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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

  • 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
  • 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 (toliet paper supplied in Hamilton Hall)
  • Cooking utensils/can-opener
  • School supplies, paper, pens, markers, stapler, post notes, printer, extra ink
  • Plates, cups, silverware, ziplock bags
  • Lockbox
  • Electric grill, toaster, waffle maker, crockpot, coffee maker 
  • Appliances from the approved appliance list

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 
  • 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 Map

2020 Move-in Map (PDF)


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
  • A 25-foot ethernet cord for network connectivity will reach most connections
  • 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 University. 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
  • WSU major
  • morning person or night owl?
  • neat or messy?
  • religious preferences
  • 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..."