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Housing Tips for First-Year Students

If you’re entering Lesley University in the fall as a first-year student, you’re guaranteed campus housing in Cambridge for the first two consecutive years, provided that you meet two conditions:

  • Show evidence of satisfactory academic progress, and
  • Meet the June 1 housing/enrollment deposit deadline for new students and subsequent deposit deadlines for returning students

After the first two years, you’re offered on-campus housing on a space-available basis.

You’ll be assigned residences/rooms by the Residence Life Office for your first year.

What to Bring

We recommend waiting until your arrival to purchase some items due to the fact that we have a large variation of room sizes. Please see our suggested items of what you may need. All electrical items must bear the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal of approval.

  • For Your Room
    • Bed linen (for extra long twin size bed)
    • Pillow
    • Comforter/blankets
    • Twin mattress pad
    • Clothes hangers
    • Storage boxes
    • First-aid kit
    • Posters
    • Alarm clock
    • Computer
    • Printer
    • Ethernet cord
    • Phones (phone jacks are provided, although the student is responsible for installation and monthly phone payment)
  • For the Bathroom and Shower
    • Towels: full sized and hand towels
    • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
    • Toothpaste, toothbrush, plastic toothbrush case, etc.
    • Shower caddy (something to carry toiletries to bathroom)
    • Shower shoes (flip-flops are popular)
    • Hairdryer, curling iron, brush, etc.
    • Shaving items
  • For the Laundry Room
    • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and stain remover
    • Laundry basket or bag
    • Ironing board and iron (with auto shut-off)
    • Drying rack
    • Visa or MasterCard for the machines. Our machines do not take quarters (unless you live in one of the Threshold residence halls. Those machines only take quarters.). If you do not have a credit card, you can buy a prepaid Visa or MasterCard at the Lesley bookstore or at your local pharmacy.

    Laundry Viewer

    See which washing machines and dryers are in use, in real time, in your Lesley residence hall using Laundry View Monitoring Service.


  • For the Kitchen
    • Plates and bowls
    • Cups, glasses, mugs
    • Utensils for eating and cooking
    • Can opener
    • Cookie sheet, pots, pans
    • Mixing bowl
    • Measuring cup or spoons
    • Sponge and dish soap
  • Additional Items You May Want
    • Headphones
    • Fan
    • Room decorations
    • Message board for door
    • Camera and photo album
    • Stationery
    • Envelopes and stamps
    • Key chain
    • Backpack
    • Wastebasket
    • Extension cords (we ask that use of these is minimal)
    • Power strips (with surge protector)
    • Flashlight
    • Calendar
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Small vacuum
  • Items to Discuss with Roommates

    There are some items that a room only needs one of, so we encourage you and your roommate(s) to discuss the following items:

    • Stereo
    • TV, DVD player
    • Standing lamps (halogen lamps are not allowed)
    • Microwave (allowed for undergraduate residence halls, but strongly discouraged)
    • Refrigerator (size - 2x2) *we recommend that roommates share a refrigerator*
  • Things to Leave at Home
    • Hot plates
    • Bunsen burner
    • Electric cookware
    • Lamps with halogen light bulbs and multi-head lamps
    • Paper lanterns
    • Candles
    • Incense
    • Space heaters
    • Air conditioners
    • Bed raisers
    • Car (student parking is very limited)
    • Pets (pets, including fish, are not allowed unless they are approved therapy pets)
    • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)


All new students will have one, two, or three roommates. Roommate matching is based upon the information provided by you on your Residence Application Form. If you already know who you would like to have as your roommate, you may request that roommate on your Residence Application Form. You’ll also have the opportunity to request a roommate during your Orientation program. We must have a request form from both you and your prospective roommate in order to accommodate your request. Your request will be honored based on availability of space.

All new students who live in residence halls will be notified of their hall, room assignment, and roommate information in mid-August before move-in. Students starting in the spring semester will receive their room assignments in January.

Community Advisors and Campus Security

Our residence halls include professional live-in staff and Community Advisors, commonly referred to as CAs. The CA is an upper-class student who develops a true sense of community in the hall by sponsoring both social and educational programming. Your CA is an advisor, mentor, and a resource person. They are also trained to respond to different types of emergency situations.

In addition to Community Advisors, our campus has a 24-hour Public Safety Office. Officers are always on campus and available to respond to questions or emergencies at any time. Public Safety is also available to escort students between Lesley buildings and campuses during evening hours.

Contact Residence Life