In your residence or scholarship hall room, you will find window blinds and closet, and a bed, a desk, desk chair and drawer space for each resident. Mattresses are extra-long twins 36 x 80” except in these four scholarship halls: Battenfeld, Grace Pearson, Douthart and Sellards where mattresses are standard twins. For those who live in a suite, coordinate with roommates about living room furniture or other large items you may wish to bring.
Here is a printable label for you to mark your moving boxes. If you need to send packages, find instructions here.
Suggested items for residence and scholarship halls
❏ Social Security card. Required along with photo ID for campus employment
❏ Current medical insurance card and immunization record. KU’s meningitis vaccination policy for students living on campus is available at Watkins Health Services.
❏ First aid kit, medications
❏ Toiletries, shower caddy
❏ Bathrobe, shower shoes
❏ Clothes hangers
❏ School and desk supplies
❏ Linens: bedspread, blankets, extra-long twin sheets, pillow and pillowcase, towels and washcloths
❏ Bicycle, U-lock
❏ Cell phone
❏ Surge protectors
❏ Computer, external hard drive, cables. Wireless Internet is part of your housing contract. Establish your account: myresnet.com
❏ Laundry basket, iron
❏ Individually packaged, high efficiency detergent pods. Use your KU Card to pay for laundry. Add money to your card through Enroll & Pay.
❏ Sewing and tool kits
❏ Flashlight, batteries
❏ Desk and floor lamp
❏ Wastebasket, trash bags
❏ Toilet paper, bathroom supplies for suites
❏ Cleaning supplies
❏ Water bottle, dishes and dish soap
❏ Approved appliances: TV, 4.5 cubic foot refrigerator and microwave less than 1,000 watts
❏ Debit card or checkbook
❏ Posters, push pins, decorative items, white board for door
- Command strips (Instead, use push pins or thumbtacks on sheetrock walls. Use tape for block or plaster walls)
- Toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, electric pans, George Forman grills, or appliances with exposed heating element
- Halogen lamps
- Candles or incense
- Pets except for fish
- Alcohol or alcohol containers, including shot glasses
- Weapons or weapon parts
Extra things you may purchase
Check to see if your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers your belongings while you’re at KU. Student Housing insurance covers facilities only. The University of Kansas is not responsible for student personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged. You may also contact an agency that offers policies specifically for on-campus housing students:
Linens and care packages
The KU Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide KU students with a convenient way to ensure you have sheets that will fit extra-long mattresses. Care packages that your parents can send to you also are available. Some of the proceeds from the sale go to residence hall programs.