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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Things To Bring

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


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 to view the linen program’s full selection of colors and patterns and to place your order.

Double rooms in Stadium Heights Apartments also include lofted extra-long twin beds.  Single rooms in Stadium Heights Apartments have standard length full-size mattresses.

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, full-size refrigerators, toaster ovens, freezers, halogen lamps, and appliances with an open heating element or flame.


Futons are allowed within residence hall.  Residents should be aware of space limitations.  Futons you wish to fit under the provided lofted twin bed may not exceed 80" (203 cm).


Microwaves may be brought to campus for use in student rooms.  We recommend microwaves with 1,000 watts or less.  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 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.


Each residence hall room and apartment bedroom is equipped with a cable television 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/cable information...

List of Cable Channels

Note:  Lofted beds are provided in all residence hall rooms except single rooms at Stadium Heights - 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:

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


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.

The Student Guide  will give you additional information regarding electrical appliances, types of vehicles allowed and where to park them, and other pieces of information you may find helpful as you think about living on-campus at Minnesota State University, Mankato.