While classes, homework, co-curricular activities, and friends may take up most of students’ time, Deerfield is more than a school–it is a home as well. In order to make living at Deerfield as comfortable as possible, students have virtually all their needs covered on campus, including several campus stores and cafes and laundry services. The surrounding area offers a diverse range of places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters, and other services and attractions.
To help students feel at home, peer counselors, proctors, and other student leaders are available to ease the transition to boarding school life. And of course the Deerfield faculty–who serve not only as teachers, but also as dorm parents, coaches, and advisors–are always happy to help.
Campus Stores and Cafes
Whether you are desperate for a pizza—or a pencil—Deerfield’s campus stores and cafes have got you covered.
Hitchcock House is the campus store. Located on the pathway between the Dining Hall and John Williams House, here you’ll find Deerfield gear as well as any school supplies you might need for class. You can even find items like hard drives, extension cords and a toothbrush! Check out the directory for details on special orders and store hours. Or, visit the Hitchcock House website to shop online.
The Athletic Store
Located in the lower level of the gym, the Athletic Store offers a wide array of athletic apparel athletic gear like squash racquets, lacrosse balls and swim goggles. The Athletic Store can also arrange for some services, including racquet stringing through a nearby sports store.
The Louis Cafe
Affectionately (but erroneously) called the “Koch Cafe,” the Louis Cafe is located in the lower level of the Koch Center. (Hence the confusion.) Stop here for juice, coffee, panini sandwiches, chips, and candy between classes. See hours and today’s specials.
The Greer Store
“The Greer” is the campus’ central snack bar and hangout. With a wide menu and extended hours, it’s the place to go to see friends, watch TV, or just chill. Here you’ll find hot food ranging from grilled cheese to pizza. Check out store hours and the daily specials–and don’t miss the froyo!
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
- Desk lamp with L.E.D. bulb
- Floor lamp with L.E.D. bulb*
- Stereo (& headphones to avoid disturbing others)
- Smart strip surge protector recommended
*Please limit lamps to two in number. Usually one is sufficient.
- Mattress pad
- 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+)
- Belts, dress pants or special skirt/dress
- Dress shoes (at least 1 pair)
- Jackets (casual & dress)
- Sneakers (2 pairs)
- T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants
- Underwear (lots)
- Winter coat, hat gloves, snow boots, & rain boots
- Calendar & planner
- Highlighters, loose leaf paper, and notebooks
- Paper clips
- Scissors, tape, thumbtacks, etc.
- Shower caddy to hold toiletries
- 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
- Bike, lock, & helmet
- Cup & mug
- 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
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
- Polystyrene beanbag chairs
- Plug-in coolers
- Computer monitors LARGER than 27 inches
- Coffee makers, hot pot, hot plates
- 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 (only allowed in common room spaces)
- 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 Bittersweet Bakery & Cafe (opening June 2018), Richardson’s Candy, and the Williams Sugar House. Bittersweet Bakery & Cafe sells coffee, espresso, and baked goods, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches made from scratch. 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
Birthdays are special at Deerfield! Cakes & cookies can be ordered online through the Dining Hall.
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.com. Once 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. They pick up and deliver.
Unfortunately Deerfield is no longer affiliated with a special drivers education program. We encourage families to research a licensed driving school independently.
Places of Worship
While 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 ensure that they can attend services in the traditions they observe, or to explore traditions about which they are curious. For information about local communities of faith, where students may choose to visit or to worship, please contact Jan Flaska, Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life, at 413.774.1486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.