Congratulations on being accepted


We can't wait for you to join the Dalhousie community!

Confirm your offer of admission by paying your $200 CAD non-refundable deposit. Paying this deposit guarantees your spot in your program and will be credited toward your tuition fees when you register for courses.

Space is limited in some programs, so we encourage you to confirm as early as possible. Find full details on your next steps below.

Next steps

Confirm your offer

How to pay your admissions deposit

To pay your deposit, log in to Dal Online. If you need help, contact the Registrar’s Office:

Call: 902.494.2450
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

When to pay your deposit

Admissions term Payment details
Fall/ September To hold your space, pay your admission deposit by May 15 (or by the date indicated in your acceptance letter)


Your acceptance letter will say when/if an admission deposit is required


Your acceptance letter will say when/if an admission deposit is required

Set up and check your Dal email account

Step 1: Find your Dal ID number

Your Dal ID, sometimes called your Banner ID, begins with B00 and is found on your acceptance letter. You will need this for the next step.

Step 2: Activate your Net ID

Your Net ID is your username that you’ll use to log in to Dalhousie’s online services. One to two days after your admissions deposit it received, you can activate your Net ID using your Dal ID number. To activate your Net ID:

  • Go to and click 'New User?'
  • Click 'Activate my Net ID' and follow the instructions 
  • Register a password reset email

Use your Net ID and password to access your Dalhousie email account by logging into MyDal. You can also create a personalized email address with your name instead of your Net ID.

Please note:
Dalhousie sends official university information to your Dalhousie email account, make sure to check it regularly.

Activate your Dal Online account

You’ll also use your Net ID and password to access Dal Online. Here you can apply for scholarships and residence, register for classes, check your grades and more. Log in and get familiar with the system.

Transfer students: Request assessment of transfer credits

If you’ve previously studied at a university or college recognized by Dalhousie, you may be able to receive credit for course work already completed. For full details visit the Transfer Credits website.

Learn about financing your education

Entrance awards – Dalhousie offers entrance awards ranging from $500 to $41,900. Apply by March 1 by completing the general awards application.

Bursaries – Dalhousie offers a variety of bursaries that you can apply for in your first year.  

Canadian student loans – Loans come from federal, provincial or territorial governments. Fill out an application for your home province/territory for each year that you’re studying.

U.S. student loans – Financial assistance is available for citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Dalhousie is a participant in the Direct Loan program by the US Department of Education.

International students: Apply for a study permit

International students need to apply for a study permit to enter and study in Canada. Some may also need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Dalhousie’s International Centre outlines how to apply for visas and permits.

Apply as soon as possible as permits and visas can take 2-3 months to process.

Accept your entrance award (scholarship) offer, if applicable

If you have received an entrance award offer, please advise us of your decision by May 15. To accept your award:

  • log in to Dal Online
  • select Student Awards and Financial
  • select View my Student Aid

Questions about your award?

Please review our award guide before accepting your offer. The guide provides the terms and conditions of your award, as well as information about future funding opportunities.

Still have questions?

Call: 902.494.1432
Toll Free: 1.866.729.440

Decide where to live


Dalhousie offers a guaranteed spot in residence to new from high school students. To guarantee your spot, complete the application and pay the housing deposit before June 30. Room assignments will be emailed to your Dalhousie email beginning in late spring.

Applying to residence

  • Review Halifax and Truro residence living options
  • Pay your $200 CAD admission deposit
  • Log in to Dal Online using your Net ID and click on 'Web for Students'
  • Complete the 'Residence Application'

Please note: Unfortunately, there is no space available in residence for exchange students coming for the fall term only (September to December). Students who are coming to Dalhousie for the winter term only (January to April) or for the full academic year (September to April) should contact the residence office to see about availability.

Off-campus housing

There are many off-campus housing options within walking distance of campus or along popular bus routes. Meal plans are also available to students that choose to live off-campus.

Students with families

Students with families may wish to live in Peter Green Hall, a family housing cooperative in Halifax.

Prepare to register for courses

Course registration opens in early June. Follow the steps to select and register for your courses.

Dalhousie offers a Register on Track program for new students, which provides resources to set you up for success in your first year. You can attend a Register on Track event or make an appointment with an advisor on campus for academic support and advice.

Already completed these steps?

Check out the new student checklist to start planning your arrival to campus.

Have questions? 

Our team is here to help. Contact an admissions advisor who supports students in your area. 

Important dates and deadlines

  • Keep an eye out for important dates including residence move-in, the first day of classes, and when fees are due each semester.