Packing List

The High School Summer College office has created a packing list to assist students in getting ready to move into Stanford for the summer.

Weather in the San Francisco Bay Area is very dependent on geography. On the Stanford campus, the summer norm calls for cool mornings and nights, with warmer days and evenings. The rooms don't have air conditioning, a portable fan and opened windows will help keep the room cool.  Program outings to San Francisco will expose students to cooler weather, so it’s important to pack some sweatshirts and a jacket to have on hand when the temperature drops. In general, rain is minimal at most, and humidity is low to non-existent.

Campus life is casual, with shorts, t-shirts and sandals being the typical student dress code during the day. Evening events may require slightly dressier attire such as skirts or dress slacks with blouses or sweaters for women, and slacks and polo’s, dress shirts, or sweaters for men.

All rooms are equipped with an extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, and dresser for each student. Pillows, bed linens, and towels are not provided. Because bed linens can be bulky, we suggest students pack those first, then add as many clothes as can fit in their suitcases. Students should then ship any additional clothing needed for the summer. Students should not ship items to arrive prior to June 24, as we will not have a secure place to store them.

An alternative to bringing pillows, bed linens, and towels for the summer is to purchase these items in the local community. On Welcome Weekend there will be shuttles available to take students to local shopping areas. Items may then be donated to charity at the end of the Summer Quarter.

What to Bring or Purchase Upon Arrival


  • Health Insurance Card (unless purchasing Cardinal Care)
  • Government Issued Photo ID/Passport
  • Pillow, pillowcase
  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • Blanket or lightweight comforter
  • Towels
  • Laundry bag/high efficiency detergent
  • Alarm clock
  • Shower sandals
  • Coat hangers
  • Personal health/grooming supplies 


  • Computer *
  • Small desk lamp
  • Cell phone/calling card
  • Musical instruments
  • Portable fan
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Extra-long twin mattress pad
  • Shower caddy
  • Bicycle **
  • Sports equipment (golf clubs, tennis racket, cleats, etc.)

What Not to Bring:

  • A car **
  • Pets of any kind, including aquatic
  • Appliances with open heating elements, such as hot plates or toasters
  • Dangerous weapons or ammunition
  • Candles, torches, incense, and open-flame devices
  • Halogen lamps
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Irreplaceable valuables

Computers are available in the computer clusters in the residence as well as at several clusters around campus. Printing, as needed, can be done in the library clusters. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer if they have one and it is easy to pack.

** Bicycles are the main form of transportation on the Stanford campus and are available to rent for the Summer Quarter. Students can reserve a rental bike in advance by contacting the Stanford University Campus Bike Shop.