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What To Bring (And What Not To Bring)
For Living In Student Housing Apartments (SHA)

What To Bring

All Student Housing Apartment rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, lamp, and chair, and wastepaper and recycling baskets. The shared living spaces have living room seating with end tables and a dining table with chairs or built in dining countertop with seating provided.

  • Clothes for all types of climate, including rain gear
  • Warm coat or parka
  • Waterproof shoes or boots
  • Coat hangers
  • Toiletries, mirror
  • Bedding: sheets, pillows and pillowcases, mattress pad, comforter and/or bedspread, blankets
    (Check out the Residence Hall Linens and College Bedding Program for some cool bedding that fit UC Davis residence hall beds)
  • Items to decorate your room: pictures, posters and plants, etc.
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Telephone (most students use their cell phones)
  • Alarm clock (preferably with a battery back-up in case of power outages)
  • TV, radio, video and music players, video games, movies and music, other electronic entertainment; Energy Star rated is preferred
  • Computer - See the UC Davis computer ownership website for recommendations; Energy Star rated is preferred
    (Important: Because Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and represents a significant network security risk, beginning in June 2014 campus computer networks and related log-in portals will deny access to computers running Windows XP; students should not bring computers running Windows XP to campus; for additional information about unsupported computers, visit the campus Obsolete Computers webpage
  • Computer cable lock to secure computer to your desk
  • External keyboard and mouse (if you use a laptop) (*using an external keyboard and mouse can greatly improve ergonomics)
  • Coaxial Cable (long)
  • Wireless card for the computer
  • 25 foot Ethernet Cable (for wired connections)
    • Note: wireless routers are provided in the apartment common area (The Colleges does not provide routers)
  • Printer and extra ink cartridges (Energy Star rated is preferred)
    (Note: the three on-campus service centers offer free printing up to 250 pages per quarter)
  • Computer needs, such as surge protectors, flash drives, mousepad, small screwdriver
  • Calculator
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Bicycle, bicycle helmet, bicycle lock, light for nighttime riding, and basic tools
  • Sports equipment: rollerblades, basketball, tennis racquet, snowboard, etc.
  • Laundry supplies, iron, laundry bag or basket
  • Checkbook and bank card
  • Health insurance card and other forms of identification (e.g., driver's license)
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of your bank and credit card companies
  • Eye masks, ear plugs, and white noise machines (to help with sleeping)
  • Bring back your My First Year as an Aggie Handbook
    (If you were unable to attend Orientation, please visit the Academic Advising Center in your area beginning Saturday, September 19; refer to your Fall Welcome Schedule for more details)

Apartment Items

We suggest coordinating the following items with your new roommate(s) in order to minimize unnecessary duplication.

  • Kitchen and dining items, such as coffee mugs, silverware, plates, glasses, pots and pans, small appliances, towels, oven mitts, containers
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain and shower curtain rings (the shower rod is included)
  • Cleaning supplies for bathroom and kitchen such as glass/counter cleaner, toilet cleaner, sponges, mop, broom and dustpan, Swiffer, etc.
  • Kitchen trash can and bags
  • Vacuum
  • Wireless router (The Colleges at La Rue ONLY)
  • Television

What Not To Bring

  • Appliances which are not UL-approved
  • Torchiere halogen lamps
  • Candles
  • Space heaters
  • Weapons of any kind, including decorative swords and paintball guns
  • Fireworks, firecrackers, flammable liquids, and other explosive or incendiary devices
  • Items which are illegal to possess
  • Computers running Windows XP