Setting Up Your Campus Room
Bed – Mattress size is twin extra-long, 36 x 80. Our mattresses are comfortable but may not be as thick as you are accustomed to so in addition to the usual bedding you may want to bring a mattress pad of some sort.
Desk – Each residence hall room has a desk. You may want to add a desk lamp since the only other lighting in the room is the overhead fixture.
Dresser/Closet – You’ll need hangers if you want to hang clothes in the closet and a laundry bag or basket for your dirty clothes and linens.
Showers – Don’t forget towels, shower shoes or flip flops, and something to carry your personal items to and from the bathroom.
Laundry – Each hall has at least one laundry room, the washers and dryers are card swipe; quarters won’t work in the machines. Instead use Mac Money, which is money you add to your Macalester ID card. Laundry detergent can be purchased at the Highlander campus store on Snelling, or one of the stores within walking distance from campus. Our hall offices have an iron and ironing board for check-out if your clothes need pressing.
Cleaning – You may check out a vacuum from the hall office but you’ll have to provide any additional cleaning supplies you may need during the semester.
Fan– The residence halls are not air conditioned so a small fan is helpful during the first few weeks in September. Air conditioners are not allowed.
Outlets – In case the electrical outlet isn’t near where you want to plug in your electric devices bring a surge protector/extension cord that is UL approved.
Kitchen – The residence halls have kitchens with microwaves and ovens. We don’t allow microwaves in student rooms, but small refrigerators, less than 3.6 cubic feet are permitted. Small refrigerators use lots of electricity and are not very sustainable. This past year students found a need for a refrigerator in less than half the rooms. We do not have a refrigerator rental program due to this small usage.
Room size – Basic room dimensions are listed under Residence Halls. In general, rooms are standard dorm room size. We recommend bringing less so you don’t overcrowd your room.
Don’t Bring – These items are not allowed in Residence Hall Rooms:
- Air conditioner
- Nails or tape that damages walls or paint
- Extra furniture (all furniture in rooms at check-in MUST stay in rooms)
- Halogen lamps
- small appliances with an open coil heater such as a hot plate or toaster oven
- Candles or incense