What to Bring to Campus


• Small broom, vacuum, dustpan, cleaning supplies
• Trash bin with lid for food garbage and paper trash, with appropriate sized liners.
• Plastic bin for protective storage of food snacks. Plastic bags and original packaging is not sufficient.
• Surge protector power strip - ie: any power strip that has an on and off switch (extension cords or multi plug adapters are NOT permitted)
• First aid supplies
• Flashlight and batteries
• Fan (for first and last months)
• Reusable water bottle

Bed and Laundry
• Alarm clock
• Twin XL sheets
• Pillows, pillowcases
• Blankets and bedspreads
• Towels
• Bathroom Caddy
• Shower shoes / flip flops
• Bathroom necessities (Multi student suites require student to supply toilet paper).
• Laundry bag / basket
• High efficiency detergent and softener
• Small ironing board / iron with auto shut off
• Clothes hangers
• Drying rack

Other Items
• Full length mirror
• Television
• DVD player / gaming console
• Refrigerators must be 3.2 cubic feet or smaller.

• Laptop / tablet
• Printer and extra ink
• Area rug

A list of prohibited items is covered in your Student Handbook. Please refer to the link here for review:

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Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive. Don’t see your question? Email residencelife@duny.edu or give us a call at (845) 848-7601.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

Housing assignments are sent to your DUNY Email after the second week in July as long as we have received your housing deposit in the business office and you have complete Housing Contract and Housing Preference Form. Get your Housing Contract and Housing Preference Form completed as soon as you can, as we do honor requests for room types and roommates in the order we receive them! A good date to make sure you submit both these forms is July 1st.

Can I  live with a friend?

Yes! Although we see value in a new living experience, especially in the freshman year, we do allow students to mutually request each other. It is important that the request is noted on both students' housing paperwork and completed at similar times. It is hard for us to honor a request when we receive one roommate’s habit questionnaire early in the process and the other roommate’s later in the process.

What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

The Residence Life Staff make every effort to help resolve roommate issues through mediation and roommate agreements.  If these fail to resolve the problem then we will try to accommodate a room change.  However, we do not permit room changes until after the second full week of the semester and can only honor requests when space is available.

What about Freshman bathrooms?

In Hertel Hall, each floor has several private bathrooms with a shower, toilet, and sink. In Rosary Hall, there are community bathrooms at the end of the hallway with showers, bathroom stalls, and many sinks.

What if I need special accommodations for medical reasons?

Any requests for special consideration go through special services. Please contact Margaret Giuliano at  845.848.4035 or email margaret.giuliano@duny.edu.

Can I ship my belongings early?

Unfortunately, because of limited space, we are unable to accept any packages prior to move-in.  Please do not ship anything until after the official move-in date.

What should I bring with me? (and what I leave at home?)

We have been doing this for a while. Please see our “What to Bring to Campus” section for our suggestions and a list of prohibited items! In general, we suggest you bring a few things to make your room homey but don’t bring anything. Leave some seasonal things at home. It will give you more living space and an excuse to go home to swap out some shorts for sweaters!

What size sheets should I bring?

Twin extra-long sheets are your best option, but sometimes deep pocket twin sheets work too. The mattresses in the Residence Centers measure 36”x 80”.  All of the bedding sections at most home stores carry college sheets during the college prep season.

Can students bring appliances?

All of our Residence Centers have microwaves available in the common lounges of the building. Students living in Hertel Hall and Rosary Hall are not allowed to bring personal microwaves for their room. Residents of Guzman Hall quads are provided with a microwave and Guzman Hall double occupants are permitted to bring a personal microwave for their common space. We do allow every student the option to bring a 2.9 cubic feet refrigerator and television for their personal use. Oftentimes, roommates will discuss who will bring what after receiving their room assignments. We do NOT allow coffee makers, hot plates, George Forman grills, and similar appliances in our Residence Centers. Reference our prohibited items list for more information.

What will move-in day be like?

Due to the large number of students moving in, you will be able to park your car in front of your residence hall for a short period of time.  Then you will be directed to park in our main parking lot (a half-block distance) and return to bring your belongings to your room.  We recommend that you bring your own hand truck or dolly.  We are only able to provide a limited supply.

What furniture is provided in my room?

Every room comes equipped with a bed, a dresser, a desk, and a chair and window blinds.  We do not permit any additional furniture to be brought in.

What happens if I get locked out of my room or lose my keys?

A Residence Life staff member will let you into your room.  Lost keys must be reported and replaces.

What are my dining options on campus?

Dominican University Dining by Chartwells is our food service provider and they strive to provide fresh, healthy, and fun options in the dining hall located in the Granito Center. There is a hot station, pizza oven, deli counter, grill, and an excellent salad bar in addition to a “Grab and Go” for a quick meal. With daily specials, soups, and fun demonstration days, it is a great food option on campus. Dominican University Dining by Chartwells also offers a smaller grill and “Grab and Go” in Casey Hall if you don’t have time to get over to the Granito Center.

If you feel like something different from the on-campus options, the college has many contracts with local food vendors where you can use your “DUNY Dollars” to have a meal out! This includes Pizza joints, Chinese food, Sushi, even CVS Pharmacy, and Applebee’s.

Can freshmen have cars on campus?

We allow freshmen to have their cars on campus. Freshmen register their cars in the parking office in Casey Hall and are able to park in the large Rosary parking lot. This lot is very close to other buildings where freshmen live.

Can I bring my pet to campus?

Residence Life allows 10-gallon tanks for fish or aquatic animals able to sustain life underwater for at least 24 hours. We do not allow any other type of pet.