Moving in at OSU!Posted May 18th, 2012 by redpathb
Moving into a college residence hall can be very difficult. The actual move in date is faced with many obstacles, such as how to carry you mini fridge up 4 flights of stairs, limited elevator space, tight corners, and fitting all of your stuff in your car! The last thing that you want to do after bringing all of your belongings to Corvallis is have to send some of it back home with your parents. While you may think that your coffee maker is essential to college life, University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) does restrict certain items in the rooms. With that being said, I have created a master list of what items to avoid, as well as some things you should bring. This way you won’t have to blow all your “spending money” first week at Fred Meyer.
UHDS restricts a number of appliances due to health and safety concerns and facility capacity issues. These items may include gas powered appliances, large energy consumption items, and any other items that have a flame or open heat. But, no need to fret; there is at least one full kitchen in each hall as well as microwaves on every floor for your Easy Mac or microwave burritos.
Now that you have scratched half of the items off of your college checklist I will let you in on some good essentials to bring that you may not have thought of. These include:
- Cleaning materials (There is no room-service like a hotel)
- Bedding items – I suggest buying “twin XL” sheets because the beds are longer than the average twin mattress
- Bring a boom box or computer speakers so you can jam during your “study sesh”
- A bike, DON’T FORGET A LOCK! A U-Lock is the best kind to buy
- Ear plugs – because you have no idea if your roommate is a snorer
- Some snacks – so you don’t have to travel the long distance to the dining hall
- A TV, cable is free in all the rooms
- Office supplies – you will do a good amount of printing
- ALARM CLOCK – don’t rely on your phone because it can die
- Rug – most rooms are tile floors and rug is going to make it a lot more comfortable for you, and a bit more “homey”
- A Power strip – depending on how much computer supplies you have you might run out of room
Electric blanket – this can be essential on a cold night(Electric blankets may be allowed in Co-op houses but not in other OSU residence halls)
- Fan – believe it or not it can get hot in Oregon and the halls are not equipped with Air Conditioning
- Umbrella – It rains in Oregon…
Lastly, bring a friendly attitude. This list should reduce the stress of packing a little bit, and be a good checklist. Have a good move in day and welcome to OSU!
For a full list of suggested items, as well as what not to bring, check out UHDS’ website by following this link: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/what-to-bring