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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.


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

Bird feeders.


All weapons, fireworks, explosives, and other items prohibited by University policy, including but not limited to:

  • all type of guns (handguns, rifles, etc.)
  • B.B. guns
  • ammunition
  • bows and arrows
  • paintball guns
  • firecrackers or explosives
  • slingshots
  • swords
  • knives with blades longer than 4"
  • martial arts tools


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

LED strip lights with adhesive backing.

Live and artificial decorative trees.


Air conditioners.

Air fryers.

Exterior aerials or satellite dishes.

Bidets (requires permission from Housing & Residence Life as well as installation and removal by UVA Facilities Management; cannot be approved in undergraduate housing).

Cooking and heating appliances (permitted items listed under Optional Items on the What to Bring FAQ).

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, baby monitors, wireless speakers, and wireless (not Bluetooth) headsets; devices operating on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted, as well as one microwave per room (1200 watts or less)

Extension cords

Multi-plug adapters or converters

Hazardous Items

Open flames:

  • candles
  • incense
  • oil lamps
  • houkas

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 should fill out the First-Year Parking Exception Request form starting in mid-July.

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