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Prohibited Items

To ensure the safety of all residents, the following items are specifically prohibited in student rooms, suites, and apartments.

Please note that the list below has been revised for fall 2020 on-Grounds housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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

Bird feeders.


Large, bulky furniture (all undergraduate housing areas are furnished).

    Cinder blocks or lofts for propping beds.

    Room decor

    Bed tents and bed curtains.

    Curtains, draperies, hangings, banners, and fabric flags.

    Certain types of lamps:

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

    Live and artificial decorative trees.


      Air conditioners (unless pre-approved for medical reasons on the Lawn and Range).

      Exterior aerials or satellite dishes.

      Bidets (requires permission from Housing & Residence Life as well as installation and removal by UVA Facilities Management).

      Cooking and heating appliances (permitted items listed under Optional Items, above).

      Indoor electric grills.

      Deep fryers.

      Toasters or toaster ovens.

      Oversized refrigerators.


      Ceiling fans.

      Space heaters.

      Washing machines.

      Portable dishwashers.

      See Fire Prevention for more information.


      Personal networking equipment such as routers, switches, wireless access points, and range extenders

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

      Extension cords

      Multi-plug adapters or converters

      Hazardous Items

      Open flames:

      • candles
      • incense
      • oil lamps
      • houkas

      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

      Electric Transportation

      Self-balancing electric wheeled boards (Hoverboards/ electric skateboards.

      Electric scooters

      Electric bikes.

      Cars (applies to first-years)

      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 John Cheney, Assistant Dean of Students, at

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