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What to Bring When You Move In

Getting ready to move into your room at HPU is one of the most exciting times of the year. It's fun to reflect your personality and create a relaxing haven in the midst of campus.

Keep in mind that you are free to customize your space and that decorating possibilities are endless as long as you remember to abide by some basic guidelines. Residence Life has put together a list of things that will help you organize for your move-in to campus, including a list of items that are not allowed and should be left at home. Be sure to get in touch with your roommate(s) and suitmates to coordinate items that can be shared (such as rugs, appliances, decor.)

Before you move in you can mail packages to arrive no earlier than 2 weeks before the check-in date. If packages arrive more than 2 weeks before the term starts, they will be returned to sender.


Bring IT!


Comforter or Quilt (Twin XL)
Blanket (Twin XL)
Sheet set (Twin XL)
Mattress pad, egg crate topper, and/or memory foam (Twin XL)


  • Towels: 2 face/hand towels, 2 washclothes, 2 bath towels
  • Toiletries: bath soap/gel, deodorant, dental hygiene, contact lens/vision care, skincare, hair care, shaving/grooming supplies
  • Shower caddy (with drainage)
  • Shower shoes
  • Robe

Closet and Laundry

  • Closet organizer
  • Hangers
  • Laundry detergent (HE liquid only!)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry hamper or bag

Desk and School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Desk lamp
  • Pens, pencils, etc.
  • Waste basket
  • Paper
  • Notebook
  • Stapler


  • Captain's chair, camping-type collaspible chair, or bungie chair
  • Rug
  • Posters
  • Photos
  • Painters tap or push pins (no command hooks or poster putty!)


  • Laptop (don't forget your cables!)
  • Printer (printing resources are also available at HLC and the Learning Commons)
  • TV
  • Game console(s)
  • Multiple-outlet surge protector

Kitchen (all room types)

  • Unbreakable tableware (reusable utensils, cups, plates, bowls, and pans)
  • Food storage containers
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen towels
  • Trash can
  • Garbage bags

Kitchen (all HLC rooms and Studio type rooms at Waterfront Lofts)

  • Keurig-type, single serve coffee maker

Kitchen (Loft type rooms at Waterfront Lofts only; 1 per loft)

  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • NuWave Pro Infrared Oven
  • Hot plate
  • Hot pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Slow cooker


  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Stacking shelves
  • Organizational containers


Leave it!

Prohibited Items

  • The following items are not permitted in the residence halls. Posession of these items in the residential communities may represent a violation of Residence Life policies, the Hawaii Pacific University Student Code of Conduct, or both. Please leave these items at home!
  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol or alcohol paraphernalia (including shot glasses and empty containers)
  • Amplified musical instruments
  • Candles/incense 
  • Cinder blocks
  • Explosives (including fireworks, firearms or weapons)
  • 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
  • Extension cord without surge protection
  • Personal furniture (i.e. bed frames, mattresses, upholstered or stuffed furniture, futons, recliners, or wicker furniture)
  • Pets (except fish in a 10-gallon or less tank)
  • Space heaters
  • Wall-mounted televisions
  • Non-university supplied lofts
  • Weapons (including knives, brass knuckles, clubs, etc.)
  • Not allowed in a Studio type room or in any HLC room: Coffee maker with exposed heating element, toaster, NuWave Pro Infrared Oven, hot plate, hot pot, rice cooker, slow cooker
If you have any questions or are unsure about an item, please contact Residence Life.