Donner House

What To Bring

We have prepared a list of things that can be done before you arrive or that may be helpful to know before making your way to campus.

What to Bring to Your Room

The following lists are designed to provide you with some general information regarding what to pack before you leave your home. Remember, you will not need everything that you own. Also, be sure to coordinate with your roommate or roommates to find out what they are bringing to eliminate duplicate items in the room.

What’s Already in the Room?

Every residence hall room or apartment comes with the following items for each resident:

  • Bed with 39” x 80” extra-long mattress
  • Desk and chair
  • Bookshelf or hutch (as applicable)
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser
  • Safety rails and ladder for lofted or bunked bed
  • Window coverings
  • High-speed network/internet access (wired and/or wireless connection depending on housing facility)
  • Basic Cable TV service with activated cable TV jack
  • Phone jacks are not active in student rooms. There are centrally located community phones available in each area. Use of cell phones is encouraged for personal use.

The Essentials

You should definitely bring the following items with you when you move in:

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Clothes (Remember, it gets cold in Pittsburgh!)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Laundry basket/bag and laundry soap
  • Linens and towels (sheets, pillows, washcloths, etc.)
  • Mugs, cups, plates, utensils
  • Storage bins
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
  • Umbrella
  • University documents

The Extras

You may want to consider some of the following optional items as well:

  • Bicycle and bike lock
  • Camera
  • Computer
  • Fan
  • Games
  • Headphones
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Refrigerator
  • TV

What NOT to Bring

The items listed below are not permitted in university housing and should definitely be left at home:

  • Air conditioners (unless approved by Health Services)
  • Candles/incense
  • Hot plates or pressure cookers
  • Pets (except for fish in an aquarium or service dogs)
  • Swimming pools or hot tubs
  • Waterbeds