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. You may also want to check out the Cav Program website, a one-stop shop for first-year dorm essentials, linens, fridges, and electronic accessories.
If you are unsure about anything that you are considering bringing with you, please contact us. You may also want to consult our Prohibited Items page for a list of items not permitted in student rooms, sites, and apartments.
What should I bring?
Computer equipment with a wireless network card (Ethernet ports are generally not available in residence halls). The Cav Program offers computers for students with preloaded hardware and software meeting the standards set by UVA schools and departments.
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 pod-type coffee maker 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 and first-aid kit.
An alarm clock.
A power strip, with built-in circuit breaker and on/off switch.
A hair dryer.
A laundry bag and liquid detergent for high efficiency machines.
A shower caddy.
Pillows, bed linens, blankets, towels, etc.
A fan (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
Bed tents and bed curtains
Extension cords and multi-plug adapters
- power strips must be UL approved and have a built-in circuit breaker and on/off switch
- 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, popcorn poppers, rice cookers, hot water kettles, and single-serve pod-type coffee makers)
- indoor electric grills
- deep fryers
- 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
- requires permission from Housing & Residence Life, and installation and removal by UVA Facilities Management is required
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)
- oil lamps
Live and artificial decorative trees
Firearms and weapons
- B.B. guns
- bows and arrows
- paintball guns
- firecrackers or explosives
- knives with blades longer than 4"
- martial arts tools
Self-balancing electric wheeled boards (Hoverboards) / electric skateboards
Electric scooters and electric bikes
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 John Cheney, Assistant Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upperclass students, graduate students, and faculty/staff should review the Parking Permits section of the UVA Parking & Transportation website for additional information.