What to Bring

The Right Clothes

Consider the climate of Indianapolis when deciding what clothes to bring with you. Indianapolis has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons; it is quite humid in the summer. Warm clothing for the winter could cost from U.S. $400-$600 if purchased new after you arrive. Used clothing can be purchased for much less. There is a wide temperature range for each season.

Temperature Ranges

Season Months Fahrenheit Celsius
Summer June-September 50 to 95 10 to 35
Autumn September-November 30 to 80 -2 to 25
Winter November-March 0 to 45 -18 to 7
Spring March-June 40 to 72 5 to 22

Money for Initial Expenses

You should bring with you at least U.S. $1,000-$1,500, even if you will be receiving IUPUI funding. You will need this money to pay for temporary housing, moving-in expenses for long-term housing, food, transportation, books, supplies, and other necessary items during your first few weeks in the U.S. (Payments to graduate students on assistantships and visiting scholars begin about four to six weeks after arrival.):

Household Items

Most apartments — even furnished ones — are not equipped with the following items. Packing or sending some items in advance will save the expense of buying them, and may help you during the first few weeks while you get settled: bedding (pillow, blanket, bed sheets); bath towels; kitchen utensils (pots or pans, cups, bowls, plates, eating utensils, etc.).

Other Items