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. Willamette University is a smoke free campus.

  1. Essential Items
  2. Consider Bringing
  3. Do Not Bring
  4. If You Can't Carry It With You
  5. Student Property Insurance
  6. Cooking
  7. Music Equipment
  8. Pets
  9. Bicycles

1. Essential Items

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack or book bag
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Computer and computer supplies
  • Command hooks/strips for hanging items
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight/extra batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hangers
  • Heavy gauge surge protected power strip (12 or 14 AWG)
  • Identification
  • Insurance cards/medical information
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry soap/fabric sheets
  • Multiple face coverings
  • Pillow(s)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Tape to hang items on walls- Blue/Green painters tape only! NO DOUBLE SIDED TAPE OR NAILS.
  • Thermometer
  • Waste basket
  • Toiletries/personal care items
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Twin sheets, blankets, mattress pad, mattress cover:
    • Standard twin: Baxter 2nd and 3rd, Belknap, Doney 1st south, 2nd and 3rd, Kaneko A wing, Lausanne, Lee, Matthews, UAP, WISH, York and Sororities
    • Extra long (XL) twin: Baxter 1st and 4th, Cascadia, Doney 1st floor north, Kaneko wings B and C, Northwood, Southwood, Terra and Westwood
    • Consider purchasing XL twin bedding that will fit any room you may occupy while living on campus.

2. Consider Bringing

  • Bicycle, u-lock and helmet
  • Calendar
  • Camping chair for outside/ socially distanced programs 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Coffee pot (with automatic shut-off)
  • Desk lamp/extra bulbs (not halogen)
  • Desk organizer
  • Drinking cup/coffee mug
  • Glass tupperware
  • Fan (small desktop size)
  • Headphones and/or earbuds
  • Hot pot (with automatic shut-off)
  • Iron with automatic shut off (for use in laundry room only)
  • Lamps: do not bring halogen lamps, lava lamps, multi-bulb floor lamps. They are a fire hazard and they are not allowed in residential facilities.
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Plastic/metal storage bins with lids for snacks
  • Refrigerator 4.8 cubic feet and drawing 1.5 amps or less
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower bucket/carrying case
  • Shower shoes
  • Small ironing board (for use in laundry room only)
  • Small personal safe to secure valuables
  • Stationery, stamps, email addresses, address book envelopes, etc.
  • Variety of school/desk supplies
  • Wall decorations/pictures
*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 UAP).

3. Do Not Bring

  • Air conditioner or space heater
  • Amplified sound instruments
  • 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)
  • Candle warmers
  • Candles
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Fish tank larger than 15 gallons
  • Flammable liquids
  • Gas powered scooter (can only be used/stored outside)
  • Halogen lights
  • Hot plate, Foreman grill, or rice cooker
  • Household extension cords (16 or 18 AWG), multi-plug adapters or splitters
  • Hover board
  • Illegal substances
  • Incense
  • Lava lamps
  • Microwave oven
  • Multi-bulb floor lamps
  • Nails, tape or anything that damages walls
  • Open flame devices
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Refrigerator larger than 1.5 amps
  • Toaster/ toaster oven
  • Waterbed
  • Weapons

4. 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

5. 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 audio equipment that could invite theft.

6. Cooking

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

7. Music Equipment

Musical instruments that don't disturb others and fit on your side of the room are okay to bring. You are encouraged to bring earphones and an I-pod or MP3 player for enjoying your music without disturbing others.

8. Pets

Aquarium fish are the only live pets we permit (aquarium size cannot exceed 15 gallons). Service and emotional support animals are allowed with residence halls only with prior approval from Accessible Education Services.

9. Bicycles

If you bring your bicycle, be sure to bring a good quality U-lock and a helmet.

Willamette University

Residence Life and Housing

Matthews Academic Commons
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone: 503-370-6212
Fax: 503-370-6709
Hours: M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM (PST)

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