Move-in day is typically in August, unless you're an early arrival or starting during the spring semester. Here is an optional printable label for you to mark your moving boxes. If you need to send packages, find instructions here.

All residents

❏ 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 checkbook
❏ 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, external hard drive, cables. 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, 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.


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, cereal bowl, and utensils
❏ Frying pan, pots, and cookie sheet
❏ Toaster, microwave, blender, or toaster oven
❏ One or two food storage containers
❏ Spatula and any other cooking utensil you think you’ll need
❏ Small, medium, and large cutting knives, and cutting boards
❏ Wax paper, parchment paper, aluminum foil, cling wrap
❏ Toaster, toaster oven, hand mixer, and blender
❏ Measuring cups, spoons, mixing bowls, and colander
❏ Spatula, whisk, and mixing spoons
❏ 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 four scholarship halls: Battenfeld, Grace Pearson, Douthart and Sellards. Mattresses in those four halls are are standard-size twins.
    Stouffer Place Apartments have double beds and you will need full-size linens. Bedrooms also contain dresser, desk, chair and window blinds. Stouffer is 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.
  • Jayhawker Towers mattresses are extra-long twins 36 x 80”. 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.


• Command strips (Use push pins or thumbtacks on sheetrock walls. Use tape for block or plaster walls)
• Halogen lamps
• 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.

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.

Schol Hall staff is happy to see new Jayhawks move in!

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities