What To Bring

The following are items that we suggest you bring. You may also review the list of typical apartment amenities to learn the furnishings and housewares that may be included in your Silicon Valley Program apartment. 




Most of Silicon Valley is a very casual place, so a large supply of "business attire" outfits are generally not needed. Some employers are more "business casual" while many are simply "casual."  There will likely be one or two "business casual" events per semester.  Here are some items you should consider bringing:

  • Business suit (one should do it unless you are working at a very formal office - we recommend speaking to your employer about their culture/expectations)
  • Dress shoes
  • Business casual outfit(s)
  • Nice jeans
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Casual outerwear
  • Sweaters
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Rain shoes (very rarely needed)



Each apartment has a TV and the necessary WiFi/ethernet connections. You may need to bring or purchase when you arrive: 


  • Notebooks (two or three: one for each class and an extra for the independent study)
  • Laptop
  • HDMI Cable and Adapter
  • Backpack
  • Printer (an inexpensive black and white printer is suggested)




The apartments are stocked with basic kitchen equipment: pots, pans, silverware, plates, cups, mugs, cooking utensils, etc. Some students have found that they wanted more cooking supplies, so if you're an experienced cook, consider packing a few extra items or plan to purchase them when you arrive. Electrical kitchen appliances are not included (blender, electric mixer, food processor, rice cooker, etc.)




The apartments are stocked with some bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bed linens, pillows, blankets, etc. Some students bring their own personal pillows, sheets, etc. You will need to bring or purchase when you arrive: 

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Misc Personal Toiletries
  • Tissue
  • Toilet Paper




The apartments each have an iron, ironing board, a broom, a vacuum, a washer and dryer. You will need to bring or purchase when you arrive: 

  • Laundry Soap 
  • Paper Towels
  • Additional Hangers




As one SVP student recently put it, bring "a clean slate." SVP students should clear their schedule before coming, so they can fully immerse themselves in their internships, classes, and extra-curricular activities.