Items not allowed in the residence hall

Students often ask What should I bring for my residence hall room?

Fire safety prohibits some items

City and state fire laws prohibit hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, torchière halogen lamps, and any other appliance with an open flame or exposed coil in the residence halls. Candles are prohibited in the residence halls. The fine for violating this safety rule is $100 per incident. Smoking materials are one of the most common causes of fires. Smoking is not allowed in the residence halls.

A quick list

While the Residential Life website offers a more complete discussion of What to bring/What not to bring to the residence hall, here is a quick list:

Items to bring

Items not allowed

  • Back Rest - For sitting on the bed or floor
  • Broom or Small Vacuum
  • Desk Lamp or Floor Lamp - Rooms have overhead lights provided. 
  • Fan - For the window or the floor.
  • Hangers - For the clothes closet; hangers are not provided.
  • Iron and Ironing Board - If you want to iron, bring your own.
  • Laundry Supplies - Hamper or basket, detergent, softener
  • Linens - Sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforter, towels, etc. 
  • Posters, Pictures and Memorabilia - Use "fun tac," the squishy gum-like stuff, not tape, double-sided tape, tacks or nails
  • Refrigerator and/or Microwave - Allowed but must bear the UL approved seal. 
  • Rug - An area rug for the room or a small rug for next to your bed.
  • Surge Protectors - By fire safety regulation, grounded, 15-ampere rated surge protectors are the only type of extension cord allowed in the residence halls.
  • Air Conditioner - Individual window or floor units
  • Candles - All kinds, including birthday cake candles, are prohibited by Rhode Island fire safety regulations.  $100 fine.
  • Canopies, Tapestries, Large Wall Covering - Fire safety; see Residential Life info.
  • Cooking Equipment - Toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates or burners, electric coils, immersion heaters, etc. See Residential Life info for items that may be used in the community kitchen.
  • Extension Cords - Home-style electrical extension cords and plug expanders (e.g., octopus plugs and other splitters) are not allowed by fire code. Bring a "surge protector" instead (see column to the left).
  • Halogen Torchière Lamps - Bring non-halogen lights insead.
  • Knives - except those designed and used for food preparation; prohibited knives include but are not limited to hunting/fishing knives, martial arts devices, and ceremonial swords
  • Pets - Stuffed animals only, please.
  • Portable Space Heaters - Prohibited by fire safety regulations for college residence halls in Rhode Island.
  • Weapons: Firearms, ammunition, explosives, knives or other weapons - Posession,use, or distribution is prohibited of:  Firearms (defined as any projectile-firing device), including conventional guns or firearms (devices using gunpowder); Air rifles, guns using BBs, pellets or darts -- this includes paint ball and AirSoft; Fireworks of all kinds; Incendiary devices, explosives, flare guns, grenades; Any slingshot device.