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What to Pack

The following list is designed to give you an idea of what sort of items you’ll need as you pack for college. Our tip: leave the kitchen sink at home. If it doesn’t have a practical use, don’t bring it.

To save room, you may want to wait until you get here to buy certain products like detergent or hangers. There are plenty of shopping options here in Greenville.

Save room in your car by shipping your items ahead of time.

From the Wardrobe

Check out our student handbook for some clothing guidelines you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • Clothes for:
    • Class
    • Church
    • Formal events
    • Sleep
    • Work
    • Sports/Recreation
    • Casual activities
  • Winter coat (and gloves, scarf and hat)
  • Spring coat
  • Raincoat
  • Shoes
    As hard as it is to spend the money up front, it’d probably be worth your comfort to invest in a nice pair of durable, comfortable shoes for everyday wear. You’ll want to bring church/formal event shoes and athletic shoes too. Don’t forget the shower shoes and flip-flops or slippers for the residence hall.
  • Hangers
  • Hanging shoe rack

From the Linen Closet

  • Bedding (twin sheets and bedspread)
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Extra blanket
  • Mattress pad

Laundry

  • Laundry basket
  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets
  • Quarters for the laundry room

Cleaned Up

  • Robe
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (cheap flip-flops work well)
  • Hair dryer
  • Soap/shower gel/shampoo/conditioner

Smelling Good

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss

A Personal Touch

  • Alarm clock
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Rug

Tech Stuff

  • Computer/laptop (recommendations)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Surge protector
  • Printer (paper and ink might be helpful)
  • Jump drive (one that’s compatible with Mac and PC)
  • Manuals

Just in Case

  • Sewing kit
  • Instant stain remover
  • Air freshener
  • First aid kit (bandages, ointment, painkiller, ibuprofen, vitamins, etc.)

Study Time

  • Desk lamp
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Paper clips
  • Staples/stapler
  • Correction fluid
  • Scissors

Put on Hold

Talk with your roommates about some shareable stuff for the room. That way you won’t have extra stuff taking up space.

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Trash can
  • Can opener
  • Sandwich maker
  • Hot pot
  • Coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Curtains

Want a Fridge?

Refrigerators or thermoelectric coolers under 1.7 cubic feet are acceptable to bring.

Really Expensive Stuff

Best to leave the valuable stuff at home

Computers

Special Software Pricing

Special pricing is available for Microsoft Office Suite. Register

Windows Recommendations

  • 2GHz or faster AMD or Intel equivalent (Phenom™, Athlon™, Sempron™, Turion™, Core™ or Celeron®)
  • 2GB or more of RAM
  • At least 160GB hard drive; a USB flash drive is recommended but not required
  • Ethernet network card 100MB (802.11G wireless is required in some residence halls for network access)
  • Windows Vista is the minimum recommended operating system. IT cannot guarantee that earlier operating systems will be able to function correctly on the Residence Hall network.
  • All computers on the Resident Hall network with a Windows operating system are required to provide their own Anti-virus software. A list of accessible Anti-virus protection may be found on the BJU Intranet (login required).

Macintosh Recommendations

  • Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • 2GB or more of RAM
  • At least 160GB hard drive; a USB flash drive is recommended but not required
  • Ethernet network card 100MB (802.11G wireless is required in some residence halls for network access).

Special Network Access

Students who are employed by an off-site company and who need special network privileges to continue this employment may submit a request online after Check-In. Students will need to know the domain and IP address.

  • Access is set up the 2nd or 3rd week of the semester.
  • Access is granted for the entire school year.
  • If any part of the request is missing or incorrect, access will be delayed.
  • Access is available only through a wired port in the residence halls.
  • Access is provided as a convenience. Technology Resources does not provide support beyond ensuring that access to all the services requested has been made available.

Shipping Items

If you want to ship some of your stuff ahead of time, please send them prepaid to yourself at Bob Jones University. Also, be sure each piece of luggage and each package you send or check through on your airplane or bus ticket is addressed to yourself

Items Dates Address Delivery Location
Large bulky packages (e.g., barrel, luggage, bedding) Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 Individual’s name with middle initial
BJU Central Receiving
1430 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 112
Greenville, SC 29609
Items will be delivered to your residence hall room.
Letters or small packages After Aug. 1 Individual’s name with middle initial
Box Number*
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614
Pick up letters at your campus post office box and small packages at the university post office.
All packages After Sept. 1 and throughout the school year Individual’s name with middle initial
Box Number*
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614
Pick up letters at your campus post office box and packages at the university post office.

* After Aug. 1, you can log on to StudentCentral and find your campus post office box number on your profile page. Be sure to communicate your box number to your parents and others who will send letters and packages to you.

Insuring Your Personal Belongings

BJU doesn’t maintain insurance to cover your personal possessions. If you want coverage of this type, you should contact your local insurance agent. If your parents have a homeowner’s policy, you may already be covered.