Deck the hall

As all freshmen are guaranteed a spot in a hall of residence, most choose to fully immerse themselves in campus life. Are you well-equipped for living in hall? Here’s third-year communication student Aloysius Boh’s suggested checklist.

Most hall rooms come equipped with an air-conditioner and all have a ceiling fan. Each resident also gets a table, chair, wardrobe, mattress and drawers. Go down this checklist to see what else you’ll need.

Bring these!
  • Ethernet cable. For smooth Internet browsing in your room. Also great for online gaming.
  • Extension cord and power strip with SAFETY Mark. To multiply the number of power points from a single power socket for your various gadgets. But be careful not to overload the strip as that may cause a power trip to the block.
  • Notebook. If your laptop fails, you don’t want to be staring at the rest of your coursemates typing or writing down notes while you chastise yourself for not having a backup plan.
  • Electric fan. It’s Singapore – summer temperatures all year round.
  • Money for topping up air-conditioner card. Again, it’s Singapore. But note that not all hall rooms have air-conditioners.
  • Bed sheets. The elastic fitted ones slide around less and don’t need much tidying.
  • Pillow and pillowcase. Not supplied so bring your own.
  • Blanket. So you won’t be shivering in your bed in the middle of the night.
  • Alarm clock. You don’t want to wake up after an important lecture, tutorial or an exam, do you?
  • Mug. For that indispensable morning cuppa.
  • Stainless steel cutlery. The eco-friendly alternative to plastic cutlery. Use it instead of the plastic variant when having takeaway food.
  • Hangers. For hanging neatly-pressed clothing that shouldn’t be folded. Also the lazy solution to not wanting to fold freshly dried laundry.
  • Formal wear. Important for presentations, especially for those from the Nanyang Business School.
  • Headphones. For blocking out your roommate’s best Celine Dion impressions.
  • Bath and facial towels. Keep dry.
  • Shower caddy. Makes lugging your showering paraphernalia to the bathroom as easy as carrying a FairPrice basket.
  • Laundry basket or pail. For collecting dirty laundry in one place and preventing your room from looking as though it was ransacked.
  • $1 coins. These are needed to operate the washing machines and dryers.
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener. For those who aren’t bringing dirty laundry home. Time to grow up!
  • Clothes pegs. For drying your clothes the traditional way.
  • Broom and dustpan (or vacuum cleaner). When hairballs start to form in your room’s corners, you’ll be glad you bought these.
  • Mop. Sparkling floors tend to encourage your hall friends to hang out in your room more frequently.
  • Cleaning rags. For wiping dusty shelves and tables. You will use them most on the day you move in and the day you move out.
  • Trash bin. Not all hall rooms come equipped with a trash bin, so bring one if your room lacks it.
  • Bathroom slippers. You wouldn’t want to wear your sneakers to the bathroom and risk getting them wet and stinky.
Could come in handy!
  • Small fridge (max. height of 1.2m) – you need to pay an additional utility fee of $80.
  • Dish-cleaning supplies (bring if there are none in the hall pantry).
  • Sports gear and apparel.