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Residence Life

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  • Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
    Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
  • The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
    The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
  • Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
    Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
  • Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
    Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
  • Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
    Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
  • The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
    The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
  • The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.
    The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.

What to pack

Suggested items for your packing list:

  • Bedding for a twin extra-long bed
  • Painter’s tape (see posters & decorations)
  • Cleaning supplies & laundry detergent
  • Fan
  • Personal hygiene items
  • School supplies
  • Surge protector
  • Desk lamp
  • Clothing for class, hanging out, dressy occasions
  • Flip flops/shower caddy
  • Coax cable (to plug your TV into the cable jack)
  • Hangers for your clothes
  • Ethernet cable
  • Small wastepaper basket
  • Dry erase board (for your door)
  • Health insurance card

Furniture

Students are provided with a bed frame, mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe. This furniture must remain in your room for the duration of the year. Students who wish to bring additional furniture must meet the safety specifications required. Students are not permitted to bring or construct their own beds or loft the bed provided by the college. Any upholstered furniture (futon, couch, etc.) must meet California Fire Code 117 or higher. All upholstered furniture must also have a tag indicating the fire code rating.

Posters & Decorations

To help personalize your room, you will likely want to hang posters or pictures in your room. Please be advised that certain items (nails, duct tape, etc.) may damage these walls and these damages will be billed at the end of the year. Pack a few rolls of blue “painters” tape to prevent damage to the walls. Also, please do not cover the ceiling with decorations.

Computers

The entire campus including all residence halls are wireless!

Suites, townhouses & apartments

If you will be living in a suite-style room (O’Brien Hall; designated rooms in Ash, Monican Centres), townhouse, or on campus apartment,  pack cleaning supplies and paper products for your bathrooms. The residents of these spaces are responsible for the up keep of these bathrooms throughout the year; our cleaning staff will come in during the semester break to clean these spaces.

Please leave these things at home:
  • Hot plate, toaster, toaster oven, and other cooking elements
  • Air conditioners
  • Pets (fish in up to 10 gallon tanks are OK)
  • Candles/incense (even unlit and decorative)
  • Decorative alcohol bottles
  • Lava lamps
  • Neon alcohol signs