What to Bring to Res

Tips and suggestions

We want you to have a comfortable stay. Here are some tips for packing smart and bringing the things you'll need to feel right at home.

What's already in your room

  • Twin XL bed and mattress* (extra-long sheets are recommended)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet/wardrobe
  • Bureau (or drawers under bed)
  • Mirror
  • Waste / recycling basket
  • Window with drapes

*Some rooms on the Truro campus have double beds. You will be notified before you move in if you will be getting a double bed.

What you may want to bring

Personal items

  • Government-issued photo ID (for example, driver’s licence or passport but not high school ID card) is required to get your DalCard
  • Proof of any private health insurance
  • Provincial health card, if applicable
  • All university documents, including a copy of your offer of admission, offer letters for scholarships and bursaries and any paperwork related to your government student loan or bank line of credit
  • Emergency contact information
  • Sleepwear
  • A formal outfit
  • Exercise gear
  • Swimwear
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Cold, flu, and pain relief medicine, as well as any prescription medications you may require
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone + charger
  • Seasonal outerwear and rain gear, including waterproof shoes or boots, and warm clothes for the winter

Bedroom essentials

  • Pillows + pillowcases
  • Sheets (Twin extra-long recommended)
  • Duvet / comforter
  • Tissues
  • Blanket

Did you know the Dal Bookstore carries lots of great items for your residence, including bedding, pillows, towels and more? For a complete selection of Dorm Goods, check out the Dal Bookstore's website.

Study supplies

  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils + erasers 
  • 3-hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Notebook(s)
  • Ruler
  • Backpack / book bag
  • Binder(s)
  • Index cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Laptop + charger
  • Calculator
  • Printer* + paper + ink
  • Paper clips + binder clips
  • Agenda / academic planner
  • Wall calendar + dry erasers

* To prevent WiFi signal interference, your printer's wireless function must be disabled at all times. To connect to your printer, please use a USB cable.

Shower and bathroom supplies

  • Shower caddy
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes / flip flops
  • Bath towels
  • Hair products
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste + floss
  • Personal toiletries (makeup, deodorant, etc.)
  • Hair appliances
  • Personal tools (nail clippers, tweezers, razor, etc.)
  • Body wash / shower soap

Miscellaneous items

  • Laundry basket / bag
  • Travel mug
  • Mini-fridge
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Adhesive removable hooks
  • A set of dishes 
  • Television
  • Lightweight message board (cork or dry-erase)
  • Stereo system with headphones (no sub-woofers)
  • Luggage for short-term travel
  • Power bar (CSA approved)
  • Adhesive removable poster strips (3M brand)
  • Removable adhesives like sticky tack or ‘removable stickies’ available at your residence desk Posters + photos (affixed with poster strips)
  • Fan

You can’t use tape or tacks when hanging up posters and photos. There will be a fee for any damage to walls from posters or pictures at the end of the year.

Cleaning supplies

  • Chemical-free, environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Handheld broom
  • Paper towels / reusable cloths

Please note: Students living in LeMarchant Place are responsible for cleaning their own suite and bathrooms. The following is a list of recommended items for these students:

  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger
  • Toilet paper
  • All purpose bathroom cleaner and sponge
  • Broom / mop

Laundry items

  • Laundry basket / bag
  • High efficiency laundry detergent*
  • Foldable clothing drying rack
  • Sewing kit
  • Iron + mini ironing board
  • Lint-roller
  • Hangers
  • Space bags to store seasonal items
  • DalCard can be used for laundry in Shirreff, Risley, the LeMarchant Place and parts of Howe (Fountain, Bronson and Smith Houses). Otherwise, you’ll need loonies and quarters. Laundry fee is included in residence fee for Truro campus.

*Note that regular laundry detergent clogs the machines. Please bring detergent for high-efficiency machines.

Items not allowed in residence

  • Candles, incense, potpourri pots, open flames of any kind
  • Extension cords
  • Multiple receptacle outlets
  • Halogen lamps, holiday/decorative mini lights
  • Toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates
  • Microwaves larger than 1.0 cubic ft.
  • Fridges larger than 3.2 cubic ft.
  • Sandwich makers, electric grills, barbeques, rice makers, electric woks, frying pans
  • Wireless routers and other network devices
  • Firearms, BB guns, air pistols, pellet guns, other weapons
  • Explosive devices, propane canisters, flammable liquids
  • Space heaters
  • Milk crates
  • Sub-woofers
  • Pets (except small fish in a fishbowl)
  • Any other materials or objects that may endanger student health and safety in residence
  • Please note: Howe Hall, Shirreff Hall, Risley Hall, Gerard Hall, and Mini-Residence houses will be substance-free for the duration of the 2019 Orientation Week. Students and their guests are not permitted to consume or be in possession of alcohol within those residence buildings during that time.

Personal insurance for your belongings

Purchasing personal insurance for your belongings is up to you. The university is not liable, directly or indirectly, for theft or loss of personal property due to fire, water, or any other cause. Therefore, just like for an apartment, you are encouraged to have your own insurance against loss or damage to personal property. You might be covered under your parents' home policy while living in residence. Be sure to check that out before you arrive.


Plan to personalize your room

Make your space your own by adding some personal style to your residence room. You might want to bring photos or posters, a small rug or throw pillows. Just remember to use sticky tack, adhesive poster strips or adhesive hooks to hang things on the wall. Nails, screws, tacks, staples, pins and tape are not allowed. Learn more about the rules for decorating your room.