Residence Hall Amenities & Utilities
Planning your living space at the University of Michigan is an exciting part of the college experience. Here you’ll find everything you need to know to make your room your own. Review the following info to learn about your options and DO get in touch with your roommates to discuss what you'll each be bringing to your new campus home.
There are many ways to customize your space with bedding, lamps, accessories, and more.
Download our list of What to Bring to Campus now. You’ll find it helpful for planning, shopping, and packing.
Standard Room Furnishings
Whether you will be living with one, two, or three other students, University Housing provides these basic furnishings for every student in the room:
- Bed and mattress (extra-long twin size)
- Desk and chair
- Closet and/or dresser
- Desktop organizer
Each room contains these essentials:
- Computer data port (Ethernet)
- Recyling tote
- Set of draperies
- Smoke detector
- Overhead lighting
Rental refrigerators and MicroFridges -- combination refrigerator, freezer and microwave -- are available from Bedloft.com, a private vendor partner with University Housing.
Visit their website to view the available options and to reserve your choice. Online payment is made by debit or credit card. When your reservation is complete, you will receive an email confirmation.
Orders placed before Tuesday, August 11, 2016, will be delivered free to your room before fall move-in.
Use of this vendor's services is optional. All transactions, including delivery, are strictly between you and the vendor.
Residents may rent a refrigerator or bring their own. Due to space and electrical consumption considerations, only one refrigerator is permitted for each room. If you bring your own refrigerator, the maximum capacity is 5.5 cubic feet with an amperage draw of no more than 1.5.
Although the vast majority of our residents use cellular phone services for their local and long-distance calling needs, ITS Communications Systems and Data Centers provides several levels of telephone services. For details on what these services include and how to use them, visit the ITS Networking & Telecommunication website.
Please note that in West Quad there are no phone lines in the student rooms.
Cable service is activated and ready to go before you move in, and available at no additional charge. You'll have either one or two ways to view cable channels depending on your residence hall. In all residence halls except West Quad and South Quad, you can connect a standard coaxial cable to your television from a wall jack. Make sure the television you bring has a "QAM tuner".
No matter your residence hall, during the 2016-2017 school year you can also view cable channels on your computer or iOS or Android device using Xfinity on Campus. This network-based television service has the same channel lineup as traditional cable, plus the ability to view anywhere on campus, record programs, and purchase premium services. To set up Xfinity on Campus, please read the getting started guide. For questions and support in setting up cable or Xfinity on Campus, email 4-HELP@umich.edu or call 734-764-HELP. Please note that television service will not be offered after 2016-2017.
All U-M residential students have access to the ITS standard computing services at no charge. The package includes email, space for file storage and web publishing, printing and more. ITS also provides ethernet and wireless service in the residence halls through a mandatory technology fee. Please note that bringing and connecting a personal wireless router to the network is not allowed.
If you have more electrical items in your room than outlets, use a 15-amp power strip with an integrated circuit breaker. These power strips are much safer than the lower-cost rubber adapters and also reduce the likelihood that your room will trip a circuit breaker for the entire corridor.
Unsafe or excessive electrical devises can pose a fire hazard. Please review the guidelines for electrical devices in the student guide, Community Living at Michigan.
- Electrical equipment: Must be certified by Underwriters Laboratory and bear the UL mark.
- Students may have one refrigerator per room that is up to 5.5-cubic foot capacity and/or uses up to 1.5 amps of electricity.
- Microwaves should be 800 watts or less.
- Extension cords: Only 16-gauge or lower are permitted.
- Power Strips: Only those with 15-amp integrated circuit breakers are permitted.
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