Frequently Asked Questions

What appliances can I bring?

The use of electrical equipment and appliances in the residence halls can pose serious safety hazards. By failing to follow these detailed guidelines, outlets could easily be overloaded and result in a serious electrical fire or damage to the distribution system.

  • Electrical appliances should be Underwriters' Laboratory-approved and in good operating condition.
  • The use of personal appliances should be limited to a radio, stereo, electric razor, small portable television, personal computer with a rating of less than 200 watts, clock, portable hair dryer, VCR/DVD player, fax machine, and small fan. Electric hair curlers and hot combs should be used with caution (only one plugged in at a time).
  • Residence hall rooms are not meant or permitted to be used as kitchens. The use of coffeemakers and coffee pots (unless these are equipped with automatic shutoffs), and blenders is restricted to residence hall kitchens. These and microfridges are the only food appliances allowed in residential rooms.
  • Only irons equipped with automatic shutoffs may be used in student rooms. Clothes steamers should be used only in laundry rooms or apartments.
  • Dimmer switches, multiple outlet plugs, and similar devices are prohibited.
  • Plugging a power strip of any type into another one ("Piggy-backing") is prohibited.
  • Electric blankets, space heaters, and sun or heat lamps are prohibited.
  • The use of drums or the electrical amplification of any musical instrument is prohibited in all residence halls. These may only be stored (but not played). For information regarding the use of music practice rooms, contact the School of Music.