Residence Life

  • Your Checklists for Living On Campus

    If you choose to live in one of Worcester State University’s residence halls—Chandler Village, Dowden Hall, Sheehan Hall, and Wasylean Hall—you can get ready to set up your room by referring to the following list what to bring. Pay close attention to our list of items you shouldn’t bring as well. We share both lists to ensure that moving into your room goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Suggested items that you SHOULD bring:

    Things To Bring (general items)

    • Twin extra-long sheets
    • Dry erase board
    • 3M command hooks
    • Prescription Meds
    • Alarm clock
    • Television
    • Extra storage containers
    • Laundry basket/bag
    • Shower sandals
    • Bathrobe
    • Sewing kit
    • Basket/bucket for toiletries
    • Energy Star mini refrigerator (3.2 cubic feet or less)
    • Blankets & comforter
    • Pillows & mattress pad
    • Computer/printer (available in lobby of each hall)
    • Desk lamp
    • Toiletries
    • School supplies for desk
    • Clothes hangers
    • Detergent & dryer sheets
    • Wash cloths & towels
    • Microwave
    • First-aid kit
    • Dishes, cups, plates, bowls, utensils, pots, pans, etc. (especially for those assigned to Chandler Village & Wasylean Hall)
    • A Few face coverings (masks)
    • Thermometer

    Pre-Packed Bag

    In case you are placed in quarantine or isolation, please bring a pre-packed bag containing the following items:

    • Bedding (sheets, pillow, blanket)
    • Towels/Handtowels/FaceCloth
    • Extra cell phone charger
    • List of important peoples’ phone numbers and a list of any allergies
    • 2 or more complete changes of comfy clothes; sweats, PJ pants, t-shirts
    • Extra Blanket
    • Medicines:
      • Cough Drops
      • Tylenol (fever reducer)
      • Vicks VapoRub
      • Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion
    • Thermometer
    • Body Lotion
    • Feminine Hygiene
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
    • Shampoo
    • Hair Brush/Hair Ties
    • Prescription Meds
    • Tissues
    • Snacks
    • Gatorade or Pedialyte
    • A Few Masks
    • Some sort of distraction (coloring book/crayons/deck of cards)
    Prohibited items that you CANNOT bring:
    • FLAMMABLE materials or liquids
    • Upholstered furniture
    • Electric blankets
    • Cinderblocks
    • Mercury thermometers
    • Dart boards, darts, barbells
    • Fog lamp, fog machine, black lights
    • Heat-generating humidifiers & vaporizers
    • Heating and cooking appliances like toaster ovens, hot plates - anything with open heating coils
    • Satellite dish
    • Halogen lamps
    • Subwoofers
    • Drums
    • Upholstered furniture
    • Space heater & air conditioners
    • Refrigerators larger than 3.2 cubic feet
    • Candles, incense, incendiary devices like fireworks
    • Weapons like firearms & ammunition, bows & arrows, martial arts devices, swords, knives, paintball items
  • Please note that each room is furnished with the following: bed(s), chair(s), desk(s), wardrobe(s) or built-in closet(s), and window shades. Residents in Dowden, Sheehan Hall, and Wasylean Hall also receive a 3-drawer dresser.

    You also will have access to a wi-fi connection using Worcester State University’s campus-wide wireless network.

    Check our list of frequently asked questions to help you get ready to live on campus and settle in once you’re here.

    Things to know before you arrive

    As a resident student, there are several important things you should know before you arrive. These tidbits will help you get acclimated to living in our residence halls, moving around our campus, and becoming part of our campus life.
  • Keys
    You will be issued a key when you arrive at your residence hall. You are responsible for your key at all times. Never loan out your key to a friend or roommate. If you lose your key, you must report it immediately to the Residence Life and Housing Office. We will order a “lock change” to ensure your and your roommates’ safety. You will be responsible for the replacement costs of new keys. When you check out of your room, you must return you key to a residence hall staff member.
    Your OneCard gives you access to your residence hall.

    All incoming deliveries of mail and packages are received and sorted in the Mail Center on campus.


    Residents will receive an email to come and pick up mail on weekdays in the Residence Life Office (Sheehan Hall, room 101) between 9-5pm.


    The Mail Center will send an email alert to notify residents if they have a package waiting, and when it should be picked up at the Mail Center (Learning Resource Center, room 129)

    “Collegiate Care Package” Orders

    Unfortunately, we will not be offering Collegiate Care Packages this year, due to COVID-19.

    Residence Life Office Hours

    Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

    Resident Student Mailing Address

    Please use the following address format:

    Worcester State University
    Student's First and Last Name - Residence Life
    486 Chandler Street
    Worcester, MA 01602

    Note: at the end of each month any USPS mail remaining from the previous month will marked "Return to Sender" and returned to the United States Postal Service . For example, at the end of October, any mail remaining from September will be returned the USPS.


    As a resident student, you must purchase a meal plan. If you have fewer than 90 course credits, you must purchase a full meal plan. Once you’ve committed to a meal plan, it is effective for the entire academic year.

    However, changes may be made anytime before August 21 in your MyHousing portal or during the first week of the semester. Visit the Chartwells website for meal plan details, a list of dining locations, daily menus, and more.


    To help you stay safe, we conduct apartment/bedroom inspections for health and fire hazards once a month. All fire equipment is checked at these times as well as common areas, etc. We give at least 24-hour advance notice. If a hazard or violation is found in your living area, you will receive written notification and a period of time in which to fix the problem(s) prior to re-inspection—usually within a few days. Students who fail to correct violations by the time of a re-inspection may face fines and/or judicial action.

    Residence Life and Housing personnel, other university personnel, or maintenance personnel authorized by the director of residence life and housing are authorized to enter students’ rooms. During vacation periods, personnel may enter at any time to make routine maintenance repairs and safety inspections to insure that the terms of the Residence Hall Occupancy License Agreement are being followed.

    The Worcester Fire Department also conducts routine inspections of the campus for fire violations. It’s important for you to know that violations of fire or health codes will result in disciplinary action.


    Are you looking for a job on campus? If so, please visit the Careers on Campus page to view all current open positions on campus for Work Study, as well as part time student positions.