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Pre-Departure Information: Packing for N.Y.


Updated weather information for New York City can be found on the Weather Channel web page: www.weather.com.

Summer (June-September):

  • Weather is often hot and humid.
  • Temperature ranges from 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) to the 90s (above 32 degrees Celsius) and humid.
  • Lightweight clothing recommended.
  • A raincoat and an umbrella will be useful as there is considerable rain.

Winter (late-November-March):

  • Marked by sudden and extreme weather changes; several days of cold weather may be followed by days of moderate temperatures. Days with snow or rain alternate with periods of clear and bright weather.
  • Temperature ranges between 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius) and 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), and occasionally the temperature drops to zero (-18 degrees Celsius).

Spring and Fall:

  • Weather is generally moderate.
  • Temperature ranges from 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) to the 70s (20s Celsius).

What to Bring


  • Immigration-related documents
  • US currency and credit card(s)
  • Medications you use regularly; extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Many drugs in the U.S. require a prescription from a doctor, so if you have a chronic health problem that requires medication, it is recommended to bring enough to last for a few weeks.
  • Valuables such as jewelry, or items that can’t be replaced if luggage is lost, such as personal photos or letters.
  • Experienced travelers also recommend a change of clothing and toiletry items in case or unexpected delays, missed flight connections, or lost luggage.

Packing Suggestions

  • Pack lightly as you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage, and often arrivals at airports can be overwhelming. Remember that almost anything you forget and would want to buy is only a walk, bus or subway ride away.
  • Dress at NYU is typical of student style on most college campuses - casual. Students typically wear jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts. You will also need formal attire such as suits for corporate presentations, coffee chats, and recruitment events.
  • Household Items: It is recommended to purchase most of your household items (e.g. utensils, cutlery, appliances, bed sheets and towels) after arriving in the US. Most of these items add unecessary weight to your luggage, and can be purchased at moderate prices. Note that electrical items from your home country may not be compatible with the US electrical supply and usage may not be permitted in the university residence halls.