You can view the drop down menu below to get familiar with important information about our residence halls and living on-campus.
A student's first year experience at Temple University is often his or her first experience living away from home. Students often bring items to campus based on personal preference.
- alarm clock
- backpack and supplies
- sheets, pillows, blankets
- waste basket
- pictures, posters
- stereo or iPod
- cable lock for any laptops
- mobile device (iPad/iPhone/Android phone or tablet, etc.)
- personal toiletries and medications
- cleaning supplies and laundry detergent
- personal appliances with automatic shut-off feature (iron, coffee maker, etc.)
- students are only permitted to bring refrigerators that are less than 3.6 cubic ft. and are energy star rated. Students can contract through our preferred vendor, MicroFridge, by visiting their site at www.mymicrofridge.com.
- your health insurance card
If you have questions about a specific item and whether or not it is permitted in university housing, you should contact your Front Desk/Residential Life Office or refer to the Student Planner/Handbook which is provided during check-in.
- firearms or weapons, regardless of permits to carry
- high-wattage electrical appliances exceeding 50W (air conditioners, space heaters, heat lamps or music amplifiers)
- candles, incense, aromatherapy oil burners or any devices using halogen bulbs or exposed heating elements, like toasters, convection ovens, hot plates or tanning lamps
- personal microwaves, unless acquired through our selected vendor, Campus Specialists Inc.
- pets (other than certified service dog)
- Any materials or mechanisms for lofting or raising beds including but not limited to any block, lift, or other device that raises the bed platform and legs above the standard height.
- network equipment (wireless access points, routers and hubs)
Please note that students are not permitted to bring their own microwaves unless they are ordered through our partners.
- Campus Specialties, Inc.offers a refrigerator and microwave combination ("MicroFridge") rental unit for students living on-campus.
- For more information about renting a MicroFridge, please visit https://www.mymicrofridge.com/.
- They'll deliver your unit prior to move-in, making it easier for you and your family during Move-in Day.
Residents are encouraged to consider purchasing renter's insurance through GradGuard, a service of Next Generation Insurance Group. The plan they're offering to Temple students is designed specifically for college students, costs just $149.68 for the year and includes $5,000 of coverage for theft or damage by a covered peril to your personal belongings with a $100 deductible and $50,000 of personal liability coverage. If you already have Renters Insurance with equal or better coverage or are covered on your parents’ homeowners insurance you don't need to do anything else.
On college campuses, backpacks are often filled with thousands of dollars of electronics and books, and student bicycles and other valuables are often targets for criminals. Remember, you are responsible for replacing stolen or damaged property, not Temple University.
GradGuard Renters Insurance is a smart investment for college students and their families. With our Renters Insurance plan, any personal items that are stolen or damaged by a covered cause of loss can be replaced, subject to a $100 deductible. This includes clothing, computers/laptops/tablets, smart phones, bikes, game consoles, textbooks, furniture, and more. GradGuard Renters Insurance also protects you financially for unintentional damage to your residence or bodily injury to others for which you are liable. With low annual rates, GradGuard Renters Insurance is designed for Temple students and their families.
Features of GradGuard Renters Insurance include:
- Low $100.00 Deductible. Compared to $500, $1000, or more for a typical homeowners insurance policy.
- Replacement Cost. If your personal property is stolen or damaged due to a covered peril, it will be replaced with an item of like kind and quality.
- Worldwide coverage – Your belongings are protected even outside your home. If you are traveling or your car gets broken into, GradGuard Renters Insurance can help cover property losses outside your residence.
- Electronics coverage – Your electronics, including your TV, laptop, smartphone and tablet, are covered up to the policy limits. There is no special limit.
- Personal Liability Coverage. If you cause damage to property or injure others, you may be liable for the damages. Renters Insurance from GradGuard provides up to $300,000 in personal liability coverage. For example, if you unintentionally set off your building’s sprinkler system, liability protection can help pay for the resulting damages.
- Alternative to Homeowners Insurance. Not all Homeowners Insurance policies are the same. Limitations may apply when property is away from the principal residence. With Renters Insurance, personal belongings are covered whether you are on-campus, off-campus, or traveling anywhere in the world, up to the policy limits.
To learn more or sign up for a plan, click here. After visiting the site be sure to enter "Temple University" as the school. To contact Grad Guard directly, call (866) 857-0572.
For frequently asked questions about Renter's Insurance, click here.
Whether you are preparing for college or staying in contact across the miles, OCM is ready with university-approved merchandise for campus living, gifting and special campus occasions including move-in, graduation and more.
Washers and dryers are available in every residence hall. Our halls are not equipped with change machines, so getting a roll of quarters every so often is a good idea.
You should also consider putting money on your Diamond Dollars account for added convenience. Most students tend to do laundry on weekends. Washers and dryers are available 24 hours a day, so the best availability you may find is during the day before dinner, or late at night.
- We encourage you to decorate your room to reflect your personality and style.
- Many rooms have bulletin boards or tack strips; we also suggest using fun-tack for hanging things on the walls instead of nails or tacks.
- Students are not permitted to paint, install carpeting (area rugs are fine), hang wallpaper, or apply contact paper or decals.
- Students are also not permitted to hang items from ceiling pipes or fire-safety equipment, or to alter any university furniture in any way.
If you're interested in registering your room for our Annual Room Decorating Contest Showcase Your Space, be sure to follow instructions about the process when notifications are sent.