
    • Mattress topper (feather bed/memory foam/egg crate topper/etc.)
    • Comforter/Blankets/Pillows
  • Decorations
    • Posters
    • Pictures (of family, friends, favorite things, etc.)
    • Painter’s tape
  • Entertainment
    • Playing cards
    • Board games (Cranium, Apples to Apples, Catchphrase, Taboo, etc.)
    • iPod or other mp3 device (and accessories)
    • Magnetic Poetry Kits
  • Snacks/Food
    • Re-usable BPA-free water bottle(s)
    • A few dishes (bowl, plate, silverware)
    • Stainless steel thermos/something for hot drinks (discount for reusable mugs at all of our coffee venues)
  • Office Supplies
    • Laptop/desktop computer (anti-theft devices for laptops are recommended)
    • Computer speakers
    • Ethernet cable/surge protector (be sure to check appliances for allowed surge protectors)
    • Wireless computer mouse
    • Jump drive/memory stick
    • Desk organizers
    • Paper/pens/pencils/notebooks/binders/etc.
    • Desk lamp (non halogen bulbs only)
    • Dry erase board/cork board (and dry erase markers or pushpins)
    • Monthly planner
    • Desk/wall calendar
  •   First Aid/Medicine
    • Anti-itch cream
    • Aspirin or other such medicine
    • Cough syrup/cold medicine
    • Your prescription medication
  • Other
    • Alarm clock (or use your cell phone as an alarm clock)
    • Cell phone or phone card (and cell phone charger)
    • Digital camera and memory card
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Earplugs/tissue
    • Fan
    • Small plastic step ladder
    • Plastic storage containers
    • Some tools (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
    • Lanyard or key/OSU ID holder
    • Hangers/shoe racks (or other closet organizers)
    • Rug/curtains
    • Umbrella/rain coat

Appliances (Allowed items)

UHDS does allow some appliances in the living groups. It is an expectation that all appliances used in the halls or coops are undamaged and have no alterations. Many of the appliances listed below may be stored or used in the living groups under certain conditions. Misuse of appliances may result in loss of privileges and conduct action.

  • Blenders
  • Electrical Can Openers
  • Fans
  • Televisions (not wall mounted, rooms do not have cable TV connections)
  • Lamps (halogen bulbs not allowed; incandescent, LED and flourescent OK)
  • Microwaves are only allowed in room if the appliance
    • Is part of a MicroFridge®set (a specific brand available from any online retailers for sale and for rent) or other unit from various vendors that meet the below criteria:
      • Uses “one plug” technology, and
      • Is not kept in confined areas (i.e. closets), and
      • Is UL Listed
  • Electric blankets are prohibited in all student rooms and not allowed at all in the residence halls, but residents in the Cooperative Houses who wish to use an electric blanket can speak to the Cooperative Director for permission. Blankets must follow all fire code safety policies and have been purchased after 2000 in order to be approved.
  • Residents may use decorative LED lights in their rooms, as long as it does not violate the manufacturer guidelines.
  • The following items are also allowed but must be UL Listed, have a double insulated, three prong cord, and have an Automatic shut-off. (These items should only be used on leveled surface away from combustible materials) *
    • Clothes irons
    • Coffee makers (must only use an insulated carafe)
    • Hot Pots (must have an insulated carafe)
    • Rice cookers (may be stored in rooms but only used in kitchens, must have built-in thermal safety fuse)
    • Hair iron
    • Refrigerators (Energy Star rated, draw 11 amps or less, and 3.1 cubic feet or less). We strongly recommend that residents only have one refrigerator per room, due to load limitations on our building’s electrical system.
    • Power strips (see expectations and restrictions below)
    • Keurig machine

*  Reminder:  Residents may not cook food in their room.  Heating water or brewing coffee is allowed provided the fire detection system is not activated.  Activation of the fire system, such as a smoke detector, even if on accident may result in disciplinary action by the University and the Corvallis Fire Department.  For safety purposes, the smoke detectors are sensitive. 

 

What to Leave Behind! (Prohibited items)

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Due to health and safety concerns and facility capacity issues, there are a number of appliances that are not allowed in the residence halls and cooperative houses. Below is a partial list of prohibited items. Students should ask UHDS staff about appliances not listed on this page BEFORE bringing them to campus or into a living group.

  • Any damaged or altered appliance
  • Any appliance that produces steam, smoke or grease laden vapors
  • Wireless network routers & wireless access points (as they interfere with the OSU wireless already in each building)
  • Air Conditioners
  • Barbecues (Hall/coop councils may store and use barbeques provided the departmental guidelines are followed. Barbecues must be used no closer than 30 feet from any building, must have non-flammable material underneath them to catch drippings and be used under the direction of hall staff or hall or coop directive.)
  • No cooking is allowed in student rooms
  • Fog, Smoke, and Haze Machines
  • Use of cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, humidifiers, smokeless apparatuses, or like items (this is an Oregon Administrative Rule; also, please note that OSU will be a smoke-free campus in 2012)
  • Hookahs and hookah smoking accessories
  • Gasoline, electric or Hybrid Powered Scooter, Bikes or other vehicles without approval from UHDS staff
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Lava Lamps
  • Extension cords without built in fuse protection
  • Crockpots or slow cookers
  • Electric Woks
  • Portable Space Heaters (if you have a special need please contact your Residential Education staff member or the Service Center)
  • All "open-element" and "resistance" appliances, including, but not limited to:
    • Hot plates
    • Electric Grills (including, but not limited to, the George Forman type gill)
    • Toaster
    • Toaster Oven
    • Popcorn Poppers
    • Soldering Irons
    • Hamburger Cookers
    • Fryers

Power strips allowed:

  • Power Strips with built-in circuit breakers used when additional appliances are needed.
  • Three unit Multi-plug adapters with built-in circuit breakers that plug into wall receptacles
  • Six unit Multi-plug adapters with built-in circuit breakers that plug into wall receptacles
  • All Power Strips & Multi-plug Adapters shall be equipped with a 15 AMP built-in circuit breaker.
  • UL Listed
  • May not “piggy back” power strips (e.g. to plug one into another)

Extension cords NOT allowed:

  • Extension cords not equipped with fuse protection
  • 110 Volts Heavy Duty Extension Cord Wrapped in Duct Tape
  • Piggy Back Power Strips (e.g. to plug one into another)
  • Duct Tape Wrapped Around Electrical Plug
  • Electrical Outlet with No Cover Plate
  • Multi-Plug Adapters