So you’re getting all ready for Precollege and starting to pack…but what should you take with you? The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this summer:


  • Official Photo ID.  Drivers license or state-issued ID for American students, passports for international students.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.  New Yorkers walk everywhere…and we mean everywhere!  If you prefer to wear heels or sandals wherever you go, it’s a good idea to invest in a large supply of band-aids for your many inevitable blisters.Or, skip the pain and just invest in a pair of comfy flats.
  • Water Bottle and Sunscreen. Summer is a ton of fun, but the glaring sun and high humidity are no joke. Make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re trekking around the city and top off your water bottle before you head out!
  • Umbrella. For those unexpected summer showers.
  • Laptop or desktop.  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 and your classes may be blocks apart.  It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you not only for your classes but for your explorations in the city.
  • Medication.  If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire program.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
  • Linens. If you plan to live on campus, you will need extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels. You can, if you wish, order linens through the NYU Bookstore.
  • 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— to ensure you wake up if you’ve forgotten to charge your phone.
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class.  Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
  • Journal. Don’t forget a single moment!
  • Camera. For seeing those one-of-a-kind New York sights!
  • Guidebook(s). So you’ll have a list of all your “must-see” locations.

The following is a list of what NOT to bring!

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles or Incense
  • Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
  • Electric heaters
  • Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Pets or animals of any kind..
  • Weapons of any kind
    This includes firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, swords, or explosives.

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Questions about what you should or shouldn’t pack? For more information, check out the Founders Residence Hall website and our What to Bring page.