What To Bring


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)


Books and Electronics

  • 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)


Kitchen Supplies

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, etc.)


Bedding & Bath Items

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


Household Items

The apartments each have an iron, ironing board, a TV, a washer and dryer. You may need to bring or purchase when you arrive

  • Laundry Soap 
  • Paper Towels
  • Additional Hangers


A Final Word

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.