Packing for Amherst: Fall 2020

As you prepare to join us on campus, please consider the following items for your packing list. Students should consider that circumstances may require a move out of housing with little or no advance notice. Pack light, and bring only what you need for the semester and what you can reasonably pack and carry home in a single trip. We recommend no more than two suitcases.

What to Bring :

  • Bed linens (Twin XL)

  • Pillow

  • Towels

  • Toiletries & other personal hygiene items

  • Shower shoes

  • Laundry bag/basket or hamper

  • High efficiency laundry detergent

  • Basic cleaning supplies

  • School supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.)

  • Clothes hangers

  • Cell phone charger

  • Laptop charger

  • Surge protector strip

  • Umbrella/rain jacket

  • Winter coat/hat/gloves/boots

  • At least two forms of Government issued ID (Passport/birth certificate/social security/license)

  • Prescription medication

  • Health insurance card

  • Glasses or contacts

Things to Consider:

  • Hair dryer & other grooming devices (automatic shutoff)

  • Fan

  • Flashlight

  • Small personal decorations

  • Ethernet cable

  • Foot locker/storage crates

  • Desk lamp (non-halogen)

  • Rain boots

  • Backpack/school bag

  • First aid kit

  • Earplugs

  • Eye mask

  • Vacuum

  • Slippers

  • Plants

  • Snacks

  • Dishes, coffee mug, water bottle

  • Sponge

  • Soap

(Fall 2020) Please leave at home:

  • Refrigerators

  • Area rug

  • Bicycle

  • Television

  • Fish tanks

  • Stereo systems

  • Bulky furniture items

Prohibited Items (All Years):

  • Microwave ovens

  • Personal bed or mattress*

  • Coffee makers without automatic shut-off

  • Toaster ovens

  • Candles/incense

  • Hot plates

  • Toasters

  • Waffle irons

  • Woks

  • Halogen lamps

  • Hibachi

  • Cinderblock bed risers. Only purchased bed risers are permitted. No higher than 6 inches. Stacking risers is not permitted.

  • Air conditioners*

  • Animals/pets* (other than fish)

  • Electric space heaters

  • Flammable liquids

  • Wireless routers

  • Wireless printers

  • Weapons

  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia

  • Smoking paraphernalia

  • Vapor producing items

* Except those approved by Accessibility Services Office

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Items can be affixed to walls with Command Strips or with pushpins

  • We provide a small garbage can and a recycling bin to each room

  • Laundry is free - no need to bring quarters!

  • There is a shared vacuum cleaner for student use in each residence hall

  • We have mirrors in every room

  • Even though cannabis is legal in MA, it is not permitted on campus

  • Wall coverings (posters, tapestries, curtains) may only cover up to 20% of wall surfaces 

Optional COVID-19 supplies

  • Face coverings (masks, gators, bandanas) – Reusable face covers that can be washed regularly. The College will be providing masks to all students as needed.

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Cleaning supplies (paper towels, cleaners, wipes)

  • Thermometer

  • Fever reducer (Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen)

  • Water bottle (avoid common water fountains)

  • Puzzles/crafts/games – activities you enjoy in the comfort of your room