What to Bring with You
New Jersey has variable climates-cold winters with periodic snowfalls, hot humid summers; some very pleasant periods in between. Warm jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots are essential for winter (November-March). Waterproof outerwear and umbrellas are essential in rainy weather.
If you will be living on campus, basic furniture is provided, but bed linens, blankets, pillows and towels are not. If possible, bring a bed sheet, light blanket, and a towel with you from home. Keep in mind the single bed is extra long, longer than the normal beds, so bring an extra long sheet and blanket if possible. You will have the opportunity to go shopping with staff members of International Services for food and necessary items a few days after your arrival on campus.
You can also bring small personal items such as photographs, traditional dress, tapes or CDs, or other items to personalize you new home. Keep in mind that residence halls have limited space. It is best to purchase electrical appliances after you arrive in the U.S., as appliances manufactured outside U.S. may not be compatible with the power supply.
If you are intending to drive in the U.S., it is important that you obtain an international driver’s license before you leave your country. You can then apply for a New Jersey driver’s license.
It is advisable to carry a small amount of U.S. cash, in paper currency and coins, for telephones, baggage carts, bus fares, and tips. Most airports have currency conversion stations for this purpose.