Move-in day is fast approaching (it’s September 1st this year) and the question remains: what should you bring with you to your dorm room? How much space are you going to have, exactly? Well sit back friend, and let this ex-resident tell you a few things you might want to consider.
- Check the list that UBC made. Student Housing & Hospitality Services has already made a packing list for you, and it’s a pretty good place to start. You can find it here.
- Twin XL sheets. UBC dorms have extra-long beds, so make sure you bring the right size of sheets! If you bring just regular twin size sheets you’re gonna run into problems.
- Computer and security lock. I didn’t have any issues with theft, but having a security cable for your expensive new laptop is always a good idea.
- Printer. If you can get one cheap, having a printer is going to be mega-useful for you. Print at your leisure, for cheaper, and without the hassle of figuring out the library system and copy-cards. (That said, if you do have to use the library, the librarians can help you!)
- Ethernet cord! Without it you won’t have internet. Some people also like to bring wireless routers so they don’t have to be plugged in all the time, and you can take your laptop into your floor lounge.
- Photos and posters. When you first arrive, your room is bare. This’ll make it feel more yours and keep the homesickness at bay.
- Clothes. Obviously. Just make sure you don’t bring, like, an entire department store with you. Your room has quite a lot of storage space, but just don’t over do it. You can leave most of your summer stuff at home, but do bring a few pieces of warm weather clothing – September can be very warm. And bring a swimsuit – you get free entry to the pool!
- Rain gear. Rain boots are a must – walking around the huge campus with soggy feet is not fun. I managed to get through the year without a proper rain jacket, but make sure you at least have something that’s water-resistant. Umbrellas are good at times, but if you get one make sure it’s sturdy, because it can get veeeery windy. I recommend the brand Totes.
- A good pair of walking shoes. Going to school at UBC means you are going to be walking. A lot. Like seriously, it is a HUGE campus! Get a good, comfy pair of shoes to walk in, and try to break them in before you get here. (Lesson learned the hard way on my part.)
- Bathrobe. Some people are brave enough to dash to the bathroom in a towel, but I’m sure not. A bathrobe keeps you comfy and cozy.
- Shower flip-flops. The bathrooms are typically pretty clean, but no one likes that just-showered-in feel on their feet. A shower tote is also good so you can carry all you soaps and shampoos to the bathroom easily.
- Drying rack. Let’s face it, the dryers in some residences aren’t the best. A drying rack will save you some money (and energy, too!).
- Advil and Tums. No one feels good all the time, and when you’re in res, your mom isn’t there to look after you. Having Advil and Tums on hand will be so much better than having to run to shoppers when you feel crappy.
What not to bring:
- Microwave. You’re not allowed to have one in your room, and there’s a shared one on your floor anyway.
- Mini-fridge. I personally would recommend against it; you have a shared fridge on your floor anyway, they take up a lot of space, and they cost money. I definitely lived happily without one. That said, if you still want one, you can buy or rent one on move-in day.
- Pets. Again, not allowed, sorry.
Got more questions? Leave them in comments and I’ll get back to you.