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Here is a list of the basic necessities for on-campus living. While many of these may appear obvious, it is still very possible to accidentally forget a few items that may come in handy.

Items to bring:

Important/School Items

  • Wallet/cardholder (to keep your student ID to scan into the residence hall)
  • Keychain
  • Computer with ethernet/wireless card
  • School supplies
  • Cellphone
  • Calendar/planner

Household items

  • Cups/plates/utensils (for snacking in the room)
  • Comforter/blanket* 
  • Sheets*
  • Pillows/pillowcases*
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels*
  • Hangers
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Small refrigerator (must be no larger than 6 cubic feet, 36 inches high, 24 inches wide and 26 inches deep, or exceed 1.8 amps and 110 volts)
  • Microwave oven (700 watts or less)

Cleaning supplies

  • HE Laundry detergent
  • Laundry hamper
  • Wastebasket
  • Broom/Swiffer
  • Lysol, disinfecting wipes, bathroom cleaners, etc.


  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Shower caddy
  • Tissues
  • Medication
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer

Items to leave at home:

The following items, if found on campus, may be a violation of University policy and may result in a referral to Student Conduct or to the Office of Residence Life. A more extensive list can be found on the Campus Living Policies Page.

  • All firearms (including, but not limited to, handguns, rifles, pellet guns, BB guns)
  • All other weapons (including, but not limited to, swords bow and arrows, balloon slingshots, martial arts weapons, hunting knives)
  • LED self-adhesive string lights
  • Wallpaper and wall stickers
  • Dartboards and darts
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Candles and incense
  • Pets (with the exception of fish in a tank no larger than 10 gallons, and then only with roommate’s approval)
  • Barbecue grills, George Foreman-type grills, and toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds
  • Lofts of any kind
  • Bed risers
  • Additional furniture or large items

* Students can order extra-long twin sheets, comforters, matching towels and storage items directly through the Residence Hall Linens program. The Value Pak has everything you need for campus living. Don’t forget - ordering from Residence Hall Linens ensures you have extra-long twin sheets that fit our extra-long beds while supporting Residence Life and RHA programming at UT. Please visit the Dormify website.

** For your convenience, the campus laundry rooms are equipped with High-Efficiency (HE) washers and dryers free of charge. For best results, use HE detergent. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions on the detergent bottle label, since it’s specially formulated for HE machines. With HE washers, less detergent is recommended to get the cleanest clothes. Pre-measured HE liquid packets are also recommended. To provide a hassle-free laundry service option to its students, Residence Life has partnered with Tampa Laundry Company, a family-owned Tampa business known for its fresh approach to pick-up and delivery laundry services. To sign up or for more information, visit