So it’s pretty basic what you get in your room…

  • bed -XL twin size mattress pad + pillow (XL twin size – dimensions of mattress =39″ wide x 80″ long)  …and it’d PROBABLY be ‘nicer’ to buy your own pillow, just for comforts sake, but you don’t HAVE to(but you should). Personally, I’d rather just bring my own pillow
  • desk
  • chair ….maybe bring a throw or cushion or something to make your chair more ‘comfortable’ ? haha
  • bookshelf (not very BIG)
  • a lamp
  • there is internet in dorms, but it’s not wi-fi, so you’d need to bring an ethernet cord.
  • one phone outlet, so if you really wanted to, you could have a landline in your room….but cell phones are much more practical.
  • a trashcan


IKEA- http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/   – reasonable prices, and there is an IKEA trip from UBC on Monday, September 5th. 

BED BATH & BEYOND – http://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/default.asp?  – they sell XL twin size linens!!! And they have a pretty good selection of other dorm decorating things…and everything you need for university.

FUTURESHOP/BEST BUY/COSTCO/STAPLES – these are all places that sell electronic appliances(as well as other things).


  • Linens + Pillow(s) (duuuh)
  • Storage boxes….you have to try to MAXIMIZE the small bit of space you get, so any type of storage equipment is a MUST
  • Slim hangers + other closet organization things
  • Mini fridge
  • Whiteboard/Corkboard 
  • Blender
  • Printer (having your own personal printer is a REEEEAALLLYYYY good idea) …and if you have a roommate…you have the option of sharing one….if your roommate helps with the costs (ink + paper)
  • iPod speakers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Powerbar( there are about 7-8 outlets per room…so it’d be a good idea to just bring a powerbar as an extra)
  • Extension cord
  • Kettle 
  • Ethernet cord/or a Router
  • Flashlight
  • Wall decor things (don’t want my room to look too dreary or drab)
  • Photos- nice to have a little piece of home away from home?
  • Laundry bag/hamper
  • Small table
  • Shelf
  • A lamp – just for more light/but it’s not really necessary
  • We bought posters from the poster sale in the student union building(happens some time at the beginning of first term!)

Also,  a suggestion, wait until you actually SEE your room IN PERSON, before you go out and buy super extravagant things. :P One thing you really want to avoid is a cluttered up room. And for those of you who have not for some reason or another been able to get in contact with your roommate….be careful of having too much stuff between the two of you…so really, just wait, if you can. And for those of you who have singles….if you clutter up your room with too much stuff, then it’s your own mess to deal with. :D


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    • if you have a router, then it’d be a great idea to bring it, then you can be anywhere in your room and have internet access(if you had an ethernet cable, then you’re restricted to where you can be in your room, depending on the length of the cable). plus, if you have enough range with your router, you might be able to get internet in the floor/house lounge of your house.but make sure that you have it secured with a password! 🙂 ALSO, if you have a smart phone or something, you’d be able to access the internet in your room, without using up all your data. 😛

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