What to Bring

Bring LESS on Move-in Day so you can share MORE throughout the year. Make your housemates happy by leaving some of your things at home. Apartments come completely furnished with almost everything a college student could need. But space in ALL bedrooms and common areas is very limited. most residents will have far less space than they have grown accustomed to at home.

Here is what comes in all Kresge apartments:

  • Bed, desk, chair, dresser, overhead light, and closet space.
  • Cleaning supplies including bucket, mop, cleansers, sponges, and a working vacuum.
  • Common area furniture including futon, chairs, coffee table, dining room table and chairs, and overhead lighting.

If residents encounter problems with their amenities (plumbing, lighting, and other repairs), they can access University Fix-it online. This includes things like light bulbs, bunk bed ladders, and additional cleaning supplies.

Know What to Bring and What to Leave Home

Please consider the size and shape of your room before you bring large and/or oversized items. Residents who bring prohibited items or excessive amounts of oversized items will be asked to remove items from their apartment.

What to Bring:

  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe, bath towels, shower shoes
  • Bedding (blankets, pillows, pillow cases, EXTRA LONG twin sheets, mattress pad)
  • Emergency Kit
  • Laundry Items (basket, detergent, hangers)
  • Power strips (UL approved with surge protector)
  • Small desk lamp - those that clip-on are helpful
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razor, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • Rain-wear (rain coat, umbrella)
  • School supplies: stapler, scotch tape, pens, pencils, paper, highlighters, backpack, envelopes, notebooks, scissors, tacks, etc.
  • Small appliances: microwave, rice cooker, coffee maker, etc. (no exposed elements)
  • Kitchenware - cup, glass, knife, spoon, fork, bowl, plate, towel, dishcloth
  • Cookware - pots, pans, etc.
  • Computer, printer, paper, ink catridges, Ethernet cord or wireless card (Labs are available at the college and across the campus so a computer is not mandatory. Wireless is NOT available in apartments)
  • Entertainment: iPod, head/ear phones, TV, cable cord (remember that walls are thin and some sound systems are too big for this environment. Basic cable is provided in each room)
  • Bicycle and U-Lock (only if you really intend to ride - campus is hilly)
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags

What Not to Bring:

  • Alcohol (unless over 21) or other drugs including marijauna and paraphernalia, including hookahs and vaporizers
  • Amplified instruments of any types or amplifiers
  • Candles, kerosene lanterns, incense or other fire hazardous items
  • Extension cords (without an internal circuit breaker), octopus plugs
  • Fireworks, firewarms, knives, or other weapons
  • Halogen lamps, incandescent holiday lights
  • Paintball guns, air guns, BB guns
  • Pets (except fish - maximum 10 gallon tank)
  • Portable heaters
  • Skateboards, long board skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates (may bring, but may not be used on campus)
  • Hot plates or any appliance with exposed elements
  • Excess furniture - you cannot remove our stock and we cannot store items
  • Glow-in-the-dark stars/stickers, paint
  • Nails, stickers, double-sided tape or adhesive strips, adhesive hooks, or anything that removes paint: you will be charged for any damage to the walls. You may use thumb tacks to hang items on the walls.

Click here to download a PDF document of this list.

Once you've moved in and have seen what can fit in your apartment, Santa Cruz area offers a rich variety of shopping centers including:

  • Downtown Santa Cruz/River Street (Ross, Office Max, Cost Plus, Costco, thrift stores, and a rich variety of chain and locally owned clothing, book, and other retail shops)
  • Scotts Valley (K-Mart)
  • Capitola/Soquel (Home Depot, Capitola Mall, Best Buy, Ross, Target)