Please visit the housing overview for specific information on each dorm.
At the Room Draw website, you’ll find a floor plan for each floor in every residence hall. These charts give the approximate sizes and configurations of the various rooms on campus. The yellow highlights represent spaces reserved for you.
Below is the approximate square footage of dorm rooms by type and location. All student dorm rooms are carpeted, so there’s no need for area rugs.
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At Mudd, every student is provided with a bed, mattress, dresser, closet, desk and desk chair. Some rooms have bookshelves, and others may have a cushy chair, as well. It is up to the occupant to provide additional furniture.
Extra stuff: Furniture from Overstock.com. (Use coupon code 121728 for 10 percent off.)
All rooms have a strong overhead light. We do allow halogen lamps—as long as they’re used carefully to prevent fire. A desk lamp and bedside reading lamp may also be useful.
Every dorm on campus has built-in air conditioning.
You can bring a refrigerator, but it should be small and energy efficient. If you’d like to purchase one after you arrive, or order it for pickup, the following stores are within three miles of campus:
- Best Buy (Central Ave. and Eighth St. in Montclair)
- Walmart (Foothill Blvd. and Benson Ave. in Upland)
- Staples (Foothill Blvd. and Towne Ave. in Pomona)
- Sears (Moreno Ave. between Central and Benson in Montclair)
- Home Depot (Mountain Ave. and Eighth St. in Upland)
Microfridge is a company that sells a combined microwave and refrigerator unit, which can be purchased directly by calling 800.994.0165. Harvey Mudd no longer participates in their rental program. It is much cheaper to buy the unit and keep it for all four years—and even sell or bequeath it to another student when you graduate.
Finally, you might consider splitting the cost of a refrigerator with your roommate. We suggest checking with him or her before arrival. Fridges can often be bought during dorm auctions, held within the first couple weeks of school.
Microwaves and Other Cooking Appliances
Students may use microwaves in their rooms. Hot pots with automatic turn-offs, popcorn poppers and even toaster ovens, used safely, are also permitted. Hot plates with open coils, though, are not allowed in the residence halls (along with anything else with an open flame or coil). There are communal kitchens available for student use in South, Case and Linde. These have refrigerators, freezers, stove tops and ovens, along with cupboard and counter space.
All dorm mattresses at Harvey Mudd College require twin-sized, “extra long” sheets. Regular twin sheets will not fit on the mattresses. Blankets and/or comforters that are machine washable are recommended.
Bed, Bath & Beyond has an entire line of sheets for dorm beds available in extra long, along with lots of other useful items for dorm rooms. Their closest location is at Ontario Mills Mall, about 10 miles east on the I-10. Target (located less than 3 miles away) also have a lot of bedding available.
Online, Uparents.com and Dormbuys.com have sets of extra long sheets, along with plenty of other useful dorm items.
You can find these sheets many places in addition to our suggested retailers. Keep in mind there may be limited supplies of extra long sheets in the Claremont area around Orientation.
Power outages can occur. Bringing a battery-powered alarm clock as a backup to your electric clock-radio may be a good idea. Flashlights are recommended for dorm rooms, too. Candles are not allowed in dorms.
Phones, Answering Machines and Cell Phones
The College provides a telephone hook-up in each room, but not a telephone. Keep in mind that electric cordless phones don’t work during a power outage. Consider the possibility of a regular hard-wired phone, at least as a reserve. Since we have a central voice mail system, an in-room answering machine is not essential—though our voice mail system can get temperamental at times. Since you only need one phone/answering machine per room, we suggest checking in with your roommate before arrival to work out who will bring it.
Many students will have cell phones, and there are plenty of carrier options. Sprint has a transmission tower on our Sprague Library and gets good reception around most of campus. Some carriers will have signup tables at the Huntley Bookstore during Orientation.
Don’t want to invest in furniture? Go on thrift store runs with upperclass students after you arrive. There is plenty of good, cheap furniture to be found at a multitude of nearby thrift stores.
Cars and Parking
Freshman or first-year students are not allowed to bring automobiles, as Harvey Mudd College is unable to accommodate additional parking.
Bikes and Bike Locks
Harvey Mudd is a bicycle-friendly campus, as are the rest of The Claremont Colleges. Bikes are particularly convenient for getting to classes on other campuses. There are bike racks at each dorm, as well as near the academic buildings’ entrances. However, bikes are often targeted for theft. Investing in a solid-steel, keyed U-Lock is essential, as thieves often employ bolt cutters. The Office of the Dean of Students sells U-Locks at a subsidized price of $10.
Whenever possible, storing your bike in your room is the safest place.
Storage is available for students on campus. During the year, students may store certain items in combination-locked storage rooms located in each dorm.
For the summer, we encourage students to take anything valuable home with them. If you must store here, we provide several off-campus storage pods in addition to available dorm storage. Both in-dorm storage and storage pods are locked over the summer, with no entry allowed.
To increase security and reduce the need to rent expensive storage pods, students should (perhaps in groups) rent space in the multitude of mini-storage locations near campus. Some even provide free truck use.
There is one building attendant assigned to each dorm. Suite and communal bathrooms are cleaned weekly. Lounges and courtyards are cleaned daily.
The Office of Facilities and Maintenance (F&M) is here to assist students in a variety of ways.In addition to cleaning services, the department also handles maintenance and repair of dorm facilities, key and card swipe access, room reservations, summer housing and grounds services. The F&M offices are located in the basement of the Platt Center.
The “What to Bring” List
The following is a suggested list of items to bring. A (*) denotes optional items, while a (#) denotes things you should contact your roommate about before arrival.
- Bed sheets, extra long twin (regular twin sheets will not fit on the mattresses)
- Blankets and/or comforter (machine washable is recommended)
- Trash can (metal ones won’t burn if something catches fire in it)
- Alarm clock (battery powered and electric)
- Backpack/book bag
- Laundry basket
- Laundry detergent
- Quarters (for laundry: 1 dollar per wash, 50 cents for 45 minutes of drying)
- Duct tape (it fixes everything, but don’t use it on walls, ceilings or carpet or it will damage them)
- Phone (not a cordless one, since it will not be functional in a power outage) #
- Speakers *#
- Microwave/Toaster/Coffee Machine/Water Heater *#
- Small refrigerator *#
- Small fan (besides increasing air flow, fans provide “white noise” for sleep) *#
- Iron/ironing board (our advice: befriend someone in ROTC instead) *#
- Silverware and a couple unbreakable dishes
- Computer (see Computing and Information System for help)
- Power strip
- Decor for the room
- Shelves, milk crates and so forth
- Desk light (fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights are more energy efficient)
- Sports/hobby equipment
If you decide to work you will need official identification. Most students use a state photo ID and their Social Security card or a valid passport. Some other forms of ID may be accepted, as well.
We think that’s about it! But don’t worry if you forget something. During Orientation, there will be time set aside for trips to Walmart, Target and Staples.