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Even though you can purchase items after you arrive in the US, there are some items that you might consider bringing with you for various reasons:

  • Laptop. If you do decide to bring a laptop with you to the U.S. don’t forget to bring an adaptor so you can use the electrical outlets in the US!
  • Toiletries, particularly items from your home country that you might not be able to find in the U.S.
  • Sheets or towels for bathing. Depending on where you are staying when you first arrive, you might not have access to these items until you are able to purchase them. If you are planning on staying on campus you will most likely require extra–long twin size sheets, which may not be available in your home country. You will have an opportunity to purchase them once you arrive!
  • Camera and accessories. If you’re bringing a camera with you to the U.S. don’t forget to bring any accessories such as memory cards and chargers that you might need (Don't worry if you forget-there are plenty of stores you can buy them from!)

Clothing and Climate

San Jose and Santa Clara has a subtropical mediterreanean climate.



The official voltage in the U.S. is 120 volts and most electronic devices use a special two-pronged outlet that is different from the outlets in your home country. This means that your electronic devices (including your computers) will not work in the U.S. without an adapter. It’s a good idea to make sure you pack at least one adapter to use when you first arrive. The odds are that your computer’s battery will die during your long journey. If you’re relying on your computer to communicate with friends and family back home you might not be able to do so without a voltage adapter.

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US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.