#UWready: Top Things Students Forget to Bring to Residence

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Yvonn Yu
Communications Assistant
Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:15

Hey future Warriors!

Move-in day is coming up soon and I hope you're excited to get #UWready for a new chapter in your life.

One of the most important parts of moving into a new place is making sure that you have everything you need with you. Below is a list of the top things that students often forget or don't know to bring with them to residence during their first year. This list is for everyone, whether you are in traditional or suite-style residence, on or off campus!

Mattress topper

If you like sleeping on a soft, comfortable, memory foam bed, make sure to pick up a mattress topper before you come to residence. In first year when I made the switch to a mattress topper, my quality of sleep improved exponentially!

Electric Fan

Fans are often sold out at surrounding stores in Waterloo during the move-in weeks. If you don't have air conditioning in your residence, the first few weeks of September can get very hot in your residence, so it will be extremely helpful to buy and bring a fan before you move in.

Milk pitcher

For those of you in suite-style residence, remember to bring a milk pitcher for your bags of milk! This helps your fridge stay organized and if you have several people drinking different types of milk, you can label the pitchers instead of having to guess by looking at the bag.

Power bar

There are often a limited number of outlets in the kitchen, especially if you're planning to bring a bunch of appliances. Even a small power bar can allow you and your roommates space in the morning to toast your bread, make your coffee, AND blend that smoothie! For your room, a power bar can be useful if you're planning on bringing a lamp or a desktop computer.

Shower shoes

Shower shoes are a must have, especially if you're living in a traditional residence. This keeps your feet protected and clean when you're in the shower since many people might be sharing one shower area.

Sticky tack for posters

If you're planning to decorate your room, I recommend bringing some sticky tack to place on the back of your posters instead of tape. Sticky tack is a harmless way to stick up your posters since they don't peel the paint off the walls when you remove them like tape does, and it doesn’t damage your poster either!

Printer (optional)

Bringing a printer to residence is completely optional but many students find it more convenient to have one with them. This way if you need to print some last minute notes or assignments, you don't need to go to campus to do it!

And while you're getting #UWready, why not capture the moment and enter to win one of five amazing prizes? Check out the #UWready Photo Contest!