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Residence Life and Housing

Move-in Guide

On this page:

What to Do Before You Move In

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

What to Bring

  • Shower Curtain
  • Towels, extra-long twin size sheets (mattress size 36"x80")
  • A mattress pad or cover, pillows, and comforter/bedspread
  • Rugs, bath mat 
  • Desk lamp, power strip
  • Television, computer, charging cords, 2nd Gen (or above) Roku for streaming
  • Wastebasket, trash bags, hangers, hamper, laundry soap
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, razor, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Seasonal clothing, umbrella
  • Cleaning supplies, sweeper or broom, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper (toilet paper supplied in Hamilton Hall)
  • Cooking utensils/can-opener
  • School supplies, paper, pens, markers, stapler, post-it notes, printer, extra ink
  • Plates, cups, silverware, ziploc bags
  • Lockbox
  • Electric grill, toaster, waffle maker, crock pot, coffee maker 
  • Appliances from the approved appliance list
  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol or other over the counter medication, just in case
  • Health insurance card
  • COVID vaccination card (if you have been vaccinated)

What Not to Bring

  • Pets (the only pets allowed are fish, 20-gallon tank maximum)
  • Portable or full-size personal washers, dryers, or dishwashers
  • Cooking devices with an exposed element such as hot plates, space heaters, toaster ovens, Nu wave burner, deep fryer, and range-top grills - see approved appliance list below
  • Firearms, ammunition, weapons (knives, paintball guns, airsoft guns, bows, sword, etc.), and things that look like weapons (cap guns, etc.)
  • Fireworks, incense, candles, or any other open-flame device
  • Charcoal and gas grills/stoves
  • Double stick tape, screws, molly bolts, planter anchors, big nails, spikes, and finishing nails cannot be used to hang things on the walls. Small tacks, command strips, staples, picture hangers are okay.
  • Hoverboards
  • Network equipment (wireless access points, routers, and hubs)
  • Bed risers (for student safety)

Move-in Day Directions

Enter at the intersection of Colonel Glenn Hwy. and University Blvd. for Move-in Days on Wednesday, August 17, Thursday, August 18, and Saturday, August 20. All vehicles will turn into the university and be directed from that point forward.

After turning onto University Blvd.:

  • Hamilton Hall residents will be directed to Hamilton Hall.
  • Woods, Honors, College & University Parks, Forest Lane, and the Village residents will be directed to Lot 4.

After Move-in

Make your Residence Hall Room Feel Like Home

Ask any parent who has lugged every item their college-bound child owns into a residence hall room and you hear the same responses—why did we bring so much stuff and how can it possibly fit into such a small space? Less is better. It is much easier to return home for missed items than to start your school year with anxiety and worry about taking too much, storing it, or returning it back home.

Here are a few tips and items that can help you:

  • Stow stuff in plastic containers that go from the car directly for use in the room
  • Clear plastic makes for easy identification of contents
  • Shallow, longer bins are ideal beneath beds
  • Stackable units with pullout drawers double as night tables
  • Large pillows with arms are good for reading
  • Laundry baskets hold dirty clothes much better than the floor
  • Plastic shower caddies are good for keeping your toiletries private

Advice for Homesickness

  • Call home. Calling and talking to whomever you miss the most will help you feel less homesick.
  • Send emails to your family members at home. This allows yourself to express your need to let someone know you care. It alleviates some stress about being away from home.
  • Go home once a month for the first five or six months—just overnight or on the weekends. You will slowly notice that nothing much will change while you are away at school, and you may even notice that you feel more at home "away" at Wright State as you make friends and new acquaintances.

Approved Appliance List

Appliance Residence Halls Apartments
Air Fryer Allowed (Max 1500 watts) Allowed (Max 1500 watts)
Belgian waffle maker Allowed Allowed
Bread maker Allowed Allowed
Buffet server* Allowed Allowed
Clothing iron Allowed Allowed
Coffee maker Allowed Allowed
Cotton candy maker Allowed Allowed
Crockpot Allowed Allowed
Curling iron Allowed Allowed
Deep fryer Not allowed Allowed
Electric crepe maker Allowed Allowed
Electric griddle Allowed Allowed
Electric kettle Allowed Allowed
Espresso machine Allowed Allowed
Fondue pot Not allowed Allowed
Food dehydrator Allowed Allowed
Food steamer Allowed Allowed
George Foreman grill Allowed Allowed
Hairdryer Allowed Allowed

Hot plate

Not allowed Apartments come equipped with stoves
Instant Pot Not allowed Not allowed
NuWave induction burner Not allowed Apartments come equipped with stoves
Panini press Allowed Allowed
Personal portable or full-size washer and dryers Not allowed Not allowed
Personal portable or full-size dishwashers Not allowed Not allowed
Pizza oven Not allowed Apartments come equipped with stoves
Refrigerators or freezer University-provided University-provided
Rice cooker Allowed Allowed
Roaster oven Allowed Allowed
Toaster Allowed Allowed
Toaster oven Not allowed Allowed
Toaster oven broiler Not allowed Allowed
Waffle iron Allowed Allowed

Meeting Your New Roommate(s)

We strongly suggest you contact your roommate(s) before you arrive at Wright State. There are many things to discuss and coordinate, and living with a new person or group of people in a new place can present challenges. You and your roommates may become friends right away, or it may take some time. Getting a head start on that relationship can make things easier in late August.

Conversation Starters

The following are a few conversation starters that are helpful when you contact your new roommate(s):

About You

  • Hometown and high school
  • Family life
  • Friends at home
  • School activities
  • Wright State major
  • Morning person or night owl
  • Neat or messy
  • Music preferences
  • Movie and TV favorites
  • Willingness to loan things (computers, clothes, car, money)
  • Feelings about overnight guests
  • Particular habits
  • Working during college
  • What are good moods like vs. bad moods
  • What I'm like when I'm feeling down
  • What annoys me
  • What makes me laugh
  • How I like to relax
  • How I handle stress
  • What I'm like when I first meet people

Once You've Had Time to Chat

  • "An important similarity between us maybe..."
  • "An important difference between us maybe..."
  • "I think we might have to compromise on..."
  • "I look forward to learning more about..."
  • "We should talk more about..."

Registration Policy

  • All Students must be registered for classes prior to the semester before they will be permitted to check-in and live in campus housing.
    • If a student is not registered for classes, the student will not be permitted to move into their Fall 2022 campus housing assignment on move-in day.
      • The housing assignment will be canceled prior to move-in day, the $50 prepayment will be forfeited and a registration hold will be placed on the student's account.
      • Should the student choose to enroll at Wright State University any time during the 2022-2023 academic year, they will be obligated to live on campus.
    • In the event that the student has moved in early for Fall 2022
      • They must move out no later than August 17, 2022 and return keys to the Residence Life & Housing drop box.
      • Once keys are returned or locks are changed, their housing assignment will be canceled, the $50 prepayment will be forfeited and a registration hold will be placed on their account.
      • Should the student choose to enroll at Wright State University any time during the 2022-2023 academic year, they will be obligated to live on campus

Fall Semester Payments

Student accounts must be paid in full, enrolled in a payment plan, or have sufficient financial aid to pay the balance by the payment due date.   

  Fall Semester Due Dates  
Registration Date Fees Due Non-Payment Penalty
Prior to August 16 15-Aug None
August 16 - September 15 15-Sep $50 Late Payment Fee
September 16 and after 15th of the following month

$50 Late Payment Fee

Students applying for financial aid are responsible for checking to ensure all requirements have been met in order to receive financial aid.  If there is a shortfall between your tuition and fees and your financial aid award, you  must pay the balance in full or enroll in a payment plan by the fee payment due date.

Students receiving third-party assistance must submit the authorization form from your sponsor by the fee payment due date and pay any unpaid charges in full or enroll in a payment plan.

Important: Make sure your payment is received by the fee payment due date by paying your account charges on through WINGS/WINGS Express.

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No-Show Policy

If you do not check-in to your Unit within the first two (2) weeks, then

(a.) if you are not registered for any classes, you will forfeit your prepayment and your room fees will be prorated through the end of that two-week period, or

(b.) if you are registered for any classes at the end of that two-week period, then your failure to check-in will not affect your obligations under these Terms: the Unit will  continue to be available to you, and you will be billed the regular room fees.

If your plans to live in housing at Wright State University have changed, we want to help.   Please contact us at (937) 775-4172 or email   Let us know that you wish to be released from your housing agreement and the reason(s) why.   We will assist you in supplying the necessary paperwork to request to be released.