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What To Bring

​​​​​​​​​​​​The following information should prove helpful to you in your preparation for taking up residence on the campus of Providence College.  Please refer to the Providence College Student Handbook for further information related to non-permitted items and fire safety.

Furnishing of Your Room

Although you may share your room with one, two, or three roommates, each student is provided with his/her own furniture.  Your room is equipped with a bed, desk, chair, and either a dresser or under-the-bed-storage unit (except McVinney Hall).  All furnishing requests must be e-mailed to  The vinyl mattresses supplied in the residence halls require extra-long twin sheets (36” x 80”) (Note: McVinney Hall residents may use standard twin sheets).  All college-supplied furniture must remain in the rooms at all times or a charge will be assessed to each student of the room.  You will need to provide all other items for furnishing your room according to your own needs and preferences.

What to Bring (Perso​nal Items)

Students surveyed recommend that you consider bringing the following personal items:

  • ​​​​Mask
  • Disinfectant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Health/SS Cards ​
  • Comforter/Blankets Linens (XL Twin)
  • Mattress Pad/Topper​ Bed Risers (cinder blocks are prohibited) ​
  • Cold Weather Clothing
  • ​Iron/Ironing Board ​
  • Clothes
  • Hangers ​
  • Laundry Bag ​
  • Towels ​
  • Pillows ​
  • Laundry Detergent (HE)
  • Dryer Sheets
  • ​Cleaning Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Storage Bins/Crates ​
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • ​Toiletries
  • ​Prescriptions ​
  • Umbrella
  • Surge Protectors ​
  • Raincoat
  • ​Calendar/Organizer ​
  • School Supplies
  • Desk Lamp
  • Computer/Printer ​
  • Glasses/Flatware/Microwavable bowl​

*Removable hooks and tape should only be used to hang items without damaging the walls (refer to for recommended products). We recommend leaving the hooks on the wall at the end of the year to prevent incurring any damage billing charges.​​​​

​​What to Bring (C​ommon Use Items)​

Since you will receive the name(s) of your roommate(s), you may wish to call or write them to decide on who will bring what for common use. Some items you might want to consider:​

  • ​Refrigerator (5.0 cubic feet in size or smaller)
  • ​Microwave
  • ​Trash Can
  • ​Television (Cable TV service is provided by the College) *Students will need to provide coaxial cable
  • ​Dust Pan/Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Area Rug

*If more than one roommate is bringing a TV, a cable splitter is needed.  A vacuum cleaner is also useful if you bring area rugs. Extra furniture is not permitted (please refer to the prohibited furniture listing).​

What Not to Bring f​or Use in Your Room

Providence College takes fire safety seriously; therefore, the use of the following items in traditional hall student rooms is not permitted: clothing irons, coffee makers with hot plates (Keurigs are acceptable), and heated styling tools.  These items can be used in common areas such as kitchens and bathroom.

The following prohibited items will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken if found in the residence halls:​

  • Instruments or amplification devices producing excessive volume, including, but not limited to, subwoofers and speakers
  • Electric heaters/air conditioners (must be approved by Disabilities Coordinator)
  • Select electrical lights, including tube and neon lighting, paper lights
  • ​Electric blankets
  • ​Popcorn poppers
  • Grill – propane, flammable liquid, charcoal
  • ​Hot plates/pots, rice cookers, waffle irons, griddles, broiler ovens, toasters, toaster ovens (only permitted in apartments)
  • ​​Candles (including for decoration), incense, and items carrying a live flame
  • ​Duct tape**Items posted with duct tape will result in damage billing fine
  • ​Pets (except fish in ten gallon tanks or less)
  • ​Weapons and projectile devices including dart boards, pellet guns, foam dart guns, etc.
  • ​Two-prong extension cords
  • Multi-plug extension cords without surge protection​
  • Homemade bed risers (cement blocks, bricks, pipes)
  • ​Additional furniture (e.g. couches, recliners, small foam furniture, hammocks, tables > 2’x2’)
  • Real plants larger than 3 feet​​
  • Gasoline operated machinery

Note: students are encouraged to bring extenders with surge protection or 3-prong extension cords (these items are available in the PC Bookstore). All 3-prong multi-plugs must be surge protected.

When You Move In, Please Remember…​​

Hallways must remain clear of all items throughout the year, this includes welcome mats, clothing, shoes, athletic equipment, etc. Please be mindful of this on move-in day. Items left in the hallway are subject to confiscation and possible disciplinary action.

Furniture cannot be arranged in a manner which fully or partially blocks physical access into a room. There must be 4.5 feet of entry space into each room; one should not have to turn sideways or squeeze to enter a room. Nothing should impede the complete opening of an entrance door – there should be full clearance when entering or exiting a room.

Attachments are NOT permitted on the ceiling, beds, or sprinkler heads (including tape, string, stickers, privacy sheets, or curtains). Room entrance doors are to remain free of all unauthorized materials. This includes dry erase boards, decorations, and pictures. All rooms must have a fire exit chart provided by the College on the back of the room entrance door. The chart must not be covered.

Posters and wall hangings of any size are permitted one foot from the ceiling and must be anchored at all four corners with an approved adhesive (refer to “What to Bring” section for more information). Posters and hangings cannot cover windows.

The College does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to the personal property of a student whether the College is in session or on holiday. Please review your homeowner’s policy and, if necessary, purchase renters insurance in the unfortunate event of loss of personal property due to theft, maintenance issues, and water damage.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the Providence College residence halls or buildings.