Items Not Permitted in the Residence Halls


  • Air conditioners (please see the Accommodations Document if you medically need one)
  • Amplifiers
  • Appliances without automatic shut-off (included but not limited to: coffeemakers, clothing irons, hair curling irons)
  • **Cooking appliances (including but not limited to: immersion heaters, popcorn poppers, hot plates or burners, water heaters, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, rice cookers)
  • Electric, kerosene or other portable heaters
  • Flammable wastebaskets
  • Grills 
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lights not UL-approved
  • Lights of higher wattage than the specified rating of the fixture
  • No more than 1 refrigerator no more than 5 cubic feet per room/unit (3 allowed in a quad)
  • Ungrounded extension cords (must have 3 prongs)
  • Water coolers

Alcohol & Drugs

  • Alcohol in underage student possession
  • Common source containers of alcohol (included but not limited to: kegs, beer balls)
  • Drugs or illegal substances
  • Drug paraphernalia (including but not limited to: pipes, bongs, hookahs)
  • Items used for quick or mass consumption of alcohol (included but not limited to: beer bongs)

Furniture, Windows & Beds

  • Any items affixed to or hanging from the ceiling
  • Curtains, blinds and/or window treatments other than what the college provides
  • Electric blankets or electric mattress pad covers
  • Fabrics taking up more than 20% of a wall
  • Fabrics affixed to or hanging from the ceiling
  • Water-filled furniture
  • **Wooden structures, including lofts and room dividers

Weapons (Registered or Not, Concealed or Not, Decorative or Practical)

  • Ammunition (included but not limited to: gunpowder, mace, pepper spray)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Lock-picking devices
  • Staffs or foils (must be kept in locker by classroom)
  • Weapons (included but not limited to: rifles, shotguns, pistols, air pistols, spring powered weapons, kitchen knives, switchblade knives)


  • Animals of any kind (fish and aquatic-only turtles allowed)
  • Aquariums larger than 20 gallons
  • Bicycles blocking egress
  • Combustible fluids (gasoline, kerosene, paint thinners, etc.)
  • Candles with a burned wick (includes holiday decorations)
  • Incense
  • Artificial trees over 4 ft tall (includes holiday trees) or Live trees
  • Motorcycles or other motorized machinery
  • Poisonous, hazardous or unstable chemicals

**Permitted only in Village Housing (Firelands/apartments)

If you have further questions about what is or is not allowed in the halls, please feel free to contact the Office of Residential Education and Dining Services.

Phone: (440) 775-8472
Fax: (440) 775-8149
155 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH 44074