Prohibited & Restricted Items


Certain items are prohibited in the residence halls for safety and security purposes. These include, but are not limited to, the following items

  • Air conditioners
  • Air freshener plug-ins
  • Alcoholic paraphernalia (e.g., keg taps, bongs, funnels)
  • Ammunition
  • Blenders (personal size blenders are allowed)
  • Burners of any type
  • Candles
  • Coffeemakers
  • Decorative strings of lights (including holiday lights);
  • Electric frying pans
  • Espresso machines
  • Extension cords
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Flame-emitting articles
  • Flammable liquids and other similar materials
  • Flammable plants (i.e., punks)
  • Furniture — extra furniture is not allowed (e.g., sofas, beds, desks, chairs)
  • Grills (indoor or outdoor) of any kind including electric, gas or coal
  • Firearms and/or guns of any type including BB guns, pellet guns, and water guns
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters of any type
  • Heating coils
  • Live holiday trees or other live items such as sprays of green and wreaths, etc., are not permitted in the residence halls
  • Hookahs
  • Hotplates
  • Hot pots
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia (e.g., bongs, roaches)
  • Illegal knives (as defined by New Jersey law)
  • Incense
  • Lava lamps
  • Ovens
  • Pets (only small nonpoisonous fish in a tank not to exceed 5 gallons in size permitted)
  • Potpourri burners
  • Power tools (large)
  • Refrigerators larger than 4.4 cubic feet
  • Rice cookers
  • Routers
  • Slow or pressure cookers
  • Smoothie makers
  • Space heaters
  • Toasters (only permitted in the kitchen area of residence halls with full kitchens)
  • Water gel or loft beds
  • Weapons of any type (e.g., slingshots, nunchaku sticks, knives, Chinese stars, bow, and arrows, or any other dangerous instruments)
  • Weightlifting equipment (large)

Authorized, if …

The following electrical appliances are authorized for use in student rooms if an Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) label is on the appliance

  • Additional Lighting (Non Halogen Deck/Floor Lamp) Recommended for Village Rooms
  • Adhesive Hooks and Strips (that do not damage the wall; for example Command Strips)
  • Area Rug
  • Air Fresheners (Non Plug-In)
  • Batteries
  • Bath Tote/Bucket/Shower Caddy
  • Bedding (Mattress Pad, Foam Topper)
  • Bicycle w/ Bicycle Lock
  • Personal size Blenders
  • Can Opener
  • Clock
  • Curtain Rods (for closets on the Florham Campus)
  • Television
  • Digital TV/Blue-Ray/DVD
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Fan
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Ironing Board/Iron
  • Keurig-type coffeemakers (single serve with automatic shut off and without a hotplate);
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Medication/Pain Relievers
  • Mini Garbage Can
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Surge protectors
  • Microfridges rented from the University-approved vendor, or personal refrigerators, must be under 4.4 cubic feet
  • Microwave (No more than 800 Watts) only one per residence hall room
  • personal computers.

Alcohol and Smoking


The University reserves the right to prohibit the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in any of its facilities and to change these policies as needed.

The following is a summary of the rules and regulations as stated in the Student Handbook regarding the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by students and their guests on the property of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham and Metropolitan Campus.

FDU Alcohol Policy (pdf)


Smoking, including vaping, is prohibited in all residence hall buildings/rooms and common spaces.