Residence Life

What to Bring for Living on Campus

Each student will need to decide what to bring from home and what to buy on the island if traveling to Oahu.  Often it is cheaper to wait until you arrive on island to purchase items from Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart, Kmart, Sears, or Macy's.  Students who chose to mail their items can send them in advance to arrive after August 11, 2015 but before the halls open.    Residence Life will also take students to one of the larger stores to shop for items the first night on campus.

As you begin to plan, there is a list of items that are provided, recommended items to bring, and items prohibited by Residence Life Policy.

Furniture Provided

Other  Services Provided

  • Twin-size bed (extra long)
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Closet space (shared)
  • Dresser unit
  • Trash can
  • Refrigerator (one per room)
  • HPU wireless Internet
  • Brooms and vacuum cleaners provided for community to share
  • Plain shower curtain
  • HPU Student Handbook (which includes student calendar/planner)

What to Bring

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Sheets (twin extra long)
  • Pillow cases
  • Pillow(s)
  • Bedspread
  • Blankets
  • Beach towel
  • Curtains (need tension rods)

Laundry Items

  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag
  • Laundry detergent (liquid)
  • Laundry basket
  • Basic sewing kit


  • Coffee maker (Keurig type or single serving - no hot plate feature)
  • Rice cooker
  • Microwave (one per room permitted)

Personal Care

  • Personal Care Items
  • Shower basket/caddy
  • Soap
  • Bar soap container
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving kit
  • Shower shoes
  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter flu/cold medications


  • Alarm clock
  • MP3/iPod with headphones
  • Hair dryer
  • Computer
  • Television with coaxial cable
  • DVD player
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Hand vacuum or power broom
  • Portable fan
  • Desk  or floor lamp (with bulbs)
  • Book light/clip light
  • Curling iron
  • Electric razor
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Surge protector/Power strip with circuit breaker
Desk Items
  • Drawer organizer
  • Tape (for paper – not the walls)
  • Paperclips
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands

Cleaning Items

  • Clorox wipes
  • Wastebasket plastic liners
  • Paper towels


  • Fan
  • Command adhesive hooks and/or poster putty (the only way to hang items on walls!)
  • Posters
  • Pictures of home
  • Basic tool kit
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Carpet or rug
  • Tension rod for curtains
  • Silverware
  • Mug/bowl/plate
  • Water bottle
  • Plastic containers to store snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella/rain jacket
  • Under-the-bed-storage
  • Bed risers
  • Storage crates/stacking bins
  • Dry erase board
  • Bicycle/u-lock
  • Important papers and documents (driver's license, Social Security card, Health insurance information)
  • Check book
  • Bank card

Don't Bring/Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol or alcohol paraphernalia (including shot glasses and empty alcoholic beverage containers)
  • Amplified musical instruments
  • Appliances with open heating elements or hot plate (including charcoal grills)
  • Candles
  • Crock-Pot
  • Electric skillets and fry pans
  • Explosives
  • Extension cords
  • George Foreman grills
  • Guns
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Hot water dispensers
  • Illicit drugs or any drug-related paraphernalia including water pipes or hookahs of any type
  • Incense and other flammables
  • Mattress
  • Outlet expanders without surge protection
  • Personal bed frames
  • Pets and animals (fish are prohibited - please see handbook for details)
  • Space heaters
  • Sun or heat lamps
  • Toasters or toaster ovens
  • Water beds
  • Weapons (including knives, brass knuckles, clubs, etc.)
If you have any questions or are unsure about an item, please contact Residence Life.