What Should I Pack?

What should I pack?

Everyone wonders the same thing: What should I bring? What could I bring? What not to bring? Space in residence is limited so bring only what is necessary. UBC Bookstore is a convenient place to pick up some essentials once you arrive.

What Should I Bring?

Create your own home-away-from-home.

  • Bed and bath linens
    • bed linen size is twin extra long
  • Your favourite pillow
  • Alarm clock, headphones
  • Toiletries and tote bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Garbage can
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Sewing kit
  • Emergency kit and flashlight


  • Computer and security lock
  • Extension cord
  • Power bar and surge protector
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock

First year lounge snacking:

  • Food containers, cutlery
  • Microwave-safe dishes
  • Dishcloth & soap
  • Your favourite mug
  • Permitted appliances (see below)

Suite-style living:

  • Pots & pans
  • Cutlery, cooking utensils
  • Dishes & tupperware
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Permitted appliances (see below)

To wear:

  • Raingear, umbrella, boots
  • Fall/winter accessories
  • Some dressy clothes
  • Slippers
  • Robe & flip-flops

Just in case:

  • Identification documents
  • Health care card
  • Insurance papers
  • Prescriptions/medications

What Could I Bring?

Consider these items optional.

  • Games
  • Snowboard/skis
  • Fan
  • Inexpensive bicycle with U-lock
  • Printer (UBC has printing/copying services)
  • Mini-fridge (up to 3 cubic feet)
  • Wall posters & framed pictures
  • Plants

What Not To Bring

Your Residence Contract contains a comprehensive list of items that are not allowed in residence. These include:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Subwoofer audio equipment
  • Unauthorized furniture and large appliances
  • Hotplates, BBQs, butane burners
  • Firecrackers, explosives, propane
  • Real or fake guns or weapons
  • Non-CSA approved halogen lamps
  • Beer bottles
  • Pets
  • Expensive bicycles not recommended

Permitted cooking appliances
You must be present when using and can only be used in kitchens.

  • Sandwich maker
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Rice cooker
  • Toaster oven