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Preparing for the big move to college is an exciting time for students. In mid July, your student will receive his or her tentative residence hall assignment via e-mail from Gonzaga’s Department of Housing and Residence Life. In early August, another e-mail will be sent with your student’s room and roommate assignments. This is a great time for your student to get in touch with his or her roommate and discuss living arrangements and larger shared items (such as TVs and microwaves).

Remember when packing to have your student keep in mind the limited space in a residence hall room. Our rooms are fully furnished, so please do not bring large furniture items.

Here is a recommended list of essential and nonessential items for dorm life at Gonzaga:

What to Bring

  • Alarm Clock
  • Assignment Letter (contains hall & roommate assignment)
  • Bed Linens (sheets, pillows, blankets – the majority of beds require extra-long twin bed sheets)
  • Calling Card (long distance is not available in student rooms)
  • Clothes (winter weather)
  • Computer
  • Decorations
  • Dishes
  • Extension Cords
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Iron (some residence halls have ironing boards; most do not)
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Plants
  • Pictures/Posters
  • Recreation Equipment
  • School Supplies and Reference Books
  • Sewing Kit
  • Stereo
  • Storage Containers
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries/Towels
  • University Documents (Keep all letters, receipts, publications in a file folder.)

If you Bring

  • Area Rugs or Carpet – Except for Roncalli House, all student rooms are carpeted.  If your student wishes to use an area rug or carpet, we suggest waiting to purchase after arrival so you know the exact dimensions of the room and have the roommate’s input.
  • Loft – The university offers a limited number of “loft kits” designed for the provided beds. Loft kits may be reserved except for Kennedy and Corkery Apts .  Free-standing lofts and other such constructions are allowed, however, your loft must accommodate the current beds. We encourage students to wait until they arrive to discuss the design with thier roommate and their Residence Director.
  • Small Appliances – Bring only UL-approved appliances with self-contained heating coils and thermostatic controls.
  • TV – All rooms have cable TV connections. Basic service is included; premium and pay-per-view are optional. Will HD service be available?

Items to Share w/Roommate

  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • TV/VCR/DVD Player (All rooms have cable TV connections. Basic service is included)
  • Vacuum

What NOT to Bring

  • Alcohol and drug paraphernalia are prohibited. For a list of additional prohibited items see the Student Handbook.
  • Candles
  • Cooking Appliances (Appliances not allowed include toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, griddles, barbecues and heaters)
  • Firearms/Weapons
  • Heaters, Halogen Lamps and Heat Lamps
  • Pets (Students may have a 10-gallon aquarium for small aquatic life if roommate agrees)

For more information on on-campus living click here.


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