What to Bring to Campus

This is a list of some items that residents have found helpful to bring with them to campus. At the bottom of the page are guidelines on appliances that may be used in various housing facilities on campus. Please check this list BEFORE purchasing items for use on campus.


Items Many Residents Bring

  • Personal prescription medications, in labeled prescription bottles
  • All correspondence received from UNC Charlotte (schedule, registration info, receipts, etc.)
  • Desktop or laptop computer/printer (If planning to use the wired internet, you will need a RJ-45 Ethernet cable to connect to the wall jack. Wireless routers are not needed to connect to the wireless internet and are discouraged from use to avoid connectivity issues.)
  • Cell phone
  • Digital Cable Ready Television (You will need a CATV grade coaxial cable jumper to attach to the cable jack on your wall to your TV or converter)
  • DVD player
  • iPod/MP3 player and docking speakers/sound system, etc. (to help maintain an academic environment, please bring a set of headphones)
  • Refrigerator, microwave (to rent a MicroFridge or compact refrigerator/freezer, visit the MicroFridge Rental website)
  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock (battery back-up is helpful)
  • Power strips with fuses/circuit breaker (no unfused multi-plug outlet adapter or multi-plug extension cords)
  • Pillow and blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Blow dryer (cannot exceed 1875 watts)
  • Linens and towels
  • Laundry basket and detergent
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, etc.)
  • Sewing kit/scissors
  • Clothes hangers
  • Iron/small ironing board
  • Umbrella
  • First aid supplies (band-aids, aspirin, etc.)
  • Security container with lock to keep valuables
  • Posters and plants
  • Bicycle and security lock

Appliance Policy

The North Carolina Insurance Commissioner's Office has established a list of approved appliances for use at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Items approved for use in ALL residential facilities:

  • Blender

  • Coffee maker/Coffee pot

  • Computer/Printer

  • Electric can opener

  • Enclosed and/or low heat hot pot

  • Game consoles (X-Box, Wii, etc.)

  • Hair dryer (up to 1875 watts)

  • Hot air popcorn popper

  • iPod/MP3 player/docking speakers

  • Iron

  • Microwave oven (must be 1500 watt or less)

  • Power strip with fuse/circuit breaker

  • Slow cooker/crock pot

  • Toaster oven

  • TV/DVD/Blu-ray player

  • Refrigerators and refrigerator/freezer, combination units (cannot exceed a total 4.2 cubic feet and must be Energy Star compliant)

​Prohibited Items in ALL residential areas:

  • Alcohol or alcohol related items (if under 21)

  • Any appliance capable of heating grease or oil to a burning point

  • Butane torches

  • ​Ceiling fans

  • Chain locks

  • Charcoal and/ or Lighter fluid

  • Deadbolt locks

  • Firearms and/or ammunition

  • Fireworks, candles, or Incense

  • Fog machines 

  • Halogen lamps/bulbs

  • Hoverboards

  • Loft beds

  • Multi-plug extension cords

  • Multi-plug wall outlets

  • Open coil burners/hot plates

  • Oil burning lamps

  • Outdoor “open flame” grills 

  • Outside antennas

  • Personal wireless internet routers

  • Pets (except fish in an aquarium up to 10 gallons and service animal, with prior approval) 

  • Pocket knives

  • Space heaters

  • Waterbeds

Items allowed in apartment kitchens ONLY:

  • Deep fat fryer

  • Electric wok 

  • Electric griddle/grill

  • Hot oil popcorn popper

  • Indoor grills (George Foreman-type)

  • Regular toaster