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Room Furnishings and Measurements

All rooms contain a bed, an extra-long (80 inches) bed mattress, dresser, wardrobe, desk and chair for each resident. You’ll supply your own linens, laundry bag, mattress cover, wastebasket, study lamp and clothes hangers. The University does not have storage facilities for trunks and suitcases, but many students find they make great coffee tables and clothing storage in their rooms. All student rooms have tile flooring and the windows are covered by Venetian blinds. Average room carpet measurements are 10 feet by 12 feet. Lincoln Hall carpet measurements vary; call the Residence Life Office if you are assigned there. Standard windows measure 63 inches long by 94 inches wide; Lincoln window measurements are 63 inches long by 36 inches wide. To avoid duplication, you’re encouraged to consult with your roommate before purchasing items to decorate your room, such as carpeting and drapes or deciding on what kinds of electronic equipment and appliances to bring, such as a TV, radio, fan, stereo or compact refrigerator.


We recommend you purchase extra-long twin sheets to fit our 80-inch long mattresses. Bring a pillow, sheets, mattress pads, blankets and towels, as no linen service is offered. You’ll also find a shower caddy or plastic basket helpful for carrying your toiletries to and from your bathroom.


For your convenience, we have partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide parents and students with an affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items.

For more information, please visit the RHL website at

Need help finding extra-long bedding to fit the mattresses in our halls? We can help.

Residence Life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens for several years to provide our students and families with a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit all of the beds on campus. Proceeds from this program are used for programming in the residence halls. There's free shipping for all Value Pak orders, more than 40 color combinations available, and linens are delivered to your home during the summer for extra convenience. Please visit the RHL website at


Information about Rider’s refrigerator rental program is included in your room assignment letter. If you do not reserve one in advance by mail, there will be an opportunity for you to do so at the start of each term. Location and times will be posted in the residence halls during opening weekend. Only one refrigerator per room is allowed and it can be no larger than four cubic feet.

*All rooms contain a bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe/closet and dresser for each occupant.
*Some items are limited to one per room -- collaborate with your roommate to determine who will bring what.

What TO Bring

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Bed risers - risers with outlets are not permitted
  • Blanket
  • Bulletin board/whiteboard
  • Cables: 25 ft. 75 Ohm cable TV wire, 25 ft. telephone cord, 15-25 ft. ethernet category 5 cable
  • Calculator
  • Can opener
  • Carpet/area rug
  • Charging cords
  • Checks/credits cards
  • Cleaning supplies-- mop, broom, cleaning wipes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Keurig Coffee maker
  • Coins (for vending machines)
  • Command hooks
  • Computer/laptop
  • Cups/mugs
  • Curtains
  • Envelopes/stamps
  • Fan
  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Hair dryer
  • Hot pot
  • Iron -- must have auto shut off
  • Laundry basket & detergent (no pods)
  • Lamp
  • Mattress pad
  • Microwave -- ONE per room, no larger than 0.7 cubic ft./700 wattage (all residence halls have microwaves in common areas)
  • Sewing kit
  • Notebooks
  • Pens/pencils
  • Pictures/posters
  • Pillows
  • Plates/dishes
  • Power strip with built in surge protector
  • Prescriptions
  • Raingear -- boots, coat, umbrella
  • Small refrigerator -- ONE per room, 4 cubic ft. max
  • Scissors
  • Sheets, twin XL
  • Shower caddie
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Stapler
  • Storage containers
  • Tape
  • Television
  • Toiletries
  • Tools -- hammer, screwdriver, etc.
  • Towels
  • Trash container/bags

Something to Consider

Personal property insurance: The college does not cover student belongings in case of fire, water, theft or other loss. If your homeowner’s insurance does not cover your belongings, contact your insurance carrier to purchase property insurance. If you prefer, you can also contact National Student Services, Inc. NSSI Offer comprehensive personal property coverage to your college/university school students.

What NOT to Bring

  • Air conditioner of any kind -- if a student requires an air conditioner for a medical condition, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Alcohol/drug paraphernalia (including items for decorative purposes-- shot glasses, bottles, etc)
  • Candles
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coins for laundry -- Rider laundry facilities are free
  • Dart boards
  • Electric Heated Blankets
  • Extension cords (plain brown & white extension cords are not permitted in the dorms. Please bring a power strip with a built in surge protector)
  • Halogen lamps, lamps with bulbs over 75 watts
  • Highly combustible or explosive materials are not permitted
  • Himalayan Salt Lamp
  • Hot plate, electric fry pan, heating coil -- anything with an exposed heating surface
  • Incense
  • Inflatable pools
  • Lamps with multiple heads (Medusa lamps)
  • Laundry detergent pods (liquid and powder detergent only)
  • Live trees
  • Multi-outlet adapter (box that plugs directly into wall, gives multiple outlets in place of one or two)
  • Pets (except fish in a 10 gallon or less tank)
  • Space heaters
  • String lights (plug-in and battery operated lights are BOTH prohibited due to fire code)
  • Toaster ovens
  • Water beds
  • Wax scent melters & plug in air fresheners
  • Weapons of any kind, including toy guns or water guns
  • Weightlifting equipment -- all students have free access to the gym in the Student Recreation Center