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.

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 also moving.



Packing List

... for my room:

  • Bedding (twin extra long)
  • Comforter/bedspread 
  • Pillow
  • Drinking cups, dishes, and silverware
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Television
  • 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
  • Box fan
  • Desk lamp
  • 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
  • Folders 
  • Stationary/stamps/envelopes 
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters 
  • Binders
  • Calculator
  • Scissors
  • Backpack

... for important or random purposes:

  • Access to money 
  • Keyring/photo ID holder
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Sports equipment
  • Health insurance card
  • Important dates/addresses/contact information


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 with your roommates to avoid duplication.

  • WiFi Printers are not allowed.  There are many accessible places to print on campus, and every student is given an allotment of print-credits to use.   WiFi Printers interfere with the campus WiFi. 

  • Streaming Devices such as HomePod, Amazon Echo, Alexa, ROKU, etc...  are not designed for a corporate network and often cause WiFi interference.  If you bring one of these devices, they may not work, and you may have WiFi problems in your room.  We recommend leaving these devices at home.  

  • Personal WiFi Routers are not allowed.

  • TVs need to be newer than 2009 and have a digital tuner (called QAM) to work on the cable-TV network.  TVs prior to 2009 don't typically have a digital tuner. 

  • Gaming Systems are best used with an Ethernet Cable.  Please bring a CAT6 Ethernet Cable to plug in your gaming system directly. 
  • Computers: Windows 10/11 and iOS Devices Recommended (Dell, HP, Lenovo, MacBook, etc). Chromebooks are not compatible devices (Microsoft Office and some programs needed for online learning do not work on Chromebooks).

Questions?   helpdesk@viterbo.edu

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. Make your room your home—add plants, rugs, carpets, lamps, and furniture. Bring your computer, alarm clock, and entertainment center. Give it your own sense of style. Make your room your own and unpack, unwind, and relax.


Extensive food preparation is not allowed in the residence hall rooms for sanitation and fire safety reasons.

University residence halls do not allow:..

  • toasters
  • toaster ovens
  • electric frying pans and grills
  • any cooking appliances with an open heating element

 We also do not allow microwaves within the residence halls. A toaster and microwave are provided in your floor lounge.


To store perishable food and chill beverages in your room, consider renting or bringing a refrigerator. The university has a number of refrigerators for rent. Students may rent a refrigerator for the school year and not have to store it when it may not be needed in future years. Click here to order. To learn more about the rental program, contact residencelife@viterbo.edu

If bringing your own refrigerator it cannot be larger than 4.5 cubic feet.

Beds and Lofts

School-provided beds and mattresses are twin extra long. We recommend bringing twin extra long sheets for proper fit.

For your convenience, we have partnered with Dormify to provide an easy, affordable way to purchase Twin XL bedding, dorm storage solutions, and everything else you'll need (and want) for your new home away from home. Please visit vit.dormroom.com to get move-in day ready and create your dream dorm!

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 www.collegeproducts.com/vitu. These rented lofts are pre-approved for on-campus housing. The loft pieces are delivered to your room prior to move-in weekend if order is received before August 1st.

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


Since the rooms of Bonaventure Hall and Marian Hall have tiled floors you may consider bringing a 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'.


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

For more information regarding emotional support animals, please reach out to the office of residence life at residencelife@viterbo.edu. 


Bikes are 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. If your bike is registered, the university will provide storage for your bike during the winter months if needed. Contact Campus Safety and Security for bike registration information.