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Packing for Your Room

Pack realistically!

Keep in mind that your room will probably be a little smaller than your room at home, and you will most likely be sharing that space with a roommate. It is a good idea to get in contact with your new roommate before you arrive at NEC to make sure that you aren't bringing duplicate items.

Remember, less is more! You can always get something later (or have your family mail it to you). It is harder to find room to store things that you didn't really need.

What is provided:

  • Twin extra-long bed  (adjustable bed height)
  • Moveable night shelf that can attach to bed
  • Bookcase with two shelves
  • Dresser - stackable and moveable
  • Desk and chair
  • Wardrobe with rod and shelf
  • Overhead lighting

What to bring:

  • Alarm clock
  • Blankets, sheets, comforter – all beds are twin extra-long
  • Clothing hangers
  • Computer
  • Dry erase board for messages
  • First aid kit
  • Headphones
  • Laundry Bag / Hamper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Pillow(s)
  • School / writing supplies
  • Surge protected multi-plug adapters and surge protected extension cords. Here is a good option.
  • Wastebasket

For the bathroom:

  • Personal Toiletries
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Towels and washcloths or bath sponge

Other items to consider:

You should discuss all of the following items with your roommate. For some items, more than one per room is prohibited. For other items, having more than one per room may take up too much space.

  • Small television
  • Carpet/area rug
  • Stereo or iPod dock and headphones
  • Additional lighting (no halogen lamps or light bulbs)
  • Damage-Free hanging strips for posters, pictures, etc. Suggested items: Command 3M Strips and Hooks. No tacks or nails!

What to leave at home:

The following items are prohibited for safety reasons or due to the extraordinary stress they cause to our facilities. Please reference the resident Housing Contract for further details and the full listing of prohibited items.

  • Mini Fridges - but you can rent one through an NEC vetted company (details will be in the housing assignment e-mail)
  • Coffee makers -including Keurig systems, espresso machines & electric tea kettles. French Press coffee makers are just fine!
  • Wall adhesives or nails. 3M Command products or mounting putty can be used as they are damage-free hanging products.
  • Rice cookers, Crock-pots, electric frying pans or woks, hot plates, toaster ovens - anything with a self-heating element including immersion coils
  • Microwaves - communal microwave is on the 4th floor in the shared kitchen
  • Extension cords that are not surge protected.
  • Candles, including decorative. Flameless candles ok if only with LED lights
  • Iron and ironing board. Each floor is provided with a communal iron and ironing board located in the restroom.
  • Outside furniture such as couches, large chairs, etc. These items must meet Boston Fire Safety codes for our building and must be approved by our Building Operations department. Please send details of the item including photos of tags by August 1 to
  • Pets - including fish. Sorry :(
  • Air conditioner - the building has central cooling and heating!
  • Bed loft, bed risers, cinder blocks. Beds can be height-altered or bunked
  • Halogen lamps or bulbs
  • Grills (including George Foreman type grills)
  • Space heaters - there is central heat!
  • Cable splitters/splicers or Satellite dishes
  • Waterbeds or outside mattresses
  • Amplifiers  (can be stored in room but not used in the Residence Hall)