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This list will help you decide what to pack for your move to Hampshire. With the help of the sustainability student group New Leaf, our "What to Bring" list now features tips and resources for making your Hampshire lifestyle a little "greener." By bringing energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs for yourself or to share, as well as recycled or reused materials, you can contribute to reducing Hampshire's carbon footprint and protecting our environment.Please note: Hampshire College does not endorse any of the particular companies or products listed on this page. Rather, this information is an example of the types of products you might purchase, or types of establishments at which you might acquire them.
Each room is pre-furnished with one bed frame and mattress; a desk and chair; an open closet rod to hang clothes; and a dresser for each resident. Storage space in your room is limited.
If you are living in a double, consider talking to your roommate before school starts to plan appliances.
We strongly encourage that you use the full-size refrigerator in your floor's lounge rather than bring a mini-fridge for your room. If you still decide to bring your own refrigerator (not to exceed 3 cubic feet), please purchase an Energy Star-labeled product that will use less electricity.
Each lounge in the two traditional-style dorms (where most first year students will live) has a flat screen TV with access to cable, and the ability to connect to a computer. Students are welcome to bring a TV for use in their bedroom, but be aware that there is no cable service in student bedrooms.
Consider purchasing second-hand furniture and other supplies (dishes, lamps, storage containers) at tag sales or thrift stores before classes begin in the fall. If you are living in a double, talk to your roommate before school starts to coordinate appliances and other items.
Thrift stores in the area include:
Learn more about student discounts and recommendations from Hampshire IT. Also, check out the ratings of computers on 23 environmental performance criteria to reduce your carbon footprint.
You can easily reach many places in the area by bike. It takes around 20 minutes to bike to the Hampshire Mall (3.8 miles), around 25 minutes to bike to Amherst (4 miles), and about 40 minutes to bike to Smith College/Northampton (7.8 miles), and there are bike racks on the front of all PVTA buses.
Hampshire also has a bike shop located in the Robert Crown Center where student workers perform free bike maintenance and repairs.