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Dorm Life

Room Checklist

To follow is a fairly universal checklist of things you should bring to your new "Home Away From Home" at Christian Brothers University:

  What to Bring:   Other Extras You May Want To Bring:   Items to leave at home: The following items are NOT permitted in the residence halls:
* Bed Linens * Table Lamp * Wireless hub (wireless routers are against campus policy; their default configuration interferes with the Internet connectivity of rooms around you) 
* Bedspread/Comforter * Iron * Halogen lamps or halogen bulbs of any kind 
* Bathmat * Computer and/or Typewriter * Christmas Lights
* Alarm Clock * Rugs * Hotplate, skillet, toaster, toaster oven, rice cooker, George Foreman Grill, or similar cooking or high-wattage appliances with exposed surfaces 
* Blanket * Radio/Stereo/Headphones * Air conditioner or personal cooling unit, electric or space heater 
* Towels/Washcloths * Plants * Candles (regardless if used for lighting or decoration), kerosene heater, incense, scent pot burners, or other fire hazards 
* Pillows * Plastic Cutlery/Cups * Pets (except fish, tank must be 10 gallons or less) 
* Clothes * Dictionary/Thesaurus * Waterbed 
* Hangers * Sewing Kit * Nail picture hangers (no nails or thumbtacks in woodwork or walls) Students are encouraged to use Command Strips to hang pictures and posters on the walls
* Laundry Bag/Basket * Portable TV * Constructions (such as “lofts” or “room dividers”) are not allowed in the residence halls, and standard room furnishings cannot be moved out of your room or stored.
* Soap * Small Portable Ironing Board * Weapons, including air pellet, soft pellet, water, paintball, or BB guns; swords; knives; etc. 
* Laundry Detergent * Small Microwave Oven * Oversized stereo speakers 
* Dishwashing Liquid * Posters/Pictures * Your own mattress 
* Waste Basket * Refrigerator (Max 7.0 cubic feet)    
* Broom * Extension Cords    
* Vacuum * Surge Protectors    
* Swifter * Automatic Shower Cleaner    
* Cleaning Supplies        
* Shower Shoes        
* Telephone        
* Ethernet Cable        

Available On Campus: 

  • On-sight laundry facilities are available in Avery, Maurelian, Rozier, and Stritch. 
  • Each Capstone Apartment is equipped with a full size washer and dryer. 
  • The University strongly recommends that residents secure renters’ insurance for the contents of their rooms. The University’s insurance does NOT cover room contents. 
  • Study/TV Lounges Cable TV connections 
  • Snack & Soda Machines 
  • 24-hour accessible computer labs 
  • Activities and programs 
  • Lots of new friends 
  • Helpful and concerned staff 

When you are packing for your first trip to Christian Brothers University, don't forget that you will have vacations at Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Unless you are far from home, you will not need to bring a year's supply of clothing and incidentals. This will allow you more space in your room. Check with your roommate, if possible, and coordinate bringing any extras such as a TV, stereo, etc. 

Check with your insurance company and make sure that your possessions are covered while away from home.  If not, you should check into acquiring personal property insurance.

Roommate Relationships

One of the most exciting and challenging facets of your out-of-classroom experience at CBU will be establishing good relationships with a new roommate and suitemates. Perhaps more than any other time of your life, your time at CBU will be spent meeting dozens of individuals from many diverse and varied backgrounds. The key to developing good relationships is respecting others personal life, appreciating and tolerating differences, and being committed to resolving problems through open and frank discussion. 

Spend some time getting to know one another. If possible, call or write to your roommate or suitemates over the summer. After your arrival, spend some time talking about your background, personal habits, schedules, characteristics, etc. Communication is the key to any good relationships! Living with someone does not mean that everything contained in the room is community property. Spend some time setting up guidelines about what can and cannot be used by your roommate. Keep an open mind regarding lifestyles dissimilar to your own, but do not be hesitant about asserting you own beliefs. 

Remember that trained staff members — your Resident Assistants and Resident Director — are available to help you and your roommate become acquainted and to mediate any conflict.