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What to Bring/What to Leave


Things to consider bringing

  • Rain-wear and umbrella
  • Bathrobe, shower shoes, shower bucket, towels, washcloths, and toiletries
  • Laundry basket/bag, detergent, fabric softener, etc.
  • Two sets of linens, blankets and pillow; sizes vary for Seneca Hall and Oakland Apartments, see our linen sizes chart for specific information for each hall.
  • Fan (in buildings without air conditioning)
  • Headphones
  • Surge protectors
  • School supplies and a backpack
  • Throw pillows for your bed
  • Computer with security cable and lock
  • Coffee mugs, plastic cups
  • Bins, Totes, or Stackable crates
  • Portable electronic devices
  • Flashlight
  • Moving cart/dolly to make move-in easier

Things to consider splitting with your roommate

  • Television (check specifications - make sure your television has a built-in digital tuner or it will not work with residence hall cable system) 
  • Mini Refrigerator (10 amps, maximum size of 3.2 cubic feet) 
    Refrigerators and microwave/refrigerator combination units may be rented from the My MicroFridge during New Student Orientation or you may call toll free 1-800-525-7307. NOTE: Only ONE MicroFridge may be rented per room; students may bring one additional mini refrigerator on their own. 
  • Room decorations (decorations should be hung with products that do not damage the walls)
  • Rugs (some residence hall rooms are carpeted) and Lamps (each room has a desk lamp)
  • Coffeemaker (with lighted on/off indicator and automatic shutoff) to include Keurigs and other single serve brewers
  • Swiffer, small vacuum, broom, and dustpan .

Not-permitted items

For fire and other safety considerations, the following items are not permitted in student rooms. Failure to comply with these restrictions could result in the item being confiscated and will be considered a student conduct/disciplinary matter.

This list is not comprehensive. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to ask students to remove items that are considered unsafe or disruptive. If there are items similar to those listed below, please consult your Residence Life Specialist before bringing the item to campus.

Prohibited Fire Safety or Electrical Items

  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline, lighter fluid, charcoal/gas grills or any combustible, explosive, or flammable material
  • Any open-flame object (e.g., candles, burnt or unburnt, or incense), candle/wax warmers, scented oil plug-ins, diffusers (e.g., Glade Plug-Ins, Air Wick plug ins) These items are not permitted to be present or used in the halls
  • Kerosene heaters, oil lamps, halogen lamps, lava lamps, immersion coils and space heaters not provided by the University
  • Extension cords or multi-receptacle outlets (UL or ETL listed power strips with surge protectors are permitted)
  • Decorations attached to light fixtures, sprinklers, smoke detectors, or that cover peep holes etc. Students cannot hang or suspend tapestries, flags, or other items from the ceiling.
  • Electric devices such as hot plates, cup heaters, toasters, ovens, toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, air conditioners, waffle makers, griddles, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, electric grills, air fryers, portable heaters, sandwich makers, crock pots, electric blankets, space heaters, etc. 
  • Microwaves Note: Refrigerators and microwave/refrigerator combination units may be rented from My MicroFridge during New Student Orientation, or you may call toll free 1-800-525-7307.

Prohibited Technology Items

  • Any non-UL or ETL approved charging cables, power adapters or extensions.
  • Network Routers
  • Network Switches
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Access-Points
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Extenders
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Routers
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) enabled printers (you can use the printer, only if the Wi-Fi is disabled, so please bring a USB cable to connect your printer to your laptop)

Prohibited Room Furnishings

  • Waterbeds
  • Supplies used to stack or loft beds, with the exception of plastic risers which may be purchased at mass retailers; these may not exceed six inches in height
  • Free weights over 20 pounds total
  • Any item hung outside the window or posted on the window itself
  • Any item on the floor outside of your door/in the hallway (e.g., pumpkins, holiday decorations, etc.) There should be no cords running through your doorway. No items that obstruct doorways or paths of egress
  • Dry erase boards/message boards/chalk boards (only allowed inside the room, not on the door)
  • Use of subwoofers, drums and amplified instruments (e.g., electric guitars) is not permitted, but these items may be stored in a student’s room provided such equipment does not disrupt the residential community (items may be confiscated if they present a disruption to the residential community)
  • LED adhesive strip lights.
  • Live cut Christmas trees
  • Students cannot provide furnishing for lounges/lounge spaces. Items in this area will be discarded.
  • Students are not allowed to have lounge furniture or furniture from any other public space in their room.
  • Students are not permitted to remove any WVU-provided furniture from their room.

Additional Prohibited items

  • Alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, whippets, and empty alcohol containers (including cans, bottles, wine or beer boxes, etc.)
  • Weapons (see Community Standards of Conduct)
  • Paintball, BB, splat gun, or pellet guns, stun guns, and tasers
  • Nerf gun or water guns are not permitted to be used in the halls, but can be stored in your room
  • Pets of any kind (including fish), pet equipment, food, supplies, or paraphernalia.
  • Motor bikes, segways, hoverboards, electric scooters, etc.

Seneca Hall and Oakland Apartments

Seneca Hall and Oakland Apartments have kitchens that are equipped with appropriate fire safety features for typical kitchen appliances. Residents of these communities are permitted to have small kitchen appliances.

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