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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 (except small non-lethal fish, in an aquarium no larger than 20 gallons)

Certain types of lamps

  • halogen torchiere lamps
  • "octopus" lamps
  • lamps with plastic shades

Cinder blocks or lofts for propping beds

Extension cords and multi-plug adapters

  • power strips must be UL approved and have a built-in circuit breaker and on/off switch

Electrical appliances

  • air conditioners (unless pre-approved for medical reasons in permitted buildings - they are not permitted in McCormick Road or Alderman Road buildings).
  • exterior aerials or satellite dishes
  • cooking and heating appliances (except microwaves)
  • George Foreman-type grills
  • a Fry Baby or other deep fryer
  • toasters or toaster ovens
  • oversized refrigerators
  • ceiling fans
  • space heaters
  • washing machines
  • portable dishwashers
  • personal networking equipment such as routers, switches, and wireless access points
  • See Fire Prevention for more

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 operating on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted)

Open flames

  • candles
  • incense
  • oil lamps
  • houkas

Live and artificial decorative trees

Firearms and weapons

  • B.B. guns
  • bows and arrows
  • paintball guns
  • ammunition
  • firecrackers or explosives
  • slingshots
  • swords
  • knives with blades longer than 4"
  • martial arts tools

Self-balancing electric wheeled 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.

Upperclass students, graduate students, and faculty/staff should review the Parking Permits section of the UVA Parking & Transportation website for additional information.