Residence Life Information for New Students

In our main campus residence halls (Kistler, Thomas, Dilworth, Knight, and Heinz), you will find:

  • Bed Frame and Mattress (twin, extra-long)
  • Desk and Desk Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closets
  • Internet access – all residence hall rooms have access to the University's high-speed wireless and Ethernet networks.  In order to utilize Arcadia's network,  you must complete an online registration process for each computer and handheld device.
  • An HVAC unit that allows you to control your heat and AC (except in Knight Hall where the HVAC is controlled on the floor level)

In the main campus residence halls, you will find:

  • Laundry Rooms – washers and dryers are free of charge (included in housing rate)
  • Housekeeping service for each common area, common bathroom and lounge area. Knight Hall residents are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms and common areas in their suites.
  • Flat screen TVs with HCMI ports in the Kistler, Dilworth and Heinz main lounges
  • Kitchens in each Knight Hall lounge.

Bring with you to campus:

  • Sheets – twin, extra-long
  • Egg crates or mattress pads
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Shower Shoes or Flip Flops
  • Shower Caddy
  • Alarm Clock
  • TV 
  • Iron with an automatic shutoff and Ironing Board
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Air Fresheners
  • White Board for door
  • Power Strip/Surge Protector
  • Trash Can
  • Fan
  • Storage Crates
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Decorations
  • Poster putty or removable adhesive strips – students are responsible for damage to their walls and furniture at the end of the year!
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Face Masks (2-3)

Leave these items at home:

  • Alcohol - If you are under the age of 21.
  • Water beds or other beds
  • Air conditioners
  • Toaster ovens
  • Sun lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Extension Cords 
  • Pets - Other than fish in a tank no larger than 10 gallons
  • Ceiling fans
  • Refrigerators larger than 3.2 cubic feet
  • Microwave ovens - Other than those leased through an authorized University vendor
  • Halogen lamps without approved covers
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Grills - George Foreman, charcoal, or gas burning
  • Coffee makers without automatic shut off
  • Bottled gas appliances
  • Any device that has an exposed heating element and does not have automatic shut-off
  • Wall & ceiling coverings

Accommodations and Additional Information

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations in order to participate in Fall Welcome Week activities, please contact the Office of Disability Resources at