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What to Bring

Clothing: Because of the seasonal variations in the climate, you should bring both lightweight and heavyweight clothing as well as rain apparel, (or bring enough money to purchase needed items here.) Temperatures here may begin dropping in late September. The coldest temperatures generally come in January and February (0°C to -5°C). Warm, winter clothing can be found in shops in Greenville if you do not own any. In September and October the temperature may be quite warm during the day (32° to 35°C.) and cool at night (16° to 20°C.).

Most students (both men and women) wear casual clothing, often jeans, pants, or shorts (in warmer weather). On a few occasions you might need more formal attire for special events such as concerts or functions. Overall, however, informal and comfortable clothing is practical for everyday.

Linens, bedding, and room furnishings: Students must provide items such as sheets, pillowcases, pillows, bedspreads, blankets, towels, and room furnishings (desk lamps, area rugs, etc.); all of these items can be purchased cheaply in Greenville. When you first see your dorm room, it will be furnished with two beds with mattresses, two dressers, two desks, two chairs, two closets, and one mirror for you and your roommate. You will also have to purchase a phone that can be used to make calls to other rooms on campus as well as within Greenville

Try not to bring more than you can carry, as it will be difficult to transport baggage by yourself as you make connections between flights. There will be several opportunities early on in the orientation to go shopping for materials that you are not able to bring with you.

If you plan to bring electrical appliances (computer, hair dryer, etc.) you should note that current in the U.S. is 110-112 volts, 60 cycles and that outlets require two flat-pronged plugs.

Food: While you are not permitted to enter the U.S. with many food products (See for further information), you may want to bring some permissible foodstuffs or spices with you. You will eat most of your meals in the campus dining halls but you will have access to kitchen facilities in your residence hall. We encourage you to bring special ingredients and recipes with you for times when you miss the flavors of home and for sharing in “pitch-in” meals at the International House.

You are encouraged to bring several items of cultural interest with you. Such items might include traditional dress, spices or special ingredients for cooking, small musical instruments, photos, games, or taped music. In addition, it would be worth your while to bring several items, for example photos, posters, or something special that will make you feel comfortable in your room and make your room feel more like home.

Money: Before coming to the U.S.A. you should familiarize yourself with procedures for transferring funds to Greenville from your home country. In addition, you should be prepared to meet your initial expenses for tuition, room and board, books, and personal items. For security reasons, it is not advisable to carry large quantities of cash.


You may ship boxes or other items to yourself prior to your arrival on campus. Packages addressed with: Your Name, c/o East Carolina University, Office of International Affairs, 306 East Ninth Street, Greenville, NC 27858, United States of America and marked "New international student, your expected arrival date. Hold until arrival” will be held for you. Note: items shipped before your arrival are sent at your own risk.

Checklist for important items:
  •  2 or 3 pairs of jeans
  •  T shirts
  •  casual shirts pants
  •  2 or 3 sweaters
  •  one dressy outfit (guys – remember a tie and appropriate shoes)
  •  shorts
  •  swimsuit
  •  comfortable shoes (tennis shoes, sneakers)
  •  dress shoes
  •  water repellent jacket or coat
  •  winter jacket
  •  socks and underwear
  •  list of all traveler’s checks and numbers, airline ticket numbers, emergency phone number. Photocopy of passport photocopy of birth certificate, address and phone numbers for your contact person at ECU, copies of all prescriptions (glasses, contacts, medicine – keep in mind that some medicine might not be available in the US)
  •  gift items to present to people who you meet abroad
  •  photographs of friends and family
  •  electrical adapter if you plan to bring your own electrical appliances
  •  our camera (disposable cameras are available in most convenience stores and gas stations)
  •  laptop (if you have one)