What Should I Pack?

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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 & bath linens
  • Your favourite pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries and tote bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Sewing kit
  • Emergency kit


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

For lounge snacking:

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

For suites with kitchens:

  • 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.

Just because:

    • Games
    • Snowboard/skis
    • Inexpensive bicycle with U-lock
  • Printer (UBC has printing/copying services)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Wall posters & framed pictures

Permitted cooking appliances:

  • Sandwich maker
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Mini-fridge (up to 5 cubic feet)
  • 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:

  • Problematic wireless routers (TP-Link model TL-WR842N has been known to cause Internet outages)
  • Unauthorized furniture
  • 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