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Need to know more about the room you'll call home this year? Looking for answers about daily life as a resident? From mail to laundry, from furniture to community development, the information below covers many of the frequent questions students ask as they prepare to move into campus housing for the academic year.

For information about winter break or moving out of the halls, please visit: Closing & Moving Out Procedures

My Responsibilities

We'd like you to become familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Hall Policies before you arrive and during your time on campus, so you're clear on the expectations of being a community member at WPI. They provide the guidelines, policies, and procedures involved in being a part of the herd.

Living with a Roommate

For many of you, this will be your first experience living away from home. For some, it will be your first experience sharing a room.

Certainly, roommates do not need to be best friends, but our hope is that you will learn to feel comfortable living together. It's important that you take the time to learn about each other—what you like or dislike, your personalities, backgrounds, and sleep and study habits. This is important even if you have been friends before coming to WPI. The following resources are designed to help roommates get to know each other, and avoid conflicts that may arise. Residents are also encouraged to bring any issues to their resident advisor who is trained to handle and help alleviate, situations that may arise between roommates.

Having a conflict and not sure what to do?

  1. Talk with your resident advisor to discuss what is going on and options available.
  2. Ask your resident advisor or community director for a roommate conflict guide to help manage what is going on in your room.
  3. Connect with your community director to discuss what options you have.

Fix My Room

Need something repaired in your room? 

Reach out to your resident advisor or another building resident advisor by finding them during their office hours or email them. 

Hampton Inn Only: Submit a work order through the link provided to all residents OR connect with your resident advisor. 

Emergency repair needed? 

Call Campus Police at 508-831-5433 to report an emergency.  Remember that an emergency means actively running water, power/breaker outage, etc. 

Hampton Inn Only: For maintenance emergencies, please visit the front desk in the lobby of the hotel. 

Laundry

Laundry Locations:

  • Daniels Hall 

  • Fuller/ Ellsworth Apartments – Ellsworth #10 lower level 

  • Institute Hall 

  • Founders Hall 

  • East Hall 

  • Faraday Hall 

  • Messenger Hall 

  • Campus Houses 

  • WPI Townhouses - #79-5 

  • Hampton Inn, Morgan Hall, Sanford Riley Hall, Stoddard Complex – E & R Laundry Service 

Mail Services

Students should check their Bannerweb to determine their campus address for all mail, packages, and deliveries.  All mail is delivered to the Rubin Campus Center.  Students will receive an email for notification of mail/packages.  For more information, visit the Mail Services website.

What to Bring to Campus

As a reminder, all students will be permitted one red cart to move in. Check out our video on our Move In webpage for more information. 

While each room comes furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, and space for hanging clothes per student.  You are encouraged to personalize your room, within stated guidelines so that you and your roommate(s) can make yourselves feel at home.

  • Necessities:
    • Pillows 

    • Blankets 

    • Extra-long twin sheets (WPI beds are 36" by 80") 

    • Mattress pad 

    • Bedspread/Comforter 

    • Towels 

    • Thermometer (non-mercury) 

    • Fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol) 

    • Face coverings - 12 

    • Wastebasket 

    • Desk Lamp 

    • Hand sanitizer 

    • Bleach wipes 

    • Bar/ hand soap 

  • Other Suggestions:
    • Computer
    • Surge protector, surge protected power strip, or surge protected extension cord
    • Hangers for clothes
    • Hand sanitizer

    • Bleach wipes

    • Bar/ hand soap

    • Tissues

    • Flashlight
    • Small bucket or basket to carry items to and from the bathroom
    • Fan
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Refrigerator that is 4.3 cubic feet or less or uses no more than 120 volts (2 amps of electricity) - we encourage you coordinate with your roommate(s) and utilize Microfridge our affiliated vendor 
    • Posters/decorations
    • Plants
    • Television
    • Small personal Vacuum - we encourage you coordinate with your roommate(s)
  • What Not to Bring:
    • Pets 
    • Candles
    • Torchiere lamps with halogen bulbs
    • Toaster oven
    • Hot plates, hot pots, or George Foreman grills
    • Any appliance with an exposed heating element
    • Air conditioners
    • Weapons of any nature including paintball paraphernalia
    • Incense
    • Hoverboards
    • 3D Printer (unless it is brought to be moved to your academic lab space)
  • “GO Bag” in case of Isolation:

    What is a Go Bag?

    • All students should have a Go Bag in the event they need to transition to isolation housing at any time during the semester.  This would include essential items all in one place for ease of access and transition if needed.
    • If you at any time test positive for COVID-19 while on campus, you will immediately be placed in isolation 
    • Your “Go Bag” should have:
      • Clothes for 3 – 5 days already packed (Isolation space will have laundry machines, and laundering materials)  
      • A thermometer – all residential students will be given one from WPI on their arrival.
      • Toiletries
      • Shoes & Socks
      • Phone Charger
      • Non-perishable snacks (meals will be provided)
      • Prescription medications
      • One item for entertainment: book, magazine, small puzzle, etc.
    • Discuss with your roommates where your “Go Bag” is located.
    • The Isolation Team will work with you to also collect your laptop or other academic materials you may need.
    • You will receive specific instructions from the Health Services team directly on how you will receive your Go Bag, given your specific circumstance.

WPI does not have space to store any furniture assigned to a room when residents bring additional furniture to decorate their rooms. The furniture provided in floor and hall lounges is intended for the use of all students and is not to be moved without the permission of the staff.