You’ll be able to find almost everything you need in St. John’s and on campus. Yet coming prepared for your first semester of Basic Sciences is important. We put together this list of suggested items to help you make your new surroundings feel like home as quickly and easily as possible. We thought of just about every step of the transition, from what you’ll need during your flight to what you’ll need in class and in your housing. We even included what you’ll need on those rare occasions when you have time to stare out across the horizon on Antigua’s breathtaking 365 beaches. A printable version of the list is available as well for your convenience.


  • Passport (current and with a minimum six-month validity; please check the date)
  • A standard passport photo. One is required for your immigration extension of time. It must be printed in color on photo quality paper; 2×2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size. Photocopies and printouts on printer paper will not be accepted.
  • AUA immigration letter
  • AUA acceptance letter
  • AUA housing assignment letter with housing address
  • VISA (if required, to enter Antigua because you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen or a citizen of a country whose citizens Antigua allows to enter without visa)
  • Driver’s license (current and that will not expire while you’re in Antigua)
  • Debit/credit cards (current and that will not expire while you’re in Antigua)
    • With a travel notice on each card
  • Health-care provider card
  • Black pen (for completing the immigrant form on the airplane)
  • Cash (in case you cannot immediately access an ATM or use a credit card). Also, bring a few dollar bills for bag porters at the Antigua Airport.
  • Personal medications (prescription or over-the-counter, if needed regularly. Do Not pack in luggage, place in your carry-on)
  • Prescription/reading eyeglasses (especially if you wear contacts)
  • Contact-lens solution and case (if applicable)
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Contact phone numbers (for family: home and cell phone numbers)
  • Headphones (for listening to music, watching movies, watching study videos)


  • Windows laptop/tablet/Apple MacBook (please be sure to review requirements in the Attire, Books, and Laptop tab above)
  • Surge-protector strip with 5–7 outlets


All school supplies are available for purchase on campus, or feel free to pack in your luggage

  • Medical stethoscope (Littman 2 or similar model)
  • Blood-pressure cuff(manual)
  • Reflex hammer (Babinski type or similar)
  • Pen torch (Keeler Medical Pen Torch or similar)
  • Eye charts
  • Tuning forks (128 Hz & 512 Hz)
  • Wristwatch with seconds (digital or analog; for taking pulse)
  • White Coat (short: length to hip)
  • Scrubs (2 sets; any solid colors; no logos)
  • Clipboard (thin)


  • 3–5 sets of professional clothes (must dress professionally 2–3x/week) Dress shirt, dress pants, and tie for men and dress or professional skirt and blouse for women
  • 1 set of dress shoes (females: can be flats or low-heeled)
  • 1 set of closed-toe and closed-heel shoes for labs (can be tennis shoes)
  • Classroom clothes; hoodies/jackets/sweater (classrooms are sometimes cold)
  • Sandals (2 pairs; will wear out quickly)
  • Gym shoes
  • Gym clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Hat with wide brim (to cover you from the sun)


Most items available on island or you can pack in your luggage

  • Prescription medication and extra prescriptions if necessary
  • Over-the-counter medications (Benadryl, anti-diarrheal, Neosporin, anti-itch cream for mosquito bites, Tylenol, etc.)
  • First-aid kit (small, with Band Aids)
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Shavers (electric or extra blades for manual)
  • Nail clippers/scissors
  • Shampoo/sponge/body wash/bars of soap (smaller bottles, unless you must have your preferred brand)
  • Shower slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray (REPEL works well)
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Extra contact lenses (in case you lose or damage yours)
  • Extra contact-lens solution
  • Extra eyeglasses, prescription/reading (in case you lose or break yours)
  • Personal hygiene items


All listed items are available for purchase on island, but bedding is not supplied when you move into housing, so you may want to bring down your favorite pillow, sheets, comforter, towels, etc. for your first days and purchase the additional sheets etc. on island.

  • Pillow (in a vacuum-sealed bag)
  • Bedsheets, pillowcases, blankets, and/or comforter (in a vacuum-sealed bag)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Kitchen towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Brita water pitcher & filters
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Small lightweight umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic hangers