Listed below is information which should be helpful to you in determining what to pack to bring with you to Amherst College for the summer. 

Rooms are equipped with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, bureau, wall mirror, wardrobe/closet, small bookcase or shelf, ceiling light, trash/recycle bin, computer port outlet, and window shades. Please note that students and summer guests are NOT allowed to use nails or screws for hanging items


  • Alarm clock
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Surge protector
  • Bath towls
  • Shower shoes or flip flops
  • Toiletries
  • Headphones
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Small vacuum
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Dishes and glasses
  • Eating utensils
  • HD Compatible television and coaxial cable
  • X-Long Twin size sheets, pillows, and blankets (check with your program director to see if linen will be provided for you)


  • clocks, radios
  • stereo systems (compact) w/earphones
  • electric blankets
  • irons
  • stereos
  • televisions
  • lamps (desk or floor—NO HALOGEN)
  • fans
  • grooming aids
  • humidifiers
  • hot air corn poppers
  • coffee makers withautomatic shut-off
  • under 4.5 cubic feet refrigerators

WHAT NOT TO BRING (this is not a complete list)

  • microwave ovens
  • personal bed or mattress 
  • toaster ovens
  • candles/incense
  • hot plates
  • toasters
  • waffle irons
  • woks
  • halogen lamps
  • air conditioners*
  • animals/pets*
  • electric space heaters

* (except those approved by Accessibility Services Office)


  • College-provided bed size: 36"x80"x7" (x-long twin size) 
  • Clearance under bed: 6"