What to bring

Note: Most of the items below can be purchased at local stores in Portland. During NSO, we will arrange for a group trip to a local variety store that carries bedding, toiletries, school supplies, and electronics.  We also have some items in our office that have been donated by previous students.


  • Comfortable clothing
  • Warmer clothing for winter, including a winter coat
  • Book bag or back pack
  • Credit and/or Debit card (not too much cash)
  • Umbrella and/or rain gear
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • A “dressy” outfit
  • Willingness to investigate new ideas

Important Papers

  • Your passport.
  • Your I-20 form.
  • Your letter of admission to L&C.
  • Your financial documents proving support.
  • Your financial aid letter (if you receive financial aid).
  • Your airplane ticket.
  • Your proof of vaccinations (two “MMRs” required) if you have not sent them.
  • Your final high school transcript, if you have not sent it.

School Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Highlighters, pens, pencils
  • Tape, thumbtacks, rubber bands, paper clips, stapler, staples
  • Scissors
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • Calculator
  • Notebooks
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Computer

Personal / Health Care

  • Medical records for existing illnesses, especially allergies
  • Prescription medicines, as required
  • Cold medicines, aspirin, vitamins, antacids, ointments, for routine ailments
  • Vitamins
  • Thermometer
  • Toiletries (razor, brush, comb, tooth brush, nail clippers, tweezers, deodorant, soap, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of contact lenses and/or glasses
  • Hair care products
  • Chemical cold pack (to reduce swelling after a fall, for example)

For the Room

  • Pillow, sheets, blankets (These items may be purchased at International Students and Scholars or at Portland area stores).
  • Towels and washcloths. 
  • Bedspread or comforter, if you desire.
  • Study lamp. (Most rooms are provided with fluorescent study lamps, but you may want additional lighting).
  • Stackable crates
  • Message board for door
  • Small refrigerator/microwave (All residence halls have small kitchens with a refrigerator and microwave.) 
  • Laundry basket or sack

More Ideas

  • Cell phone or telephone calling card
  • Favorite books and posters
  • Headphones
  • An iron (if you think you need it)
  • Musical instruments (not amplified)
  • Sewing kit
  • Sports/recreational equipment (tennis racket, tennis shoes, etc.)
  • Throw rugs (if you prefer)
  • Traditional national clothing (for the international fair)
  • Camera
  • Power strip
  • Cooking/kitchen equipment
  • Special spices/foods from home
  • Silverware, cup, knife
  • Paper towels

What NOT to bring

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Space heaters
  • Irreplaceable valuables