Move-In Day is just around the corner, and you’re totally ahead of the game and already packed, right? Well, don’t zip up your suitcase quite yet! Resident Assistant Lisa Piacesi, a junior Classics major who lives in Governors Village, has some insider-information for you—a few simple items you’ll want for your dorm room, and some great advice on how to get the most out of your experience at UNC Asheville.


  1. Not sure what you want to eat today? You can look up menus from the on-campus dining locations online to help you decide where to head for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a snack.
  2. Still hungry? You can use your declining balance to order Pizza Hut right to your residence hall room!
  3. Go downtown and try something new! There are tons of great restaurants for adventure-eating.

Your Room

  1. You can liven up your residence hall room with a plant, or even a pet fish. As long as your pet can stay alive underwater for 48 hours, you can keep it in your room. (Think aquatic frogs.)
  2. Bring a bathmat. You’ll need one, and it’s an item students typically don’t think about.
  3. You can order toilet paper online and have it delivered to the mailroom.
  4. For decorating the walls of your room, command strips typically work better than putty. You can also use command strips to mount extra hooks to hang towels on (but be sure to get the command strips that have a five pound weight capacity).
  5. Bring storage and organization containers—when you don’t have a lot of space, your stuff tends to pile up quickly. A shoe rack can really make a difference!

Resident Assistants

  1. Get to know your RA. They’re here for you, whether you need someone to talk to or cooking equipment for the residence hall kitchens.
  2. Check out the programs your RA puts together for you throughout the year (they almost always have free food!).

Out and About

  1. Don’t be afraid to get on the bus! Students ride for free, and it’s a quick and easy way to get downtown.
  2. Students can rent commuter bikes from the campus bike shop for free!
  3. Be sure to explore the Botans (Botanical Gardens) on campus. They’re beautiful, and there a lot of PokeStops there.
  4. Take a walk down Edgewood Rd. to the shops on Merrimon Square. It’s a short walk to ice cream, sushi, burritos and more.

On Campus

15. Get to the library! Ramsey Library has study rooms you can use and is home to the Writing Center. The Writing Center is full of kind, helpful tutors who really do help you get better grades—and they can help you with all subjects, not just Humanities essays!
16. Go into every building and explore.
17. Go to an athletics game! They’re a lot of fun, and students always get great seats—and often free food, too!
18. Go to the TheatreUNCA productions, too. In fact, try out for a play yourself! Everyone is invited to audition—you can be an engineer, and an actor!
19. Branch out in your classes—don’t be afraid to take something totally outside of your comfort zone. You’ll get a new perspective to bring back to your major.
20. Check out the bulletin boards in Highsmith and the academic buildings. There’s always so much going on!

By UNC Asheville

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