What to Pack & When to Arrive

If you can believe it, classes begin this coming Monday, January 4! Today we’re providing you with a final to-do list, including what to pack and when to arrive.

What to Bring: Although we know it can be difficult, it is essential to pack lightly!  Don’t forget that many of you will be buying souvenirs, gifts, and other random things, and you will want to have room in your luggage to bring it all home!  If you forget to pack something, chances are high that you will be able to get it in New York after you arrive.

One common rule is to set out everything you plan to bring and then cut it in half.  Try it and think of it as a personal challenge! When you do pack, don’t forget to put your valuables in your carry-on along with an extra change of clothes in case your luggage gets lost or is delayed on its way to New York. (This happens more often than anyone would like.)

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this winter:

    • Passport (international students) or government-issued photo ID (American students)
    • Comfortable walking shoes. New Yorkers walk everywhere…a lot!
    • Warm clothes and snow boots
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Umbrella
    • Laptop or computer. There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
    • Backpack or school bag. You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere. It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you.
    • Medication. If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire January Term.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
    • Extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels (if living on campus).
    • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
    • Battery-powered alarm clock
    • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class. Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
    • Journal
    • Camera
    • Guidebook(s)

Books: The NYU Bookstore allows students to browse textbook options before even receiving a syllabus. Create your own personalized book list, compare prices between the NYU bookstore and major leading retailers, download an eBook, or rent books! As there are so many options, we suggest exploring the bookstore’s website to familiarize yourself with the materials you’ll need. Order online or when you come to campus!

When to arrive: Students living in campus housing should plan to arrive on Sunday, January 3 beginning at noon. When you arrive at your residence hall, report to the hall’s Resource Center. You will need to present a valid photo ID to receive your keys. You can also check out a rolling cart if you need help with your belongings. Students not living in University housing should plan to arrive in time to attend their first class of the January Term. Also, don’t forget to get your NYUCard once you arrive and before your first class.

Please email us at up.advising@nyu.edu with any last-minute questions or concerns. Have a happy new year, and we look forward to welcoming you to NYU next Monday!

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