Items to Bring

Equipment furnished in each room

The following items are furnished in each residence hall room:

  • desks and chairs
  • closets
  • window shades
  • dressers
  • beds with mattresses (mattress size: 39" x 80" x 6 1/2")
  • bookshelf
  • cable television cord.  The College provides all rooms with a cable TV cord for use with your personal television.  Students are requested not to use their own cords from home due to technical difficulties associated with standard commercial grade cables available in stores.  (Questions?  Call 717-337-6918.)
  • MicroFridge, a combination microwave/refrigerator/freezer is placed in all first-year rooms.  Because of its energy efficiency, this is the only microwave approved for use in the residence halls.  (Questions?  Call 717-337-6390).


Necessities students should bring

Students should plan to bring the following necessities:

  • pillow, sheets, blankets, mattress pad
  • towels
  • alarm clock
  • desk lamp(s), light bulbs (NOTE: halogen lamps are prohibited)
  • touch-tone telephone
  • UL listed surge-protected power strip
  • laundry case/basket
  • waste basket with trash bags
  • broom or dry mop, dustpan


Recommended Items

Students may wish to bring items from the list below:

  • rug, 9' x 12' (a good approximation for most rooms)
  • window curtains (windows vary from room to room; we advise you to purchase your curtains after you arrive)
  • extra-long sheets (mattress size is 38" x 80" x 6 1/2")
  • computer (Questions? Call 717-337-6935)
  • small vacuum cleaner
  • first-aid kit
  • fan
  • robe, shower shoes, caddy for shower supplies


Permitted electrical appliances

The following items are permitted:

  •  radio and stereo
  • television and VCR and DVD player(s)
  • coffee pot and hot pot with automatic turn-off
  • iron
  • popcorn popper
  • razor (electric)
  • electric blanket
  • hair  dryer
  • lava lamp


Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in residence halls:  

  • Guns, firearms, knives or weapons of any type, including BB and pellet guns which are all cause for suspension (see above for specific policy)
  • Candles and/or incense (lit or unlit)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Electrical appliances including, but not limited to, candle warmers, broilers, toasters and toaster ovens, electric skillets, hot plates, electric woks/frying pans, crock pots, microwave ovens, hotdog and hamburger cookers, and heating/immersion coils are prohibited in bedrooms (NOTE: popcorn poppers, hotpots, and coffee makers with automatic shut-off are permitted)
  • Room-heating devices, including all space heaters, kerosene or oil lamps, alcohol burners, and candles
  • Gasoline-powered items, such as motorcycles, mopeds, or parts thereof
  • Flammable and/or combustible liquids and/or chemicals including gasoline and charcoal
  • Grills of any type (except Foreman-style counter-top grills in kitchens)
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.
  • Drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs
  • Loose plywood; tables longer than 3 feet
  • Portable washers, dryers and dish washers
  • Animals or pets of any kind (please see Pet Policy)
  • Light "dimmers," ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any room/apartment/ building apparatus
  • Overloaded electrical receptacles (more than three appliances connected to one outlet and multiple-plug adapters with more than two cords attached)
  • Faulty or old extension cords
  • Cinder blocks
  • Excessive strands of stringed lights (must not exceed three strands per room).  Lights must not be hung on or around beds or bedding.
  • Hanging of stringed lights on the exterior of buildings without the advanced, expressed, written consent of the Office of Residence Life
  • Tapestries, banners and flags.  These items cannot be hung on walls or ceilings.  Use of flags, tapestries or non-rated fabric is also prohibited from being used as a window treatment.  Window treatments such as curtains must be made of a fabric that resists or retards the spreading of flames and has either a UL fire rating of #723 or NFPA225.
  • Excessive furniture that blocks or restricts egress from sleeping areas
  • Microwaves other than a MicroFridge (Microwaves are permitted in apartments, limit one)
  • Personal room refrigerators (unless you live in an apartment). Gettysburg College provides a MicroFridge unit for each room not in an apartment.
  • Air conditioners unless approved for medically necessary reasons. Documentation is required for approval. Approved first-year, sophomore, and junior students are required to participate in the college's air conditioner rental program. Rental fee is $50 for each academic year. Approved seniors can also participate in the college's rental program or they can provide their own unit; unit size must be no larger than 5,200 BTU's. Accommodations are limited due to electrical capacity. Please send medical documentation to the Office of Residence Life at Box 430.
  • 2.4 GHz cordless phones (due to interference with campus wireless network)
  • Barbells or physical training equipment
  • Three section couches
  • Waterbeds and beds other than twin size
  • Dart boards/darts
  • Nails, hooks, double-faced adhesive tape, or other items that will damage walls (use poster putty/stick tack instead)
  • Live trees (pine/Christmas)
  • Personal lofts

***NOTE: The preceding list is not all inclusive; any item that is a threat to public safety may be removed. The College will continually monitor all areas through staff visits and unannounced inspections by College staff. Prohibited items found will be confiscated and not returned until the student leaves the residence. In addition to confiscation, violators may pay a monetary fine and may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the residence BTU's. ****

Office of Residential & First-Year Programs

Building: College Union Building
Room Number: 250
Phone: (717) 337-6901
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch
Campus Box: 430
Website: Residential & First-Year Programs


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