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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
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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 18, Thursday, August 19, and Saturday, August 21. 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?
  • 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..."

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 2021 campus housing assignment on move-in day.
      • The housing assignment will be canceled prior to move-in day, the $150 prepayment will be forfeited and a registration hold will be placed on the student's account.
      • Should the student choos to enroll at Wright State University any time during the 2021-2022 academic year, they will be obligated to live on campus.
    • In the event that the student has moved in early for Fall 2021
      • They must move out no later than August 17, 2021 and return keys to the Residence Life & Housing drop box.
      • Once keys are returned or locs are changed, their housing assiggnment will be caneled, the $150 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 2021-2022 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 sortfall 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 pament 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

As we quickly approach the start of a new academic year at Wright State University, we continue to work hard to prepare for your arrival to campus housing.   Since we are reserving a housing assignment especially for you, it is critical that you notify us immediately if your plans have changed.  You are responsible for your campus housin gpayment obligations, and so we wish to remind you of our campus housing No-Show Policy:

If you fail to move in to your housing assignment at the beginning of the Fall Semester 2021, and have not followed the appropriate procedures for obtaining a release from your housing agreement, and you are enrolled as a student at Wright State University, you will be charged and will be responsible for paying all room fees (including room charges, communications fee and residential activity fee) for Fall Semester 2021 and for Spring Semester 2022 of your Residence Agreement.  Village Residents are responsible for Fall Semester 2021, Spring Semester 2022 and Summer Semester 2022 of your Residence Agreement.

If your plans to live in housing at Wrighte 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.

Housing Flexibility Statement

Residence Life and Housing understands that you may be unsure about signing up for your housing assignment for the 2021-2022 academic year.  As we continue to see COVID cases declin the state and across the nation, and with the rollout of additional vaccination options, Wright State University is planning to welcom you back, in-person, to our campuses this fall.

The university is basing this decision on current public health projections that the majority of the population will be vaccinated, and the case counts will be low.  Under that scenario, the university is planning for a larger percentage of our students to have access to in-person classes and increased residence hall and apartment options, without many of the limitations from the current year if the current COVID trends continue to improve.

We encourage you to sign up for your on-campus housing selection as soon as possible to reserve your space.  While the university intends to host more in-person clases this fall, we understand that the type of classes being offered, whether virtual or in-person, is an important factor in considering living on campus.  Thus, we want to assure you of the following:

  • Should classes remain virtual for Fall Semester 2021, you will have the option to cancel your housing contract prior to move-in day.
  • If your classes change from in-person to all virtual after moving into campus housing, then you will have the option to pursue cancellation through the appeasls process.

We understand how challenging it can be to make this decision during these difficult times and want to assure you we will take every precaustion to continue to operate safely and to give you the optios to choose the right path for you to achieve your goal: earning your college degree and pursuing your dreams.

We look forward to welcoming you home to your on-campus living choice this fall!