The furniture in Student Rooms has to stay in Student rooms…

A frequent question from parents is “if we bring our own____, what happens to the _____ that’s provided in the room?”  Unfortunately, all of the furniture in the student rooms has to remain in the room.  The beds, the mattress, etc. are all intended for use there.  We don’t have storage spaces elsewhere that can accommodate those items.

It’s also the case that all of the items that a student brings with them – including their suitcases, must also be kept in their room.  It usually works that for people that are from within driving distance, that the suitcases can be taken back home after they’ve been unloaded, and then brought back at the end of the year.  For most people traveling longer distances, they usually don’t have the luxury of bringing quite as much stuff with them (although that isn’t always true)…  Either way, students do fit an amazing amount of stuff in their rooms and they are able to figure it out and set up a space where they feel comfortable and at home.

Students don’t need an item for each and every possible situation or circumstance that could possibly come up – do try to stick to the important things – they need a fall/winter jacket  – not 4 different kinds of coats.  If they are going to buy a UVa sweatshirt – they don’t need to bring the whole collection from home…  I can’t speak for women, but does anyone really wear 35 pairs of shoes enough to “need” them all?  I always think of episodes of “Clean House” when I see how much stuff some people think they need.

Good luck with those decisions/planning.  I hope that you can figure out how to err on the side of bringing less, rather than more.  I’d also repeat, to all parents, to let the students figure it out…..  It’s no longer your job to make all of their decisions for them.  Even if they don’t seem interested in picking things for their room – leave it up to them… It’s good for them and for you.


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