Ballin’ On a Budget: Rez Essentials

Over the past couple of weeks, Ikea and Walmart have become some of my favourite places to shop for rez essentials. Coming all the way from Vancouver Island in BC, I have set a limit for myself so that everything I own will fit into two big suitcases and two carry-on bags, just to make flying more manageable. With the rez essentials, I’ve gone for products that are light, compact, and affordable.

THE BED
I’ve always had a twin-size down duvet from Ikea. It’s light, compact, warm, and affordable at an average price of about $70. I managed to roll it up and fit it into my suitcase. My duvet cover and pillow case are from Ikea as well and those can go as cheap as $10 for the set. Fitted sheets were from Bed Bath and Beyond for $20. A good pillow is important and I purchased mine from The Bay. I don’t remember how much it was anymore but it was definitely affordable. I didn’t purchase a mattress pad but lots of people recommend it. I would say that a complete bed set can cost anywhere from $100-200, depending on what you go for.

THE CLOSET
I don’t own much and I like things neat. In MKV, each room has a closet and a dresser. In my closet, I got the SKUBB organizer with 9 comparments for all my scarves, hats, and other winter accessories. For the dresser, I went for the SKUBB boxes which can be folded down when not in use. Both products are light, compact, affordable, and easy to clean.

THE DESK
I have to admit that I’m a little obsessed with nice pens and pencils so I have too many. Way too many. I have a cup that I store my extra pens and pencils in and the rest all fit in my reasonably sized pencil case. I also have sticky note pads, tape, a ruler, scissors, and a stapler. A printer is nice to have but isn’t completely necessary because you can pay to print in other buildings at school.

THE BATHROOM
The bathrooms in MKV come with shower curtains but other than that, there’s nothing. You will need towels of course and I would also recommend a bath mat. Don’t forget the toilet paper!

THE KITCHEN
My roommates and I talked about what we would bring so we wouldn’t end up with too many duplicates of things that don’t need to be duplicated. I recommend Corelle bowls and plates because they’re affordable and sturdy so even if you have to travel with them, you don’t have to worry about them breaking. Cutlery, knives, pots, and pans are also essentials but in addition to those, my roommates and I also have a toaster, blender, and baking supplies.

It sounds like there’s a lot to bring but my roommates and I managed to figure it out before we arrived so there’s just enough for what we need on a daily basis to stay organized and get things done.
If you’ve stayed in rez as well, let me know what you brought, especially if you lived in a traditional-style rez!

Celina
1A Electrical Engineering
University of Waterloo

Rez News!

Today I received the Rez eNews 101 in my inbox; it has important information for everyone moving into rez this September so make sure you read through it! Here’s some key, rez specific information to make a note of.

1. The first-year move-in dates are Sunday, September 1st and Monday, September 2nd. The details for each rez is listed here and if you still aren’t sure of where you’ll be staying, don’t forget to log in with your Quest log-in info right here. If you need to move in early, you must fill in the Early Arrival Form by Thursday, August 22nd. If you are moving in late, you must fill in the Late Arrival Form and arrive by noon on Monday, September 9th or else your contact will be cancelled and you will lose the $500 deposit.

2. When moving in, don’t forget to bring your WatCard or photo ID and your student number to get your keys! You can skip the line and be entered to win one of three iPad minis by submitting a photo for your WatCard now. If your photo is approved, the WatCard centre will email you to let you know when you can visit the SLC (Student Life Centre) to pick it up. Remember to bring the proper documents with you when you’re going to pick it up!

3. There are plenty of opportunities available at the University of Waterloo and featured in the Rez eNews 101 were some part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities. The paid, part-time positions include being a Residence Ambassador, Special Event Residence Ambassador, and being part of the right FIT Promotion Team. You can also volunteer to be part of the Marketing Advisory Board and Residence Council. These are great opportunities for you to get involved and develop leadership skills. It’ll also look good on your résumé. ;)

4. Bring less and be ready as soon as you get to your rez by ordering some rez essentials off Residence Linens by Friday, August 23rd. If you need a mini fridge, rent one from Coldex by Tuesday, August 20th. Don’t forget to check out the packing lists for traditional-style rez or suite-style rez.

5. Read up on this now so you can set up your wireless Internet as soon as you move in, in case you’re not sure of how it all works already. All rez rooms have wireless internet access and a wired port. You know you need that internet access to skype your parents go on FB and catch up with friends. Okay but seriously, do say hi to your loved ones.

Don’t forget to “like” your rez on FB to stay updated: CLV | MKV | UWP | WCPREV | V1
You can also check out upcoming events here if you’re interested in getting to know people around campus.

Fees are due on August 26th so mark your calendars. You can view that info on Quest by going Student Centre> Finances > Account Inquiry.

Annnd that’s it for now! Comment below if you’ve got any post suggestions. We’d love to hear from you. :)

Celina
1A Electrical Engineering
University of Waterloo