Moving Preparations

Plan ahead! Be sure to make the necessary moving arrangements in advance of your moving day:

Moving In

What TO Bring

What TO Bring

Before packing for your eight month adventure to University, take a good look around the house to ponder what things you'll need during your stay in Residence. Your Residence room will be your home away from home so you will want to surround yourself with things that make you feel comfy and cozy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Double XL or Queen Size Bed Linens (the bed in your room is Double XL)
  • Blanket (your favourite one for warmth and comfort)
  • Pillows (nothing substitutes your favourite from home)

  • Bathrobe (covers more than a towel)
  • Flip Flops and/or Slippers (keep your feet lint-free while walking to/from the common room)
  • Hair Dryer (weren't you ever told not to go outside with wet hair?)
  • Towels (waiting to air dry can make you late for class)

Laundry Essentials
  • Laundry Bag/Basket (to avoid the pile-in-the-corner method)
  • Laundry Soap/Fabric Softener (clean is good)

  • Boots (warm, winter and waterproof is best)
  • Formal Attire (there will be a Formal Dinner Event in the Winter Term)
  • Hangers (helps cut down on ironing)
  • Sewing Kit (a loose button is nobody's friend)
  • Warm Winter Clothes (mitts, toques and long johns - it does get cold some days)

For Your Room
  • Alarm Clock (professors don't appreciate tardiness)
  • Computer (all of our rooms are hooked directly to the Internet)
  • Headphones (your neighbours may not like your type of music)
  • Mug/Glass/Plate/Eating Utensils (for between meal snacks)
  • Surge Protector/Power Bar (our rooms have limited outlets)
  • Television and/or DVD Player or Gaming System (your room has cable access)

For Your School Work
  • Binders (helps to keep your class notes organized)
  • Calculator (who uses the pen and paper method anymore?)
  • Paper (good for taking notes in class)
  • Pens/Pencils (you can't bring your computer everywhere)
  • Scissors (somebody is always needing scissors)
  • Stapler (professors don't like paper clips)

  • Camera (to take pictures of all those priceless moments)
  • Games (there's always someone wanting to play Monopoly)
  • Health Card and Health Insurance Information
  • Pictures (while it's good to meet new friends, it's also good not to forget old ones)
  • Sports Equipment (skates, skiis, frisbee discs, ball glove, racquets, etc.)
  • University Documents (keep all receipts and forms handy)

    • Note to All Students: Ensure that all electrical cords and equipment are CSA (Canadadian Standards Association) approved. Frayed cords or defective appliances and equipment are not permitted in Residence.
What NOT to Bring

What NOT to Bring

Air Conditioners

The Residence is air conditioned.


Candles are not allowed in residence. This is for your protection. Fires can and do happen, even while taking the most care.

Ceiling Fans

Residence does not allow such modification to any residence facility.

Fax Machines

They will not work with the internet and phone systems

Small Appliances

Small cooking appliances are not permitted.


For safety reasons, space heaters are not allowed in any residence.

Halogen Lamps

Due to the intense heat emitted, it is not worth the risk.

Illegal Drugs

Lakehead University Residence has a zero-tolerance on possession and use of illegal drugs in Residence.

Large Stereos

Only shelf stereos are appropriate for Residence. All others should be left at home. Loud base is not permitted.

Microwave Ovens

Students in the Residence Halls have access to a microwave in their House common room. 

Nails/Tacks/Duct Tape

If it can't be hung up with white sticky tack then leave it at home.

All Pets Except Fish

We do realize that it can be lonely, but you should be prepared to leave Rover at home, unless Rover is a fish. Snakes, amphibians and reptiles are not permitted. All fish must fit into an appropriate container that is thirty (30) litres in volume or less.

Satellite Dishes

Cable access is already provided for you.


These are not really appropriate for a residence community.


Firearms and any other weapon(s) or item(s) that are created/intended to cause harm, or could be seen as intimidating, are strictly prohibited.

Moving Out

Before Moving Out

Before moving out, you will need to:

  • Update your mailing address
  • Arrange for mail forwarding
  • Ship belongings from residence
  • Pick up "move-out" checklist from front desk 
  • Clean your room
  • Drop off spare clothes and extra food at the front desk for local charity
  • Return laundry key, temporary key (if applicable) and "move-out" checklist to front desk