Santa Clara University

Housing Office

What Should I Bring to Campus?

As you prepare your transition to Santa Clara University the Housing Office encourages you to consider the two lists of items listed below!  Remember as you pack and prepare for your move that your new residence hall room will also house two or three additional individuals, two or three sets of university issued furniture, and your personal belongings along with those of  your roommate(s). Consider the size of residence hall rooms and try not bring too many items initially!


LINENS -  All students will need to provide their own sheets, a blanket or comforter, and a pillow. All of the mattresses within buildings that house Freshmen and Sophomore students are extra-long twin (80 inches) and therefore require extra-long twin sheets.

TOWELS & TOILETRIES - Along with a bath towel students should also plan to bring a shower caddy to carry items to and from the bathroom.
TELEVISION - Students should communicate with their roommate(s) before purchasing or deciding to bring a television to campus. Each residence hall room is  equipped with only one cable television jack.
CONVENIENCE APPLIANCES - Various appliances such as small microwave ovens, mini-refrigerators (up to 4 cubic feet), coffeepots, and hot pots without exposed coils are all permitted within the residence halls at SCU. Additionally, a vendor is present on-campus the first week of Fall quarter to rent mini-refrigerators to students. Of course, personal computers are permitted as well and the Housing Office encourages students to bring a computer so as to take advantage of the data networking and WiFi services within your room.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES - The Housing Office also encourages students to consider keeping items such as a flashlight, batteries, and any other personal emergency supplies within their room. Furthermore, it is suggested that students keep and maintain a minimum 3 day supply of medications, water, and non-perishable items for any specific dietary needs. 
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS - Additional items that should be considered include: clothes hangers, an alarm clock, a study lamp, an iron, and a laundry bag. If you plan to bring a bicycle, also plan to bring a heavy-duty bicycle lock.
ROOM DECOR - Although students are permitted to add simple furnishings to their rooms, students are not allowed to remove university issued furniture or permanently alter rooms. There are rooms in which the furniture can be lofted or the beds bunked. Lofts that are constructed by any means other than using university issues furniture are not permitted. The painting of rooms is never allowed. However, you may hang posters and similar materials on the walls but make sure to use a hanging method that does not cause permanent damage to the walls. Textile materials such as sheets, nets, or other large pieces of fabric may not be hung from walls or ceilings for fire-safety reasons. The Housing Office has found that plants, posters, and pictures are all excellent means by which to personalize your room.

ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME                                               

COOKING & HEATING APPLIANCES - Due to health and safety concerns and energy demands, sunlamps, torchiere halogen lamps, crockpots, toaster ovens, hot plates, space heaters, and other appliances with exposed heating units are not permitted in the residence halls. Furthermore, fire regulations do not permit flammable liquids, such as chemicals, gasoline, or lighter fluid within any residential building.

KNIVES FOR COOKING - Unless you are residing within an apartment with a kitchen, do not bring knives for cooking to campus. Knives for use in food preparation within the community kitchens can be checked out from the residence hall service desks.

AMPLIFIED INSTRUMENTS or DRUM SETS - These items will be confiscated and you will be required to ship these items home if they are seen or heard within the residence halls.

DRUGS or ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES Any student found in possession of or using illegal drugs will be documented and adjudicated through the Santa Clara University disciplinary process.

WEAPONS or EXPLOSIVE AGENTS -   The possession of any weapon including BB guns, air guns, firearms, hunting equipment, knives, martial arts tools, stun guns, paint-pellet guns, or any items of a similar nature, is prohibited in the residence halls. The use or possession of fireworks, firecrackers, or other explosives or chemicals is also prohibited.

The University is not responsible for the safety of personal possessions. In many cases, a student’s personal belongings are covered under a student's homeowners insurance. If this is not the case for you, the Housing Office suggests obtaining additional insurance.

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