Wondering What to Bring to Residence?

Keep an eye on STARTonline.ca for blogs, Twitter, and Facebook related to this hot topic. Ask your OOV (online orientation volunteer) any time that you are wondering if an item belongs in your "go" or "stay" pile.  In the meantime, Student Housing Services has some great suggestions below.

What To Bring:

  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products like a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, etc. 
  • Towels (don't forget a hand-towel!)

        * Please note that Student Housing Services does not supply personal hygiene supplies for resident washrooms. Students should bring their own soap, hand and bath towels, shampoo, etc. for personal use.

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Bicycle and bike lock (although you probably won't need a bike to get around, you can walk to anywhere you need to go in 15 minutes or less!) Please be aware that bicycles can't be stored in your room, you must use the bike rack provided near your residence building
  • Blankets, sheets, pillows, etc. (the beds in residence are all standard twin size). Matress covers are provided (Check out this webpage for information about Residence Linens - a great company that offers a variety of high quality and affordable residence linen packages!)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Dishes, cutlery, mugs and glasses
  • Reusable beverage container
  • A bar-size fridge for your snacks and drinks (check out this webpage for fridge rental information!)
  • An Ethernet cable, to connect to the internet-- you won't get wireless in your room but you will in class and other common areas of campus. You can pick up a cable at Staples before you get here, or you can buy one for a lot cheaper from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Society of Computing and Information Science. Their prices range from $3 to $7 depending on length.
  • Headphones
  • Health card and other forms of personal identification
  • Additional lamps and lighting (halogen lamps are NOT permitted)
  • Laundry basket/bag and laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets etc.)
  • A power bar
  • Pens, pencils, and other school necessities
  • Personal computer
  • Pictures, posters, things to personalize your room
  • Printer and printing supplies
  • Recreation equipment (such as footballs, baseball equipment, soccer balls, etc.)
  • Shower shoes (betcha didn't think of that one!)
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper (it is supplied, but just in case you want to use your own brand!)
  • Umbrella
  • University documents you have received to-date (including your residence room assignment information!)
  • Additional items for students living in residences with fully equipped kitchen facilities (such as East Village and East Residence Suites):
    • Dishes and cutlery
    • Dish soap
    • Groceries
    • Pots and pans


What NOT To Bring:

  • More than one vehicle! (are you getting the picture?)
  • Alcohol (during Orientation Week)
  • Alcohol paraphernalia (including but not limited to funnels and other high-volume consumption devices)
  • Beer bottles, bubbas, kegs, mini-kegs etc. - they are not permitted in residence
  • Candles or incense - open flames are not permitted in residence
  • Drug paraphernalia (including but not limited to pipes, hookahs, vaporizers, bongs, etc.)
  • Drum sets
  • Electric/gas heaters and heat lamps
  • Explosives (including fireworks, "cherry-bombs", etc.)
  • Hot tubs
  • Large excercise equipment (including treadmills, stationary bikes, step machines, "Bowflex" etc.)
  • Large pieces of furniture
  • Halogen lamps - they pose a fire hazard (this includes lava lamps, sorry)
  • Kitchen appliances, including dishwashers, microwaves, freezers, washers and dryers, hot plates, sandwich makers, indoor grills. (Microwaves and toasters are allowed in East Village and East Residence and where kitchen facilities are available)
  • Landline phones or fax machines (they won't work on our system)
  • Microwaves (unless you live in the East Campus Communities)
  • Pets (they can't enter residence, not even for a short stay, unless they're non-dangerous fish)
  • Power tools and unnecessary hand tools
  • Satellite dishes
  • Water coolers
  • Water beds

It's a lot easier to move bulky or heavy stuff later in September when you don't have to fight the crowds! If you live close to Guelph or plan on going home in the first month, consider leaving Winter necessities at home until then. If you have a luggage trolley, bring it - it will make it easier on you and those great family members who are helping you move (and our OVs!). Also, remember to label every piece of luggage with your name and contact information so that our Orientation Volunteers (OVs) know where to bring your belongings! Also, don't forget that anything you bring with you must be stored in your room. Please keep in mind that guests cannot stay with you in residence during Orientation Week, so make plans accordingly!