UT at Austin Packing List | Move In Day

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University of Texas at Austin move in day can be extremely stressful during the freshman school year. Here is the complete UT at Austin packing list! 

Room basics that you need to bring to UT at Austin during move in day

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mattress pad
  • Bedspread, comforter or blanket
  • Desk lamp
  • Towels and shower caddy
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sleeping bag if you want
  • Wall mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Mini-vacuum
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Linens to fit an extra long twin bed (36″ x 80″)
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Trash bags

Room decorations that you could bring to UT at Austin during move in day

  • Pictures
  • Picture frames
  • Photo clips
  • Jewelry organizer
  • Decorative baskets
  • String lights
  • Posters
  • Wall Art

School Supplies that you need to bring during UT at Austin move in day

  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • External hard drive or USB or SD Card
  • Wireless mouse
  • Chargers (Phone, table, laptop)
  • Staplers
  • White out
  • Textbooks
  • iClicker (Check if you need for your classes)
  • Calculator (Make sure to check which one you need)
  • Laptop 
  • Backpack
  • Pen and Pencils
  • Binders
  • Papers
  • Tote bag
  • Calendar
  • Folders organizer
  • Sticky Notes

Bathroom and shower essentials to bring during UT at Austin move in day

  • Toilet paper
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bathroom rug
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower cap
  • Towels
  • Hand towels

Important documents to bring during UT at Austin move in day

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

What not to bring during UT at Austin move in day (IMPORTANT)

  • Pets: Only fish in a five gallon or less aquarium are permitted.
  • Decorative lighting (see lighting in Res Hall Manual): Black light bulbs, Halogen lamps, holiday lights, incandescent bulbs, lanterns with bulbs, neon lights, paper lamp shades, rope/string lights (including LED), glow lights, or torchiere lamp are not allowed.
  • Fireworks, explosives, and weapons (see license to carry handgun policy for residence halls in the Res Hall Manual).
  • Candles or incense: Open flames are prohibited in the residence halls. Even candles that have never been used are not allowed. Battery-operated (flameless) candles are a great alternative.
  • Extension cords or multi-plug converters without a built in circuit breaker: Use a power strip instead.
  • Toilet seat and lid: You will need to use the toilet seat provided in your private or community bath and are not allowed to bring and install your own.
  • Toxic chemicals or hazardous materials
  • Combustible materials (flammable or combustible liquids, solids, gases or hazardous materials)
  • Grills: propane, charcoal, wood-fired
  • Mattress: You will need to use the mattress provided in your room and are not allowed to bring a separate mattress. A mattress cover or pad is allowed.
  • Homemade furniture
  • University furniture not assigned to you: If the furniture is from a study lounge, that’s where it belongs.
  • Lofts: Self-built or purchased lofts are not allowed. If your bed is able to be lofted, UT Housing will provide the lofting equipment for you.
  • Multi-Port USB Chargers
  • Wireless router
  • 3D printers
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, or other devices that are not UL approved and/or labeled
  • Excessive amounts of paper on door or wall (e.g. larger than two 8 X 11)
  • Appliances that are NOT allowed: By order of the University Fire Marshal, the use of any appliance with open heating coils is prohibited. Appliances that are not allowed include crock pot, electric wok, electric skillet, George Foreman Grill or similar, air fryer, Instant Pot, hamburger cooker, hot plate or any appliance with open heating coils, rice cooker, toaster, toaster oven, deep fryer, electric sandwich maker/press, waffle maker, bread maker, hot cutter, hot oil popcorn popper, broilers, camp stoves, coffee/drink warmer, microwave (comes with room), refrigerator (comes with room), convection ovens, induction cooking appliances, plug-in air fresheners, wax warmers, diffusers, potpourri warmers, Scentsy or other heated fragrance devices, grills (propane, wood-fired or charcoal), soldering iron, space heater or any electrical appliance that is not UL approved and/or labeled. Please see above for a listing of appliances that are allowed in the halls. If there is an appliance you are interested in bringing but is not featured on either list, please contact UT Housing for clarification.
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