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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Things To Bring

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/new/bring.html

Additional information (including pet, air conditioner, guests, etc.) you may find helpful, but they are not listed individually on this page.

Apartments

Please see Things to Bring When Living in the Residence Hall Apartments.

Bedding and Linen

Students must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, lamps, metal or fire retardant wastebaskets (for fire safety reasons) and other personal items.  All mattresses provided in the residence halls are 80" x 36" (203cm x 91cm). These mattresses require extra long twin sheets, available at many retail locations.

To make this process quick and easy, Residence Hall Linens program, a Residence Hall Association fundraiser, has been providing linens to students since 1997. The selection includes extra-long sheets, extra-long thermal blankets, extra-long mattress pads, pillows, storage solutions, extra-long comforters and anything else you will need.  All of this can be delivered directly to your home over the summer. Visit www.rhl.org/man to view the linen program’s full selection of colors and patterns and to place your order.

Apartment beds have standard length full-size mattresses.

Direct Online Access to the Internet

Residents in all communities are able to access the Minnesota State Mankato computer systems and high-speed Internet from two wired outlets in their room. Wireless Internet access is available in all student rooms, and in the public areas of all residence communities.

Electrical Appliances

The Department of Residential Life reserves the right to restrict appliances that pose a danger to the residence halls. Specifically, the following appliances are not allowed: charcoal grills, gas grills, refrigerators over 3.6 amps, toaster ovens, freezers, halogen lamps, and appliances with an open heating element or flame.

Microwaves

Microwaves may be brought to campus for use in student rooms.  A microwave is also provided in each floor community kitchen.  Apartment furnishings do not include a microwave.

Putty

Pictures and posters may be hung on the walls of your room using poster putty or other adhesive material that will not damage your walls. You should bring all of those special things that will make your room feel like home. Personalizing your room is strongly encouraged and we suggest that you bring your favorite things.

Refrigerators

Compact refrigerators brought to campus must be in good working condition, must have a rated amperage from 1.4 to 3.6, and are subject to inspection. Full-size refrigerators are not permitted in the residence halls.

Full-sized refrigerators are provided in the on-campus apartment kitchens.

Telephones

Most students use cellular phones for their personal communication needs. Local (wired) phone service can be made available in rooms - please contact the Residential Life office for information and rates.

Television/Stereo Cable

Each residence hall room and apartment bedroom is equipped with a cable television/stereo hook-up. You should provide your own coaxial cable. The cost of the basic cable service (over 70 television and 25 FM radio channels including HBO and Showtime) is included in your room and board charges.

Effective July 15, 2013 Charter Communications has converted to a digital broadcast signal in the residence halls.  Analog TV's will no longer receive a TV signal without a Charter Communications converter box.  A TV with a Q Qam tuner is required to receive the digital signal.  TV's manufactured after 2006 should have a Q Qam tuner.  For TV's manufactured in 2006 and before, the resident will need to verify if it has the Q Qam tuner.

If a converter box is required, it is available from Charter Communications for $5.99 per month.

More television/stereo cable information...

List of Cable Channels

Note:  Lofted beds are provided in all residence hall rooms - no need to rent or build a loft.

What Else?

While the rooms are comfortably furnished, most students choose to enhance their rooms by adding their own personal touch.  Items that you may want to consider bringing include:

address book
alarm clock
area run/carpet
bath robe
bike and bike lock
bedspread/comforter
clothes hangers
coffee maker
computer/printer
can opener
curling iron
dental floss
dictionary/thesaurus
drying rack
envelopes
fan
flashlight/batteries
hair dryer
hair products
hot air popper
iron
laundry bag/basket
laundry soap
metal wastebasket
microwave

non-halogen study lamp
personal care items
pillow
plants
posters
power strip/surge protector
radio
razors
refrigerator
school supplies
sewing kit
sheets/bedding
shelves/storage containers
shower shoes
shower tote
soap
stamps
stereo (with headphones)
telephone
television and coaxial cable
toaster
toothbrush
toothpaste
towels
umbrella/rain coat
water bottle


 


Be sure to communicate with your roommate before coming to campus.
This will help you avoid duplication of some items.

 

Policies and Procedures when living on-campus.

These items are listed in alphabetical order and may give you more information regarding electrical appliances, types of vehicles allowed and where to park/store them, and other pieces of information you may find helpful as you think about living on-campus at Minnesota State University, Mankato.