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What to Bring to Campus

Welcome, Knights! As you plan for your life at Geneseo, you'll need to know what to bring to your new home. Though not all-inclusive, this list should help you decide which items to pack and which to leave behind.

Move-in Day 2017 student

Move-in Day 2017

Residence layouts and amenities vary, but each student is provided with a bed, desk, chair, closet space and dresser. Please visit the residence halls and Living-Learning Communities page for more information about individual residence halls, including video tours.

Information on the dimensions of the rooms, beds, and windows can be found on our room and furniture dimensions page.

Items to Bring

  • Household Goods: Consult our "what to bring" checklist [PDF] for a list of household goods and everyday items you might wish to bring to campus.
  • Carpets: An 8’ by 10’ carpet will fit all rooms. All room floors are tiled except Erie Hall, where the bedrooms are carpeted.
  • Microfridge or Mini-Fridge: Less than 2.0 amps at 120 volts AC/3.6 cubic feet. If you're interested in leasing a fridge, visit refrigerator leasing -
  • Curtains*: Each room is furnished with venetian blinds. Students may use spring-loaded rods for hanging curtains in most halls. Window sizes vary by hall. For reference, window dimensions are below.

*All curtains must be fire retardant. The New York State Fire Marshal does not allow curtains that are not fire retardant to be hung in the residence halls.

**Curtains are not recommended for Putnam Hall, Seneca Hall, and the Saratoga Townhouses due to the window style.

What Not to Bring

  • Microwave ovens (microfridges are allowed)
  • Toaster ovens
  • Hot pots or George Foreman type grills
  • Open burner items
  • Candles or incense
  • Pets (except fish), with the exception of approved service or comfort animals
  • Firearms/weapons, fireworks, etc.
  • Homemade lofts
  • Any alcohol if you are under 21
  • Space heaters or air conditioners
  • Steel-tip darts or dart boards
  • Compressed air or CO2 tanks
  • Paintball markers
  • Extension cords (their use is prohibited, along with the practice of “daisy-chaining” power strips)
  • Tapestries

Please see the Residential License for more complete information on what is allowed and prohibited in our residence halls.

Phone Access

Residence hall rooms do not include land-line telephones. Instead, you will find a community "house phone" on most floors of each residence hall. On the house phone you can call campus and local phone numbers, including emergency numbers like 911 or University Police at x5222.


In addition to shared kitchen space, most residence halls on campus have bottle-refilling stations, and we are in the process of adding more. So bring your reusable water bottle!