What things do I bring to my Residence Hall?

This list is a general overview of items that typically are used in the residence halls. We suggest coordinating with your new roommate(s) for certain items, including televisions, carpets, and printers due to space and economic considerations. If you or your student is unsure about an item, please contact Residence Life & Housing at (305) 628-6543.

All residence hall rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, chair, and closet.

Information regarding parking during move in for the Fall 2022 semester will be provided at a later date.

International students get a welcome package upon arrival when checking into their dorm. This welcome package includes a pillow, blanket, Twin sheet set, and personal care items ( towels, toothbrush, soap, etc).

In response to COVID-19, we are also highly recommending that students bring the following: 

  • 7 reusable face coverings (masks) 
  • thermometer
  • hand sanitizer – with an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol 
  • disinfectant/disinfectant Wipes – the most common EPA registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface
  • hand soap 
  • insurance Cards 
  • first-aid kit 
  • prescribed medication 


We recommend visiting OCM to purchase items you may need for your dorm and have them shipped directly to St. Thomas University to save you time, space, and money.

  • bath, hand towels and washcloths
  • extra-long twin sheets and pillowcases (Cascia, Murphy Hall (formerly Donnellon Hall) University Inn and Villanova 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors)
  • deep pockets full sheets (Villanova 4th floor)
  • mattress pad
  • blankets
  • pillow
  • comforter

Personal Items

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • brush and comb
  • toilet paper
  • paper towel
  • shaving items
  • hair styling products/appliances
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • bath soap
  • bathroom caddy
  • shower caddy
  • shower shoes
  • dental floss
  • sweater/warm clothing
  • curling iron (automatic shut-off)
  • clothes for all climate types, including rain gear
  • formal wear for special University events

Laundry and Clothing Care

  • detergent
  • fabric softener and stain remover
  • laundry basket or laundry bag
  • hangers
  • iron and ironing board

Other Items

  • first aid supplies
  • medicine
  • alarm clock
  • small vacuum
  • change for snack
  • waste paper basket
  • 22-inch television with shielded coaxial cable
  • stereo, radio, headphones
  • sewing kit
  • small refrigerator no larger than 4.3 cubic feet
  • small microwave oven
  • PC or laptop and printer
  • floor or table lamps (no halogen lamps)
  • full-length mirror
  • calendar
  • small area rug
  • desk lamp
  • flashlight
  • poncho
  • extension cord
  • trash basket
  • trash bags
  • cleaning supplies
  • broom/mop
  • vacuum
  • Items to decorate your room, such as pictures, posters and plants
    (Note: students may NOT nail or screw items into walls; painter’s tape and poster putty are okay)


  • toasters or toaster ovens
  • George Forman grills
  • any kitchen appliances with heating elements
  • space heaters
  • freezer
  • halogen lamps
  • extra beds
  • incense or candles
  • alcohol (unless 21 years of age or older)
  • drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Empty alcohol bottles for decoration
  • weapons
  • hover boards
  • fireworks, firecrackers, flammable liquids and other explosive or incendiary devices
  • Items which are illegal to possess
  • pets (fish in 10 gals. max tank only)