What To Pack

Items to bring to campus:

  • Alarm clock
  • Baskets (for toiletries and storage)
  • Bed linens: sheets (single, extra-long), bedspread, blanket, and pillow
  • Bike and bike lock
  • Computer, printer, and cables
  • Desk lamp, desk supplies
  • DVD player and cables, cable to connect to cable TV outlet
  • Fan (portable), box fan for window
  • Financial items (checking/savings account, credit/debit card, health insurance card, Social Security card, driver's license, etc.)
  • Games (cards, board games)
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket and detergent
  • Microwave (for Nittany Apartment residents only - microwaves are provided in other residence areas)
  • Padlocks (for desk, laptop, and bike). Suggest small lock for drawer hasp on desk
  • Room decorations*
  • Snow shovel to store in your car
  • Television and standard coaxial cable (learn more about our TV Service)
  • Toilet paper (for Nittany Apartments, Eastview Terrace, and North Halls suite residents only)
  • Towels
  • Trash Can (Nittany Apartment residents only)
  • Umbrella, rain boots

* Posters and photos must be hung from picture hooks (provided by Housing) or with plastic tack.

Bed Lofts

While lofting can increase floor space in your room, Housing does not recommend lofting for a variety of reasons, including bed frame types, built-in furniture, and ceiling heights.

Due to ceiling heights under 7'6", lofting in the following areas/buildings is strongly discouraged:

  • East Housing Area(all buildings)
  • Pollock Housing Area (all buildings)
  • North Housing Area (all buildings)
  • South Housing (Ewing, Cross, Haller, Lyons, Cooper, Hoyt, Hibbs, and Stephens Halls)


Some buildings have wall-mounted bolsters, which are designed for the bed/mattress to slide under to create more floor space. However, a bolster may not be in every room. Following the loft specifications(pdf), as noted below, you can construct a loft to work around bolsters.

Buildings where rooms have bolsters include:

  • East Housing Area: Hastings, Sproul, Snyder, Stoner
  • Pollock Housing Area: Beaver, Hiester, Mifflin, Porter, Ritner, Shulze, and Wolf

Several buildings have bed frames that can be adjusted in height up to ~30". These bed types can be found in Eastview Terrace, North Halls, Chace, Ewing, Cross, Haller, Lyons, Cooper, Hoyt, Hibbs, Stephens, Dunham, Garban, Grubb, and Patterson. The most effective way to add additional height and storage to other bed frames is to purchase bed risers found at many retailers.

Room Information
Please visit Housing Area to view floor plans, furnishing dimensions, and room photos. If you are interested in constructing a loft bed in your University Park residence hall room, contact the appropriate Housing Office to ensure that your room can accommodate a bed loft. If you are able to have a loft in the room, please review the loft specifications (PDF) for guidelines and construction information.

Please note:  You are responsible for assembling and dissembling your loft.  Any damaged caused by your loft is your responsibility.  All furniture must remain in your room including the bed frame (and legs) and mattress.

Loft specifications are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you may download it for free at