Packing Suggestions

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Packing Suggestions

If you will be living on campus in a Miami residence hall, rooms generally include a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet for each occupant. If you will be living off campus, please check with your housing provider about whether your room will be furnished or unfurnished.

Recommended items to bring when you come to Miami University

  • Cash (around $250) and/or credit card to get you through your first few days at Miami before opening a bank account.
    • Note: ISSS does not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you when traveling.
  • Orientation Instructions.
  • Clothing appropriate for the season:
    • In August/September, you will need clothes for hot, humid weather. However, the winter months call for a warm coat, gloves, scarf, hat, and winter shoes. We recommend checking the weather for Oxford, OH before travel.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Umbrella or rain jacket.
  • Toiletries.
  • Food: Some snacks to have on hand until you can purchase food in the dining hall or grocery.

IMPORTANT: Do not pack more than you can physically carry. While you may sign up for transportation to Miami's campus, you will be responsible for carrying your luggage to your residence hall or apartment. Additionally, some residence halls or apartments do not have elevators, and you may need to carry your luggage upstairs. We will have International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) who will be able to assist, when available.

Items you may buy in Oxford

  • Bedding (pillow, blanket, sheets, etc.)
  • Towels
  • Laundry basket, detergent
  • Fan
  • Extension cords
  • Dishes and cooking utensils
  • Iron & ironing board, hangers
  • School supplies: pens, paper, folders, etc.
  • Computer, television, radio and other electronics

Once the semester begins, ISSS will offer shopping trips. The dates and information on how to purchase bus tickets will be posted on our website and communicated by weekly ISSS News.