What To Bring

Our first priority in the Office of Residence Life is the safety of our students, followed closely by the need to develop and maintain a positive community environment within the halls. With that in mind, please see below a list of recommended items to bring for your student apartment. If you have any questions, call or email our office: residencelife@rbc.edu or (804) 862-6161. Click here for a printer-friendly version of this list.


Permitted Items:

Air popcorn poppers

Air purifiers

Blenders or mixers

Bread machines

Crock pots

Clip Desk Lamp


Electric can openers

Gaming Systems (Nintendo Wii, X Box, etc.)

Hot Pot/Soup Warmer

Musical equipment and amplification devices (of

an acceptable level), surround

Outlet Power Strip

Power strips or Multi-plug devices with circuit

breaker/surge protector

Rice cookers



Stereo (with headphones)

Vacuum cleaner, electric broom sweepers


Coordinated with roommate(s)

Shower Curtain

Sound speakers, flat screen TV (may not be



Permitted Items IF they are UL Approved

with Auto Safety Shutoffs:

Coffee pots

Clothing iron or steamers

Curling irons


Other suggested items to bring:

Alarm clock



Bicycle with durable lock



Can Opener

Carpet or Scatter Rugs

Cleaning supplies to clean bathrooms and


Clothes Drying Rack

Coat Hangers

Coaxial cable


Desk lamp (any non-halogen)


Flashlight (with extra batteries)

Ironing Board

Laundry Basket and Detergent

Pictures/Posters **



Postage Stamps

School supplies

Shower Shoes

Storage Boxes or Foot Locker

Television (cable-ready)



Twin EXTRA LONG sheets




** Due to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Fire Code regulations, the amount of combustible material

that may be posted on doors, walls, and windows is significantly restricted. The Office of Residence Life

can provide students with more specific information regarding this policy.


The following is a list of prohibited items that may not be used in your apartment:

Air Conditioners

Alcohol (regardless of age)

All Command strips products (hooks)

Antennas or Satellite Dishes

Blocks to elevate bed (cinder blocks or bunking blocks)

Bunsen burners or hot plates (including but not limited to George Foreman Grills,

griddles or electric skillets, electric woks, fondue pots or chocolate fountains,

S’Mores makers, waffle irons, and sandwich or quesadilla makers)

Candles, candle warmers (including plug-in style air fresheners)

Curtains, draperies, hangings, and other suspended decorative materials that are

NOT treated to be flame-resistant

Deep fryers (Fry Daddy)

Double-sided foam tape or duct tape

Electric heaters or electric blankets

Empty alcohol containers of any type

Extension cords

Fireworks, explosives, unsafe and/or flammable chemicals/liquids

(including charcoal lighter fluid)

Fog machines

Halogen lamps (any model or type)

Illegal Drugs

Individually owned (personal) large appliances including stove ranges,

washer/dryers, freezers, dishwashers



Lava lamps

Lighter fluid or charcoal that contains starter fluids

LP (propane) gas grill canisters

Multi-plug adapters

Oil lamps

Oil popcorn poppers

Personal ceiling fans/lights or dimmer switches

Personal door locks

Pets (other than non-carnivorous fish). Fish tanks limited to no more than ten

(10) gallons

Pressurized canisters (CO2 or scuba equipment, spray paint cans and helium

tanks). Exclusions are approved medical equipment (oxygen cylinders)

Pull up/chin up bars

Toaster Ovens

Wall-mounted shelving, furniture, or fixtures

Wall-mounted televisions


Waxing elements

Weapons (including martial arts practice equipment