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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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What to Bring (and What to Leave Behind)

Love where you live

Think of your dorm room like a campground: you should leave it better than you found it. 

students moving into dorms

Below, you'll find a list of things you can bring with you, like small appliances and decor items to personalize your room. There is also a list of items that are off-limits, don't forget to check it out. Most of it's a no-brainer: weapons and fire hazards, for example. Some things (tacks and duct tape) cause damage to walls and furniture.

The list below should not be considered all-inclusive. Is there something we missed? Just ask. We'll make the call on a case-by-case basis.

We ask every resident to use common sense and ask authorized residence life staff if you have any doubt whether something's allowed.

Thank you for adhering to these expectations.

So, what is allowed? What's not allowed?


  • Fun-tac poster putty or poster tape
  • 3M hooks
  • Wickless candles
  • Glade plug-ins (except those with an additional outlet)
  • Candle warmers
  • Fragrance pots
  • Potpourri pots
  • Posters
  • Pictures
  • LED-based light strings

Not allowed

  • Duct tape
  • Double-sided foam or scotch tape
  • Cellophane tape
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Tacks
  • Hooks
  • Pins
  • Carpet tape
  • Painting room
  • Contact paper
  • Foam-back or rubber-back carpet
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lava lamps
  • Neon signs
  • Sun lamp
  • Anything that would attach to the ceiling
  • Live Christmas tree
  • Outdoor designed Christmas tree lights
  • Decorations that cause a fire hazard
  • Multi-head extension cords designed to increase the number of outlets
  • Candles with wicks
  • Incense
  • Homemade loft kits or any other not furnished by DSU
  • Bed unit and mattress unless approved in advance by residence life personnel

Not allowed

  • Firearms
  • Air guns
  • Tasers
  • BB guns
  • Knives beyond those used as a common eating utensil
  • Bows
  • Arrows
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Metal tipped darts


  • One microwave unit residence hall room no larger than 750 watts
  • Two refrigerator units per residence hall room no larger than 4.6 cubic feet
  • Coffee making machine with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Crock pot with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Hair dryers
  • Curling irons/hot rollers
  • Irons/table top ironing board
  • Electronics
  • Desk lamps
  • Television

Allowed to be stored in a room BUT ONLY USED IN THE FLOOR KITCHENS

  • Broiler
  • Electric skillet/fry pan
  • Electric grill such as a George Foreman
  • Pizza ovens and other pizza making devices
  • Waffle/pancake making device
  • Popcorn popper with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Toaster/toaster oven

Not allowed

  • Hotplates
  • Electrical devices with exposed heating surfaces
  • Freezer

Commonly provided in each floor kitchen (although may vary from floor to floor and hall to hall):

  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • Counter or floor-based fans

Not allowed

  • Window or portable air conditioners
  • Space heater
  • Window fan
  • Electric blanket

  • Reliable thermometer (forehead scan or oral)
    • If oral, include disposable thermometer covers and alcohol pads to the unit after each use
  • 5-7 cloth masks (launder after each use)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand sanitizer for both your room and to place in your book bag, etc. as you travel
  • Disinfecting wipes to wipe down room surfaces on a regular basis
  • Kleenex tissues
  • Fever reducing medications
  • Adequate supply of all prescription medications
  • Adequate water bottles, and/or bottled water

  • Kitchen pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, dish rags, dish towels, hot pads, dish soap, scrub brush, kitchen caddy, other utensils
  • Bathroom caddy
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Laundry basket