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What to Pack

Packing for something new can be challenging—but we’ve got you covered. We checked with students who’ve had lots of experience packing for the school year. Their advice: 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. You may also want to save room in your car by shipping your items ahead of time.

Check out the list below for ideas about what to pack.

students moving in


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


  • Laundry basket
  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets

Personal Hygiene

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


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


Printers are available across campus, and full-time students have an allowance of $30 each semester for printing.

Emergency Items

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

School Supplies

  • Desk lamp
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Paper clips
  • Staples/stapler
  • 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 and ironing board
  • Trash can
  • Can opener
  • Sandwich maker
  • Hot pot
  • Coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Curtains

Mini Fridge

You can bring refrigerators or thermoelectric coolers under 4.5 cubic feet.


Best to leave the valuable stuff at home.

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.