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What to Bring

Have Questions About What to Bring?

We have put together this list of suggestions to help you make some informed decisions about what to bring to UVA.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list. It is only meant to help you decide what to pack and what to leave at home. If you are unsure about anything that you are considering bringing with you, please contact us.

What should I bring?

Computer equipment with a wireless network card (not all rooms have Ethernet ports).

A cell phone (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon recommended).

One microwave and one small refrigerator per bedroom, or one combination microfridge unit per bedroom. You may rent a microfridge from the UVA Bookstore. You may also bring your own combination microfridge, or bring a separate microwave (1200 watts or less) and/or refrigerator (5.0 cubic ft. or less). Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how these appliances should be plugged in.

One single-serve coffee maker, such as a Keurig, per room.

TV and HDMI cable for connecting your computer (the University offers Internet-based local broadcast TV content but no traditional coaxial-based cable TV service).

Lamp(s) (see restrictions below).

A flashlight.

An alarm clock.

A power strip, with built-in circuit breaker and on/off switch.

A hair dryer.

Clothes hangers.

A stereo or iPod dock with speakers suitable to living space.

Pillows, bed linens, towels, etc.

A fan, maybe even two (available from the UVA Bookstore).

Optional - A bicycle (with a good lock).

What should I not bring?

Pets (only small non-lethal fish are allowed, and Aquariums must be no larger than 20 gallons).

Any halogen lamp - torchiere, desk, spotlights, etc.

"Octopus" lamps.

Any lamp with a plastic shade.

Extension cords and multi-plug adapters.

An air conditioner (unless you are pre-approved for medical reasons in permitted buildings - they are not permitted in McCormick Road or Alderman Road buildings).

Ceiling fans.

Oversized refrigerators.

Cooking appliances, including George Foreman type grills.


Toasters and toaster ovens.

A Fry Baby or any other deep fryer.

Washing machines.

Portable dishwashers.

Wireless Internet routers or range extenders.

Devices that operate on 2.4 GHz and 5.1 GHz frequencies such cordless telephones, microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, and wireless (not Bluetooth) headsets. Devices that operate on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted.

Exterior aerials or satellite dishes.


Cinder blocks to raise beds.

Incense and/or candles, as well as oil lamps and houkas (burning these items is strictly prohibited).

Live or artificial decorative trees.

Space heaters.

Firearms and ammunition, including bb guns, paintball guns, bows, etc.

Firecrackers or explosives of any type.

Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.

Self-balancing electric wheelded boards (Hoverboards)

A car. First years may not register, store, or park vehicles on Grounds. Requests for exceptions to the vehicle policy due to physical disability are made to the Student Disability Access Center. All other requests for exceptions should be made to the Assistant Dean of Students for First-Year Areas, Andy Petters.