What You Should Bring: Prohibited and Non-Prohibited Items


These lists of must-bring, maybe-bring, and never-bring items were compiled for you by a group of 6 current and former Geneseo students who lived in our residence halls for at least 1 year.  Feel free to trust their judgments -- they would know best, after all.  


category 1:  must-bring items

  • a fan, for the warm months (August, September, and possibly May)
  • warm clothes, including snow boots, for the other months
  • XL twin bed sheets, 80 inches long
  • XL twin comforter
  • pillows
  • clothes hangers
  • laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • hamper
  • shower caddy
  • shower shoes
  • towels and washcloths
  • sneakers
  • laptop computer and charger (Wireless printers and personal wireless routers will not work on our network.)
  • ethernet cord for computer, to plug into the wired Geneseo network
  • surge protectors (extension cords are not allowed)
  • school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.)


category 2:  items which you might consider bringing

  • extra lighting; desk lamp
  • area rug/carpet (an 8' x 10' rug should fit all residence hall rooms)
  • 3M adhesive hooks and mounting putty, for wall decorations
  • white board, for the outside of your door
  • mini-fridge (specifications: less than 2.0 amps at 120 volts AC/3.6 cubic feet)
  • coffeemaker with automatic shut-off
  • food, cups, silverware & plates
  • paper towels
  • silverware, plates, bowls, and cups
  • mattress pad
  • television and cable cord
  • wastepaper baskets
  • alarm clock
  • sewing kit
  • camera
  • trash bags
  • mirror
  • First Aid kit
  • cleaning supplies (e.g., Clorox wipes, etc.)
  • birth certificate or Social Security card (you would need these documents if you plan to work on campus)


category 3:  "Leave it at home" -- prohibited items

  • halogen or multi-headed lamps (i.e., medusa lamps)
  • pop-up toasters
  • microwaves and toaster ovens
  • charcoal/lighter fluid/propane
  • weapons (e.g., pepper spray, throwing stars, and firearms)
  • pets (only fish are allowed)
  • candles and incense
  • any alcohol if you are under 21
  • drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • space heaters
  • homemade lofts
  • air conditioners
  • extension cords and multi-plug adaptors
  • stringed holiday lights
  • George Foreman-type grills
  • cinder blocks
  • hot plates/hotpots
  • neon signs
  • live trees
  • metal-tipped darts/dart board



The electrical circuitry of most of our residence halls is not equipped to accommodate up to 100 student room microwaves. Communal microwaves are available in the main kitchen areas of all of the residence halls. If you can't imagine life without a microwave in your room, you can consider renting or purchasing a Micro-Fridge. This is the only type of microwave allowed in student rooms, since it is designed in such a way that either the microwave or the refrigerator is using electricity and not both at the same time.  For more information, click on the link below to be taken to an external site.  Please note that for the spring semester, you can NOT order online but you can order via telephone at 607-431-9525.



Use of extension cords is prohibited.  U.L.-approved electrical power strips with fuses (or circuit breakers) are permitted as long as they are not connected to one another (do not “daisy-chain” power strips).  You should look for a power strip with an extra long cord to avoid this. 
Surge protectors are highly recommended for computer equipment.


Carpets brought into the halls must be in good condition and, as with any furniture, are subject to approval by the Area Coordinator/Residence Director/Graduate Residence Hall Director.  The rooms and shapes vary within each hall, but an 8’ by 10’ carpet will fit all rooms; all room floors are tiled except Erie Hall where the bedrooms are carpeted. 
Blinds: Each room is furnished with venetian blinds.  When you receive your room assignment, it is best to consult with your roommate before adding personal touches such as curtains.  Students may use spring-loaded rods for hanging curtains in most halls.  Window sizes vary by hall.  For reference, window dimensions are as follows:

North Village

  • Allegany, Erie, Genesee, Ontario, Wyoming 48”L x 60”W

Central Village

  • Jones – 60” L x 84”W
  • Livingston – 57”L x 84”W
  • Monroe – 56”L x 88”W
  • Steuben – 50”L x 70”

South Village

  • Nassau, Suffolk – 51”L x 62”W
  • Niagara – 72”L x 50”W
  • Onondaga and Wayne – 72”L x 60”W

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


(These areas are subject to change at any time)
    •    Limited inside bicycle storage* is available in the following halls:  Allegany, Genesee, Jones, Livingston, Ontario, Steuben, and Wyoming.

    •    Limited outside bicycle racks are available at the following halls:   Monroe, Genesee, Seneca, Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Putnam, Steuben, Suffolk, Wayne, and Wyoming.


Refrigerators are limited to a capacity of 3.6 cubic ft. or less and an electrical draw of less than 2.0 amps at 120 volts AC. Refrigerators must be plugged directly into the wall, not into a power strip or extension cord, in accordance with New York State fire code for residence halls.


Mattresses are approximately 80” long, 34-36” wide, 6” deep.  Flat or extra long twin sheets and mattress covers seem to fit best.  Under bed storage space varies from 9” high to 30” high. (See below for more information.)

Since student rooms are furnished, space is limited for other items.  Before bringing furniture to the residence halls, please consult with your roommate or suitemates and the Area Coordinator/Residence Director/Graduate Residence Director of your hall.


Trunks or boxes may be shipped to the College prior to your arrival to lighten your load on move-in day. Trunks/boxes should be addressed as follows:

[Student Name]
Box [Number]
10 MacVittie Circle
Geneseo, New York 14454

Shipped trunks/boxes will be available for you to pick up when you arrive on campus at the Mail Services service desk located on the first (ground) floor of the MacVittie College Union.  Please refer to your room assignment letter for your assigned mailbox number.  If you need to ship before you have an assigned box number, write your name clearly and the phrase "New Student--Box not yet assigned" in the Box number line.  Trunks and boxes are not delivered to the residence halls, but the mail room in the Union is centrally located.

Room Sizes:

Allegany, Erie, Genesee, Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Putnam, Saratoga Terrace, Seneca, Suffolk, Wayne, and Wyoming have adjustable beds, which can be raised to approximately 30” from the floor.   Jones, Livingston, Monroe and Steuben have non-adjustable beds, which are approximately 9” from the floor.  Leg extenders may be available from the residence hall staff.

The rooms are different shapes and sizes.  As a guideline, below are the approximate dimensions. Suite bedrooms in Allegany, Erie, Genesee, Ontario, Wyoming, Nassau and Suffolk are approximately 10’ x 12’.  The suite lounges (except in Nassau and Suffolk) are approximately 10’ x 14’.  The Nassau and Suffolk suite lounges are approximately 10’x 15’, but some may be larger.  Putnam rooms are approximately 11’ X 14’.  Seneca rooms are approximately 11’ X 17’.                    
Corridor style rooms in Jones, Livingston, Monroe, and Steuben are approximately 12’ x 12’.   Niagara and Onondaga rooms are approximately 11’ x 13’; however, the closets are in various locations in the rooms.  Wayne rooms are approximately 11’ x 12’.                    
Because of the varying locations of closets in the rooms, we recommend that you wait to buy a carpet until you arrive on campus.  If you wish to buy one beforehand, an 8’ x 10’ carpet will fit any location.

Some halls do not have sequential room numbers (e.g. 103, 104, etc.).  Below are samples to aid you in interpreting your room assignment.



 Suite StyleHall  Room# Location
  Allegany, Erie, Genesee, Ontario, Wyoming  A1B2

A = Section of Building

1 = Floor of Building

B = Suite in Section

2 = Room Within Suite

 Nassau, Suffolk, Seneca 112A 

112 = Suite

A = Room Within Suite 

 Putnam 205 Room Number 
Corridor StyleJones, Livingston, Monroe 1A203 or B256 

1A or B =  Section of Building

203 or 256 = Room

 Onondaga North302 (N302) 

North = Section of Building

302 = Room Number

 Niagara, Wayne 112 112 = Room Number