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We've compiled a useful move in guide that addresses many of the questions asked about moving in!

You will have the opportunity to complete an inspection of your room when you move in. All students with housing assignments will be able to access the electronic Room Condition Form (RCF) through MyMadison under the Student Center section. It will be used as a tool to measure the condition of the room when you move out. Examining the RCF when you check in and confirming the condition of the room will help you avoid unwarranted damage charges at the end of the year. If there are damages in your room and they are not noted on the check in RCF, you could be held financially responsible for repairs after check out.

If you have any questions about move in please contact the Housing Office at (540) 568-HOME or res-life@jmu.edu 

Making Your Room Your Home



What to Bring
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Bed linens, pillow(s), blanket(s)
  • Bicycle
  • Bicycle lock with a durable lock
  • Hangers
  • Desk Lamp
  • Box Fan
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Laundry basket and liquid detergent for high efficiency machines
  • Message board
  • Toiletries
  • Postage stamps and envelopes
  • Posters
  • Rubber mallet (for adjusting bed height)
  • School supplies
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower caddy
  • Surge protected power strips
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Small trashcan
  • USB plug-in or bluetooth supported printer


A Note about Appliances/Electronics: Appliances, coffee pots with automatic shut-off, desk lamps, radios, stereos, cable-ready televisions, UL-approved hot pots and BlueRay/DVD players are all fine to bring with you, but coordinate with your roommate first so you won't have two of everything. All appliances not plugged directly into a wall receptacle must be plugged directly into a surge-protected power strip.

A Note about Printers: Wireless printing on a large wireless network is much different than wireless printing from a home network. At home you might have ten total devices, one of which is a printer, therefore the printer is easy to identify, not to mention your network at home is usually secure and only accessible to you and your immediate family. At JMU there are thousands of devices on the network and a couple hundred of them could be printers. With the increased volume of printers, it makes it much harder to identify which printer is the right one to use. Another issue we face with wireless printers has to do with our network being open. On an open network, other people can see the printer devices, which means any student can print to any printer regardless of content or time of day. Also, our network is looking for an IP address and based on the DHCP lease the IP address can change making it that much more difficult to locate the right device associated with a particular IP address. 

Click here for a more specific list for the Apartments on Grace.

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What to Leave Behind

To ensure the safety of all of our students, JMU prohibits the use of the following items in residence hall rooms:

  • Appliances with open heating elements
  • Bed risers with electrical outlets or USB ports built-in
  • Desk lamps with electrical outlets or USB ports built-in
  • Curtains and valances that have not been treated and tagged as fire retardant
  • Candles
  • Duct tape
  • Extension cords
  • George Foreman grill
  • Guns, including paintball guns or any form of BB gun
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hammer
  • Hoverboards and their chargers
  • Incense
  • Knives
  • Microwave ovens (only allowed in the Apartments on Grace)
  • Pets
  • Room air conditioners
  • Room heaters
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Weapons
  • Wireless routers and hubs
  • Microfridges (microwave and fridge combo)

Click here for a more specific list for the Apartments on Grace.

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Tag Your Bags

To help make move-in day run super smooth, be sure to label all your bags and boxes with your hall and room number!

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Res Hall Room Contents Key

Need dimensions for items in your room? Click here to view or download a Res Hall Room Contents Key.

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Bed Type by Hall

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36" x 80"). Students have the option to order from Residence Hall Linens.

Hall Name

Bed Type

Ashby

Adjustable loft bed - underneath clearance up to 58"

Bell

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Chandler

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

Chappelear

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Chesapeake

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Permanent Triples: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Converse

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Dingledine

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Eagle

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Frederikson

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Garber

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Gifford

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

Hanson

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

Hillside

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Hoffman

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Huffman

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Ikenberry

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Logan

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

McGraw-Long

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Oak

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

Apartments on Grace

Adjustable loft bed - underneath clearance up to 58"

Shenandoah

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Shorts

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Spotswood

Adjustable loft bed - underneath clearance up to 58"

Wampler

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

Wayland

Adjustable loft bed - underneath clearance up to 58"

Weaver

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

#100 rooms: Bunkable/Adjustable loft beds; underneath clearance up to 55"

White

Bunkable and Adjustable height; underneath clearance 5" to 28"

Willow

Bunkable and Adjustable loft bed; underneath clearance up to 55"

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Internet

Wireless internet service is available in all residence halls through MyResNet. Once residents have their room assignment, they should register for a MyResNet account at www.MyResNet.com. This should be completed prior to arrival on campus so residents have access to the network the day they arrive. Be sure to register all devices (computer/laptop/iphone/ipad etc….)

One Ethernet port per resident is available in their room. If residents prefer to connect their computer to a wall-mounted Ethernet port, they should bring a network cable.

Residents should not bring wireless routers/hubs/servers etc. for use in the residence halls as these items are prohibited.

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Carpet

All residence halls have tiled floors with the exception of Spotswood Hall and the Apartments on Grace (they have carpeted floors). Students may want to bring an area rug for their floor.

See the Residence Hall Carpets website for ordering information.

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Lofts

A loft bed is any temporary structure or device that is intended to elevate a single sleeping surface from floor level so that it creates additional floor space in a room.

If residents are bringing their own loft bed or constructing one, the structure must comply with the guidelines specified in the Hall Policy. Please be aware that storage is not available for bed pieces that are not used.

Purchasing a Loft

See the TimberNest website for ordering information and deadlines. Loft beds are available to lease or purchase through TimberNest. Select JMU, and enter the code XN94.

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Linens

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36" x 80"). Students have the option to order from Residence Hall Linens.

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Refrigerators

In single and double bedroom spaces, only one mini refrigerator is permitted. If you live in the Village, one mini refrigerator is also permitted in the suite common area. Two refrigerators are permitted in tripled rooms.

Any appliance with a heavy electrical draw, such as a refrigerator, hair dryer, or an iron, must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, rather than a power strip.

All power strips must be UL approved, circuit protected, and have a reset button. Power strips must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Plugging a power strip into another power strip is prohibited. Power strips must lie flat on the ground, or be secured to a flat surface in such a manner that no stress is placed on the power cords. Extension cords of any kind are strictly prohibited, including appliances with a built in electrical outlet, such as lamps, bed risers, etc.

All appliances should be covered under homeowner's/renter's insurance policies

Purchasing or Renting a Refrigerator

Students are responsible for renting or buying their own refrigerators. Students can visit the College Savers website as an option. Microfridges are not authorized on campus.

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Desk Hutches

Students interested in purchasing desk hutches can visit College Savers  website for ordering information.

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Televisions

Residence hall rooms and lounges are equipped with digital cable TV service. Before you bring your TV to campus, please review some important information from JMU Telecom regarding channel guides and television specifications.

Televisions are not to be mounted on any walls or university furniture.

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Insurance

The university cannot be held accountable for loss, damage, or theft to any student's personal property. All students are encouraged to carry their own insurance coverage. Your family's homeowner or tenant insurance may provide coverage or you can arrange for personal property insurance through a private agency. Visit the National Student Services Incorporated website for more information about Theft, Fire, and Accident Insurance for students.

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Personal Property Insurance

Peace of mind protection for your college student! Worth Ave. Group offers College Plus student property insurance that can protect student property and housing structures in the event of a loss or damage! Click here for more information!

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