Your Room

What to Bring | MicroChill | Linens Program | Damaged or Lost Items

Once you know the room type of your on-campus assignment, view the corresponding 360°Room Tour to get a better idea of what it looks like.

Your room will have basic furniture including:

Single bed frame and mattress (Lofting Kit Information and Instructions)
(mattress dimensions - 80" long x 36" wide)
Desk and chair
Wardrobe or closet

    The furniture must stay in that room/apartment. Furnishings need to meet safety standards and be assembled properly. Residents may be held financially responsible for costs associated with replacing missing furniture and/or removing furniture from their rooms. As specified in the Terms and Conditions for the Room Condition Form (RCF) you were asked to complete, you can review a list of estimated Repair and Replacement Costs.

    Cable and Telephone Service

    All rooms are connected to a university cable television system. Service includes local and regional programming, a movie channel, a student-run station and various satellite networks. Local telephone service is provided, but you have to bring your own telephone. Phone jacks are not provided in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. The university provides one telephone per floor in CHCRC which is accessible in a common space. 

    What to Bring

    Before you decide what you intend to bring to campus, review important reminders and suggested items. Please keep in mind, some items are prohibited from the residence halls. Students that live outside Massachusetts and wish to ship items to campus prior to Fall Move-In should review the Luggage Program.

    Sustainability Reminders

    • Coordinate with your roommate(s) and discuss what items you can share (television, DVD player, gaming console, printer, etc.). NOTE: If you plan to bring a television, please check here for HSCN Digital TV Compatibility Information.
    • Purchase gently used items for your room at the New2U tag sale during Move-In weekend. 
    • Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up at the hydration station in your residence hall!

    Learn additional ways you can live sustainably on campus!

    Suggested Items

    Remember, your space on campus will most likely be smaller than your room at home. Keep this in mind when packing.

    For a checklist of suggestions on what to bring click here.

    Prohibited Items

    To maintain the safety of the residence halls for all students, items that may be a fire hazard or other hazard are not permitted. Candles, hoverboards, octopus lamps, and toasters are a few examples of prohibited items. For a complete list, please review Residential PoliciesPossession of any prohibited item violates these policies and/or the Code of Student Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.


    UMass has partnered with College Products to provide you with the option of renting or purchasing a MicroChill refrigerator/microwave. This combination appliance is a wonderful “GREEN” choice as it’s energy star rating is upward of 97 kWh lower than similar units available in big box stores.

    Order by the Priority Deadline and the MicroChill will be in your room when you arrive for Move-In!

    Linens Program

    The UMass Amherst Residence Hall Association (RHA) has found a convenient and affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls at UMASS.

    The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra-long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. Everything is guaranteed until graduation, and there's free shipping for all Value Pak orders. Placing your order early is recommended for the best color and pattern choices. You can also have them shipped directly to campus so they will be ready for pickup from your Residential Service Desk when you arrive for Move-In!

    Damaged or Lost Items

    Students and families are encouraged to review their home owners insurance policy to determine if their student is covered while away at school. If not, it is recommended that students purchase renter's insurance. The university is not responsible for student personal property. However, if you feel the university is responsible for property loss or damage, you may file a  Lost or Damaged Student Property Claim.