I haven't bought a house, but I have my own quarters as:

the Archmage of Winterhold, after Savos Aren dies and I bring back the Staff of Magnus.

If I put some items in a chest by the bed, will they stay there permanently until I remove them, or could they be stolen by NPCs, disappear over time, etc.?

On a related note, I've noticed that items remain until I come back when dropped arbitrarily across landscape, buildings, and caves. Has anyone experienced a case where this is not true?

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    IMO as a general question this is a dupe, however maybe it's worth asking if those quarters you have are considered safe I haven't played so I can't answer that.
    – Ben Brocka
    Mar 28, 2012 at 2:09
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    I'd say it's not a dupe. They want a conclusive answer, which was not given in the linked question. In that question, they wanted to know about different locations entirely. Also, that question does not mention simply leaving items on the ground, nor did any answer conclusively answer that. Mar 28, 2012 at 2:10
  • @EBongo I searched first, but that question didn't turn up... one answer in there specifically mentions these quarters as safe. That's a partial answer, but I'll wait for more. Thanks!
    – Rob
    Mar 28, 2012 at 2:11
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    @GabeWillard It does not depend on the answer having been given or not yet given. The answers to both question are identical, that's the definition of exact duplicate.
    – DrFish
    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07
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    @robjb Be careful about the Barrels the dorm room and later on in the Archmage's quarters. Many people reported that they are not safe.
    – Anderson
    Mar 28, 2012 at 16:43

4 Answers 4


Yes, they will be safe in those quarters. I have all the unique artifact style weapons and armor I've acquired and am not using in that exact chest. The earliest ones have been in there for at least 50 hours now. The alchemical components and soul gems on the shelves in the room have restocked a few times, my collection of knick-knacks is fine.


I'd play it safe and not leave stuff around, i only ever leave things in the place where you put your dragon priest masks at labrinthian, or in a house or on my follower:)


You don't have to worry about it even if you've thrown it in Skyrim(outside i.e.); whenever I'm overweight I just discard some of them and retrieve them later. Although I would be very impressed if the NPCs picked them up.

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    NPCs do tend to loot things from the floor. Ive noticed this on followers. But from a chest I would be impressed with. Theres more chance of it just dissapearing.
    – IAmGroot
    Mar 28, 2012 at 12:47

Actually if you have the Hearthfire DLC, I think they do come in and steal stuff. I had a mannequin and I had 7 items in it and 5 of them aren't there anymore. Why is this such a big deal for me? Because they were the Dragon Priests mask.

  • Where did you store the items? Apr 21, 2013 at 6:29

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