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Res Room & New Digs Essential Shopping Guide

Res Room and New Digs Shopping Guide by Downtown Kingston! 

Back to school doesn’t just mean a new course load, it means decking out your new digs, too. If it’s your first time living alone, you deserve a pad that reflects who YOU are. But the student life isn’t just about your 6-bedroom house in the ghetto; late-night cram sessions, walks from campus to your fave Princess Street café, or game nights with your besties are just as much a part of campus life as your classes. We’ve compiled a list of must-have items to start your school year off right, from some of our favourite Downtown Kingston! businesses. 

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*Disclaimer* Please note that all prices and any information available on this page is subject to change, without notice, at any given time. Should there be a discrepancy between this page and the information provided by the store itself, the store is correct. 


The Essentials for your new home! 

A Versatile Utensil Set from Midori (232 Princess Street) 

Not only is this the cutest utensil set ever, its space-saving capabilities mean it doesn't take up much space in your lunch box, leaving lots of room for textbooks and running shoes. This pull-apart fork, spoon and chopstick set will help you get through any lunch/dinner or snack with no muss or fuss. 

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Disposable Face Masks from Shumaker (202 Princess St) 

Running late for brunch and all your masks are in the laundry? Keep a pack of 50 Moki 3-ply disposable face masks at your front door for emergencies, just $6.99 a pack, or 3 for $15!  

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Codenames from Minotaur Games & Gifts (78 Princess St)

Invite your new friends & neighbours to engage in some mind-bending competitive wordplay! When a round can be played in 15 mins, you can easily play "best of 3" in a single sitting. This award-winning party game is a best seller for good reason. Rank new friends accordingly. 

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Blundstone Boots from Becker Shoes (179 Wellington St)

Since 1870, Blundstone has made the toughest, no-nonsense footwear for work and play. The legendary build of the Blundstone boots has carved its way as one of the most versatile, durable, and stylish boots around. Premium leather and shock absorbing qualities in most of the boots with XRD™ in the heel strike zone give them the ultimate edge over any other boot out there.  

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Ready-to-Heat-Meals from General Brock’s Commissary (55 Brock St)

“Just like Mom's home cooking!” Stock your freezer with locally produced, handmade Lasagne, chilli, stroganoff, goulash, shepherd's pie, meat pies, pierogies and more. Psst, hey parents, why not grab your new students a gift certificate to ensure they’re eating more than just ramen, or go one step further and order a monthly care package instead. Drop by General Brock's Commissary, 55 Brock St or call 613-985-2222 to order. Delivery available.  

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Pots & Plants from Amanda’s House of Elegance (70 Princess St)

With limited space available in customary dormitories and apartments, the need to create your own sanctuary and some privacy is crucial; so why not spruce things up with some evergreen features that will breathe life into your new home for the next few months of your adult life. With faux greenery, not only will you eliminate weekly chores (watering, weeding, etc) and void any expenses on upkeep and replacement, but you’ll be able to welcome in year-round coziness without the hassle. Stop in today to see what pots and plants await you! 

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Doors of Queen's University Poster from Martello Alley (203 B Wellington St)

Show your pride in your alma mater! This beautiful 16 x 24-inch poster comes rolled or as a plaque. To see it and other beautiful locally-made art, gifts and decor go to:

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YGK Thrift Gift Card from YGK Thrift (165 Princess St)

A new back-to-school wardrobe is a must, so why not help the student in your life with a gift card from YGK Thrift, for $25, $50, or $100. Not only will they have their pick of some of the most stylish gently worn clothes in town, but every dollar spent goes towards supporting Almost Home, a local charity for families with children in the hospital. A win/win!  

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