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Minifridges and microwaves will be provided by Virginia Tech in each residence hall room beginning fall 2022

From: Housing and Residence Life

Beginning fall 2022, each residence hall room will be outfitted with a minifridge and microwave. Families and students will no longer need to purchase a minifridge and 1000-watt microwave to bring to campus.

These high-quality, commercial-grade MicroFridge units will be ready in-room when you arrive to campus, and have a long list of benefits for families and the university, including:

  • Significant cost savings. Rather than purchasing your own minifridge and microwave, which can cost hundreds of dollars, the less expensive rental fee will be included in the price of room and board.
  • A better move-in experience. Move-in times will be shorter and you won't have to spend as much time moving heavy items up and down stairs. This also reduces the risk of injury and damage to the residence halls.
  • Fewer fire alarms. The MicroFridge units feature a special smoke sensor located inside the microwave that automatically shuts off operations and alerts the user of smoke before any damage is done. This means that there will be fewer building-wide fire alarms that cause an inconvenience for all residents of the building.
  • A more sustainable choice. These units are designed to last for years, replacing the 5,180 individual units that families bring to campus each year and eliminating packaging waste that fills our local regional landfill. The EnergyStar units have an annual energy consumption of 195 kWh, making them the most energy efficient product on the market and reducing Virginia Tech's carbon footprint.

Installed units are MICROFRIDGE 3.1MF7-7B1, more information can be found here. If you have questions, please contact us at housing@vt.edu or (540) 231-6205.

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