Residential Services

What to Bring

All residence hall rooms are equipped for each individual with a single bed, desk and chair, dresser, bookcase, lighting, blinds, data port, smoke detector, and closet space. The majority of rooms on campus are multiple occupancy, housing either two or three students. In addition, all residences at Willamette are smoke free.

Essential Items

  • cell phone and charger
  • alarm clock
  • toiletries/personal care items
  • waste basket
  • towels and washcloths
  • hangers
  • twin sheets, blankets, mattress pad, mattress cover:
    Standard twin for Baxter, Belknap, Doney, Haseldorf, Kaneko A wing, Lausanne, Lee, Matthews, Shepard, UAP, WISH, York and Sororities 
    Extra long (XL) twin for Cascadia, Kaneko wings B and C, Northwood, Southwood, Terra and Westwood
  • pillow(s)
  • laundry basket/bag
  • laundry soap/fabric sheets
  • identification/social security card
  • copy of birth certificate
  • insurance cards/medical information
  • prescription drugs
  • backpack or bookbag
  • calendar
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight/extra batteries
  • heavy gauge surge protected power strip (12 or 14 AWG)
  • computer and computer supplies
  • blue or green painters tape to hang items on walls - NO DOUBLE SIDED TAPE OR NAILS.
  • umbrella / raincoat

Consider Bringing

  • refrigerator 4.8 cubic feet and drawing 1.5 amps or less
  • iron with automatic shut off (for use in laundry room only)
  • small ironing board
  • sewing kit
  • wall decorations/pictures
  • bicycle, U-Lock and helmet
  • multi purpose tool
  • desktop fan
  • MP3 player and headphones
  • drinking cup/coffee mug
  • cleaning supplies
  • shower shoes - flip flops
  • shower bucket/carrying case
  • variety of school/desk supplies
  • desk organizer
  • desk lamp/extra bulbs (not halogen)
  • Lamps: NOTE - DO NOT BRING Halogen lamps, lava lamps, multi-bulb floor lamps. They are a fire hazard and they are NOT allowed in residential facilities.
  • plastic/metal storage bins with lids for snacks
  • address book, envelopes, stationery, stamps, email addresses

Do Not Bring

  • candles
  • candle warmers
  • incense
  • drugs
  • weapons
  • fireworks
  • microwave oven
  • toaster oven
  • hot plate, Forman Grill, or rice cooker
  • refrigerator larger than 1.5 amps
  • air conditioner or space heater
  • household extension cords (16 or 18 AWG), multi-plug adapters or splitters
  • halogen lights
  • lava lamps
  • multi-bulb floor lamps
  • amplified sound instruments
  • waterbed
  • fish tank larger than 15 gallons
  • pets (except fish)
  • illegal substances
  • flammable liquids
  • nails, tape or anything that damages walls
  • open flame devices
  • gas powered scooter (can only be used/stored outside)
  • Any 2.4GHz cordless/wireless/radio devices (including cordless phones, wireless access points, Apple Airports, and ad-hoc wireless network devices like the Playstation 3)

If you can't carry it with you...

Send a trunk or other luggage ahead, prepaid and marked "Hold for Arrival." Baggage should not weigh more than 40 pounds or arrive more than three days before you do. Once you arrive, contact Mail Services in the University Center to pick up your belongings. The University cannot accept C.O.D. shipments. Consult your Amtrak office, local bus company or airline for shipment schedules and information.

Mail Services sends campus box assignments in June.

Mail should be addressed to you as follows:

Your Name
Willamette University
900 State Street Box No.____
Salem, OR 97301

Student Property Insurance

Students are responsible for maintaining their own personal property insurance and liability coverage for damage, loss/theft of property or fire. Students should be adequately covered by insurance for their property, such as computers, bicycles, clothing, jewelry, sports equipment, musical instruments, other personal property, etc. In addition, we encourage you to evaluate your insurance so that it protects your vehicle from theft/loss. Reconsider bringing expensive and visible car stereo equipment that could invite theft.


There are many appliances acceptable in the residence halls such as hot pots, popcorn poppers, coffee pots, provided they operate with an enclosed element and have an automatic shut off. However, due to electrical limitations and fire safety regulations halogen lamps, air conditioners, microwaves, forman grills, rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, or any open-coil or exposed burner appliances are not allowed. Only refrigerators 4.8 cubic feet and drawing under 1.5 amps or less are permitted in student room. We do not encourage students to bring televisions since there is no in-room service and reception is limited. Satellite television is available in community living rooms (except for Haseldorf).


Student rooms are not equipped to accommodate the electrical and sanitary demands of cooking. Most residence halls have an equipped kitchen for your use.

Music Equipment

An MP3 player or an iPod are nice to have if you are a music lover. Musical instruments that don't disturb others or do not fit on your side of the room are ok to bring. You are encouraged to bring earphones for enjoying your music without disturbing others.


Stuffed animals are fine, but leave the live pets in care of family members while you are away at college. Aquarium fish are the only live pets we permit (aquarium size cannot exceed 15 gallons).


Bikes are an inexpensive form of transportation. If you bring your bicycle, be sure to bring a good quality U-lock and a helmet.