Reed College Mid-Year Orientation 2015-16

What to Bring

To help you prepare for your big move and to make you feel at home when you get here, we offer the following lists.

Moving in

If you forget something, Reed’s nonprofit bookstore stocks many essential items—snacks, school supplies, and a few things for your room, too. In addition, there are many shopping areas relatively close to Reed.

Shuttles to department stores, such as Fred Meyer and Target, will be offered over the weekend during New Reedie Orientation.

Reed provides:
Bed (extra-long twin)
Desk with chair
Overhead light
Window coverings
Closet or wardrobe
Ethernet connection
Garbage can
You might want:
Bed linens (extra-long twin)
Desk lamp
Alarm clock
School supplies: stapler, hole punch, tape, files, jump drive
Throw rug
Dry-erase board
Laundry basket or large bag
Hot pot or rice cooker
Small “dorm” fridge
Floor lamp
Surge suppressor
Plate, silverware, mug
Absolutely not:
Amplifiers for instruments
(See the housing contract for more details.)


Portland weather in summer varies from warm to hot, from the 70s (Fahrenheit) to the 90s (Fahrenheit). Except for July and August, there is plenty of drizzle; it’s very conducive to studying, with moderate temperatures and occasional snow.

A couple of specific suggestions:
Flip-flops and a bathrobe or large towel for walking from your room to the shower
Waterproof shoes and coat with a hood

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Orientation office

Student activities office

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