What to Pack

Social Security Card

social securityTo expedite your hiring—and receiving your first paycheck!— we strongly urge you to bring your original Social Security card with you to campus. In order to be hired as a student employee at Harvard, your Social Security number must be on file with the University. Oftentimes, your original Social Security card is needed to verify that the Social Security number on file is correct. You can also use your Social Security card to complete your hiring paperwork. Your card is immediately returned to you once your information is verified. Please note, you must bring the original Social Security card. Federal requirements prohibit Harvard from accepting scans or photocopies of any hiring documents. If you do not bring original documents, you cannot participate in Fall Clean-Up. 

One Suitcase

Although a few items are absolutely required for Fall Clean-Up (see below), we strongly recommend packing as lightly as possible. In fact, we must limit you to no more than one suitcase and a small carry-on bag. There is very limited storage space available before first-year move-in. On the last day of work, you will have to vacate your temporary housing and store your belongings on a moving truck before the work day begins. Many students will ship the rest of their belongings to the Harvard Yard Mail Center or have their parents deliver their items on move-in day (Tuesday, August 22). 

Long Pants & Closed-Toe Shoes 

For safety reasons, we require the use of long pants and closed-toe shoes while on the job. You will not be able to work if you do not have these, so make sure you pack them. It's also a good idea to bring pants and shoes that you aren’t afraid to get dirty. The majority of students wear jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers to work.

Bed Linens 

Please make sure to bring your own extra long twin sheets (or a sleeping bag, if you prefer). Dorm Crew will have pillows available for your use, which you are welcome to keep.


  • Water bottle for the workday is recommended, as Cambridge in August can be quite hot!
  • Toiletries from home, as such items are often overpriced in Harvard Square
  • Money for any incidental expenses (pubilc transit fares, extra food, etc).