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

What Should I Bring?

COVID-19 Essentials

  • Non-medical face mask(s): reusable or disposable
  • Hand sanitizer

We strongly recommend you bring these items with you. If needed, face masks and hand sanitizer are available for purchase at UBC Bookstore and a few other retail locations on campus.


  • 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.


  • 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 HOPR, UBC’s bike share program!

Just because

  • Games
  • Snowboard/skis
  • Small fan (for too-warm days or generating white noise for study and sleep)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Wall posters & framed pictures
  • Printer (UBC has affordable printing/copying services)

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.

  • Problematic wireless routers, which can cause ResNet outages
  • Unauthorized furniture
  • Air fryers (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