The following checklist outlines what to bring with you, or prepare to purchase once you arrive, to equip you with a basic set-up for life at the College:
Bedding: You will need to bring or purchase sheets, blankets, and pillows for your bed. Note that the single beds at the College require “extra long” sheets. Studio rooms require "double" sized bed sheets, and the large studio rooms require "queen" sized sheets. If you are unable to bring linens with you, a package of used linens can be made available on your arrival for $25 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of arrival to arrange).
Towels and Toiletries: Bring towels, toilet paper and toiletries for your washroom, or purchase these items from several locations on or nearby campus that sell them (see Campus Services).
Clothing and Outerwear: Weather in Vancouver is typically mild year-round. Summers are warm and sunny, and winter temperatures don’t often go below freezing. Snow is rare, but it rains frequently in the winter months between October and April. Be sure to carry an umbrella with you, and purchase some water-repellant outerwear and shoes (rubber boots are highly recommended!). In the spring and autumn, light sweaters and jackets help with chilly evenings.
Dishes and Cutlery: Dishes and cutlery from the Great Hall are for use only in Graham House at breakfast and dinner. Communal dishes and cutlery are available in the Common Kitchen, however only for use in the Common Kitchen. Please purchase or bring your own set of dishes, mugs, containers and cutlery for your personal use outside of meal plan times.
Small Appliances: The College’s Common Kitchen is stocked with a stove, fridges and freezers, and cookware, but many residents choose to purchase their own small fridges, microwaves, kettles, etc for personal use in their rooms. Please note that there are some appliances that are not permitted – see section 28 of the Residence Contract.
Laptop or Home Computer: Computer stations are widely available at libraries and Departments on campus (see Campus Services), but residents desiring a workstation at the College will need to bring or purchase their own laptop or home computer. There are no shared workstations available for use at Green College.
An Ethernet Cable: Although College residents with a CWL (see When You Arrive) can access UBC’s wirless network, there is no deliberate wireless access in residential rooms. To ensure a consistent internet connection, purchase an Ethernet cable (available at the UBC Bookstore or nearby computer stores) for the jack in your room. Note that split rooms have a separate connection in each single suite for the individual.
Television: There is a common television in Green Commons for residents to share, but if you would like your own television, you’ll need to purchase one and a coaxial cable for your room. Each room is already equipped with a cable connection and basic cable service to provide this option.
Phone: A payphone is available in Graham House, but if you’d like your own phone, landlines can be installed or cell phones purchased through a variety of local providers. Consult each provider for fees and rates.
Decorations: Make your room feel like home! Add your personal touch with decorations like artwork, calendars, or photos – just remember that nails and screws are not permitted in the walls. Purchase stick-tack from the College office or a variety of nearby stores. Rugs can also warm up a room, as floors at the College are uncarpeted laminate.
Furniture: Green College provides standard furniture, including a desk, chairs, armoire, standing and desk lamps, and beds. You may supplement these items with your own furniture, however all standard furniture and equipment must remain in your room. We recommend that you wait until you arrive before considering supplemental furniture.