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The following lists describe what you should and shouldn't bring to your room on campus. We strongly urge residents to contact their roommates in advance to move-in day to discuss larger items that they will need to share (TV, DVD player, stereo, etc.). This will help prevent you from bringing duplicate items. It is also important that all students pack responsibly to ensure that each roommate will have a sufficient living space. It is highly recommended that students bringing computers, bring laptops rather than desktops.

*Please note that with each tripled room, there will be a very limited amount of space for each resident; therefore, it is highly encouraged that residents bring only the items they need. Where possible, think seasonally when packing to avoid unnecessary clutter in the room.


Prohibited Items

  • Candles

  • Electrical appliances such as microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, hot plates

  • Pets (other than fish)

  • Space heaters

  • Chemicals/combustibles

  • Weights/exercising equipment

  • Iron without automatic shut off

  • Extension cords

  • Plug-in air fresheners

  • Cinder blocks/Unapproved bed raisers

  • Commercial Mattresses

  • Unapproved bed lofts (Must meet NYS Fire Code- Please contact Environmental Safety @ 631-632-6410)

  • Non-university issued furniture 


Essential Items

  • Bedding/extra long linens/comforter

  • Extra long mattress pad/cover (All beds are 80 inches long.)

    Foam mattress pads are not allowed. 

  • Pillows and pillow cases

  • Towels, toiletries, shower toiletries

  • Shower shoes

  • Alarm clock

  • Laundry detergents & laundry basket

  • Wastebaskets & garbage bags

  • Hangers

  • First aid and sewing kit


Desirable Items

  • Laptops

  • Refrigerator (not to exceed 5 cubic feet) *

  • Television*

  • Desk & floor lamps (with compact flourescent bulbs only [CFL]) *

  • Vacuum cleaner and/or cleaning supplies*

  • Power strip (UL approved w/surge protector)

  • Area rugs *

  • Plastic storage bins

  • Calendar, notebooks, printing paper

  • Memo board, posters, pictures, fun tack

  • Fan

  • School supplies

  • Iron (auto shut-off), ironing board *

  • Flashlight

  • Solid Air Freshener (no plug-ins!)

  • Batteries

  • Book Bag/Backpack

  • Free Standing Bookshelves

           Bookshelves cannot be made of wood.

  • Umbrella/Raincoat


The Residence Hall Association (RHA) has found a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. All bedding items sold through this program are guaranteed to fit all of the twin beds on campus. Free shipping is available on all Value Pak orders, and there are over 26 color combinations to choose from. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for leadership opportunities and programming in the residence halls at Stony Brook University.

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