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Whether you are a student planning to live in residence or off-campus, the first year of university is an exciting one. It is also a time of transition. To help get ready for September, below is a list of important information to help first-year students transition to life at Laurier's Waterloo or Brantford campuses.

Iím going to be living in residence. What should I pack?

For apartment-style and dormitory-style residence living, students are encouraged to bring small personal items with them, as well as:

  • Bed linens, pillow and comforter
  • A desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Robe and slippers
  • Alarm clock
  • Computer
  • Power bar with surge protection (must be certified for use in Canada)
  • Headphones for personal audio equipment
  • Personal recreation equipment (rollerblades, football etc.)
  • Laundry basket and detergent
  • Personal toiletries and toilet paper
  • Container to carry toiletries to and from the bathroom (dormitory-style living)
  • Kitchen items (for apartment-style living)
  • An office/desk chair
Items NOT allowed in residence:
  • Furniture from home, including couches, beds, bean-bag chairs, mattresses (you are allowed to bring an office/desk chair)
  • Halogen lighting of any kind
  • Heaters and heat lamps
  • Large speakers and big stereo systems
  • Subwoofers for computer sound systems
  • Amplifiers
  • Fridge units and cooking appliances
  • Pets (small fish tanks/goldfish permitted)
  • Candles and incense
  • Draperies
  • Beer bottles and cooler bottles
  • Electrical outlet wall tap (octopus plug)
  • Noise-cancelling headphones

More details about residence life at the Waterloo campus.

More details about residence life at the Brantford campus. ?

When is registration for residence?

At Laurierís Waterloo campus, residence registration will be held Sept. 1 or Sept. 2 (depending on building assignments) from 9 a.m. to†2 p.m. at the Athletic Complex. For information on residence registration check-in, please visit the residence registration webpage.

At Laurierís Brantford campus, residence registration takes place Sept. 2 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Research Academic Centre (150 Dalhousie St.). Visit the residence registration webpage for more details and move-in times.

?How can I contact the Department of Residence?

To contact the Residence Office in Waterloo, visit the Contact Us page.

To contact Residence Life in Brantford, visit the Residence Life webpage.

*Please note: Students contacting the Department of Residence must use their email address. This helps staff reasonably validate the identity of the Laurier student, and also allows for a more personal relationship between the student and staff at the university.

For more details, visit the list of residence FAQs.

Iím going to be living off-campus. What support can I expect?

The Laurier Off-Campus University Students (LOCUS) program at Laurierís Waterloo campus offers the fun and support of a residential community, without the bricks and mortar. Students will be supported by an off-campus advisor (OCA), and will get to connect with a community of peers. For more details, visit the LOCUS webpage.

When is LOCUS registration?

LOCUS registration at Laurierís Waterloo campus will take place Sept. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Concourse. Students wishing to register online during the summer can do so here. The cost of registration is $85.

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