The following items are suggested to bring with you to Bard:
bedspread blankets sheets (size twin extra-long) mattress pad towels toiletries shower shoes pillows flashlight clothes hangers laundry detergent laundry basket first aid kit insect repellent wattage adapter (for international students) personal computer surge protectors wastebasket recycling basket desk lamp radio bicycle bicycle lock
If you plan to bring a laptop computer, we suggest you also bring a laptop desk lock.
Items Not Allowed in Residence Halls
exposed coil heaters of any kind
**Aside from being a fire hazard, halogen lamps use five times more energy than fluorescent lamps.
Items Permitted for Use in Residence Halls
television (rooms do not have cable access)
You may either bring your own mini-fridge measuring no larger that 3.2 cubic feet, or rent one. Stand alone microwaves are not allowed in student rooms except for a microwave/mini-fridge combo that can be rented. This unit has a feature that shuts off the mini-fridge when the microwave is in use to prevent circuit overloads. Rental information will be featured here soon.
Items Allowed Only in Designated Kitchen Areas
Only UL-approved appliances may be used.
Shipping Packages to Bard
Each student will receive a unique mailbox number, which will be emailed to their Bard email account. Student mail should be addressed as follows:
Student Name Bard College PO Box 5000 - MSC (insert box number here) Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
However, you can still ship your possessions to Bard at the address below prior to your arrival. Packages received before the arrival date will be stored in the shipping department and will be available for pickup on arrival day. Please note that the Shipping and Receiving office is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please mail packages so that they arrive no earlier than July 22.
Student Name (as it would appear on ID card) Bard College 30 Campus Road Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Travel and Transportation
How do I get to Bard?
You can travel to Bard by:
By train: Amtrak provides service from Penn Station, New York City, and from Albany to Rhinecliff, about 9 miles south of Annandale. Taxi service is available at the station.
By automobile: Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 (Kingston), take Route 209 (changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G, turn left onto Route 9G and drive north 3.5 miles.
By air: Bard College is accessible from Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City; Newark in New Jersey; and Albany and Newburgh in upstate New York.
For more detailed information follow the link below.
All students are allowed to bring cars to campus; however, Bard encourages biking and alternative methods of travel as a part of the College’s commitment to sustainability. An annual $200 vehicle registration fee goes toward the Green Fund, which supports campus sustainability projects and scholarships. You may pay Student Accounts on the day that you arrive on campus. Please note that students are only allowed to park in designated student parking lots.
Are there campus shuttles and transportation to local destinations?
During the semester, a free shuttle travels through Tivoli, Red Hook, and Bard’s campus. Free shuttles also run to local grocery stores, the mall, and, on weekends, the local train stations. During breaks and at the end of the semester, there are shuttles from campus to the New York City and Albany airports for a $30 fee. When returning, students make their own arrangements to get to the Poughkeepsie or Rhinecliff train station, where they can take the free shuttle back to campus.
To change your name on your Bard ID, please click here to complete the chosen/preferred name change form.
If I get locked out of my room, who do I call to be let in?
Dial 845-758-7460. After two lockouts fees are assessed. Be sure to always lock your room door when you leave (yes, even when you go to the bathroom). Welcome to college life!
If I don't like my room, can I change it?
Residence Life and Housing is the office that reviews requests for room changes. Room change requests are reviewed starting in the last week of August. You can start by emailing [email protected] or give them a call at 845-758-7455.
Who do I call if I have an emergency?
For any emergency on campus, please dial Bard Security at 845-758-7777, 24/7, year round.
What time does the gym open?
The fitness center at the Stevenson Athletic Center hours may fluctuate depending on the time of year. Click here to see the most up to date hours of operation.
Language and Thinking takes place Monday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Please note that you must arrive on campus on Friday, August 5.
Regular classes for the fall semester begin on Monday, August 29. For more important dates and deadlines, please visit the Academic Calendar.
If I don't like a class, can I change it?
Students can add or drop classes during the add/drop period every semester. Refer to the academic calendar for dates.
As a reminder, students must be registered for 12 or more credits to be considered full-time. However, 16 credits are recommended to stay on track to graduate in four years.
I'm only registered for 12 credits. Is that OK?
Full-time status is 12 credits, but in order to keep on track for graduation in 2029, students are encouraged to registered for, and take 16 credits each semester. Fewer than 12 credits is considered part-time and could affect your financial aid award. Email [email protected] if you don't have 12 more credits for the current term.