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New Student Orientation (NSO)

What to Bring to College

Traveling long distance? Worried about how to fit everything in two suitcases? Remember that you don’t have to. You can send packages to yourself before you get here. You are able to send yourself packages UNDER 50 POUNDS IN WEIGHT on or after August 12th. If you live Overseas, in Alaska or Hawaii ship your trunks or boxes by air by August 10th. Regardless where you’re departing from, have your belongings in Portland by August 23rd. NSO volunteers and mail room staff will be moving your boxes to your rooms. Please keep this in mind while packing- the backs of the box movers will appreciate it. Call Franchesca at 503-768-7182 for questions on this. Here is a letter from our mail room about how to send your boxes to campus! 

Ship regular/large boxes via UPS. Keep in mind that it is often cheaper to send smaller boxes than one large box. Ship smaller boxes via U.S. Postal Service. If you send 5 boxes, for example, mark each box “1 of 5”, “2 of 5” “3 of 5” and so on. Please write the name of your residence hall and “NSO” on every box you ship. Bring the receipt or a copy for your shipment with you to campus.


Lewis & Clark College

Your Name, MSC # (you can find your MSC number in your housing packet)

0615 SW Palatine Hill Road

Portland, OR 97219

Also, remember that you are always able to purchase items here. Oregon has no sales tax so you might save yourself a decent chunk of change. We will have a trip to a local grocery and hardware store (Fred Meyer) during NSO where you can pick up a lot of the essentials at discounted student prices.

If you are worried about shopping while you get here, you can look into pre-purchase options. Places such as Bed, Bath & Beyond allow you to use their scanners to decide what you want in a store near your home and they will have boxes ready to go with what you ordered at home in a store near here.

The long distance move can be done, but you should start thinking about your needs sooner rather than later. As always, call or e-mail 503-768-7182 or with any questions.

Suggested Items

  • Insurance Cards
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Checkbook/ATM Card
  • Work Study Eligibility Documentation
  • Alarm Clock
  • Telephone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Raincoat and/or Umbrella
  • Linens: sheets (extra-long twin), comforters, pillow cases
  • Pillow
  • Mattress Pad
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • Laundry detergent/Dryer sheets
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Desk Supplies: scissors, notebooks, binders, etc.
  • Medications
  • Wall Decorations
  • Calendar
  • Computer; check out these helpful links from IT
  • Fan
  • Headphones
  • Musical Instruments (no amplified music in the residence halls, though!)
  • Bike/Bike Lock
  • Kitchen Utensils/Dishes
  • Electric Kettle
  • MiniFridge (minifridge/microwave combo can be rented- click here)
  • Desk Lamp
  • Memo Board
  • Backpack
  • Surge Protector for computer (possibly with some extra plugs)

These items are only suggested. You know yourself and your needs best, be sure to consider what will make you the most comfortable in your new living environment. Also, be sure to communicate with your roommate(s) so you don’t end up with a room stocked with two of everything. Use your NSO Coordinator and Orientation Facebook group to communicate with LC students who have made this transition before.