What Should I Pack?

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Packing for your move to residence is exciting! But also daunting if you’re not sure exactly what you should bring, and also what’s not permitted. This list will help!

Some items to note:

  • Don’t forget to label all your boxes and belongings with your name, building and unit number.
  • The Front Desk is not equipped to accept packages shipped to residence prior to your move-in day (except orders from Campus Linens). If you are shipping packages to yourself, ensure they arrive after your move-in day.
  • If you want to learn more about what is provided in your unit (depending on your residence and room type), head here.
  • Looking to order linens? We recommend the UBCO Bookstore or Campus Linens. Learn more here!
  • For other necessities, the UBC Bookstore is a convenient place to pick up essentials once you arrive, as is Walmart.

What Should I Bring?

These items are not provided by Student Housing. We recommend bringing them with you, or buying them once you arrive

Bedroom Essentials

  • Bed linen. For bed sizes, and/or to order linens from Campus Linens, head here.
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries and tote bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • LED (only) desk lamp
  • Garbage can
  • Laundry bag and detergent


  • Computer
  • Printer (UBC also has printing/copying services)
  • CSA-approved extension cord, power bar and surge protector
  • Headphones

Lounge and Snacking

  • Food containers
  • Microwave-safe dishes & cutlery
  • Your favourite mug
  • Dishcloth & soap

* suite-style units have kitchens, and students in single and single-connected units have floor lounges with communal kitchens

To wear

  • Robe & flip-flops
  • Rain gear (umbrella, boots)
  • Winter gear (jacket, scarf, toque, gloves, boots)
  • Some dressy clothes

Suite-style Living

  • Dishes & food containers
  • Pots & pans
  • Cutlery & cooking supplies
  • Dishcloth & soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Permitted appliances (these are itemized further in this list)

Just in case

  • Identification
  • Health care card
  • Prescriptions/medications
  • Emergency kit and flashlight

What Could I Bring?

Consider these items optional

Permitted cooking appliances 

* To to be used kitchens only – not in dorm rooms

* You must be present when using

  • Toaster or Toaster oven
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Rice cooker
  • Instant Pot


  • Inexpensive bicycle with U-lock. We also have bike storage!
  • A car. Keep in mind that 85% of students in residence don’t bring a car with them. If you plan to bring a vehicle, you’ll need to apply for a parking permit. Space is limited and parking is not guaranteed. More on that here.

Other items you might find useful

  • Mini-fridge – up to 3 cubic feet (permitted in non-suite style residences only)
  • Fan
  • Wall posters & framed pictures
  • Plants
  • Sewing kit
  • Slippers
  • Snowboard, skis, or other sports equipment

What’s Provided

These items come supplied by Student Housing. No need to bring your own!

In your bedroom

  • Bed (for bed sizes depending on your unit, head here)
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser and closet (hangers not provided)
  • Safe

Suites and Floor Lounges

  • Couches and/or arm chairs
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Oven, stove, microwave, fridge


  • Shower curtain
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bus pass (that’s because your UBCcard is also a bus pass! More here)
  • All-you-care-to-eat dining if you are on a mandatory meal plan
  • Wifi is available in all residences, and is included in your room fees – there is no extra charge to get connected.

What Not To Bring

Don’t bring these items to residence


Not recommended

  • Expensive bicycles
  • Expensive jewelry
  • A vehicle (see more on that here)
  • Devices that require an ethernet connection to access the internet (there are no wired network ports in student residences, only Wifi)
  • Multiple residential devices and/or smart devices (e.g. multimedia devices such as Google Home or Alex, gaming consoles, smart TVs)


  • Unauthorized furniture
  • Large appliances (washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, fridges. Small bar fridges and mini freezers permitted)
  • Hot plates and butane burners
  • BBQs and Propane
  • Portable heaters or air conditioners
  • Sub-woofer audio equipment
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Drones
  • Pets
  • Hover boards
  • Real, replica or fake guns/weapons (refer to Weapons clause in Residence Contract for further detail)
  • Explosives and firecrackers
  • Bottled (ie glass) beer
  • Illegal drugs
  • Appliances and accessories that are non-CSA approved (light and power bars, cooking appliances, extension cords, small cooking ware, hair dryers, etc.)