General Advice on Room Setup

The Room

Each room comes equipped with:
  • A bed for each resident

  • A desk and desk chair for each resident
  • A wardrobe for each resident (the doors have been removed from the wardrobes, so you will need to bring a curtain and curtain rod if you don't want your wardrobe to be open to the room)
  • A set of three in-wall shelves on either the left or right exterior wall (not included in triples)
  • AC/heat register beneath the window
  • Curtain rod and pull-down shade
  • Long mirror on the back of the door
  • A sink with an overhead light and mirror/medicine cabinet (not included in triples)
  • Towel hook near medicine cabinet.
  • Towel rack near sink (some doubles also have towel racks on the side of each closet)
  • 8 electrical outlets
  • 2 outlets for computers and hook-ups for ND's Ethernet, as well as the cable connection and a coaxial cable
  • Waste basket and recycling bin
The dimensions of a double bedroom are 12' x 17'.  Click here to see a basic layout of a double room.

What to Bring

Feel free to be creative with your room! Some girls choose to have themes or a color scheme that they use throughout decoration in their room. Posters, rugs, lamps, bulletin boards, picture frames, etc. can turn a boring room into your home away from home!
Also, don't think that you have to bring everything from home. You can get most of your academic supplies and toiletries at either the bookstore or the Huddle (the Notre Dame equivalent of a convenience store). Remember as well that you are sharing your room, and so make sure to check with your roommate about who's bringing what in terms of furniture. Finally, if you are unsure about whether or not to bring something, remember that it can always be Fed-Ex'd if you find that you can't live without it. Happy packing!
Some basic things that people bring for their rooms:
  • Carpet (approximately 8ft x 6ft  or 9ft x 7ft)
  • TV & TV Stand
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Floor lamps and desk lamps
  • Extension cords
  • Plenty of hangers (PE's closets are huge!)
  • XL twin bed sheets
  • Curtains (curtain rod and pull-down shade are already provided)
  • A curtain and curtain rod to put in the opening of the closet
  • 3-drawer plastic bin for storage
  • Bed risers (more space for storage!)

Things that should be left at home:

  • Microwaves (prohibited in dorm rooms and each section lounge has one, anyway!)
  • Coffee pots with heated surfaces (Keurigs are fine!)
  • Candles (PE already has enough fiery Pyros in the building)
  • Printers (You can use your print quota with PE's printer downstairs in the study lounge)
  • Trash cans and recycling bins (Each room comes equipped with one of each)
  • Vacuum (Each floor has a janitorial closet equipped with cleaning supplies, light bulbs,and a vacuum)
  • Irons and ironing boards (Each section's bathroom has one)

Click here for a printable extensive packing list!

Click here for another similar list from the Housing Office.

Is that all?

Don't worry if you have no idea what to do about setting up your room! On move-in day, you can discuss with your roomie about what you want to do once you see the actual space. If you have questions now or during move-in, feel free to get help from your Welcome Weekend staff. They will be happy to show you their current rooms and describe common layouts of freshman rooms!