What you’ll need at University of Ottawa, but SHOULDN’T pack!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A student runs through the community gardens carefree

Packing to move to university can quickly turn into a Tetris-like nightmare. Fitting your life into one minivan isn’t easy- how about fitting all those essentials into a suitcase and carry-on, a challenge presented to many international and out-of-province students each September?

What if I told you you’ll be able to find almost everything you’ll need once you arrive, available right on campus, for FREE?

Let me introduce you to your new favourite place - the Free Store, a converted house where donated items are cleaned, sorted, and offered back to the university community, free of charge.

Though you can downsize all you want, there are still certain items you’ll need whether moving into a university residence or an apartment off-campus. Here is a list of the top things you’ll need during your time as a student- but should NOT pack!

Basically any kitchen items
Most incoming students will benefit from the all new Dining Hall and will realize they have hardly any need for their own kitchen supplies. But for anyone who still needs pots/pans/utensils/an eclectic collection of mugs, plates, and bowls- we’ve got it all! We spent weeks washing all of these kitchen essentials for you- because we love you.

Bags and bags of clothes
I’m not saying you shouldn’t get a trendy new back-to-school wardrobe. But you SHOULD go on your shopping spree at the Free Store! The shop is full to bursting with clothes in all sizes and styles to get you through every temperature drop this city will throw at you! Come put together an entirely new outfit every day if you want- all for free while producing zero waste!

A reusable mug/water bottle
Firstly, all uOttawa food vendors offer discounts on hot beverages for those who bring their own reusable mugs. Muggy Mondays, another student service, has got your back every Monday morning, giving free caffeine kicks to everyone with their own mug.  Secondly, uOttawa has water fountains all over campus pumping out the freshest water around. These two items will be your best friends and lucky for you, we’ve got you covered!

Though many students have replaced binders and notebooks with laptops and tablets, you still need a place to stash those assignments and handouts. The Free Store has enough binders in every size and colour to outfit every incoming student and still have some to spare!

The Free Store will be open September 1st and 2nd exclusively for international students and then every following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the entire uOttawa community. This list doesn’t even cover half of the treasures we have!

~ erin j - free store coordinator

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