What to Bring – Residence Halls

Amenities

You will be provided with a Twin Extra Long bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, storage, closet space, and recycling bin in your residence hall room. All residence hall furniture is moveable so you can configure your space to suit your lifestyle. Each residence hall also houses a community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation space with billiards and/or ping pong tables, study areas, and community lounge areas. There are also plenty of outdoor spaces to relax, study, and socialize.

 


What to Bring on Move-In Weekend

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from students is “What do I need to bring with me on move-in weekend?” After helping thousands of students move in to their campus homes over the years, we’ve learned a few pro tips:

  • Pack light; you can always purchase things like snacks and household goods after you arrive in Las Cruces.
  • If you are living in a double room, be sure to contact your roommate to coordinate who will bring shared items like microwave and mini-fridge so you don’t take up extra space in your room with duplicates.
  • Pack something that will make your room feel like home. Whether it’s photos of loved ones, a special memento, or your favorite poster, having a beloved item will ease your transition to your new campus home.
  • Call your insurance company to see if your property is covered while you’re away at school. We encourage all residents to carry personal property or renter’s insurance.
  • Check out how your neighbors are setting up their space to get inspiration for how to set up and decorate your room. Believe it or not, your room will look bigger and more inviting once you decorate and get your items organized.

Here are some of the items we suggest you pack for move-in day or pick up when you arrive to campus:

The Basics

  • Bedding – sheets, blankets, and pillows to fit size Twin Extra Long mattresses (35” x 80”)
  • Charging cables
  • Cleaning supplies (paper towels, disinfecting wipes, all-purpose disinfecting spray, etc.)
  • Clothing and shoes that give you a variety of options as the weather changes
  • Hand soap and hand sanitizer
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket and detergent for High Efficiency washing machines
  • Mini-refrigerator (6 cubic feet maximum)
  • Power strips (multi-outlet with built-in surge protector)
  • School supplies like backpack, pens, notebooks, etc.
  • Toiletries and a caddy to carry them to the shower
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Towels
  • Trash cans (recycling bins are provided)

For Extra Convenience

  • Air Fryer
  • Bicycle with durable U-lock
  • Cooking supplies if you’d like to use your residence hall’s community kitchen
  • Computer and printer
  • Decorations
  • Ethernet cable if you want to use wired internet
  • Headphones
  • Entertainment or Gaming System
  • Microwave
  • Night light
  • Picture hanging strips
  • Quarters for Laundry (or use Aggie Cash)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Something fun: board games, a deck of cards, sports equipment, etc.
  • Television and/or streaming device

 

What NOT to bring (items that are prohibited in NMSU housing facilities)

  • Alcohol
  • Appliances or electronics that are not UL-listed
  • Burners or hot plates
  • Candles and incense
  • Drugs and paraphernalia (even with the upcoming legalization, all cannabis will continue to be prohibited on campus)
  • Electric heaters
  • Extension cords
  • Fireworks, explosives, unsafe chemicals, flammable fluids
  • Grills, including George Foreman type
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets
  • Refrigerators larger than 6 cubic feet
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, and other open heating elements
  • Television mounting equipment
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons (see the Resident Handbook for definition)
  • Window air conditioners