International Student Affairs

What To Pack

Before you arrive in Boston, it's important to bring the right clothing and belongings, whether you're living on or off campus. You may be wondering:

This packing guide answers your questions. If you have any other questions or concerns about packing, contact the Office of International Student Affairs at 617-824-7858.


New England, and especially Boston, is known for its unpredictable weather. While attending Emerson, you’ll experience four dramatically different seasons that overlap one another. Bringing the right clothing will keep you comfortable while walking around campus.


October–December; 46–60°F (8–15°C)

New England is known for its tree leaves, which turn vivid orange, yellow, and red during the fall. Wear medium-weight clothing.


December–March; 0–37°F (-17–3°C)

Winter is often highlighted by very cold weather, heavy winds, snow blizzards, and frost. Wear heavy coats, gloves, hats, and footwear throughout the winter and during the chilly days before and after it.


April–June; 38–60°F (3–15°C)

Spring begins with milder weather accompanied by rain, and the daylight begins to last longer. Wear medium-weight clothing.


July–September; 60–95°F (15–35°C)

Summer finally arrives, bringing extreme heat and humidity. Wear light-weight clothing.

Living on Campus

Rooms and suites in Emerson's residence halls come equipped with certain furnishings and amenities. Learn more »

Living off Campus

When you sign a lease for an off-campus apartment, find out whether or not it comes furnished. Be prepared to arrange for any furniture or other personal items you may need. Learn more about finding off-campus housing »

What Not to Pack

Consider purchasing personal care products and school supplies when you arrive at Emerson instead of packing them. You can buy personal care items at local pharmacies and school supplies at nearby office supply stores or at the Emerson Bookstore.

Your electrical appliances, such as curling irons, alarm clocks, and other items, may require different voltage than U.S. outlets. We recommend you purchase voltage converters, or simply purchase U.S. versions of these items when you arrive in Boston.