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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Things To Bring For the Apartments

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Additional information you may find helpful, but they are not listed individually on this page.

Bedding and Linen

Students must provide their own bedding and pillows. Double rooms have extra-long twin beds and single rooms have a full-size bed (these are not extra-long).

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 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 in the apartments: charcoal grills, gas grills, refrigerators over 3.6 amps (except the refrigerator provided by residential life in the kitchen), freezers, halogen lamps, and appliances with an open heating element or flame.


Microwaves less than 1000 Watts may be brought to campus for use in apartments.  A microwave is also provided in each floor community kitchen.  Apartment furnishings do not include a microwave.


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.


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 except the refrigerator provided by residential life in the on-campus apartment kitchens.


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 a monthly fee.

More television/stereo cable information...

List of Cable Channels


What Else? (All items here can also enhance apartment living areas.)

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:

area rug/carpet
bath robe
bike and bike lock
clothes hangers
coffee maker
can opener
laundry bag/basket
laundry soap (high efficiency)
metal wastebasket
non-halogen study lamp
personal care items

power strip/surge protector
school supplies
sewing kit
storage containers
shower shoes
shower tote
television and coaxial cable
umbrella/rain coat
water bottle


Additional items for residence hall apartments: toilet paper and bathroom cleaning supplies, plunger, pots and pans, paper towels, first-aid kits, oven mits/hot pads, dish cloths, dish towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, lamps and lightbulbs

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.