b COSMOS Students - What to Bring

The following list is a guideline of items students will need while at COSMOS on the UC Davis campus.  Students should include things that will make them feel comfortable while away from home.  If you forget something, small items can be purchased at local stores.

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  • Photo Identification (driver’s license, CA identification card, passport, etc.)
  • Medical Insurance Card (vaccine card if applicable)
  • Reusable Water Bottle (it gets very hot in Davis during the summer!)
  • Clothing for cold mornings and evenings and some field trip locations
  • Closed-toe shoes are required in labs.  Shoes should be comfortable for walking.  UCD campus is significant in size, and students will walk to and from class.
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hairbrush, etc.
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Sunscreen 
  • Towels: for shower and pool
  • Medications: All medication must be cleared by the COSMOS office staff member.  COSMOS staff CAN NOT administer medications.
  • Cluster-specific items (identified in a separate note, if necessary)


  • Backpack
  • Swimsuit appropriate for pool 
  • Bike or other non-motorized transportation (Bikes are available for rent at The UC Davis Bike Barn
  • The helmet is required for any non-motorized modes of transportation
  • Extra blankets and pillow  -- There will be linens provided (bed sheets, one blanket, one pillow, and a pillow case) but the dorms can get a little cooler at night and this may not be enough. Students are also welcome to bring their own linens, but they must launder them themselves. Housing staff will only take the linens they provide.
  • Spending money (for emergencies, off-campus activities, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Students should consider bringing any non-prescription medications they think they may need, including allergy medication if they are especially susceptible. Though we will be on the university campus, Davis is an agricultural town!

Non-essential but Welcome

  • Musical Instrument
  • Sporting equipment: basketball, football, frisbee, tennis racquet, etc.
  • Non-perishable snacks (stored in a secure container, even if already packaged – to deter ants and other pests)
  • Mini Fridge (keeping in mind that this may draw in ants and other pests)
  • Rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 tests (the program will have tests available for students when necessary)
  • Laptops
  • Shower shoes
  • Reading/desk lamp
  • Cell phones (may not be used in classrooms, lab, or on field trips)

DO NOT Bring

  • NUT products
  • An automobile or other vehicle
  • Valuable items
  • Weapons, fireworks, explosives, candles, cooking items, etc
  • Drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes
  • Pets (Not permitted on campus – including Opening and Closing Day)
  • Televisions

*** Students are responsible for the safety and security of their items.  For more information, please get in touch with COSMOS.