Packing List


  • Twin XL sheets and pillow cases 
  • Twin XL mattress pad and mattress cover
  • Pillows 
  • Blanket/Comforter 
  • OPTIONAL: Bed risers (commercial manufactured only, 6 inches or under)
  • Bathroom 
  • Bath towels and washcloths 
  • Robe and flip-flops 
  • Shower caddy, tote, or cosmetic organizer 
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) 
  • Toilet paper (if living in a suite) 
  • Hand soap (if living in a suite)


  • Broom or a small vacuum cleaner 
  • Paper towels or napkins 
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfectant wipes, sponges, etc.) 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • School supplies 
  • Dishes and utensils (reusable or plastic)


  • Desk lamp and light bulbs (UL/FM approved) 
  • Small refrigerator (3.1 cubic ft.) 
  • Small microwave (700 watts) 
  • Single serve coffee makers like Keurigs (regular coffee makers are not permitted) 
  • Desk lamp and light bulbs (UL/FM approved) 
  • Small fan
  • Power strip


  • Important documents (passport, health insurance card, etc.) 
  • First aid kit, prescription medications, over-the-counter medicine, and thermometer 
  • Masks 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Laundry bag or basket 
  • Hangers 
  • Storage boxes or bins 
  • Garbage can 
  • Umbrella 
  • Seasonal Clothing 
  • Activity equipment (frisbee, skateboard, games, etc.) 
  • Room decorations, command hooks/strips, desk accessories 
  • OPTIONAL: Television (internet ready and IP TV accessible) and Ethernet cable 
  • OPTIONAL: Area rug (only permitted in 2 Boylston Place and Paramount)

Do Not Pack

  • Alcohol paraphernalia (funnels, beer pong, etc.) 
  • Drug paraphernalia (pipes, bongs, hookahs, etc.) 
  • Items capable of producing an open flame (candles, torches, incense, etc.
  • Weapons (firearms, fireworks, nunchakus, karate sticks, switchblades, knives, pistols, mace, pepper spray, ammunition, firecrackers, tear gas, etc.) 
  • Realistic replicas of weapons and prop weapons
  • Heating elements that have an exposed hot surface (sunlamps, space heaters, etc.) 
  • Kitchen appliances that have an exposed hot surface (electric frying pans, hot pans, coffee makers, toasters, popcorn poppers, rice cookers, crock pots, etc.) 
  • Air Fryers 
  • Dart Boards utilizing metal or sharp tips 
  • Bed Risers taller than 6 inches 
  • Air Conditioners 
  • Non-College issued upholstered furniture or window treatments 
  • Curtains 
  • Area rugs exceeding 20 square feet (rugs are only allowed in 2 Boylston Place and Paramount) 
  • Waterbeds 
  • Halogen Lamps 
  • Highly combustible items (gasoline, refill containers of cigarette lighter fluid, propane gas, etc.) 
  • Light strings without a label indicating the product has undergone testing by a nationally recognized laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Tapestries, flags, and other fabric hangings 
  • Hoverboards 
  • Full length mirror (already provided inside wardrobes)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring a microwave and/or refrigerator?

Yes! Microwaves can be up to 700 watts and refrigerators/freezers can be up to 3.1 cubic ft total. You can also rent refrigerators and microwaves upon request.

Are single serve coffee makers, like Keurigs, allowed?


What size are the beds?

All of the beds are Twin XL (36" by 80")

Can I bring my own furniture?

Due to fire safety concerns, students are not permitted to bring upholstered furniture into the residence halls.

Can I bring my own curtains or tapestries?

All windows are outfitted with window shades, and curtains or tapestries are not permitted.

All further housing questions can be directed to the Office of Housing and Residential Education at HRE [at] (HRE[at]emerson[dot]edu).

If you have general questions, please email us at orientation [at] (orientation[at]emerson[dot]edu) or leave a voicemail on the Orientation Hotline at 617-824-8638. The Orientation Team is happy to answer any and all questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out!