What to bring, what not to bring
To help you get started, please review our checklist on what to bring and what not to bring. We also suggest that you revisit the web page for your building. There you can take a virtual tour, view a floor plan, and find out about included furnishings.
You should bring
- Sheets, blankets, comforter
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Surge protector and extension cord
- Toilet paper (except Hansee and McMahon)
- Cleaning supplies
- McMahon Hall residents: Wi-Fi router and Ethernet cable
- Apartment residents: kitchen supplies, (pots, pans, utensils)
Coordinate larger items with your roommates
Coordinate larger items with your roommates so you don’t bring duplicates. The less you bring, the more space you’ll have in your room.
- Refrigerator (4.4 cubic feet or less)
- Microwave (700 watt maximum)
- Television (Residents in McCarty Hall, Madrona Hall, Willow Hall, or Oak Hall will need a smart TV or internet-ready streaming device to use the UW streaming service)
What not to bring
To keep you and your fellow Huskies safe, the following items are prohibited:
- Halogen lamps
- Space heaters
- Air conditioners
- All open-flame appliances (e.g., fondue pots)
- Open-coil appliances (e.g., toasters, toaster ovens)
- Full-size appliances
- Bidets or water spray hoses
How to avoid tripped breakers
When too many items are plugged into an outlet the breaker will trip. Power strips only add additional outlets they do not increase the amount of power from the outlet.
Please avoid this issue. Residents will be charged for repeated tripped breakers.
Order online to support resident programs
HFS has partnered with online vendors to make it easy to purchase or rent items for your room—and it directly benefits residents! Our Residential Life student leadership teams receive money from each purchase made and it is used for resident events and programs.
Connecting to the internet
We want to help you get connected to all the computing resources that the University provides to you. This guide is designed to help you connect your computer to the UW network.
If you live in McMahon Hall, this building does not have UW-IT managed wireless, so you will need a computer with a 100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet port, a personal Wi-Fi router, and a cat-5e Ethernet cable.
Shipping items prior to move-in
Packages can be sent to your residential community up to seven days prior to your scheduled move-in. To find your address, go to your assigned Residence Hall web page. Please consider that the residence halls receive thousands of packages around move-in. Bringing items with you when you move in will help you avoid the lines and waiting associated with package pickup.
Communications from HFS
You are responsible for reading the information we send to your mailbox, post on your room door, and send by email to your UW email account.
- HFS will send most correspondence to applicants and residents via their UW email accounts. Be aware that if your email is forwarded to a different account, it may be filtered, refused or treated as spam.
- HFS is not responsible for emails not received. To ensure delivery of emails from HFS to your email inbox, add firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book or list of approved contacts.
- You may also receive emails from Residential Life staff members, such as your Resident Adviser or Community Manager.
Privacy and safety
Resident safety is one of the UW’s highest priorities. Our safety policy was developed in conjunction with UW regulations and Washington State statutes regarding student privacy. HFS will not, under any circumstances, release room numbers or telephone numbers to any unauthorized person including friends, parents, and relatives. Although this policy may seem inconvenient at times, it provides residents protection and a secure living environment within the UW. We encourage students to make sure their families and friends have their address, as well as their room and telephone numbers.
Your personal information
The Family Education Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from releasing your information to anyone other than yourself without your authorization. This includes how much you owe on your housing account.
You may authorize HFS to release information about your housing account (e.g., to your parents/guardians) by supplying their names on your Student Personal Services page.
Consider renters insurance
We encourage students to have insurance or financial protection on their property. Check with your family’s insurance policy to see if your possessions are covered under that policy or if you can get renters insurance added. If not, you may wish to purchase insurance offered by an independent company.