The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Department of Housing and Residence Life

What to Bring?

  • Linens – pillow, blanket, quilt or comforter, mattress pad, towels, washcloths, sheets. Mattress size is full size (Single rooms) and extra-long twin (double rooms)
  • Personal toiletries including toilet paper
  • Surge protector (no extension cords)
  • Housekeeping supplies – spray cleaner, trash liners, small vacuum, air freshener
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent, clothes hamper, hangers and iron/ironing board with auto shut-off feature
  • Food/eating utensils
  • Television/DVD/stereo/headphones
  • Personal decor items – posters, photos, etc. (no nails, screws or staples), only use blue painters tape or 3M Command Strips
  • Desk lamp/desk organizers /no halogen bulbs
  • Closet organizers
  • Bicycle lock (if you bring a bicycle to campus)


Things to Remember: 

  • Renters insurance (highly recommended)
  • For Move-In day we encourage you to bring a dolly, bungee cords, plastic or tarp (in case of rain) to speed up the check-in process.

Do not bring:

  • Pets – Other than fish in a maximum 10-gallon tank
  • Open coil heating or cooking devices
  • Candles or incense
  • Fireworks, paintball markers, cross bows, bows and arrows, water guns or "look alike" gadgets allowed in residence halls. Only legal concealed handguns are allowed as per university policies. Visit for details and policies.
  • Drugs/paraphernalia
  • Avoid large amounts of cash
  • Extension cords or multi-plug adapters without surge protectors
  • Wireless routers (routers and Ethernet switches are not allowed)
  • Hoverboards