What Should I Pack?

Young woman with moving 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. The UBC Bookstore is a convenient place to pick up any essentials you may need for move in – you can even order ahead and have items prepared for your arrival!

Bring only what you need

Be mindful about what you bring to residence and accumulate while you’re living at UBC. Remember, you’ll need to donate, sell, recycle, or throw away all the stuff you no longer want and take the rest of your belongings with you when you move out.

With over 14,000 students living in residence, move out can contribute to a lot of waste. But by reducing what you bring in the first place, you’ll help reduce the waste you produce while living in residence. Let’s all work together to help achieve the recycling and waste goals in UBC’s Climate Action Plan.

What Should I Bring?


  • Identification documents
  • Health care card
  • Insurance papers
  • Prescriptions/medications
  • Bed and bath linens
  • Your favourite pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries and tote bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Sewing kit
  • Emergency kit
  • Toilet paper (for students living in residences with private or semi-private washrooms)
  • Water bottle (and fill up right from the tap)


  • Laptop and security lock
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cord
  • Power bar and surge protector

For lounge snacking

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

For suites with kitchens

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery and cooking utensils
  • Dishes and tupperware
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Permitted appliances (see below)

To wear

  • Rain gear, umbrella, boots
  • Fall/winter accessories
  • Some dressy clothes
  • Slippers
  • Robe and flip-flops

What Could I Bring?

Consider these items optional.


  • Inexpensive bike: If you bring a bike, bring one that’s inexpensive—and bring a good U-lock. Bike theft happens. Or leave your bike at home and sign up for UBC’s bike share program!
  • Vehicle: There are so many transportation options on campus that bringing a vehicle isn’t necessary—plus, parking is very limited and comes with an extra cost. Take advantage of your U-Pass and car sharing instead. 

Just because

  • Games
  • Snowboard/skis
  • Hiking gear
  • Beach gear
  • Wall posters and framed pictures


  • Small fan: for use during warmer weather (or for generating white noise for study and sleep).
  • Portable air conditioner: typically only needed for periods of warmer weather during the summer months (May–August).

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

Don’t bring these items to residence.

  • Unauthorized furniture
  • Air fryers (for residents living in Orchard, Totem and Vanier)
  • 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