UMass Boston

What to Bring

Check out our lists below to learn what you should bring with you and what needs to stay at home.

What We Provide You:

  • Desk and chair
  • Three-drawer dresser (quads have two-drawer dressers per person)
  • Twin XL bed (frame and mattress)
  • Wifi access, streaming service, and internet ports
  • Window blinds

What You Should Not Bring

This list is not all encompassing, please feel free to email with specific questions.

You may be asked to remove these items if found in your room:

  • Air conditioner
  • Appliances - nothing with exposed heating elements (Examples of permitted appliances include: Keurig, electronic kettle, air fryers, rice cookers, crock pots and mini-fridges/microwaves with the approved restrictions, see below)
  • Candles (with or without the wick), wax melters, incense, or any type of flame-making device; kerosene; propane; butane; lighter fluid; or space heaters
  • Speaker systems and subwoofers that may be disruptive to others in the community.
  • Command Strips, tape for decorations, poster glue, etct.
  • Darts
  • No outside furniture and/or upholstered furniture. Plastic and or metal storage items are permitted.
  • Cannabis, illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia
  • Alcohol and related paraphernalia (including items for decoration) - this is regardless of the age of the student
  • Multi-outlet plugs or extension cords (use surge protectors)
  • Oil, halogen, or lava lamps
  • Pets (except fish in tanks under 10 gallons). This includes any visiting pets.
  • Shower head, bidet (no alterations to any plumbing items within the building
    are permitted).
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons (of any type)

What You Should Bring (suggested):

Health Related

  • Antibacterial bar or pump soap and paper towels
  • Cloth face coverings/masks (at least two)
  • Cough medicine
  • Fever reducing medication (Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen)
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content)
  • Insurance card and COVID-19 vaccination card
  • Kleenex
  • List of allergies and current medication
  • Prescription medication(s)
  • Primary care health care provider contact information
  • Thermometer for personal use
  • Throat lozenges/cough drops


  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizer and supplies
  • Garbage can and bags, recycling bin
  • Personal fan
  • Pillows/pillow cases
  • Power Strips/Surge Protectors (not extension cords)
  • Storage bins/footlocker
  • Twin extra-long sheets/comforters/blankets

Bathroom (even if you will have use a community bathroom)

  • Garbage can and bags (only for those with in-room bathroom)
  • Over the door hook
  • Rug/bathmat (only for those with in-room bathroom)
  • Shower curtain, plastic liner curtain and hook (rods are provided)  (only for those with in-room bathroom)
  • Shower organizer
  • Soap dish and toothbrush holder
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Shower shoes (if desired)

Cleaning Supplies

  • All-purpose, tub, tile, glass, and toilet cleaner (only for those with in-room bathroom)
  • Broom, dustpan and mop
  • Other cleaning supplies as wanted

Refrigerators, Microwaves, and Televisions

It is strongly recommended that each room have a mini-fridge and microwave.  Be sure to coordinate with your roommate as to who will bring the mini-fridge and microwave. Double occupancy rooms do have a limit of one mini-fridge/microwave and all triple and quad rooms have a limit of two. This is related to the building electric capabilities for each room.

Mini-fridges and microwaves must meet the following allowances and restrictions:

  • Microwaves up to, but not greater than, 700 watts of cooking power are permitted.
  • Refrigerator/freezer combinations no larger than 3.1 cubic feet total are permitted.

We do partner with MicroFridge for rental and purchase. You can Order your MicroFridge now by entering University of Massachusetts Boston in the search field on their website.

Televisions are allowed, however you will not be able to wall mount the TV.

Miscellaneous Items to bring

  • Laundry detergent (h/e preferred), laundry bag or basket
  • Re-usable water bottle (water filling stations are located on the ground floor of each building)
  • Umbrella
  • Weather appropriate items

Other Items to note

  • If you plan to decorate with LED lights, please note that damage charges may apply if paint is damaged when the LED lights are removed.
  • Each room has a limited level of electricity available for all items in the room. Please keep this in mind as overloading the outlets will cause power outages.
  • Please do not use Drano as it damages the pipes in the building.
  • Flushable Wipes should not be flushed as they clog the plumbing.
  • When hanging items, please note that students should not use nails, staples or adhesives (including but not limited to command strips, tape, poster glue etc.). Thumbtacks are the only approved way to hang items in your residence hall room.


There is a laundry room on the ground floor of each building that is open to all residents. The cost is $1.90 to wash and $1.65 to dry. Machines accept credit/debit cards and there are limited machines for coin operation. Coin machines are not available on campus. Residents must provide their own detergent.

Office of Housing and Residential Life
Residence Hall East, 1st Floor
240 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125