New Students

What to Bring

Packing List

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.

We encourage students to limit what they bring to campus as much as possible. As a reminder, students may need to move into their residence halls without the help of friends or family. More information will be provided in mid-June. 

Reed provides:

  • Bed (extra-long twin)
  • Desk with chair
  • Dresser
  • Shelves
  • Overhead light
  • Window coverings
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Ethernet connection
  • Garbage can

You may want:

  • Bed linens (extra-long twin)
  • Blankets
  • Pillow(s)
  • Towels
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Throw rug
  • Dry-erase board
  • Laundry basket or laundry bag
  • Speaker
  • Small “dorm” fridge
  • Floor lamp
  • Plate, silverware, mug
  • Thermometer
  • Fan

Not allowed:

  • Microwaves
  • Amplifiers for instruments
  • Toasters


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.

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

Documents for on-campus work

If you plan to apply for an on-campus job, you’ll need to fill out employment paperwork, which you can do at Orientation. Bring the necessary identification documents in order to complete this paperwork at Orientation.