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This residence hall packing list was pulled directly from UC Irvine Housing page (items marked in
text), along with addition items from other top online lists.
Feel free to customize it.
Scroll down to see items you should leave at home.
Items highlighted in green have been purchased or picked up, and ready to be packed.
While the list already includes many eco-friendly items, additional items in
have been added as sustainable alternatives.
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Item (See 'i' for more details)
Comforter, blanket, duvet
Extra long twin sheets: 80" long and 38" wide (click ‘i’ for more)
Bathrobe or something to wear to the community bathroom (click ‘i’ for more details)
Hairdryer and other styling tools
Organic shampoo & conditioner
Eye masks, ear plugs, and white noise machines (to help with sleeping)
Laundry supplies, iron, laundry bag or basket
Disinfecting Wipes/dusting supplies (click ‘i’ for more details)
Biodegradable laundry detergent
Biodegradable all-purpose cleaner
Recycled content paper towels
Cleaning supplies/vacuum and broom (*Only relevant to Arroyo Vista)
Iron (automatic shut-off required)
Kitchenware (Pots, pan, dishes, utensils, etc.)
Reusable food-storage containers
Reusable beverage container for use at residence hall bottle filling stations
Micro-fridge compact combination (click ‘i’ for more details)
Compostable waste collection bin; any container with a lid will work
Electrical cooking appliances (toasters, coffee pots, rice cookers, etc). Permitted only in kitchen areas, not in student rooms.
Computer (click ‘i’ for details)
Telephones (most student use their cell phones)
Headphones/ear buds with a microphone for video conferencing/calls
Charging cords, cables, and adapters
Television (rooms are equipped with cable hookups)
Alarm clock (click ‘i’ for details)
Computer cable lock to secure computer to your desk
Portable charger for phone
Portable bluetooth speaker
Extra batteries for electronics
Non-wireless printer for convenience (Click ‘i’ for more details)
External keyboard and mouse, if you use a laptop (click ‘i’ for more)
Computer needs, such as a flash drive, mousepad, and small screwdriver
Printer and extra ink cartridges (Energy Star rated is preferred)
Clothes for all climate types, including rain gear
(see ‘i’ for more details)
Waterproof shoes or boots
General school supplies (click ‘i’ for more)
Study/desk Lamp (If you bring a halogen lamp, it must be UL approved and have a safety shield over the bulb.)
Items to decorate your room, such as pictures, posters and plants
(see 'i’ for more details)
Board games, books, or other entertainment
Sports equipment: rollerblades, basketball, tennis racquet, snowboard, etc. (Check school for policies)
Bicycle and U-Lock (click ‘i’ for more ideas)
Lap desk for laptop or tablet
Health insurance card and other forms of identification (e.g., driver's license)
Names, addresses and phone numbers of your bank and credit card companies
Emergency supplies for disaster preparedness (see ‘i’ for more a list of recommended items)
Folding chair for use at outdoor (physically-distanced) gatherings
Face-coverings may be required in certain areas, if recommended by public health authorities. Bring an adequate supply!
Disinfectant cleaning supplies
Thermometer for temperature monitoring
Quarantine "Go Bag" containing essentials for temporary relocation in the event of a positive Covid test
Items that students typically leave at home:
Extra Large sized (XL) bed
Cable hookups for televisions
Microwaves and refrigerators are available in the hall kitchens.
What not to bring
For more information, see
Drugs/drug paraphernalia/non-prescription drugs
Alcohol (for students under 21 years of age)
Open heating elements or flames (candles, incense, butane burners, etc.)
Electric vehicles (electric skateboards, scooters, hoverboards, etc.)
Tobacco products (University of California is a Tobacco Free and Smoke Free campus)
Pets (except fish, see Housing policy for details)
Personal routers. Undergraduate housing communities are equipped with wireless internet service.
Dry erase boards or cork boards (not allowed on interior or exterior doors)
Microwaves - The only microwaves allowed in student rooms are those included in the "micro-fridge" compact combination (refrigerator/freezer/microwave) units. These units may be rented or purchased through a UCI endorsed company, Collegiate Concepts, Inc. Information packets will be sent to residents by College Concepts Inc. in late August. You may also visit
for more information and to order a micro-fridge. To ensure delivery prior to moving in we encourage you to sign up by mid-September. Orders may also be made up to and during move-in weekend. If both or all roommates order a micro-fridge, additional contracts will be canceled and the students will be notified.
Microwaves and refrigerators are available in the hall kitchens. Refrigerators in individual rooms are permitted if they are UL-approved and not larger than 4.3 cubic feet. Electrical cooking appliances are permitted only in kitchen areas. Information regarding renting a "Micro-Fridge" (combination microwave, refrigerator and freezer) for your room can be found at