Office of Residence Life

Bryant has 17 progressive residence halls, from traditional first-year housing, to suites, to more than 100 townhouse-style apartments for upperclass students. Campus housing is available to students for all four years.

Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life commits to fostering a healthy environment for your intellectual, social and personal growth.

Our Area/Resident Directors are full-time professionals who live on campus. Each has a master's degree in higher education administration or counseling, and they’re responsible for the daily operations in the residence halls.

They supervise our student Resident Assistant (RA) staff, oversee student discipline cases, provide mediation and support services, and oversee social and educational programs offered in the residence halls. They also serve as University officials in case of after-hours emergencies in the residential areas.

Personal Items
Personal hygiene items
Hair dryer
Shower caddy
Towels (at least two)
Extra long sheets, pillows
Blankets/Comforter
Flip flops
Mattress pad/Egg Crate

Health Items
Over the counter medication/pain killers
Thermometer
Vitamins
Prescription medication
First aid kit, including band-aids
Medical insurance information
Health report form

Kitchen Supplies/Utensils
Drinking glasses
Plates/Bowls
Knives, forks, spoons
Can opener
Napkins/Straws
Tupperware

Cleaning and Laundry Supplies
Detergent, Fabric Softener
Laundry Bag/Basket
Hangers
Iron and tabletop ironing board

Desktop Supplies
General school supplies
Desk planner/wall calendar

Appliances
Alarm Clock
Radio/Stereo
TV/ DVD player
UL Approved power strip
Refrigerator (not greater than 4 cubic feet)

Tools
Screwdriver/Hammer
Pliers
Needles and thread
Scissors
Tape
Thumbtacks
Funtack
Flashlight/Batteries

Many home and linen supply stores offer shopping lists for dorm life. Some items on these lists are unnecessary, and even prohibited, on campus. Prohibited items in residence halls include but are NOT limited to:

  • Any heat-producing appliances including hot plates, rice cookers, heating/immersion coils, electric fry pans, toasters, toaster ovens, and microwave ovens

  • Blenders

  • Refrigerators larger than 4 cubic feet

  • Halogen lamps and 5-headed floor lamps

  • Extension cords. Please use a surge protector instead

  • Candles and incense (lit or unlit)

  • Lofts, bars, cinder blocks, or any extra furniture (including tables)

  • Wooden drying racks (plastic or metal is acceptable)

  • Rugs of any kind

  • Weights Dartboards/darts

  • Traffic or neon signs

  • Water beds, hot tubs, or kiddie pools

  • Motorcycles, mopeds, or other gas powered vehicles

  • Fireworks/Explosives, ammunition, firearms, BB guns, knives or any other type of weapon

  • Kegalators, keg refrigerators, taps or funnels, or any other drug/alcohol paraphernalia

  • Animals of any kind, except non-carnivorous small fish. Review the student handbook for tank requirements

  • Deep freeze units

The University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to deem other items prohibited. For more information about what to bring to campus, or questions about the residence halls, please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@bryant.edu or 401-232-6140. 

College can be life-changing for students and their families. For many, it is a first experience with living away from home. While it is an exciting time, it can also be filled with adjustments.

Move-in Day

Move-in day, while well-organized on campus, can be a very stressful day for parents and students. President and Mrs. Machtley, Bryant staff, members of the Bryant Bulldogs football team, and student volunteers will all be on-hand to help new students settle into campus.

As you shop, pack, and prepare for Move-in Day, please keep the following in mind:

Pack light

Residence halls are spacious but they will not accommodate everything students may want to have for the entire school year. With a post office on campus, students and parents can easily ship personal items throughout the year. Students should also swap warm weather/cold weather clothes during semester holidays or breaks.

Moving can be physically strenuous. Please note that residence halls do not have elevators or air-conditioning, so bringing fewer things on campus means less to carry up and down the stairs.

Lastly, all first-year students who reside on campus will have a roommate. We encourage all students to coordinate with their roommate during the summer to avoid bringing multiples of large items such as televisions, mini refrigerators, or ironing boards.

Bring items back home after they've been unpacked
Hand trucks and hard suitcases are great tools for moving. However, they take up a lot of room so we recommend that parents take these items back home. Collapsible duffel bags are a good luggage option that can remain with each student since they can easily be stored in a closet or underneath a bed when they're not in use.

Extra snacks and beverages in the room
Bryant offers many options for dining and snacking on campus, but many students like to keep food in their rooms to supplement their meal plans. There are a number of supermarkets and home supply shops close to campus. We recommend that students purchase these items after they have unpacked their personal belongings rather than bring them from home so that they have a realistic sense of the amount of food and water they can fit in their rooms.

Saying goodbye

In the midst of all the excitement of settling into rooms, meeting roommates and new friends, and learning more about Bryant, parents and families will have to say good-bye and give one last hug before leaving their child on campus. Move-in Day is the beginning of the Bryant Experience which is a weekend filled with activities and events, and students are anxious to take part as quickly as they can. Although parents and families may want to linger with their child, we advise that farewells be kept brief. Remember, Thanksgiving break is only a couple of months away.