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What to Bring/Not Bring

Student Move-In

Your room at ODU can be a great space to live comfortably while also expressing yourself. To minimize damage and maximize safety, students are asked to bring only approved items to their on-campus living space. For more information about this list you can read the Policies and Procedures located in the right column of this site.

What to Bring


Extra long twin sheet sets, blankets, quilts, comforters, pillows and pillowcases


Bath towels, washclothes, bath mat, bathrobe, shower caddy, personal hygiene products


Clothes, desk lamp, hangers, laundry basket, storage tubs/organizers, iron, ironing board, coffee makers (w/ auto off)


Television, cell phone, stereo and speakers, DVD player, camera, batteries, wi-fi ready computer, printer, printer paper, surge protectors, ink cartridges, flash drive/CD's, mini fridge (up to 4.3 cu. ft.)

Home Decor

Area rugs, posters, plants, photo albums, memo boards

Important Paperwork

Medical insurance card, University paperwork, insurance paperwork, car registration, bank information

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges, disinfectant wipes, dish and laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, broom, mop, mop bucket, vacuum, fabric softener, stain remover, toilet paper, tissue, paper towels, garbage bags

Medical Supplies

First-aid kit, prescription medication, cold medicines

School Supplies

Notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, tape, stapler, calendar, calculator, backpack

Note: A two wheel dolly is recommended for move-in.

What Not to Bring


Decals, metal signs, stickers, lava lamps, tape on dry walls (use thumbtacks), nails or tacks on brick walls (use tape), halogen lights, darts, and dart boards, liquid/air-filled furniture


Arials and masts, lofts and platforms, major appliances and grills, shortwave radio transmitters, pets (with the exception of fish)


Firearms, fireworks, ROTC rifiles, pistols, BB guns, water guns, hand billies, nunchucks, switchblades, dangerous chemicals

Fire Hazards

Electrical appliances with exposed heating elements, including: toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, deep fryers, strings of lights, and soldering irons. Microwaves (not permitted in Whitehurst, Rogers, Gresham and the Inn), candles, incense, extension cords, items with open flame


Paraphernalia, narcotics, marijuana, devices such as hookah, beer bongs, or funnels. Alcohol is prohibited in freshmen buildings.