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  • What to expect:

    Each room has basic residence hall furniture: beds, mattresses, dressers, desks, chairs and mirrors.  All rooms have tile floors and mini-blinds on the windows (except Butler Hall; no mini-blinds).

    What to bring

    Plan to bring all bed linens and towels, a pillow, a wastebasket, a reading lamp, and a bed board if you need one. When purchasing sheets for your room, note that most mattresses on campus are extra long (80″). You’ll also want to bring anything else that makes you feel at home and gives your room personality, like rugs, pictures, plants, and posters. No nails are allowed in the walls. Some Butler rooms have tack-friendly walls.

    It’s a good idea to check with your roommate before buying things like window coverings and refrigerators. You may be able to share expenses. The college does not provide curtains or curtain rods. We suggest that students living in Butler, Jewell and Stoddard bring a 56″ tension rod for each window in their room.

    Blackburn College does not carry insurance for any of your private property.  Check with your parents to see if your property would be covered by their homeowner’s policy for theft and damage.  If not, you should consider supplemental coverage.

    What not to bring

    We want students to take pride in their rooms, and to personalize their space with all the comforts of home. Or at least most of them.

    For safety reasons, cooking in individual residence hall rooms is prohibited.Appliances like microwaves, refrigerators over 3.1 cubic feet, hot plates, barbecue grills, electric frying pans, toasters/toaster ovens, etc. are not allowed in residence halls. Each residence hall has a microwave in a common area for student use.

    The following items are also banned from residence halls for fire/safety reasons: candles, incense, halogen lamps, other combustibles, flammable liquids and any space heating equipment (electric, propane or kerosene).

    The following items are approved for use in residence halls: hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, coffee makers, popcorn poppers, rice cookers, hot pots, heavy duty extension cords and George Foreman grills. We encourage you to consult with your roommate to keep appliances to a minimum.

    These lists are not exhaustive. Please contact the residence life office with any specific questions