Personalizing Your Living Space
Rooms are furnished with two beds, two desks and chairs, a double dresser, and window blinds. A cable-ready television jack, telephone jack (in-room, local telephone service is optional) and at least two Ethernet computer jacks are also supplied.
Students are encouraged to personalize their rooms. Please keep in mind that rooms must be left in the same condition as when first occupied. Students are not allowed to use nails or tacks to attach posters, pictures, etc. to the walls or molding. Any use of tape or adhesive putty is at your own risk, and you will be held responsible if wall damage or discoloration occurs. Many of our students find that 3M Command Strips work very well for hanging items like posters and photographs.
Bunking Your Bed
Bed bunking is available in all residence halls. For fall semester, requests can be made prior to the opening of school or before Oct. 15 to have beds bunked or un-bunked. For spring semester, requests can be made before spring break.
Residents need to request to have their beds bunked on their online application on or before July 1. Only one request is necessary.
Lofting & Elevating Your Bed
To maximize space, students may have lofts in most buildings. All lofts must meet the university’s approval and must be able to incorporate the university provided springs and mattress. The beds in all residence halls are loft-able, therefore no personal lofts are allowed on campus.
Students may choose to elevate their bed to create more storage space in the room using bed lifts commonly found in stores and the university bookstore. Cinder blocks may not be used to elevate beds due to safety concerns and increased wear and tear on furniture and room floors. Students who have lofted or bunked their beds may NOT elevate them in any way.
Extra-Long Linens & Bedding
All rooms have extra-long mattresses so students need to be sure to purchase extra long (sometimes called, "college sized") linens. The Residence Hall Association has found a convenient, affordable way to ensure that students can find XL bedding. The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. Free shipping is available on all Value Pak orders, and there are over 26 color combinations to choose from. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls.
Rooms at Radford University are not carpeted. Carpets are permitted in the students' rooms. Room size varies, but most rooms will accommodate a 10' x 15' carpet. The Residence Hall Association has made arrangements with Residence Hall Carpets for students to pre-order a carpet and have it waiting for them in their rooms when they arrive on campus – no need to lug all that extra weight from home! Carpets are first-quality, plush, meet all residential fire and safety requirements and are bound on all four sides. Plus, students get a discount, and proceeds from the program are used for programming in the residence halls.
Microwaves and Microfridges
Residents are allowed to have small refrigerators in all residence halls. One microwave that draws 700 watts or less is permitted per room in all residence halls except for Muse. Microwaves are not allowed in Muse Hall due to limitations of the electrical system.
So that all residents can enjoy the convenience of having a microwave in their room, the university has partnered with Melvin Corporation to provide residents with the option to rent a Microfridge while living in the halls. Microfridges are approved for use in all residence halls including Muse. Order your microfridge from Melvin Corporation or call Melvin Corporation at 1-540-463-3693.
Standard household goods such as shower curtains, lamps, wastebaskets, pillows, bed and bath linens, and throw rugs are not provided. Below is a listed of additional permitted/not permitted items.
What you can bring with you...
- Fish & Aquatic Pets
- UL-Approved circuit-breaker power strips
- TVs & Stereos TVs must have a QAM tumer to be compatible
- DVD players & video game consoles
- Computers, printers
- Hot pots, coffee makers
- Lofts (some halls, see above)
- Refrigerators (less than 2 amps)
- Personal furniture
What needs to stay at home...
- Microwaves if you live in Muse
(note: Microfridges are allowed)
- Pets (except fish or aquatic pets)
- Nails and tape that damage walls
- Water beds
- Multiple-plug outlets; Extension cords
- Hot plates/Sandwich makers/Foreman Grills
- Electric Grills
- Toasters/Toaster ovens
- Candles (decorative or otherwise)
- Space Heaters
- Air Conditioners
- Tubular Halogen light bulbs
- Touchier-style halogen lamps
The university provides basic cable television service (PDF). Cable hookup is provided in each room. Both standard and high definition channels are included. The resident needs to supply the TV coaxial cable cord which can be purchased from most discount/department stores or from the bookstore. Televisions will need to have a "QAM" tuner to be compatible with the RU digital signal.
E-mail / Internet
All residence halls have active Ethernet and wireless computer connections installed (PDF). The Computer Help Desk, 540-831-7500, is located on the first floor of Heth Hall. Questions regarding hardware and system requirements should be directed to this department. Email accounts are automatically created for all students upon confirmation of their deposit to Radford University.
A phone jack is provided in each room and students may activate basic telephone service in their rooms for $50.00 per semester. This fee will be billed directly to their student account. Information is available through Student Telephone Services, 540-831-6600.
Radford University is concerned about the long-term impact of refuse on the environment, and is committed to being a model for sustainable campus practices.
Washers and dryers are located in each residence hall (washers: $1.25 per load; dryers $1.25 per load). All machines will accept the RU Express Card. The operating instructions are listed inside the lid of each machine. Ironing boards are located in some halls, but you must provide an iron. Helpful Hint: Bring rolls of quarters to save the hassle of finding them on laundry day.