Room Basics

Smooth MoveYou are encouraged to personalize your room in ways that satisfy you and your roommate and comply with maintenance and safety standards. It is usually best to wait until you arrive before buying all the things you may want to use. Ideas about room designs and sources of materials, posters, etc. are easy to get from other residents and local stores. As you envision how you want your new space to be, here are some things to keep in mind:

What's Furnished?

Every student room has a central room light, blinds/curtains on the window and a wastebasket. Additionally, each resident has a wood loft with a mattress and mattress cover, a desk and chair, hanging closet space, dresser drawers and a recycling container.

Cable TV
Most student rooms have a cable connection (rooms in the renovated portion of Noehren Hall do not have cable service within the student rooms). Mediacom cable services include basic and expanded channel selections, as well as TV Everywhere. Once on campus, residents may purchase additional digital programming by contacting Mediacom directly. To access cable in your room, your tv must be digital-ready. If you do not have a digital tv, you will need to bring a converter box or you can rent one through Mediacom.

All residence halls come equipped with wood lofts (85"d x 39.625"w x 74"h). The diameter under the loft is 76". No outside lofts are permitted.

UNI mattresses are 36" wide and either 78" or 80" long. Standard twin fitted sheets may fit, however we recommend twin extra long sheets which are available in most stores carrying a full line of household linens and from our showroom sponsors, Residence Hall Linens (

Room Modifications

Floor Levels
The construction of second floors or other floor levels in the room is not permitted. Second floors/levels introduce too much combustible material and create high evacuation risks. 

No modification of room switches, lights and electrical outlets is allowed, including the installation of dimmer switches, ceiling fans, etc.

Paneling or other solid wall covering material is not permitted. Do not use easily combustible material to decorate your room. You are financially responsible for the condition of the room when you check out. It should be back to the same condition as when you checked in.

Room Decorations
Look for products that do not pull off paint or damage surfaces. When you check out at the end of the year, you will be assessed charges for any damages caused by such things as use of tape, screws or tacks on or in the walls, furniture or fixtures. Do not use carpet tape to install carpet because it may break up the floor tile when removed.

The University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility for room modifications you may make. Responsibility for design safety and protection of university property rests with the student.