What Should I Pack?

Young woman with packing boxes

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. Plus, the UBC Bookstore is a convenient place to pick up some essentials once you arrive.

Be sure to label your belongings with your building and room number.

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.


  • Inexpensive bicycle with U-lock

Just because

  • Games
  • Snowboard/skis
  • Fan
  • 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

Don’t bring these items to residence.

  • 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