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What to Bring

Getting ready to move into your room at Mason is one of the most exciting times of the year. It's fun to reflect your personality and create a relaxing haven in the midst of a bustling campus.

Student sitting on bed in residence hall

The decorating possibilities are almost endless. As long as you remember to abide by some basic guidelines, you can feel free to customize your space.

We've put together a packing list that will help you get organized for move-in, including a list of items that are not allowed and should be left at home. Be sure to get in touch with your roommate(s) to coordinate items that can be shared such as rugs, mini-fridges, appliances and decor. You can also download our handy packing list to make the shopping, organizing and packing process that much easier.

Bring It

  • Comforter or Quilt (XL Twin)
  • Blanket (XL Twin)
  • Sheet set (XL Twin)
  • Mattress pad and/or egg crate topper (XL Twin)
  • Pillows
  • Towels: 2 Face/hand towels, 2 washcloths, 2 bath towels
  • Toiletries: Bath soap/gel, deodorant, dental hygiene, contact lens/vision care, skincare, hair care, shaving/grooming supplies.
  • Shower caddy or tote (with drainage)
  • Shower shoes
  • Robe
Closet and Laundry
  • Closet organizer
  • Hangers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry hamper or bag
Desk and School Supplies
  • Backpack
  • Desk lamp
  • LED light bulb for desk lamps
  • Calendar or planner
  • Pens, pencils, etc
  • Waste basket
  • Paper
  • Notebook
  • Stapler
  • Rug (check room dimensions first)
  • Posters
  • Photos
  • Command strips and hooks
  • Laptop/computer (don't forget your charger cables!)
  • Printer (Optional; 24 hour printing access available in all housing neighborhoods and numerous locations around campus)
  • Mini-fridge (up to 4.3 cubic feet or non-Energy-Star-certified mini or compact refrigerators limited to 3.3 cubic feet or smaller)
  • Microwave (600 Watt max)
  • Multiple-outlet surge protector
  • Ethernet cable (optional; Wi-Fi is available throughout Mason residence halls)
  • Unbreakable tableware (reusable utensils, cups, plates, bowls and pans)
  • Food storage containers
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen towels
  • Trash can
  • Garbage bags
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Stacking shelves
  • Organizational containers
Moving into housing with boxes at Mason

Take the stress out of moving into your residence hall by following an organized list.

Leave It

The following items are not permitted in the residence halls. Possession of these items in the residence halls may represent a violation of the Residential Handbook (PDF), the George Mason University Student Code of Conduct, or both. Please leave these items at home. 

  • Drug-related paraphernalia (e.g. bong, pipe, hookah, etc)
  • Firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons
  • Fuels or other highly combustible items
  • Beer pong tables, funnels and tubing, common source containers (e.g. kegs), and other alcohol paraphernalia
  • Incense, candles, oil-lamps- lit or unlit
  • Barbecue grills (including charcoal and lighter fluid)
  • Cinder blocks
  • Electrical appliances with an exposed heating element
  • Resident-owned air conditioners
  • Cut trees (live trees potted appropriately are permitted)
  • Extension cords, multiple plugs, multiple plug converters
  • Plug-in air fresheners with or without an additional plug adaptor
  • Pets, except fish in a 10-gallon (or less) tank
  • Halogen lamps, black lights, and octopus/spider lamps
  • Outside antennas and satellite dishes
  • Water-propelling devices, including squirt guns
  • Waterbeds
  • Unauthorized inflatable pools and slip n' slides
  • Refrigerators greater than 118 volts, 60 Hz, and/or that draw more than 1.5 amps or 180 watts
  • Wall-mounted televisions
  • NERF and NERF-style guns and projectiles
  • Airsoft guns and BB guns
  • Non-fire retardant curtains (window or room dividers)
  • Non-university supplied loft beds
  • Vaporizers

Safety Alert

  • Open flames: Open flames are strictly prohibited unless associated with a university-supplied grill or as approved by the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Students may not, under any circumstances, attempt to ignite material to create a fire or facilitate the growth of an existing fire on campus. Such incidents will be investigated as arson, and the responsible individual(s) will be subject to strict disciplinary action by the university, as well as criminal prosecution. On-campus housing neighborhoods have permanently installed grills. Only charcoal that does not contain a pre-applied lighter fluid (such as Matchlight or similar products) is permitted. The use of charcoal not containing pre-applied lighter fluid, lighter fluid, fire logs, fire starter logs, wood, sticks, etc., is not permitted. For more information on the appropriate use of these grills, contact the neighborhood desk or a Residence Life staff member.
  • Appliances: Living spaces that do not have a kitchen are prohibited from containing cooking appliances with open heating elements. These include: George Foreman grills, toasters, hot plates, coffee pots (excluding sealed unit- e.g., Keurig). Cooking is not permitted in residence hall rooms with the exception of food that can be prepared in a microwave. Basic room convenience appliances are permitted in residence hall rooms. Basic convenience appliances include refrigerators, microwaves, hot-air poppers and sealed-unit coffee makers.
  • Hoverboards: Hoverboards are prohibited from residence halls, including the storage, charging and use.Hoverboards found in the residence halls will be confiscated by Housing and Residence Life staff. Residents have up to 120 days to claim the device and remove it from campus. Failure to remove it from campus will result in the device being disposed of appropriately. Students will also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for violation of the residential student handbook if found to be in possession or use of a hoverboard in a residence hall.