ResLife Room Guide

You've been checking out those dorm essentials lists, but they always seem huge and you end up missing something. Here's what OCC recommends for our suites.

What to bring 


  • Twin XL bedding
  • Totes to store personal items like snacks, cleaning supplies
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket/hamper

Common Area

  • TV, boardgames, or communal entertainment items
  • Throw blanket
  • Throw pillow
  • Coffeemaker


  • Shower curtain
  • Hand soap
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • Shower caddy
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Other things

  • Snacks
  • Plates and a few utensils
  • Laundry supplies
  • Wall art

We offer computers, printers, and more on campus, but if you want an expanded recommendation list on what to bring, we think College Board has a good one.

A microfridge is an all in one unit specially designed for residence hall rooms that includes a refrigerator, freezer, and microwave.


  • Refrigerator is 2.13 cubic ft.
  • Freezer is .74 cubic ft.


  • Rental is $199.99 per year plus tax.

To rent one, visit

The microfridge will be delivered to your room before you arrive.


If you aren't quite sure how to clean things, don't worry. We've got you covered. Check out some of these helpful cleaning guides below.

Closet Essentials

In Central New York, we get all the seasons and then some! Here are some recommendations on what to bring.

Syracuse Summer

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Sneakers 
  • Sandals

Onondaga Autumn

  • Jeans
  • Sweatpants, leggings
  • Long-sleeve shirts, flannels
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts
  • Light jacket

Upstate Winter

  • Thick winter coat
  • Snow boots (something with decent tread or traction!)
  • Hats
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Scarves

Room Rules

There are a few rules we have to obey as a community to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please review the following guidelines when moving in or decorating.

  • Do not store items within 18 inches from a sprinkler head or within 2 feet from the ceiling
  • Do not move heavy furniture – submit a work order and facilities will assist with moving furniture
  • Do not hang anything on the ceiling or sprinklers
  • Do not have strings of lights on your walls or ceiling
  • You may not cover more than 50% of your door or walls as it is a fire hazard
  • Do not put any stickers or decorations that leave a residue on your walls (including washable paint)
  • Animals of any kind (unless an APPROVED Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal through the Office of Accessibility Resources)
  • Alcohol or other drugs and any AOD paraphernalia (including hookas)
  • Hoverboards
  • Dartboards with metal tips
  • Drums or DJ equipment
  • Extension cords or multi-plug outlets
  • Neon signs and any kind of string lights
  • Personal modems
  • Federal, state, college, local or other signs
  • Halogen lamps, lava lamps, torchiere lamps, octopus lamps, or other high intensity lamps
  • Firearms, weapons or other dangerous instruments (paintball guns, BB guns, paintball guns, airsoft guns, knives, archery equipment, etc.)
  • Curtains, drapes, or tapestries (unless flame resistant with proof on tag)
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements (George Foreman Grills, Panini Grills, hotplates, etc.)
  • Candles, fireworks, explosives, charcoal/gas grills, oil lamps, incense, any combustible device, electric blankets, etc.
  • Indoor use of any athletic equipment (pull up bars, workout bench, etc.)
  • Air Conditioners and Space Heaters
  • Live-cut Christmas trees and any flammable decorations