Packing List

On Move-In Day, you will find a space waiting for your personal touch! For your convenience, we have put together the following packing suggestions for you.

Go to Furniture Dimensions

Each student receives the following:
If you live in a double room, there will be two sets of the furniture listed below. Single rooms will only have one set.

  • Extra-long twin bed (80" x 36")
  • Closets or wardrobe
  • Desks and chair
  • Dresser
  • Wastebasket


All beds are the same size and come equipped with a loft kit at BGSU. Our mattresses are 36"x80"x7", which is considered an extra-long twin, and our standard loft height is 72” tall (floor to the top of the bed) with 57” of clearance under the bed. 

Before move-in, all beds are set to the standard loft height because it’s most popular among students.* The standard setting is tall enough to fit a desk, chair and tall dresser, but not set to the very top setting.  Instructions on how to request your bed height to be lowered will be available at your residence hall front desk on the day you move in to your room.

Standard Loft Height (57" clearance under the bed)


  • Drivers License
  • ATM/Credit/Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Lock Box
  • Backpack
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Headphones
  • Sports Equipment/Games · Playing Cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat · Gloves · Scarf · Warm Coat
  • Umbrella
  • Iron · Ironing Board
  • Microwave-safe Dishes and Mugs
  • Plastic Food Storage Containers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Shower Curtain*
  • Small Safe – Useful when bringing medications
  • Storage Organizer/Trunk
  • Toilet Paper*
  • 3M Adhesives – No Nails
  • Wall/Room Decor

*Only for residence living in Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, and Founders Hall.


  • Bedspread
  • Bed Sheets (Twin Extra-long)
  • Mattress Pad
  • Futon – 78" wide or less.
  • Hairstyling Products · Hair Dryer · Styling Tools
  • Nail Care Supplies · Hand Lotion · Hair Brush
  • Pillow/Pillow Cases
  • Shower Shoes (Flip Flops)/Caddy
  • Soaps/Shampoo
  • Toothbrush · Toothpaste · Mouth Wash · Floss · Cotton Balls · Tissues
  • Towels · Washcloth

Residence Hall Linen Program

Bowling Green State University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 1993. Students at BGSU require specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses. These beds, which are longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort.

For your convenience, we have partnered with Dormify to provide an easy, affordable way to purchase Twin XL bedding, dorm storage solutions, and everything else you'll need (and want) for your new home away from home.

Get Move-In Ready With Dormify



  • First Aid Kit
  • Thermometer
  • Health Insurance Card · Medications
  • Flashlight
  • List of Allergies and Family Medical History
  • List of Emergency Contacts

Helpful tip: Write down your medical information and emergency contacts. Having them saved on your phone or computer is helpful but if they fail, it is good to have a backup copy stored in a safe place.


Need help choosing a device? Check out the Student Technology Guide! This guide is designed to support academic success by providing BGSU students with technology recommendations based upon their major course of study. 

Student Technology Guide

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backup Phone Charger
  • Co-axial Cable for TV
  • Computer
  • Computer Charger and Locking Cable
  • Desk/Floor Lamp – With UL label. Use a fluorescent or incandescent bulb.
  • Ethernet Cord – BGSU compliant cable available at Falcon Outfitters.
  • Fan – With UL Label
  • Gaming System
  • Microwave – NOT to exceed 900 watts.
  • Power Strip (surge protectors ONLY)/Batteries
  • Compact Refrigerator – Less than 5 cubic feet and 36" high, not to exceed 1.5 amps.
  • Can Opener
  • Reusable Water Bottle/Water Filters
  • Keurig/Small Coffee Maker – Auto shut off only.
  • Bluetooth Stereo/Speakers
  • TV with a QAM Tuner
  • Download the Apogee Stream2 App to access BGTV!


  • Laundry Bag
  • HE Detergent - No Pods
  • Hangers
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Drying Rack
  • Stain Remover
  • Cleaning Supplies 
  • Paper Towels
  • Air Freshener
  • Bathroom Cleaning Supplies*

*Only for residence living in Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, and Founders Hall.


  • Calculator
  • Highlighters · Post-Its
  • Notebooks · Folders · Binders
  • Message Board (Dry Erase)
  • Paper · Pens · Pencils
  • Paper Clips · Rubber Bands
  • Planner · Organizer
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape · Glue
  • Stapler · Staples · Holepunch
  • USB Drives



Bringing your own furniture is completely optional. If you are considering purchasing or bringing furniture from home, please review our furniture requirements prior to Move-In Day. Below you can also find PDFs you can find dimensions of the furniture provided in your residence hall. 

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)

Inflatable Furniture and Bean Bag Chairs are NOT PERMITTED in students rooms due to the toxic, dense smoke that they release in a fire.

Wood Furniture must either be constructed with pretreated lumber or must be coated with fire retardant. Pretreated lumber will be stamped. Look for one or more of these identifiers:

  • Class A ASTM
  • 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".


Furniture Dimensions

Looking for room dimensions? You can find them listed on the individual residence hall web pages. You can find access to these pages on our on-campus housing page.


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

  • Air-conditioners
  • Air Fryers & Deep Fryers
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements including microwave/convection oven combination units
  • Candles, incense and oil lamps – Even if they are being used as decoration.
  • Extension cords
  • Floor lamps that have flexible arms – Some floor lamps of this style have melted their plastic shades and started fires. You may see them with colorful plastic lamp shades.
  • Inflatable chairs and beanbag chairs
  • Whitebaords – Not permitted on the outside of resident's doors. Students are allowed to have whiteboards INSIDE thier rooms.
  • Hot plates · toasters · toaster ovens · hot pots · outdoor/indoor grill · waffle irons  · or any similar cooking items
  • Lights or lamps with halogen bulbs
  • Lofts – BGSU provides lofts so there is no need to bring your own.
  • Pets – Only one fish is permitted.
  • Portable heating devices; including portable heaters and electric blankets
  • Water beds
  • Weapons

Updated: 09/13/2023 09:45AM