Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What to bring

Here are some ideas to help make packing easier:

Winter clothes: For much of the year Massachusetts is cold and has a snowy winter! Ideal clothing includes waterproof boots, thick coats, warm socks, scarves and gloves. The campus also hosts a clothing exchange on campus where students can find winter coats, gloves, hats, and other winter clothing items.

Room Decor: Feel free to bring photos, souvenirs and other personal items from home to make your dorm room special.

Bedding: You are responsible for providing your own twin-size duvets and blankets. These might be too bulky for plane travel so you will have the option to purchase them during orientation.

Toiletries: Be sure to have at least enough soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels for the first few days—additional items can be bought after you arrive.

Laundry: All residence halls contain free washer-dryer units; students will have to purchase HE (high efficiency) washing liquid.

During International Orientation you will have the chance to go shopping and buy all these items, so do not feel you have to bring it all!

Tax workshops

As an international student studying in the U.S., you are required to file U.S. taxes. Spring workshops are offered to help you through the process.

Housing during breaks

Gordon’s international students can stay on campus during annual breaks for the following fees:

  • Free housing is offered during Quad break and Thanksgiving break.
  • Spring Break housing costs $10/day
  • Winter Break housing costs $10/day
  • Summer housing costs $100/week and includes one meal/day in the dining hall (for 2014).

Summer Storage

During the Summer Gordon students may store 2 items (they can be large boxes) in the resident hall storage rooms.