What should I pack?

What to bring (Traditional rooms & Suites)

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School supplies

Browse school supplies available through W Store.

  • Back pack
  • Binders, paper, and notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Stapler, scissors, ruler, pencil sharpener, three hole punch
  • Computer paper
  • Thumbtacks, pushpins, paper clips


  • University documents
  • WatCard (if you have it already)
  • Health card
  • Bank card
  • Driver's licence/other ID card

Appliances and electronics

Browse appliances and electronics available through W Store.

  • Telephone
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Extra lamp (not halogen)
  • Automatic shut-off coffee maker (Keurig or Tassimo) or kettle.
  • Computer, printer and all required cables
  • External hard drive or thumb drive
  • Power bar with a surge protector
  • Stereo with headphones
  • Camera
  • Mini-fridge (maximum 5 cubic feet)


Browse official UWaterloo and Waterloo Warriors clothing available through W Store.

  • Clothes
  • Shoes suitable for walking
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Hangers

Bath, laundry & grooming

  • Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush / toothpaste, razor, and other toiletries
  • A container to transport toiletries to and from the washroom
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Towels and wash cloth
  • Hair dryer
  • Tissue
  • Cold medicine, pain reliever, prescribed medication, band-aids, sunscreen
  • Laundry bag / detergent / softener

Bedding & decoration

  • Twin (single) size sheets and blanket, and pillow(s). Bedding is available for purchase through W Store.
  • Double size sheets and blanket, and pillow(s) if you are an Upper-Year student living on the 2nd or 3rd floor of Beck Hall

  • Photos of friends and family
  • Posters and room decorations
  • Double-sided sticky mounts for hanging up pictures
  • Whiteboard with dry-erase markers to hang on your door


  • Non medical face coverings
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Contents insurance (highly recommended)
  • Snacks and drinks, water filter
  • Basic dishes - bowl, coffee mug, water glass, basic cutlery and dish soap
  • Earplugs
  • Bicycle, helmet, and lock
  • Umbrella


What to bring (Suites only)


It's a good idea to talk to your suitemates first and decide who can bring what. You don't want to
end up with 2 televisions and 4 microwaves!


Browse kitchen and dorm items available through W Store.

  • pots and pans
  • dishes and silverware
  • glasses and mugs
  • can opener
  • knives, wooden spoons, ladle, flipper
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • strainer
  • plastic containers with lids
  • dish rack, dish soap, dish towels, sponges/cloths

Cleaning supplies

  • garbage bags
  • cleaning supplies (all-surface cleaner, etc)
  • toilet paper

Kitchen appliances

  • microwave
  • coffee maker
  • kettle
  • toaster/toaster oven
  • blender
  • Water Cooler

Living area

  • television
  • posters & other decorations
  • gaming system
  • streaming box

What not to bring

  • Candles or incense
  • Wireless routers or extenders
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters or heat lamps
  • Air conditioner
  • Your own furniture
    (University provided furniture cannot be removed from the room; you can bring a small table or desk chair only)
  • Mattresses
  • Pets (not allowed in residence)
  • Illegal substances or materials
  • Weapons

If you are living in a Traditional room, cooking appliances are not permitted (hot plates, toasters, rice cookers, microwaves, crock pots etc.)

Forgot something? Check out the W Store for all your course materials, school supplies, dorm essentials, and UWaterloo gear.