Tabs below will give you a comprehensive packing list for all residents; those in on-campus apartments will need to pack a few more things.

  • Optional printable label for you to mark your moving boxes.
  • Consider bringing a hand cart or collapsible wagon to move in.
  • For room size measurements, consult the "floor plans" tab on your individual hall. Detailed measurements, such as closet openings and shelf spacings, are not listed, as they might vary slightly from room to room even in the same building. (Pro tip: An adjustable curtain rod and a flat sheet with a pocket at one end work well as a closet door.)
  • To send packages, find instructions here.


All residents

What to bring (pdf)

❏ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): masks, clorox wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer and possibly a "go bag."
❏ 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.
❏ Debit card or credit card
❏ First aid kit, medications
❏ Toiletries, shower caddy
❏ Bathrobe, shower shoes
❏ Clothes hangers
❏ School and desk supplies
❏ Umbrella
❏ Linens: bedspread, blankets, sheets (see furniture tab for bed sizes), pillow and pillowcase, towels and washcloths
❏ Bicycle, U-lock
❏ Backpack
❏ Cell phone
❏ Surge protectors
❏ Computer, cables, backup system such as cloud service or external hard drive. Wireless Internet is part of your housing contract. Establish your account:
❏ Laundry basket, iron
❏ Individually packaged, high efficiency detergent pods
❏ Sewing and tool kits
❏ Flashlight, batteries
❏ Desk and floor lamp
❏ Wastebasket, trash bags
❏ Cleaning supplies
❏ Dishes, dish soap, water bottle, cups, a few plates. (Prohibited items in residence and scholarship hall rooms include toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, electric pans, Instant Pots, air fryers, George Forman grills, or appliances with exposed heating element)
❏ Posters, push pins, decorative items
❏ Toilet paper, bathroom supplies for suites or apartment
❏ For those who live in a suite, coordinate with roommates about living room furniture, television, or other large items. Approved appliances: TV, 4.5 cubic foot refrigerator and microwave less than 1,000 watts.


What to bring (pdf)

Apartment residents may use the “all residents” list as a start, but likely will need to coordinate with roommates to outfit a full-size kitchen.

❏ Cascade pods or other brand dishwasher-specific soap.
❏ Water glasses and mugs
❏ Plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons
❏ Frying pan, pots, and cookie sheet
❏ Toaster, microwave, blender, hand mixer, toaster oven
❏ Spatula, whisk, mixing spoons and any other cooking utensil you think you’ll need
❏ Small, medium, and large cutting knives, and cutting boards
❏ Reusable silicone bags, beeswax covers, parchment paper, recyclable aluminum foil
❏ Food storage containers
❏ Measuring cups, spoons, mixing bowls, colander
❏ Bottle opener and can opener
❏ Kettle or coffee pot

Stouffer Place apartments have living room furniture; Jayhawker Towers and McCarthy apartments do not. Consult the tab "furniture" to determine other furnishings that might be needed for an apartment.

Furniture provided

Residence or scholarship hall rooms are furnished with:

  • Window blinds and closet, a desk, desk chair, drawer space, and bed for each resident. The head and foot of the bed serve as a built-in ladder.
  • Mattresses are extra-long twins 36 x 80” except these three scholarship halls: Grace Pearson, Douthart and Sellards. Mattresses in those halls are are standard-size twins.


    Stouffer Place Apartments: All units in Stouffer Place are fully furnished, including a dishwasher, washer and dryer.

  • 2-bedroom Stouffer apartments furnished with loveseat, accent chair, coffee table, end table, entertainment stand and two bar stools.
  • 4-bedroom Stouffer apartments furnished with couch, two accent chairs, coffee table, two end tables, entertainment stand and four bar stools.
  • Stouffer Place South (private bedroom and bath apartments) have double beds and you will need full-size linens. Bedrooms also contain dresser, desk, chair and window blinds.
    In the freshman community of Stouffer North, four of six residents will share bedrooms. Each single-person bedroom has a double bed, bath, closet, desk, desk chair and dresser. Each two-person room inside the unit includes shared bath, shared closet, and shared bedroom with two lofted extra-long twin beds, two desks, two desk chairs, and two dressers.

Jayhawker Towers mattresses are extra-long twins 36 x 80” except 2-person apartments in Towers A&D contain full-size beds, not extra-long twins. Bedroom furniture in Towers includes window blinds, closet, a bed, a desk, desk chair and drawer space for each resident. Living rooms are not furnished.

McCarthy Hall apartments mattresses are queen-sized. Bedroom furniture in McCarthy includes window blinds, closet, a bed, a desk, desk chair and drawer space for each resident. Living rooms are not furnished.

Bed configurations

The webpage for each individual hall describes its setup, but in general: All beds on campus are lofted or bunked. To request a modification to your bed configuration, submit a service request and Facilities Services would be happy to assist.

Exceptions include:

  • Hashinger Hall beds can only be lofted.
  • Lewis Hall and Templin Hall beds can be bunked or un-bunked, but not lofted to different heights.
  • Stouffer and McCarthy beds are not bunked or lofted. The exception is that two bedrooms in the 6-person option for Stouffer Place contain lofted beds.
  • Scholarship hall beds, except Miller and Watkins, can be bunked or un-bunked, but not lofted.


❏ Command strips (Use push pins or thumbtacks on sheetrock walls. Use tape for block or plaster walls)
❏ Halogen lamps
❏ Space heaters or window air conditioners
❏ Candles or incense
❏ Pets except for fish
❏ Alcohol or alcohol containers, including shot glasses
❏ Weapons or weapon parts
❏ Amplifiers
❏ Hoverboards
❏ Tobacco (KU is a tobacco free campus)


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. Some agencies offer policies specifically for on-campus housing students.

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