Many people have sent in questions in regards to buying the RPI linen package or purchasing from an outside source. There are pros and cons to both. Personally I like purchasing from an outside source because you are able to keep your linens afterwards. Here are the links for some different options:
RPI Residence Hall Linens: www.rhl.org/rpi
Bed Bath and Beyond: www.bedbathandbeyond.com/
I believe the linen packages are from a third party that partnered with RPI. I do not really see a real benefit of getting sheets from them if you have found better or cheaper ones elsewhere. I do recommend shopping around during the summer and saving those 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. That saved me a whole bunch of money when I was shopping for linens.
Mattresses do not come with bed sheets so you will need to supply your own. They are twin extra long (38” x 80”).
Great question, mostly because it’s you’ll be at a loss if you don’t have the right answer.
NONE of the residence hall beds on campus come with bedding. Every bed comes with a mattress (size is twin extra long: 38” x 80”), but nothing more than the mattress. You will need to bring (or purchase when you arrive to Troy) sheets, pillow(s), quilts/comforter, and a mattress pad.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who you mean by the “RPI linen ordering guys.” I kind of remember an offer when I was a freshman to buy linens, but I don’t remember details. That being said, this is a question better directed to them (the “linen ordering guys”).
I do know that big box stores like Bed, Bath, & Beyond will allow you to shop in any store or online and have all of your chosen products prepared for pick-up at a store near your school (RPI). If you go this way with some of your stuff, you don’t pay for the shipping, you just need to go out to the store nearest RPI (in nearby Colonie, 15 minutes drive) and pick it up.
Mattresses are 6.5” deep.
To my knowledge, we have not had incidents of bed bugs at RPI. If there have been incidents, they are taken care of by FIXX.
I would always recommend a mattress pad from a stand point of comfort. I’ve not known any students to have a “bed bug protected mattress pad” but if you want to, get one. That’s your deal.
You should definitely bring your own mattress cover.
“You should definitely get a mattress pad before you come, or plan to purchase one when you move in. There are different styles (eggshell, foam, stuffed, etc.) and fittings (none, elastic straps, fitted like a sheet). You should know, though, that all beds at RPI require Extra-long twin sheets. You should find these in Target closer to August or in linen stores year-round.” [from a question Summer 2010]
Yes, RPI provides mattresses when you live in a residence hall. I’m not sure that they’re new each year, but they’re in good condition. If you have an issue with it, you should be able to arrange getting a replacement with Residence Life. I would estimate that they are replaced every 2-4 years.
If you want, you could bring your own, but you would be responsible for storing the one that RPI provides. I suppose that if your parents will be driving you up to move you in, you could have them take the provided one home. I’ve never heard of someone using their own mattress though.
I would strongly advise that you get a mattress pad.