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
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Sewing kit
  • Emergency kit and flashlight


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

To wear:

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

Just in case:

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

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
  • Kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Permitted appliances (see below)

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)
    • Permitted in non-Suite Style residences only
  • Wall posters & framed pictures
  • Plants

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

What Not To Bring

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

  • Unauthorized furniture
  • Non-CSA approved halogen lamps
  • Bottled beer
  • BBQs
  • Propane
  • Expensive bicycles
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Prohibited Items
    • Explosives
    • Firecrackers
    • Hoverboards
    • Real, Replica or Fake Guns/Weapons (refer to Weapons clause in Residence Contract for further detail)
    • Illegal drugs
    • Large appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators (small bar fridges and mini freezers permitted)
    • Pets
    • Hot plates and butane burners
    • Subwoofer audio equipment
    • Mercury Thermometers