Housing & Meals
All undergraduates at the college are required to live in a college house. For your first year, you should expect to share a room with an American student.
College rooms are quite simple; a bed, a desk, a chest of drawers, a chair, and a closet are provided. The college does not supply curtains, sheets and bedding, or lamps. You can purchase those after you arrive and during the first full day of International Student Pre-Orientation (ISP). For your personal laundry, there are washing machines and dryers, for $1.25 per wash, in the basement of your house.
Dining Services at Smith understands the needs of students with dietary restrictions (vegetarians in particular) and offers a variety of foods at all meals. You should have no difficulty in choosing among the various dishes offered at mealtime to match your own tastes or dietary restrictions. Special meals are available during Ramadan and we also have a Halal & Kosher kitchen for Muslim and Jewish students.
What to Bring
For now, it's important to pack light when you are traveling for the first time. Just bring with you some essential clothing, a few souvenirs, pictures of your family, etc. Additional clothing and other personal items can be purchased here or brought back with you when you go home for the winter holidays or the following summer.
Each fall, the office also holds a Winter Clothes Closet, collected from donations from older students and campus community members. All articles of clothing available there are free of charge.
The college does not supply curtains, sheets and bedding or lamps (see "Housing & Meals" above).
Luggage, Storage & Shipping
Personal possessions that are to be sent from foreign countries rather than brought into the United States with you should be mailed by parcel post whenever possible. Parcels may be mailed if they are under $250 in value.
The advantages of parcel post mailing are: ease of clearing customs, savings on shipping charges, faster delivery, and delivery directly to Smith College rather than to a port of entry (which involves an additional expense). Be sure to fill out a customs and postal declaration when you mail the parcel, giving an accurate description and value of the contents, and attach it securely to the parcel. Parcels labeled "student clothing" are exempt from customs duty. It will probably be much cheaper to send three or four parcels by mail. You should address boxes to:
[SC Unit Number]
1 Chapin Way, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063-6302
Please mark the boxes "Hold For Arrival." There is very limited space on campus for storage during the academic year and summer months. Please do not send any items you do not absolutely need.