Packing Suggestions

people are packing their bag

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.

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

Recommendation: During travel, always have important documents on your person. Carrying a change of clothes and emergency toiletries can also be useful.

  • $100-200 in cash and around $250 on a credit/debit card that can be used in the U.S. to get you through your first few days before opening a bank account. (Note: ISSS does not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you when traveling. Also note that Miami’s Oxford campus is cashless and does not accept paper money as a form of payment. )
  • Smart Phone (unlocked, GSM-ready phones will work in the U.S. once you activated with a SIM card), downloaded with relevant apps
  • 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. Check the weather for Oxford, OH before travel.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain and sun protection (umbrella, hat, sunscreen lotion, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Food: Some snacks to eat until you can purchase food in the dining hall or grocery.

Items you may buy in Oxford

Orientation will include bus trip to local markets

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

Mi-Tech Campus Store also offers phone service to international students and has a Miami Student Laptop Program.

All unlocked, GSM-ready phones will work in the U.S. once you activate with a SIM card after your arrival. Students will receive a CampusSIMS card as part of their Orientation materials.