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 with your roommates to avoid duplication.

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 also moving.

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.

Appliances Not Allowed

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, 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 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, 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. Information on renting a refrigerator is available at STAR Registrations during June and is mailed with your fall housing information. 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.


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'.


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

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 an affordable price. Students like this option because they will have properly-sized sheets while "personalizing" their rooms. Many Viterbo University students take advantage of this opportunity and are pleased with the products. 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 get everything needed 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 www.rhl.org/vit.

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 with installation instructions.

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.


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


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. 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.