An expert guide to packing for Jacobs

Packing can seem like a hassle, especially having to pack for university. But never fear! Here is a list that our students put together to help you pack what you will need, and to hopefully might make life a bit simpler.


Items to bring with you

  • Everyday attire (jeans, t-shirts, shorts, shoes)

  • Sweaters, hoodies, winter jackets, boots, scarves, sweatpants, cardigans, and other articles that will keep you warm

  • Socks and underwear

  • Some formal outfits (blazers, formal dresses)

  • Some form of traditional attire

  • ‘Going-Out’/ Party clothing

  • Workout clothing

  • Your favorite books (I know this is a bit of a stretch, but I can’t go anywhere without books, but if you have a Kindle, then you're saved)

  • All your sentimental items that will keep your heart warm in the times of home-sickness

Must Haves

  • Passport(s)

  • Insurance information (example: travel insurance, confirmation from German insurance company, insurance card)

  • Other forms of identification (example: driver's license, residence permit)

  • Emergency contact information

  • Medical documents

  • School stuff (original final school transcripts and high school diploma)

  • Bank information

  • Copies of ALL aforementioned important documents (bring at least 2 copies of your passport)

  • Cell phone and laptop with their respective chargers

  • Kindle (If you have one)

  • Some cash for emergencies (we use Euros here)


Stuff you can buy in Germany

  • Stationery (pens, notebooks)

  • Towels

  • Room cleaning supplies

  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, body wash and the likes)

  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener

  • Bedding (200cm x 90cm)

  • Pillow Covers (80cm x 80cm - yes, they are large squares)

  • Extra pillows and blankets

  • Hair dryer and curler/straightener

  • Rain boots and umbrellas

  • Others (alarm clock, batteries, wine glasses, water boiler)

Stuff you can buy on campus

  • IKEA tables

  • Office chairs

  • Printers

  • Carpets

  • Bathroom mats

  • IKEA clothing rack

  • Hangers

  • Books

  • Bikes

  • Mirrors

  • Couches

  • Extension cords