As you get ready to move onto campus, we’ve put together the reference sheet below listing recommended, optional, and restricted items.

Remember, bring only what you need. Many things can be shared with your roommate(s). A good rule of thumb is if you don’t use something at home, then most likely you won’t need it at college and it will just take up space. You can review the furniture and appliances included in each of our room styles.

Recommended items that you should bring

bed sheets, 2 sets of extra-long twin
(mattresses are 80 inches in length)
mattress cover/pad
pillow, pillowcases, blanket and/or comforter cleaning supplies for your room and bathroom
alarm clock bath towels, wash cloths
flashlight shower caddy/bucket to carry toiletries
separated waste and recycling bins shower shoes/sandals
desk lamp and light bulbs laundry bag or basket
plates and utensils laundry detergent and fabric softener
stackable storage items decorations – art and pictures to
personalize your room
hangers coaxial cable – for BUTV connection

Optional items that you may also want to bring

reusable water bottle or water filtration pitcher Ethernet cable
hairdryer iron, small portable ironing board
small fan (no larger than 12 inches in diameter) power strip with built-in circuit breaker
Power strips are allowed as long as they meet the following specifications:

  • 15 amps rating
  • 14-gauge wire
  • Built-in circuit breaker
  • 1875-watt maximum power
  • UL listed

A power strip must be plugged directly into the wall outlet. One power strip should never be plugged into another power strip. Do not cover power strips with clothing, paper, rugs, or any combustible material. Appliances such as a MicroFridge or a refrigerator should be plugged directly into a wall outlet and should not be plugged into a power strip.

Restricted items that you should not bring

candles, incense cinder blocks
microwave oven – rent a MicroFridge
through BU Vending Services
extension cords
torchère-style halogen lamp air conditioner
heating or food preparation appliances
(other than a hot-air popcorn popper)
electric blanket
coffee maker – including single-cup
brewers such as Keurig, Nespresso, etc.
grills (propane, charcoal, etc.)
sun lamp wireless hub