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UC Berkeley move in day can be extremely stressful during the start of the school year. We understand that feeling and that is why we have compiled a list on what to bring and not to bring during move in day. Here is the complete UC Berkeley packing list!

Room basics that you need to bring to UC Berkeley during move in day

  • Alarm clock
  • Bath towels
  • Bed sheets (twin extra-long)
  • Bicycle and bike lock
  • Computer
  • Desk lamp (not Halogen) and CFL/LED lightbulbs
  • Detergent
  • Ear plugs
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cord/power strip
  • First aid kit with a thermometer
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Laundry basket
  • Lock for bathroom locker
  • Mattress pad
  • Microwave (Allowed only when ordered from UC Berkeley’s approved vendor, and it will be placed in your room before you move in.)
  • Mini dry-erase board
  • Mini refrigerator (Allowed only when ordered from UC Berkeley’s approved vendor, and it will be placed in your room before you move in.)
  • Music player/stereo system
  • Plates, cups, silverware
  • Power strip
  • Prescription or ongoing medications for one month and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.
  • Printer* (Note that wireless printers are not permitted. Additionally, printing is available in the Academic Centers in the residence halls.)
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable water bottle
  • School supplies (backpack, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, pens, erasers, ruler, etc.)
  • Shower basket
  • Shower shoes/sandals
  • Telephone (It’s good to have access to a landline in case of emergencies!)
  • Television*
  • Thumbtacks (for walls)
  • Umbrella
  • Water filter/pitcher

Important documents to bring during UC Berkeley move in day

  • ID (Driver license, passport, student ID)
  • Bank documents
  • Credit card and debit card
  • Checks
  • Health Cards

What not to bring during UC Berkeley move in day (IMPORTANT)

  • Candles or incense
  • Decorative string lights
  • Electric cooking implements (anything with coils)
  • Extra furniture and bulky items (wait until you’ve settled in and had a chance to determine what you really need)
  • Heaters
  • Halogen lights 
  • Home network devices such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, smart bulbs, and smart outlets. (These devices often will not work on AirBears2 or CalVisitor, the campus wireless networks.)
  • Microwave (You can order a refrigerator and microwave for your room!)
  • Refrigerator (You can order a refrigerator and microwave for your room!)
  • Pets
  • Satellite dishes
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates
  • Wireless routers (These devices are not permitted because they interfere with the campus AirBears2 wireless network.)
Teddy Rava

My name is Theodore Simon Ravago. I was born and raised in Stockton, California. I'm planning on double majoring in Journalism and Sociology. Personally, I think the fun way is the difficult way.

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