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What To Bring to Campus

Moving away from home is a major step in adulthood. Oftentimes this is the first time a student has lived away from home or is sharing a room. Students often bring particular items to campus based on personal needs and preference. Keep in mind that living on campus should be fun and exciting.

Lighten the Load

There will be many trips between the car and your room during move-in. Plan to bring the minimum amount that you will need until the next time you go home. You will likely accumulate much more than you need by the end of the year. Coordinate items with your roommates so that you avoid multiples of the same items.

Move-in Tips  

Follow these easy move-in tips to avoid frustration and confusion:  

  • Get organized before moving into your residence hall room 
  • Coordinate a move-in time and items with roommates 
  • Give yourself plenty of time to unload and unpack 
  • Take items out of store packaging and pack them in storage containers before arriving
  • Label storage containers and large items with your name, hall (Bonaventure or Marian), and room number using masking tape
  • Remember that there are hundreds of other students and parents moving also

What is Furnished?

Each room on campus typically has two beds, two dressers, two wardrobes or closets, two desks with chairs, Internet ports, blinds, wastebasket, and recycling basket. That's where you take over. We encourage students to make their room their home. Add plants, rugs, carpets, lamps, and furniture. Bring your computer, alarm clock, and entertainment center. Give it your own sense of style. So, make your room your own and unpack, unwind, and relax.

Appliances that are Not Allowed

Extensive food preparation is not allowed in the residence hall rooms for sanitation and fire safety reasons. The university residence halls do not allow: toasters, toaster ovens, electric frying pans and grills, or any cooking appliances with an open heating element. We also do not allow microwaves within the residence halls. A toaster and microwave are provided for you in your floor lounge.

What Should I Bring...

... for my room:

  • Bedding (twin extra long)
  • Comforter/bedspread 
  • Pillow
  • Drinking cups, dishes and silverware
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Television with QAM tuner (check out IIT's cable guide for more information)
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Hand towel
  • Hand soap
  • Garbage bags
  • Laundry basket/bag/detergent/dryer sheets
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Small tool set
  • Needle and thread
  • Hangers
  • Stackable bins
  • Hair dryer/curler/straighter 
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Desk lamp
  • Message board
  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Snack foods
  • Juices/water/soda

...for personal hygiene:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss/mouthwash
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair spray/gel
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shower sandals
  • Shower caddy
  • Razors
  • Tissues
  • Nail clippers/file
  • Advil/Tylenol/vitamins/other medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen/aloe
  • Feminine/male products

...for class:

  • Notebooks
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Folders 
  • Stationary/stamps/envelopes 
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters 
  • Binders
  • Calculator
  • Scissors
  • Three-hole punch
  • Backpack

... for important or random purposes:

  • Access to money 
  • Keyring/photo ID holder
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Sports equipment
  • Health insurance card
  • Important dates/address book


To store perishable food and chill beverages in your room you may want to consider renting or bringing your own refrigerator. The university has a number of refrigerators for rent. This program allows students an opportunity to rent a refrigerator for the school year and not have to store it when it may not be in use in future years. Information on renting a refrigerator will be available at STAR Registrations in the month of June and will be mailed with your fall housing information. To learn more about the rental program, contact If you do bring your own refrigerator it cannot be larger than 4.5 cubic feet.


Since the rooms of Bonaventure Hall and Marian Hall have tiled floors you may want to consider bringing carpet/rug. The Bonaventure Hall floor space for carpet is approximately 9' x 10' and the Marian Hall floor space for carpet is approximately 9'x13'.


School provided beds and mattresses are twin extra long. We recommend bringing twin extra long sheets since they will fit the beds properly.

The Office of Residence Life has, through Residence Hall Linens (RHL), arranged a practical, convenient solution providing brand new, first quality, custom sheets priced under $20. Parents like this option because everything is guaranteed to fit and to last until graduation while being offered at such an affordable price. Students like this option because they will have properly-sized sheets while still "personalizing" their rooms. Many Viterbo University students took advantage of this opportunity last year and were pleased with the products they received. Last year over 70 percent of buyers purchased one of the convenient, discounted Value Paks. With a choice of three Value Paks in over 40 color combinations, it is an easy and affordable way to save money and to get everything you need at once. Value Paks are shipped to your home for free. The program has proven to be a huge success at our school. Order online today at

The beds provided are bunkable and most residents choose to bunk their beds. Homemade lofts are not allowed on campus, however, the Office of Residence Life offers a loft rental program through These rented lofts have been pre-approved for on-campus housing.The loft pieces will be delivered to your room prior to move-in weekend with instructions for installation.

NOTE: No furniture can be removed from the residence hall rooms. You can unassemble the bunk beds, but must keep the bed frames in the room.


The only pets allowed in campus housing are tropical fish. No other pets are allowed in campus housing, even for visits.


Bikes are always a great way of transportation around the city. The university provides a number of bike racks around campus. We ask that all students who bring a bike to campus register their bike. A station will be set up outside Marian Hall where you can register your bike for $3. If your bike is registered, the university will provide storage for your bike during the winter months if needed.