Information for On-Campus Living

What Should You Pack?

For your room

  • Alarm clock
  • Bedspread
  • Cell phone charger
  • Dishes/glass/silverware
  • Extra long twin sheets
  • Fan
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Lamp (compact fluorescent light bulbs are available on campus)
  • Laundry supplies
  • One “dressy” outfit (for presentations)
  • Pillow
  • Shower Caddy / Shoes
  • Social security card, birth certificate (for your W4 and I9 forms if you plan to get a job on campus)
  • Storage containers
  • Summer/fall clothes (don’t pack for the whole year!)
  • Towels
  • Trash can

Discuss with your roommate(s)

  • DVD player
  • Rug
  • TV

For class

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Flash drive
  • Folder/binders
  • Index Cards
  • Laptop/desktop
  • Notebooks
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Do not pack

  • Air Conditioner
  • Candles/incense
  • Fridges/Microwaves-we now provide these in each traditional residence hall room
  • George Foreman (or small grill)
  • Halogen Lamp
  • Hot Plate
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Space Heater
  • Toaster Oven
  • Weapons of any kind


Bikes/Bike Storage

Bikes are permitted on campus. While a few halls have indoor bike storage areas, most require bikes to be parked outside at the bike racks provided.

Laundry Facilities

In each building there are laundry facilities at no cost to the student. Students living in college-owned houses will be given access to other buildings on campus for laundry services. There are no laundry facilities in college-owned houses.

Personal Property

All goods and property of a student are the responsibility of the student, and the College is not liable for any loss or damage. Students are strongly encouraged to have insurance (through a homeowner’s or renter’s policy) to protect their belongings.


Only fish are permitted as pets in our residential facilities. Any fish kept in a student room must be removed from the residential facility at the conclusion of each semester and at the start of all vacation periods lasting more than 24 hours. Information regarding housing accommodations, including ESAs, can be found here.


All mail sent to you should include your name, your campus box number and the following address: Allegheny College, 520 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335.  So, for example:

John Smith
Box #1000 Allegheny College
520 North Main St.
Meadville, PA 16335

Mail and packages may be picked up in the post office located in the Campus Center.

Room Decorations

Allegheny students are encouraged to decorate their rooms within the guidelines established by the College’s policies. These policies allow students to make changes to their room that will make it a more comfortable and attractive place to live, while maintaining standards necessary for community living. Students are welcome to hang posters and other items on walls, doors and closets with white hanging putty, but should not use double-sided or duct tape, as these will leave a heavy residue and/or remove the paint. Also, because of the damage caused by self-adhesive decals, nails/bolts, and dartboards with metal-tipped darts, students must refrain from using them. Finally, please note that all furniture provided by the College must remain in the assigned room.

Room Furnishings

All rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, dresser and a closet. All windows come with horizontal blinds. Sizes vary so if you want to purchase additional treatments you should wait until you move in and measure the exact size. There are many retailers within minutes of campus.

Sharing a room with another person can sometimes result in situations that are stressful. If a student is having a roommate conflict, he or she can talk with the Resident Advisor, who can make suggestions and help mediate the conflict. Other resources are the Head Resident Advisor and a Professional Staff member assigned to the students area. If mediation does not help the situation, room switches are allowed, provided that space is available. Room changes should occur after the Office of Residence Life grants permission and will be allowed only during approved room change periods.


Allegheny does not offer storage for students. Please see Local Storage Options for information on local storage facilities.

Student Staff

We have Resident Advisors (RAs)/Head Resident Advisors (HRAs) who live in our residence halls. These are students who have undergone extensive training to become knowledgeable in the rules and regulations of the college and to create programs that educate and entertain. They are trained to respond to many different situations and problems. In the event that there is something that they cannot personally handle, they are trained to either refer the students to the appropriate campus resources or contact professionals who will ensure the safety and well-being of the students.

Weekend Activities

Campus organizations such as Gator Activity Programming (GAP) and Late Night provide numerous activities for students to partake in. Examples of past entertainment includes comedians, hypnotists, movies, academic and athletic competitions, card games, concerts, arts and crafts and video games. The Outing Club frequently has trips to do things such as hiking, canoeing and camping. In addition to all of that fraternities regularly hold alcohol free campus wide dance parties. For more information, please visit the Student Leadership & Engagement website.