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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


  • Computer/laptop/tablet (recommendations)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Surge protector

Printers are available across campus, and full-time students have an allowance of $30 each semester for printing. Personal printers require a wired connection.

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.


Minimum SpecificationsRecommendations
Memory (RAM)4GB8GB or higher
CPUIntel i3, AMD Ryzen 3 or equivalentIntel i5, AMD Ryzen 5 or higher
Wireless802.11n802.11ac or newer
Hard Drive256GB256+GB SSD
Operating SystemWindows 10 (not in S mode) / Mac: no more than 2 versions behind the latest version

Chromebooks and most tablets are not recommended as alternatives to Windows or Mac laptops, since they are unable to run the applications required for university-level courses.
  • Office 365 Complete Office Suite is free for students (BJU login required)
  • Anti-virus
    Students must have reputable anti-virus software on their computers. Recommended free software: Windows 10 PC: Microsoft Defender (pre-installed), AVG, Avast; Mac: Avast, Sophos Home
Other RequirementsCertain programs such as engineering, computer science, and graphic design may have additional requirements. Please check with your advisor before making a purchase. Your computer should also have a working webcam and microphone.

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.