What to Pack


Residents of Fort Collins enjoy a moderate and sunny climate with just 37 centimeters of rain per year. July is the warmest month, with an average high of 30°C and average low of 14°C. January is the coolest month, with an average high of 6°C and average low of -10°C. It is very important to have a good winter coat, hat, gloves and boots. You can purchase these items after you arrive.


Due to weather changes, you will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons. All of these items are available for purchase in Fort Collins upon arrival, so only pack what you need for the first few months after you arrive.

Room Essentials and Decorations

Consider bringing decorations for your room that will remind you of home such as photos, books, music, recipes and items associated with a hobby or sport you enjoy. Many students also choose to bring items of cultural significance such as their national dress. If you live on campus you will also receive bed linens and towels.

What to Carry on the Plane

• Original I-20
• Valid passport and F-1 visa
• SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt
• Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter
Health forms and immunization documentation
• All medical prescriptions written in English
Official transcripts or test scores
• Insurance documents
• Laptop computer


US electrical outlets are 110 volts AC and use a NEMA electrical socket. You may need an adapter to use electronics from home. Appliances with exposed heating elements are prohibited in residence halls. Purchase appliances after you arrive.

Cell Phones

If you want a cell phone while living in the US, we recommend waiting to purchase the phone until you arrive in the US. You will receive more information at orientation or can view details in our Community Resource Guide.


Always label all of your luggage clearly. The label should have your full name and the address of the INTO Colorado State University center:

INTO Colorado State University
Spruce Hall
1037 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1037