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Housing & Residence Life

LESS is better. Remember that roommates also bring belongings, so discuss some of the items you would like to have in the room and who will be responsible for bringing them when you get your roommate assignments at the end of July. Also, it may be more practical to purchase some items locally instead of hauling them all the way from home. The following is a list of useful items.

Bedding and Linen: Warm blanket, Pillow(s), Bedspread, Sheets*, Pillowcases, Towels, Washclothes

Laundry: Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, Clothes drying rack, Laundry bag or basket, Iron

Personal Items: Brush and comb, Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste and toothbrush, Razor, Small first aid kit, Any prescription medicines, Hair dryer, Waterproof sandals for shower, Snack food & beverages

Clothing: Jeans, Pants, Shorts, T-shirt or blouses, Hangers, Rain gear, Small sewing kit. Generally dress at WC is casual. There is little need for “dressy clothing” however occasionally students attend activities or have class presentations where such clothing is appropriate/required. 

Other Items: 

Microwaveable drinking glass/mug, cups/glasses, dishes and cutlery for snacks Glass cleaner & paper towels. Flashlight TV/DVD Radio/stereo/cd player/headphones, Computer, Inexpensive camera, and batteries. Alarm clock (with back-up battery), Cellphone/charger, Wastebasket and trash bags Sports equipment.

Good lock Fan (2 per room), Plants, Deck of cards or board games, Desk supplies, Small bottle of dishwashing detergent, Umbrella, Bedside table, Compact refrigerator (4 .5 cubic feet or smaller-only one per room), Posters and photographs, Stamps and stationery, Non-flammable carpet/throw rug (only one carpet per room), Address/phone list, Box cutter for retrofitting carpet **Under the bed storage containers (most beds have up to 15 inches of storage space underneath), Batteries, White plasti-tac for hanging posters, USB Flash Drive, Milk crates or Yaffa Blocks *Wilmington Fire Department requires surge protected power strips in place of small extension cords. Heavy gauge cords may be used on a temporary basis. Single pot coffee pots (the Keurig).

*Most mattresses are 80 ̋. Buy sheets accordingly.

** We can provide you with only GENERAL dimensions of the room.You may want to plan to cut your carpet to fit when you arrive.

Leave These Items at Home!

Not allowed in residence halls:

  • Anything defined as a cooking appliance including but not limited to hot pots, hot plates, immersion coils, electric skillets, grills (including George Foreman type), toasters, toaster ovens, and microwave ovens are not allowed.
  • Other items- firearms (including bb guns and AirSoft guns), fireworks, halogen lights, lamps, plug-in room deodorizers, incense and incense burners, outside TV antennae, space heaters, ‘gang’ outlets, unprotected- power strips, refrigerators larger than 4.5 cubic feet or with a separate freezer door, air-conditioners or sun lamps (only permitted for medical reasons approved).
  • Do not bring any pets other than herbivorous (non-carnivorous) fish in 20 gallon tanks (or less).


Wilmington College partners with the Residence Hall Linen Program to offer bedding for our XL mattresses considered to be more than 76 inches in length. All of our standard mattresses are 80 inches in length going up to 84 inches per special request. For more information about the linen program, please click the link below: