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Most students share double or triple rooms. Singles are assigned to students who have lived on campus the longest (see Selection Priority)
Your room will have basic furniture including:
Single bed frame and mattress
(mattress dimensions - 80" long x 36" wide)
Desk and chair
Wardrobe or closet
Note: You will be assigned furnishings for your use during the period of occupancy issued by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The furniture must stay in that room/apartment and cannot be stored. Furnishings need to meet safety standards and be assembled properly. Waterbeds are not allowed in residence halls. Residents may be held financially responsible for costs associated with replacing missing furniture and/or removing unauthorized furniture from their rooms. As specified in the Terms and Conditions for the Room Condition Form (RCF) you were asked to complete, a list of associated charges for billing purposes is available to you below.
Local telephone service is provided, but you have to bring your own telephone. All rooms are connected to a University cable television system. Service includes local and regional programming, a movie channel, a student-run station and various satellite networks.
Below are some guidelines for what you can and cannot bring when you move into your new campus home.
What You Should Bring - The Basics
Sheets (to fit mattress 80" long x 36" wide)
Touch-tone telephone* (Excluding Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community and North Apartments. See note below.)
*Phone jacks are not provided in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community residence halls. The University provides one telephone per floor in CHCRC which is accessible in a common space. In North Apartment,s the University provides one telephone located in the apartment kitchen for all occupants to share. There is no phone connection in bedrooms of the apartment.
Please arrange your room in an energy efficient and/or environmentally sensitive manner. For example, please bring compact flourescent lamps instead of incandescent lamps.
For a more detailed list of items to bring to campus, visit the What to Bring page.
Note: All electric cords, plus and appliances must be in good condition. All appliances should have an Underwriters' label or seal of approval from another recognized testing laboratory. All appliances with exposed heating coils or those that can become excessively hot are potential fire hazards and are prohibited from your room.
The following electrical appliances can be used in your room:
CD/DVD player/stereo system
Coffee maker with an automatic shut-off and integrated duel safety circuit
Computer and printer
Lamp (please use compact flourescent instead of incandescent)
Microwave up to 700 watts and 0.7 cu. ft.
Microwave/refrigerator with integrated circuit
Portable hair dryer
Small refrigerator - 3.0 cu.ft. or less - with a ground adapter plug
The following items may be used in common areas only (kitchenettes):
Electric frying pans
You may not have hazardous items in your room at all. Possession of any items listed below violates the Residence Hall Regulations in the Code of Student Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.
Prohibited items include:
Electric cooking grills
Facsimiles of weapons
Firearms or lethal weapons of any sort
Fireworks or explosives
Gasoline or other flammable liquids
Lighted smoking materials
Pets (except for service animals and fish in 10-gallon tanks)
Pyrotechnic devices and smoke machines
Space heaters of any kind
*Except for religious purposes only in designated areas as outlined in the Residence Hall Manual.