What to Pack

Take note that your packing list may different, based on if you are living in a McGill Residence or in off-campus housing. Make sure to check with Student Housing and Hospitality Services to see if certain items (e.g., kettles and other appliances) are allowed in your particular room/apartment.

Health & Hygiene

  • Medical files. Note: You may also want to ask your personal doctor to transfer your file to the Student Health Clinic so that your condition can be easily monitored.
  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes/slippers
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Toiletry appliances (hair dryer, hair straightener, razor, etc.)
  • Supplies to do a basic cleaning/dusting of your space

Clothing & Laundry

  • Casual wear (t-shirts, shirts, pants, etc.)
  • Dress clothes (for formal activities, interviews, presentations, etc.)
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Scarf, mittens, winter hat, winter coat, winter boots. Tip: Invest in comfortable, durable, protective winter wear! Wait until arriving in Montreal to purchase these items, if good-quality winter wear is not available in your current location. Visit the ISS website to learn more about Montreal climate and how to dress for it, and to watch a recording of their Winter 101 webinar.
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag, laundry detergent, dryer sheets etc.


  • Pillows, pillowcases, sheets, comforter/duvet, blankets. Note: Confirm the size of your bed first! With the exception of New Residence Hall and Carrefour Sherbrooke, all McGill residences require regular twin size bed sheets. If you are in the New Residence: a) single rooms require queen size sheets; b) double rooms require regular double sheets. Carrefour Sherbrooke beds use queen size sheets.
  • Plates, silverware, and mugs/cups
  • Pots and pans
  • Dish soap and dish towels

Personal Items

  • Sporting/health equipment
  • Photos/decoration
  • Books/eBook
  • Computer, camera, and other electronics
  • Basic multi-use tool and multi-head screwdriver
  • Alarm clock (if you're not a fan of repurposing your phone). Tip: Bring a battery-operated alarm clock. Power failures are no excuse for missing an exam!
  • Headphones/speakers (remember to keep it quiet for your neighbours, though!)
  • Fan
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Extension cords, surge protectors
  • Wall decorations, photos, etc. (bring reusable adhesive putty (e.g., Sticky Tack) too, since you are not allowed to puncture the walls in Residences)

Things to double-check if you're allowed to bring (depending on your housing situation)

  • Pets of any kind (even a fish... glug glug)
  • Extra small furniture
  • Large speakers
  • Candles or incense
  • Small cooking appliances (e.g., kettle, coffeemakers, toaster)
  • Your own mini-fridge