Uniforms & Packing

The Student and Parent handbooks also include information about student clothing, room items, other necessities and "do not brings".

The overriding advice is to pack no more than the bare essentials. Space is limited, laundry facilities are readily available and students will be returning home regularly. Most necessities can be easily found or replenished in Hangzhou.

This is a guide and not a prescriptive list.

It is important to understand that winter weather will be cold but the first break in October generally happens well before weather has turned significantly cooler. Many cold weather items may be taken to Hangzhou after the October break.

Required Hangzhou CIS Uniform Items

Please kindly note that students are only required to purchase the school uniforms as stated on the HZCIS Uniform Order Form by Aston Wilson. You may visit the Aston Wilson shop in Jordan to buy the uniforms or you may order the uniforms from their online shop. Due to the current situation, the Uniform Shop on campus will be closed until further notice.

Aston Wilson Jordan Shop Address & Telephone
2F, Will Strong Development Building,
59 Parkes Street, Jordan
Tel: 2523 2517

Opening Hours
Mon – Sat : 10:00-18:00
Sun & PH : Closed

Hangzhou formal uniform

Available from Aston Wilson (provider of the normal school and PE uniform) or second­-hand from prior year students:

  • Grey jacket
  • Grey pants/skirt
  • Red, yellow & white tie
  • White dress shirt (non-­iron is convenient)
  • Black leather shoes
  • Black leather belt
  • Black socks (boys) and skin coloured ankle socks(stocking material)/skin coloured long stockings (girls)

Hangzhou Daily uniform

Available from Aston Wilson:

  • Blue polo shirt (short- or long-sleeved)
  • Long pants/skort/shorts
  • Black leather shoes
  • Girls & Boys: navy blue ankle socks
  • CIS jumper/fleece
  • Hangzhou uniform coat/parka

Hangzhou PE uniform

Available from Aston Wilson:

  • PE shorts
  • Running shoes (supportive of ankle)
  • White PE shirt

Available from Kukri (provider of additional Phoenix mascot sports team items):

  • Phoenix hoodie
  • PE track pants

Drama Kit

  • Plain black T-shirt (no patterns or writing)
  • Black trousers, tracksuit pants or black leggings (no patterns or writing)

Optional items Available from Aston Wilson:

  • Zip-up hoodie
  • Fleece scarf (maroon, blue or green)
  • Phoenix athletic top/shorts
  • Swimming suit/shorts/jammers

Non-uniform Items

  • Socks (1­2 weeks)
  • Undergarments (1­2 weeks)
  • Pyjamas/sleepwear
  • Indoor slippers and/or flip flops for both general dorm life
  • Casual clothes
    • remember that you are in uniform 6 days a week, terms are short, and there is plenty of time to do laundry
  • One or two dress ­up outfits for special events
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain ­appropriate footwear
  • Sport ­specific clothing and equipment
    • for example swimsuits and caps, studs/cleats, rackets, etc.
  • Appropriate hiking/camping clothing
    • athletic/outdoor clothing and comfortable walking/hiking shoes
      This will be useful during the Tongzhou trip which happens BEFORE the October break.

Normally not needed until after October break

For the First Act, only a small amount of cold weather clothing is advised, since it is not very cold until the Second Act. More winter clothing may be brought after October break and taken back again in spring.

  • Warm coat/parka
    • a CIS uniform coat is required, as above
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Other warm clothing
    • Hangzhou does get cold and occasional snow is possible


Hangzhou CIS will provide students with lamps, duvets (summer and winter weight) and pillows (see full list on website).

  • 2 sets of sheets and pillowcases
  • 2 duvet covers
    • bed size - 100x190cm
  • 3 towels
  • Toiletries
    • for the first week before the first weekend’s shopping
  • Alarm clock
    • stand­alone, not phone­ based
  • 1-liter water bottle
    • for school and off campus trips
  • Power adapters for China
    • note that sockets in dorms are multi­-country­ friendly, but may not be elsewhere.
  • Coat hangers for wardrobe
    • can also purchase here easily

Other Items

  • Extra passport photos for visa renewal
    • normal passport size and style
  • Medium­ to large ­size backpack
    • for school supplies and off-campus excursions, including overnights
  • School­ specified laptop computer
  • Calculator and batteries
  • Some general school supplies (paper, pens and pencils, folders)
    • for the first week; additional items are easily purchased

Helpful but Not-Essential

Clothing & Personal Care

  • Spare pair of glasses
    • even if you wear contact lenses all the time
  • Applicator ­type tampons
    • depending on personal preference as non-applicator ­type tampons are available
  • Hot water bottle
  • Mosquito repellant and after­bite/anti-­itch cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and/or a sun hat
  • Spare and/or old Hong Kong PE Kit
    i.e. clothes that can get dirty
  • Miscellaneous personal care items
    • such as nail clippers, hair-clips/pins/elastics, hair brush, etc., but remember that most daily items are easily purchased in Hangzhou

For Your Dorm

  • Small wallet, zippered pouch, or other container to keep passports, huixiangzheng and HKID together when travelling to and from HZ
    • these items are kept by staff in a safe
  • Leisure reading material
    • remember the library has a good selection of books and magazines
  • Earphones and/or small computer speakers
  • Other personal hobby items
    • cards, games or musical instruments, etc. HZCIS does have some such items

Allowed but will be registered on arrival

While these items are allowed, they must be registered with your Head of House upon arrival.

ALL personal electronic devices

Including but not limited to:

  • Phones of any kind
  • iPods of any form (shuffle, standard, or iTouch)
  • iPads, Android, or other tablets (Kindles or other e­readers)
  • Gaming systems(e.g., PSP, Nintendo DS)
  • Any other personal electronic entertainment device
ALL prescription and over-­the-­counter medication:

HZCIS provides full health services, so there should be no need to bring any medication that is not prescribed for you personally by your doctor.

  • Prescription medication
  • Over-­the-­counter medication
    • including Panadol, Ibuprofen, etc. which are readily available from the nurse
  • Traditional Chinese Medicines

What's in the Dorm Room?

For each standard room for 4 students:


  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Bedside Tables
  • 4 Full-Height Wardrobes with 8 Hangers each
  • 4 Desks
  • 4 Chairs
  • 4 LED Lamps
  • 1 Trash Bin (dorm room)
  • 1 Air Conditioner
  • 2 Hair Driers
  • 4 Laundry Bags


  • 4 Mattresses
  • 4 Mattress Covers
  • 4 Pillows
  • 4 Winter Quilts/Duvets
  • 4 Summer Quilts/Duvets


  • 2 Shower Stalls
  • 2 Toilet Stalls
  • 2 Sinks
  • 2 Trash Bins

What's in the Living Room?

For each suite of 3 rooms (i.e., 12 students):

  • 1 Clock
  • 2 Sofas
  • 1 Coffee Table
  • 1 TV & TV Cabinet
  • 1 Meeting/Dining Table
  • 5 Chairs
  • 12 Plates, Bowls, Coffee Cups, Water Cups, Chopstick-Knife-Fork Sets
  • 1 Refrigerator
  • 1 Water Dispenser
  • 1 Air Conditioner
  • 1 Dehumidifier
  • 1 Dish Rack
  • 1 Can Opener

Don’t Brings

Seriously, do NOT bring these items!

  • Valuables.
  • TOO MANY CLOTHES and SHOES! If you’re not sure if you will wear it, DO NOT bring it.
  • Clothing that is inappropriate for a school environment. Use your best judgement, but if you are unsure, you probably should NOT bring it.
  • Extra throw pillows or other large items to decorate your personal space. You’ll need that space to work and sleep!
  • Extra textbooks that aren’t specifically necessary for your classes
  • Desktop computer or gaming peripherals
  • Food or snacks. The cafeteria provides ample offerings, and you can buy any additional snacks here!
  • Any knives, small weapons, lighters, or other dangerous objects. Anything that the staff decides is dangerous to others WILL be confiscated. Again, use your best judgement, but if you are unsure, you probably should NOT bring it.