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.

What to Bring to Campus

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.


  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Extra long twin sheets (WPI beds are 36" by 80")
  • Mattress pad
  • Bedspread/Comforter
  • Towels
  • Wastebasket
  • Desk Lamp

Other Suggestions:

  • Computer
  • Telephone
  • Surge protector, surge protected power strip, or surge protected extension cord
  • Radio or stereo
  • 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)
  • Posters/decorations
  • Plants
  • Television
  • Small personal Vacuum - we encourage you coordinate with your roommate(s)

What Not to Bring:

  • Pets (other than fish/10 gallon tank)
  • Candles
  • Torchiere lamps with halogen bulbs
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plates or hot pots
  • Any appliance with an exposed heating element
  • Air conditioners
  • Weapons of any nature including paintball paraphernalia
  • Incense
  • George Foreman grills or any hot-plate
  • 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.