Living at Deerfield

Packing List

Standard Room Furnishings

Each dorm room at the Academy has a small closet or wardrobe and is furnished with an 80” twin bed, bureau, desk and chair, mirror, wastebasket, and an overhead light. Window curtains are provided. If needed, towels, two sheets, and a pillowcase may be picked up at the Laundry Room in Dewey House. Pillows are available upon request to the Laundry Room. Every room has carpeting in it. Each dorm floor has a filtered water system to provide filtered tap water for drinking.

For information on local shopping and services, see our Visitor Center. Deerfield Academy’s Campus Stores (Hitchcock House or the Athletic Store) also offer many items for sale from school supplies to personal care items, dorm supplies and decorations, athletic apparel, electronics and more. The stores are well stocked and ready when students arrive in September.


  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Camera
  • Desk lamp with L.E.D. bulb
  • Floor lamp with L.E.D. bulb*
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Stereo (& headphones to avoid disturbing others)
  • Smart strip surge protector recommended

*Please limit lamps to two in number. Usually one is sufficient.


  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow
  • Bath towels (2-4) / wash cloths (2) / hand towels (2)
  • Blankets (1)
  • Sheets (4) (XL twin, unfitted & fitted)
  • Pillow cases (4)
  • Bedspread or comforter (1)

Clothes and Shoes

The amount of clothing you bring depends on how often you do your laundry. Weekly laundry service can be arranged through E. & R. Laundry Service and community washing machines and dryers are also available in every dorm.

  • Dress code clothes, ties, etc.
  • Special events attire – e.g. DeNunzio Disco (1st weekend), Prom, and various semi-formal events
  • Athletic socks (10+)
  • Bathrobe
  • Belts, dress pants or special skirt/dress
  • Dress shoes (at least 1 pair)
  • Jackets (casual & dress)
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers (2 pairs)
  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants
  • Turtlenecks
  • Underwear (lots)
  • Winter coat, hat gloves, snow boots, & rain boots
  • Raincoat/umbrella

School Supplies

  • Binders
  • Calendar & planner
  • Highlighters, loose leaf paper, and notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Ruler
  • Whiteout
  • Scissors, tape, thumbtacks, etc.

Toiletries, etc.

  • Shower caddy to hold toiletries
  • Aspirin
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Hygiene products
  • Hair bands
  • Hairbrush & comb
  • Nail clippers
  • Soap & container
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Antiseptic ointment – like Neosporin
  • Razors, etc.
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Makeup, jewelry, & hair items


  • Athletic equipment as appropriate
  • Backpack for books, small duffel bags for trips
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Cinder blocks may NOT be used to raise beds. Risers can be used BUT ONLY in certain dorms: please call the Dean of Students Office before purchasing
  • Bike, lock, & helmet
  • Cup & mug
  • Dictionary
  • Envelopes
  • Hangers (about 40)
  • Key chain
  • Laundry bag, eco-friendly detergent
  • Laundry marking pen: please put your name on all of your belongings.
  • Plastic hooks with adhesive
  • Posters/pictures (if more than 4 they must be laminated or framed)
  • Sewing kit: needle, thread, buttons
  • Reusable bags for shopping
  • Stamps
  • Stationery
  • Tissues
  • Plants

Cash and Credit

Be sure to put enough money onto your debit card account in advance so that you won’t be caught short without cash. DO NOT bring large amounts of money with you.

Items Not Permitted in Dormitories

  • Code 117 upholstered furniture (all must be CA-TB 133)
  • Polystyrene beanbag chairs
  • Refrigerators
  • Plug-in coolers
  • Computer monitors LARGER than 27 inches
  • Projectors
  • Coffee makers, hot pot, hot plates
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Hanging tapestries
  • String lights of any kind
  • High intensity/halogen lamps in excess of 100 watts
  • Lava lamps
  • Televisions & DVD players
  • Electric heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Irons
  • Microwave ovens, toasters, & toaster ovens
  • Cooking grills
  • Pets of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Liquor bottles & beer cans even if empty

Errands and Entertainment

Whether it’s grabbing a snack, shipping a package, or doing laundry, we’ve tried to make “the little things” easy to accomplish for our students. Below is a brief overview of some of the student services on and near campus. Be sure to see our list of local attractions and services as well as our guide to local dining.

Food and Sundries

While most student needs are fulfilled by Deerfield’s on-campus stores, off-campus sources can provide some variety as well. Nearby establishments include Savages Market, Richardson’s Candy, and the Williams Sugar House.

Savages Market provides ice cream, snacks, groceries, and a deli. Richardson’s sells ice cream, candies, and small gifts. During maple sugaring season, the Williams Sugar House offers pancakes and breakfast featuring maple products harvested from campus. All three locations are within walking distance of school, approximately 1/2 mile south of campus on Routes 5 & 10.

If students wish to order out, the following restaurants deliver food to the campus in front of the Main School Building. Please note that deliveries may not be made during study hours:

  • Domino’s: 774-7291
  • China Gourmet: 774-2299
  • Goodies: 772-2586
  • The Wok: 774-3606

Birthday Cake

Birthdays are special at Deerfield! Cakes & cookies can be ordered online through the Dining Hall.

Postal Mail, Shipping, and Faxing

Each student is assigned an individual mailbox in the student mailroom in the main level of the gymnasium. Mail to students should be addressed as follows, and please note that ONLY 1st class mail will be forwarded over the summer:

Student Name, Deerfield Academy
PO Box 298
7 Boyden Lane
Deerfield, MA 01342

Shipping and Receiving, located downstairs in the Physical Plant building, manages packages for the entire Deerfield community. Packages may be picked up during the class day Monday through Friday and on Saturday until noon. Students receiving packages are notified by email. Please note our shipping address.

Students may use the fax in the mailroom located on the bottom level of the Main School Building. The number is 413-772-1100. If you send a fax at that number, it must have a cover page. Incoming faxes are placed in student mailboxes.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Each dorm and the basement of the Health Center has washers and dryers for students. In addition, E. & R. Laundry and Dry Cleaners offer service to students. Get more information and register at TheCampusLaundry.comOnce there, type in Deerfield’s password, AW23.  You will then see an order form and description of the services available to students.  You may also call E. & R. at 800-890-7273 inside the USA or 603-627-7661 outside the USA. They are available from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday, to answer your questions and/or take your order over the phone.

Laundry bags are picked up in the dorms on Monday morning and returned to the basement of the Health Center on Thursday morning. Students are responsible for their own pillow and bedding. If needed, towels, two sheets, a pillowcase, and a laundry bag may be picked up at the Laundry Room. At the end of the school year, all issued items must be returned to avoid replacement charges.

Checking Account

Deerfield’s Finance Office can provide assistance for students who are interested in opening up a checking account. To establish an account (at Greenfield Co-Operative Bank) students need a picture ID and one other form of identification.

Student Storage Options

Most dorm basements have areas to store boxes and suitcases during the school year only. Summer storage is available, but very limited, and must be approved by the Dean of Students. Hours when students may bring items to storage before summer vacation will be announced towards the end of the year. Deerfield does NOT store student couches or stuffed chairs for the summer.  

We encourage families to use local storage facilities. These storage companies will pick up students’ belongings during the last week of school and arrange for return of the items at the beginning of the next school year.

Boomerang Storage: 413-586-2666

Boomerang Storage specializes in Pick up & Return storage services at your door (sign up here). They give you boxes, pick up whatever you wish to store right from your room, then transport your belongings to their heated 18,000 square foot secure warehouse.  When it’s time for you to come back to school, they will deliver your belongings right back to your new room.

Sitterly Movers of South Deerfield: 800-533-1171

Sitterly will have trucks and movers on campus for full service (by appointment – sign up form here). They will perform a written inventory of what is being stored and distribute a receipt. They will hold and perform care and custody of the personal items being stored at their warehouse in South Deerfield until school re-opens in the fall, when they will deliver items to the students’ rooms.

Movies and Theaters

The local communities of Greenfield, Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst offer numerous entertainment options, including cinema:

  • Garden Cinema (Greenfield) 413-774-4881
  • Academy of Music (Northampton) 413-584-8435
  • Cinemark Theaters (Hadley) 413-587-4233

In addition, the library has a large collection of videos/DVDs that may be checked out, students may download entertainment from online sources such as iTunes, and the student activities committee often shows movies on weekends.

Music Lessons

Students who desire private music lessons should make arrangements by the contacting the Chair of the Music Department or by filling out a private music lessons form.

Shoe Repair

Do your shoes need new soles? Broken boots, belt, bag, or piece of luggage? Contact Shoe Repair Plus; Luis Gonzalez, proprietor, at 413-824-4030 or They pick up and deliver.


Student Jobs on Campus

There will be opportunities for students to work on campus, including at the Greer Store and elsewhere. Students who wish to be hired for one of these jobs should be aware of VERY STRICT paperwork to satisfy Form I-9 requirements.

The Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Service requires Deerfield Academy to obtain OFFICIAL COPIES of certain documents before, or within three days after work begins. Prospective student employees must establish identity and employment authorization to satisfy these requirements to work in the United States. Advance planning can help make those documents available when needed.

Often, we have run into situations in which students had difficulty obtaining OFFICIAL COPIES kept at home. They could not start or continue working as a result.

If you think your son or daughter will wish to apply for a student job, we encourage you to bring the documents to the opening of school.


Contact Jan Kari, Director of Human Resources by email or phone (413-774-1403).

Places of Worship

placesofworshipWhile Deerfield is non-sectarian and does not require participation in religious activity, members of Deerfield’s diverse community share a commitment to respect and celebrate the values and traditions of different faiths. For students, transportation is provided to services at nearby Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, a Jewish synagogue, and other places of worship as requested. Places of worship nearby include:

  • Brick Church (Deerfield) — Sunday 10:30 am
  • Quaker Meeting (Deerfield) — Thursday 5:30–6:30 pm
  • St. James Episcopal (Greenfield) — Saturday 5:30 pm, Sunday 8:00 am and 10:00 am
  • Holy Trinity Catholic (Greenfield) — Saturday 5:30 pm, Sunday 8:00 am and 10:30am
  • Temple Israel (Greenfield) — Friday 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am

Driver Education

Driver education is available to Deerfield students on campus through Liberty Driving School Inc. Contact Liberty at 413-775-9096 for more information.

If you would like to take a class on campus to get your driver’s license through Liberty Driving School, you must be 15-3/4 years or older, and you must attend the introductory informational class that goes over the Massachusetts RMV rules and laws that regulate the licensing process. ALL classes are held on Sundays in the Small Auditorium from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Here is the 2014-2015 schedule.