Hummer 8

Welcome to Herlufsholm

August is approaching, and you may have started to think about what will happen and what you have to bring when you move into Herlufsholm Boarding School. Read along here to learn more.

The program for your first day

You and your parents have already received a great deal of information via mail from the school’s admittance office. This mail informs you, among other things, about the program for your first day of school. Your individual meeting times are also stated in the mail.

We are very much looking forward to receiving you and welcoming you to the student hall where you are going to stay the upcoming year - and maybe in the years to follow as well.

A general overview of the events of your first day is as follows:

09:00-12:00 Individual meeting times at the School Office and with the dorm teacher.
12:00-13:00 Lunch in the Dining Halls or at Grønne Plads for new boarders and their parents.
13:00 Welcome session for students at the dormitories. After this, there will be time to unpack and get organized in your rooms.
14:00 Welcome session for students in 1.i/Pre-IB.
15:00 Coffee and cake in Klostergården (the Cloister yard).
17:00 Latest departure time for parents.
18:00 Dinner for all boarders. Dress code: Half gala.
19:00 Time to complete the organization of your room.
21:00 All students will gather with the dorm teacher in their student hall. The students in the dormitory are introduced to each other.  The School Handbook and the emergency evacuation plan are presented.
22:30  Bed time.


You will find the program for the first day of school, Wednesday, August 12, here.

Information you will need on your first day:


Moving into the dormitory

We know that many new boarders are thinking a great deal about what to bring when they move into their student hall. At Herlufsholm we call your room a “hummer”, and the furnishing of the rooms may vary slightly depending on your assigned dormitory. However, all rooms will have the following:

  • Desk and desk chair
  • A cabinet with a lock.
  • Sofa or sofa bed.
  • In some dorms you will also have a small coffee table and a chair.

You will learn which dormitory you have been assigned to live in at the very latest when you move in.  After you have moved in, you can have a look at your room and see if you think you need a few decorative items.

Click on your student hall on the link below and read about the dormitory, its layout, what you will find in your room and who your new dorm teacher is.

If it has been a long time since you have visited Herlufsholm, you might want to take a virtual tour. You can also have a look inside Vuen. 


Packing list

Below you will find our suggestions for a packing list that covers a full school year - but don’t worry, you don’t have to bring it all at once and if you forget something, we are sure you will manage.

Hummer equipment

  • Music & earphones
  • Pictures and posters (there are suspension rails)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Baskets or boxes for odds and ends
  • Computer + USB key
  • Cell phone + tablet if desired
  • Chargers for electronic equipment
  • Extension cord with several outlets
  • Decorative items + desk lamp if desired


  • School bag
  • Pencil case
  • Pencils + sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pens
  • Protractor + a pair of compasses + ruler
  • Calculator (middle schoolers)
  • Scissors + cellotape
  • Folders
  • Calendar


  • Water bottle
  • Bathrobe
  • Flipflops or similar
  • Shampoo + conditioner
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Flat iron
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry bag
  • Detergent
  • Sewing kit
  • Shoe polish + brush
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Blister bandages

Other useful information

It can seem overwhelming to start at a boarding school, but we promise you that we are doing all we can to create the best possible framework for you to have a good day-to-day life at the school.

Therefore, the following may also be nice to know

  • Birthday celebrations
    You and your parents have the option of ordering a birthday package from our kitchen on occasion of your birthday. The package may consist of a ‘cake man’, birthday (layer) cake/birthday buns along with cocoa or soda. Please remember to order at least one week before the birthday. Ordering is electronic through the school’s website:
  • You have to remember to reserve a seat on the buses for travel weekends
    Every other weekend is travel weekend, and you have the option of getting a seat on our buses to and from Slagelse and Copenhagen. All you have to do is to remember to notify your dorm teacher on Monday before the travel weekend. Check school handbook for departure times, dress code when traveling, and how it all works.
  • Use your prefects - they want to help you
    All dormitories have at least one prefect. A prefect is an older student whose role it is to help the dorm teacher welcome the new boarders and ensure that you thrive and feel comfortable. There may be things that you would prefer to talk to a peer about, and you should know that our prefects are very happy to listen, give advice or comfort you if need be.
  • Find the information you're missing
    There is a lot of information, and we do not expect you to know everything from the very start. However, we do expect you to make an effort. It is therefore good to know that you can get answers to a lot of questions from school handbook, from your dorm teacher and prefects, and from the school office. On the website you will also find a series of links, which you need in day-to-day life at the school.


We are looking forward to your arrival, and we hope that you will have a fantastic school year. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us through the contact form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, that the school office is closed for summer vacation from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, August 2.


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