Move In Tips

Move In Day

Both halls have convenient parking near the building. You might want to bring a dolly for easier moving. Parking regulations are generally relaxed for Move In Day so families can unload closer to the doors.

Most hall furniture is moveable. Popular items to bring are bed risers to create under-the-bed storage space (the furniture in Hays Hall is designed to be able to raise for under bed storage without additional lifters). Students often bring extra plastic drawer units, a reading lamp, electronic equipment and a computer. Some small appliances that students may bring are listed elsewhere under the appliances section of our Housing Policy Book.

What to Bring

For residents that will be living on-campus for the first time we have complied a user-friendly list of recommended items to bring and which items should be left at home. If you have any questions please ask our staff prior to purchasing.

  • Bathroom supplies
    Bonner Hall Residents: bath robe, a shower caddy/tote, and shower shoes due to community style restrooms. Bonner Hall restrooms are cleaned daily by a commercial cleaning company. Hays Hall residents may bring cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and a shower curtain.  Everyone will want to bring typical toiletry items.
  • Cleaning Supplies
    Residents are responsible for cleaning their own room. Hays hall residents are responsible for cleaning their bathroom.
  • Clothing
    While every room has hanging space and a dresser, you may run out of room for every piece of clothing (or pair of shoes) that you own. Think practically about what you will need/wear. If you're planning on going home at Thanksgiving or Winter Break, maybe you can trade out summer and winter clothing at that time.
  • Hangers
  • Laundry supplies
    Laundry basket or bag, detergent, fabric softener, stain fighters, etc. Free washers and dryers are located in Bonner Hall.
  • Linens
    • towels
    • wash cloths
    • pillow
    • pillow case
    • sheets, blankets, bedspreads, etc. — Beds are a standard twin size.
  • Sticky tape or Command Strips
    Used to post pictures on the wall. Students that cause damage to the walls by posting items with nails or materials that are not removed will be charged for repairs.
  • Trash Can
  • Study Lamp
  • Surge Protectors and Power Strips 
    Only allowable extension cords per Fire Marshall. Extension cords without surge protectors will be confiscated and the Fire Department may charge you a fine.

Suggested Items to coordinate with your roommate:

  • Electronics
    • TV
    • Computer
    • Stereo
    • Gaming equipment, etc.
    • Cable is only provided in the common area lounges. Students wanting cable or faster wi-fi may contact the local cable provider for installation. Students should always respect the comfort of their neighbors and adjust the volume accordingly.
  • Refrigerator
    Must be under 800 watts and measure 18 X 18 X 24 inches per roommate or 18 X 18 X 48 per room. Be sure to coordinate with your roommate.
  • Microwave
    Must be under 800 watts. Be sure to coordinate with your roommate.
  • Rug or Carpet
    For Bonner Hall residents - the rooms have tile floors and are 12 X 15 square foot total space and there is a vanity and closets taking up some of that space.

Items to Leave at Home

  • Alcohol, drugs, and paraphernalia
  • Candles
  • Cooking Appliances with exposed heating elements
  • Extensions Cords
  • Grills
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Hot Plates
  • Inappropriate posters or signs that create a hostile living environment 
  • Incense
  • Pets
  • String Lights
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Weapons (including but not limited to fireworks, ammunition, explosives, BB guns, martial arts equipment, swords, bows, arrows, rifles, knives, and decorative weapons)

The following items are allowed in the Bonner Hall kitchen area. If they are found in the residents' rooms they will be confiscated due to breaking the fire safety rule of leaving items plugged in inside the resident's room.

  • Coffee Maker
  • George Foreman Grills
  • Crock Pots/Slow Cookers

To check if an item is allowed in the residence halls, please contact the Coordinator of Residence Life at

Things to Consider

Health Insurance

Remind your student how to access your health insurance. Residence hall staff cannot dispense medication and NCTC does not have a health clinic on-campus. 

Holiday Housing

If residents are from out of state, parents need to consider their children's plans for in between semesters as NCTC does not provide housing during this time to allow our staff to be with their families and to take vacations. Although NCTC provides housing during Thanksgiving and Spring Break; meals are not provided.


Students will eat outside their meal plan, although at NCTC we contract with Great Western Dining for meals from Monday breakfast through Friday lunch. There is an abundant supply of food that is readily available. Students usually keep a few snacks and beverages in their rooms.

Internet & Cable

Students that choose these services in their room will deal directly with a local provider and be responsible for the payment as well as fees associate if they switch rooms. NCTC provides two televisions in the residence hall common areas for students to use as well as two computers and a printer in the lobby. These are in addition to the three computer labs on the Gainesville campus.

Mail should be addressed to:

Student Name
NCTC [Name of Residence Hall & Room Number]
1525 West California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240