things to bring

Items that you should bring to the residence hall:

  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Sheets for a regular twin size bed
  • Blanket, comforter, or bedspread
  • Alarm clock
  • Photo identification
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Bath towels
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)

Other items that you may want to bring to the residence hall: 

  • Room decorations ~ no nails, adhesives, tacks, etc.
  • Computer and printer
  • Money for personal use, checkbook, and credit or debit card
  • Class/art supplies and backpack
  • Mini-vacuum (although vacuums are provided for you in the hall)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket
  • Quarters 
  • First aid supplies
  • Cleaning supplies / dish soap
  • Coffee maker
  • Stackable crates
  • Flashlight
  • Books
  • Calculator
  • Postage stamps
  • Clothes hangers
  • Umbrella
  • Sewing kit
  • Tape, scissors, stapler
  • Iron / ironing board
  • Stereo
  • Bicycle
  • Prescription medication (contact a local pharmacy in San Francisco to have prescriptions transferred)

Things to coordinate with your roommate before move-in day:

  • Decorations / wall coverings / posters / etc.
  • Throw rug
  • Coffee maker
  • Radio / stereo / CD player

Things NOT to Bring

A detailed list of prohibited items is provided in your housing application packet. Please read this list carefully to avoid bringing prohibited items into the residence halls.

  • Outside beds / mattresses
  • Mini-refrigerators (these are already provided in the room)
  • Toaster, toaster ovens, electric skillets, hot plates and other open coil appliances, George Foreman grills, or similar appliances (the use of these items is prohibited in individual rooms, and those that are allowed in the building are already provided in the community kitchen).
  • Microwaves (these are already provided in the room)
  • Televisions / DVD players (these are already provided in the room)
  • Additional desks
  • Candles or incense (open flames are prohibited in the residence halls)
  • Extension cords
  • Outlet splitters
  • Power tools
  • Halogen lamps
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Air conditioner units
  • Electric heaters
  • Fireworks
  • Non UL-listed appliances
  • Alcohol (unless 21 years of age or older)
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Pets (except for licensed service animals for residents with documented disabilities)
  • Cars (SFAI does not provide parking spaces for any residents, and nearby garages are expensive)

Helpful tips:

  • Write down the serial numbers for any electronic devices you bring. You may use our Electronic Item Inventory sheet to keep this information in your records.
  • Secure your belongings. It is important to lock your door every time you leave your room.
  • Review your insurance. Coverage for items in your room may be included on your parent’s home-owners or renter's insurance. If not, you may want to consider purchasing renter's insurance during your stay in the residence halls
  • Consider your space and limit what you bring. Residential Life does not provide additional storage for large items such as luggage, bikes, and boxes.