Where You'll Live/What to Bring
If you have any questions specific to the SSEP program, please contact the SSEP program.
Smith's precollege programs are residential, and you will live in one of our architecturally unique campus houses. You will room with another student from across the country or from a different country altogether. In the evenings, listen to a professional storyteller or hear published authors read their works, have movie nights with friends, or experience the arts and culture Northampton is famous for.
Smith is committed to creating a residential environment that enhances and enriches the academic program; living on campus is considered to be an integral part of your education.
At Smith, your campus house will be your social home base. You will quickly discover that the house living rooms are where you may develop some of your most lasting friendships.
Where You'll Live
Summer Program students will be housed in Northrop House, located on Elm Street; it has five stories and 76 rooms. Most students will have a room to themselves and a few will have an assigned roommate. Each room has a twin bed, desk, dresser, and bookshelf, as well as a closet. If two students share a room, each will have her own bed, desk, and dresser.
Northrop is centrally located on campus, with many places important to the program only a short walk away. It is also very close to downtown Northampton, a great place to grab anything you might need or to just walk around with friends. There are restaurants, coffee shops, drug stores, boutiques, bookstores, and a great ice cream parlor.
Where You'll Eat
Summer Program students will eat three meals a day in the dining room in Lamont House (which is near Northrop). It offers a variety of food options, including vegetarian meals. Staff are always accommodating to students with allergies or other dietary restrictions.
What to Bring
New England is famous for its changing weather, but summers in Northampton are usually warm and sunny, with the occasional rainstorm. When packing, consider bringing the following items.
- tee shirts
- skirts and sundresses
- suitable walking shoes
- a light sweatshirt or jacket for evening
- rain boots, umbrella, rain jacket
Items for your room
- sheets for a twin bed, pillows
- a towel, washcloth, shower shoes (flip-flops)
- a laptop, if you have one (you can also use the campus library computers)
- a fan is highly recommended—rooms are not air-conditioned
- a few hangers for clothes, if necessary
Field Studies for Sustainable Futures
Students in this program will be working outside and getting dirty, so the following items are recommended.
- comfortable, rugged shoes (hiking and farm tours)
- loose-fitting clothes (movement exercises)
- long pants (zip-line)
- water bottle
- day pack or messenger-type bag (for your stuff during field trips)
- sleeping bag
- quarters for campus laundry facilities
The following items are optional:
- sketchbook (if you already have one—we'll be making our own)