Packing List for International Students

 

Item

Pack or Purchase

Comments

Personal and Important Items

 

 

Dried food items such as: Spices, teas, cereal, condiments, coffee etc.

 

Pack

 

  • Some international students find the food here bland in taste. 
  • If you are packing these things, make sure they are in the original sealed packages and packed in your checked luggage.
  • It is difficult to find a variety of spices/sauces from outside Canada in Antigonish though many items can be found in Halifax.

Prescription medicine

Pack
  • Carry all medication in its original package as the customs officials may want to check it at the border. 
  • Bring it in your carry on in case your luggage is delayed.  Bring enough for 2 months if you can

 

Personal comforts e.g. Music, Pictures, Books, Movies.

Pack

 

Relevant documents from previous schools e.g. transcript, awards, certificates.

Pack

 

Travel Documents_ Photocopy of passport, birth certificate, health card, StFX Letter confirming you are a student, student visa

Pack

  • Pack all of these- originals and photocopies-  in your carry on.

Cash- about $200

Debit or credit card- optional

Pack

 

  • Keep cash in your carry-on
  • You can get a debit card from a local bank when you arrive

Electronics

 

 

Camera and Chargers and adaptors

 

Pack

Optional

 

  • Bring them if you have them
  • Available for purchase in Antigonish

 

Laptop

 

Cell phone that can be used in Canada.

 

 

Pack

  • Optional
  • You can purchase these items here however if you have an unlocked phone, it is best to bring it.
  • Our library has computers for all to use on site.

CSA approved Power Bar/CSA Extension Cord (outlets are limited)

 

Purchase
  • Purchase in Antigonish. 
  • To be used in residence as outlets are limited.

Headphones

 

Pack

Optional  

  • Useful for long journeys however can be bought in Antigonish 

Clothing

 

 

Robe/ housecoat

Pack or Purchase

  •  

    May want this especially in residence with shared rooms and washrooms.

Formal outfits including or traditional clothing from your country.

Pack

  • For occasional formal/semi-formal evets such as International Holiday Banquet, Black and White Gala, Chinese New Year (red) etc.

Sweaters

Pack

  • We suggest packing at least two until you find places to shop in or around Antigonish.

Tops- long sleeve and short sleeve

 

  • Weather changes often here so these are good for layering.

Trousers/pants/ jeans

.

  • Black trousers/ pants are good to have for formal occasions and some work places as part of your uniform

Workout clothing

 

  • You have free access to the campus fitness centre as part of your fees.

Swimsuit

 

  •  

    Students have free access to campus pool

Slippers/ flip flops /chale

Pack  

Will be useful especially for shared washrooms in residence

Warm boots

Purchase

 

 

  • The weather begins to get cold usually around the end of October. The best boots for the cold have thick soles (keeps distance between your feet and the cold ground) and are waterproof with a warm lining.
  •  Purchase online or in Halifax, Truro, New Glasgow or Antigonish- more options are available outside of Antigonish in the bigger towns.

Tights/thermal wear

Purchase

 

  • The weather starts getting cold in later October.  These items are available in Antigonish

Socks, winter hat/touque, mitteng/gloves, scarf.

Pack

 

  • You will definitely need these starting late October to November. Can purchase here but if you have them, bring them.

Jacket

 

  • A light jacket that can be worn during warmer weather ( September- October; April to August)

Winter coat

Pack or Purchase

 

  • If you have one, bring it.  You will definitely need this during several months of the school year. 
  •  If you do not have one, purchase one when you arrive in Canada either at a store or online and ship it to campus.

Residence Suggestions

 

Note: We recommend that international students purchase these items in Canada so that you do not have excess baggage.

 

Sheets/blanket/pillow(s) and mattress topper

Purchase

  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows can be ordered ahead from the STFX bookstore or purchased from a local store when you arrive.
  • Mattress topper is optional- for comfort especially for those in residence.

Towels 

Pack or purchase

 

Basket or bag to carry toiletries to and from washrooms

 

Pack

 

Clothes Hangers

 

Purchase

 

Laundry Bag/Soap

 

Purchase

 

Desk Lamp

Purchase – Optional

·        

Some rooms come equipped with desk lamps - feel free to check with Residence beforehand

Iron/Small Ironing Board

 

Purchase

·        

This would be a good shared purchase with a roommate if you have one.

Boot tray

Purchase

  •  

    For wet/salty shoes/boots. Students are not allowed to keep shoes/boots in the hallways

For Suite & Apartment Styles: pots, pans, kitchen utensils etc.

 

Purchase if necessary

 

Basic cleaning supplies - disinfect wipes, small broom, swiffer mops/pads

Purchase  

  • You are responsible for keeping your own rooms clean, this includes any private washrooms

 

 DO NOT bring the following:

  • Large stereo speakers and sub-woofers
  • A telephone (meaning a landline. You can bring your cell phone)
  • Any kitchen appliance with an open element, such as deep fryers, hot plates, toasters, etc.
  • Anything illegal to the Province of Nova Scotia (if it's illegal, leave it at home - even if it isn't illegal where you come from)
  • Pets (with the exception of fish, non-dangerous fish are permitted in aquariums no larger than 15 L)
  • Nails/Tacks/Duct tape (if it can't be hung up with rubber cement, leave it at home)
  • Firearms/Ammunition/Firecrackers/ weapons of any type.
  • Candles or incense. Candles and incense are not allowed to be lit in residence.
  • An alarm clock (there's an app for that)
  • Additional furniture (there's little room for more furniture). All rooms come equipped with a desk chair
  • string lights or mini-lights