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Residence Life


Packing List

Suggested Items

  • Bedding for a twin extra-long bed
  • Painter’s tape
  • 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
  • Coaxial cable for TV
  • Hangers for clothes
  • Ethernet cable
  • Small wastepaper basket
  • Dry erase board
  • Health insurance card


Students are provided with a bed frame, mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe. This furniture must remain in the student’s assigned 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 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 the room, students will likely want to hang posters or pictures in. Certain items including, but not limited to nails, duct tape, double sided tape, poster gum, and thumbtacks may damage these walls. These damages are billed to the room occupants at the end of the year. Students are advised to pack a few rolls of blue painter’s tape to prevent damage to the walls. Decorations on the ceiling are prohibited.

Wireless Technology

Merrimack College is a wireless campus. Access to wi-fi is provided in the residential areas. Personal wi-fi devices are prohibited. In addition, technology with wireless capabilities including, but not limited to printers, gaming devices, and Apple TVs must be plugged into an Ethernet port with the wireless function turned off.

Fridges and Microwaves

Residents living in doubles, triples, and quads in Ash, Deegan, and Monican are permitted to possess one microwave, with output no more than 700 watts, and input no more than 1200 watts. Residents living in suites in Ash, Monican, North and South Residential Villages; in apartments; or in Townhouses are permitted to possess one microwave, that output no more than 700 watts, and input no more than 1200 watts, which must be stored and used in a common area. Microwaves must be plugged in to a surge protector. Violations of this policy will result in the confiscation of all microwaves present in the space. For the purposes of this policy, a rented MicroFridge will be considered a refrigerator.

Residents are permitted to possess one fridge per resident not to exceed 5 cubic feet. MicroFridges can be rented through Student Logistic Services. Rented units will be dropped off in the student’s room before their arrival to campus in the fall.

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 signs
  • Wireless printers