Packing Suggestions

When you move in, you will find a space waiting for your personal touch! For your convenience, we have put together the following packing list:

Residence hall rooms are furnished with:

  • two loftable beds
  • two closets or wardrobes
  • two desks with chairs
  • two dressers
  • two wastebaskets
  • computer connection
  • one analog telephone line (upon request only and for a fee)
  • most rooms are carpeted
  • window blinds

What to bring:

  • alarm clock
  • bed spread and blanket
  • cleaning supplies
  • detergent
  • laundry bag
  • linens
  • personal grooming items
  • pillow 
  • shower curtain (Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, and Founders Hall only)
  • shower shoes
  • surge protectors with circuit breakers and UL label
  • toilet paper (Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, and Founders Hall only)
  • toiletries
  • towels
  • if bringing medication, then a small safe or a lockable trunk is recommended for storage

What to leave at home:

Due to potential fire hazards, the University Fire Safety Policy prohibits the following items:

  • candles, incense and oil lamps, even if they are being used as decoration
  • extension cords
  • air-conditioners
  • appliances with exposed heating elements including microwave/convection oven combination units 
  • hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, hot pots, outdoor/indoor grill, waffle irons, and similar cooking items
  • lights or lamps with halogen bulbs
  • lofts (only BGSU beds may be used)
  • pets (only fish are permitted)
  • portable heating devices, including portable heaters and electric blankets
  • water beds
  • weapons
  • floor lamps that have flexible arms, sometimes with lamp shades of different colors (some floor lamps of this style have melted their plastic shades and started fires)

Optional items:

  • analog phone (optional and for a fee)
  • bicycle with lock
  • co-axial cable for TV
  • coffee maker (with auto shut off only)
  • compact portable refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet and 36" height not to exceed 1.5 amps)
  • futon (78" wide or less)
  • computer
  • desk light or floor lamp with a UL label and use fluorescent or incandescent bulb
  • ethernet cord (BGSU compliant cable available at Bookstore)
  • fan with a UL label
  • first-aid kit
  • microwave oven (not to exceed 900 watts)
  • TV/DVD player/gaming stations


Inflatable furniture and bean bag chairs are not permitted in students rooms due to the toxic, dense smoke that they release in a fire.

Upholstered furniture must be fire retardant. Look for one or more of these fire retardant standards on identification tags:

  • NFPA 701
  • Class 1 of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Commercial Standard 191-53
  • California Flammability Bulletin 117
  • ASTM-E 84
  • Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) Gold Tag)

If you cannot find any of these fire retardant identifications, treat the furniture with a fire retardant coating that lists one or more of the following standards: ASTM-E 84, NFPA 701, or UL 723. Fire retardant coatings can be found in some paint stores, hardware stores and department stores.

Wood furniture must either be constructed with pretreated lumber or must be coated with fire retardant. Pretreated lumber will be stamped with wording such as "Class A ASTM" or Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 17PO". Fire retardant paints and varnishes will list one or more of these standards: ASTM-E 84, NFPA 701, or UL 723. Be sure to get a paint or varnish that is fire retardant, not "heat resistant".