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What to Bring

Packing can be difficult, especially when you are preparing to live in a different country. However, with the right tools and tips, packing can be made much easier! Below are some helpful tips on packing to travel internationally, what to bring for your time here at SVSU, and what you can buy once you are already here.

Be sure to bring the things you use and need every day and leave things at home that you do not use much or that you can live without. To help you make the most of your luggage space, review the "Suggested Items to Bring from Home" list below. In addition to this list, we ask that you bring your TB test records, if you have already completed screening, your health card, which has all of your medical information on it, your I-20, and your passport.

“Items SVSU On-Campus Housing Provides" includes a list of the items that the university provides for your on-campus living experience. This list includes things like furnishings, appliances, and amenities.

“Prohibited Items in On-Campus Residential Facilities” is a list of items that you should not bring and are not allowed to be used in on-campus residences.

There are many other items that you may wish to purchase once you arrive in the U.S. Please see  “Items You May Want to buy in the US.” for a list of these items.

For those who move in the Friday prior to orientation week, we will be making a trip to either Meijer or Walmart (two large grocery and furnishing stores) that day. For those who move in on Monday of orientation week, we will also be making a trip to either Meijer or Walmart that evening. Beginning the first week of school, OIAS will also provide two trips to the store per week – one on Sunday afternoon and one on a weekday evening. This way you will be able to buy groceries even if you don’t have access to a car.

In addition to the list of things to bring in the attachment and above, we suggest that you bring American Dollars in cash form. This is a great way to be sure that you can buy the last-minute things you need when we bring you to the store during orientation. There is also a bank on campus where you may open an account during orientation week and two ATM machines located in different places on campus. However, it may sometimes be difficult to use your international debit card in some ATM machines, which is why it is always a good idea to arrive with cash.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at or call us at 989.964.4473.


Suggested Items to Bring from Home*
Items SVSU On-Campus Housing Provides
Prohibited Items in On-Campus Residential Facilities
Items You May Want to Buy in the US

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