Wilkes University

What to Bring


Temperatures vary considerably from year to year. During spring, summer and fall, moderate periods of rainfall occur; snow falls periodically throughout the winter months. Three basic types of outerwear are essential. In winter, heavy jackets or overcoats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots are needed. During chilly autumn and spring days, raincoats or medium-weight jackets or coats are worn outdoors and sweaters are often worn indoors. A light-weight jacket is sometimes necessary for cool nights during spring, summer and fall.

Climate and Clothing:  Northeastern Pennsylvania has a varying climate with four distinct seasons.

Season Months Temp. in Fahrenheit Temp. in Centigrade
Summer June-September 50 to 90 degrees 10 to 32 degrees
Fall September-November 20 to 80 degrees -7 to 26 degrees
Winter December-March 0 to 45 degrees  -18 to 7 degrees
Spring April-June 40 to 72 degrees 4 to 22 degrees

Personal Items: Most students like to bring examples of arts, crafts, traditional dress, photographs, tapes or CDs, maps, or other items descriptive of their country and culture, both to show interested Americans and to provide a touch of home decoration in their new homes. You may want to bring items you use regularly that may not be readily available, or may be more expensive, in the United States—for example, eyeglasses, cameras, watches, or portable radios. You may also have the opportunity to visit a duty-free port in the United States where such items may be purchased at a reduced cost.

If you are an undergraduate who will live on campus, basic furniture is provided in campus residence halls (bed and mattress, desk, chair, closet) but bed linens, blankets, pillows and towels are not. You will have the chance to purchase these items at a local mall during Orientation before classes start. If you will miss Orientation, you may want to bring a bed sheet, light blanket and towel with you from home so that you can use them immediately.


You can obtain a booklet on customs regulations at the consulate or embassy where you acquire your visa. Prohibited items include some foodstuffs, narcotics and items for resale. For more information you can also visit the website of the U.S. Customs Service at: https://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml

Since students are expected to buy required textbooks for all courses, and supplemental reading materials for review and research are available in libraries, you need not bring any books used in previous study.

It is best to purchase electrical appliances after you arrive: appliances manufactured outside the U.S. may not be compatible with the power supply or may not be allowed inside the residence halls.


Until you have a mailing address in Wilkes-Barre, you may have your letters (NOT PARCELS) mailed to you in care of the International Student Services Office.

The address is:

International Student Services Office
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766 USA

“Hold for Arrival” should be marked on the envelope.

DO NOT send baggage to the International Student Services Office.

The University cannot be responsible for the security of any forwarded mail.