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
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?
- Talk with your resident advisor to discuss what is going on and options available.
- Ask your resident advisor or community director for a roommate conflict guide to help manage what is going on in your room.
- 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.
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.
Campus Houses: Elbridge House, Hackfeld House, Schussler House, Trowbridge House, South Village Houses, and Graduate Houses
Fuller/ Ellsworth Apartments – Ellsworth #10 lower level
Morgan Hall - Daniels Hall basement
Riley Hall - Daniels Hall basement
Stoddard Complex – Ellsworth #10 lower level
WPI Townhouses - #79-5
Students should check their Workday 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.
If you are an REU student, please work with your department administrative assistant to have mail sent directly to your academic department.
What to Bring to Campus
As a reminder, all students will be permitted one red cart to move in.
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.
Extra-long twin sheets (WPI beds are 36" by 80")
Fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol)
Masks - surgical, KN-95, etc.
Bar/ hand soap
- Surge protector, surge protected power strip, or surge protected extension cord
- Hangers for clothes
- Hand sanitizer
- Bleach wipes
- Bar/ hand soap
- Small bucket or basket to carry items to and from the bathroom
- Clothing Steamer
- 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
- Small personal Vacuum - we encourage you coordinate with your roommate(s)
What Not to Bring:
- 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
- 3D Printer (unless it is brought to be moved to your academic lab space)
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.