The transition to university life, campus life or virtual campus life can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help you get off on the right foot, we’ve compiled a few checklists!
Don't forget to check them off!
When you are Accepted! (Congratulations!)
|Accepted? Start with next steps on dal.ca/congratulations, then continue with the following steps below.|
To do 3 months out
Deciding where to live - for those who will be coming to Halifax
Important information about residence, Fall 2020 (Updated July 28, 2020)
As most courses will be offered online and fewer students required to be on campus this fall, the decision has been made to offer only a limited number of residence spaces for the upcoming academic term. As the Residence office continues to work on our accommodation plans, please be assured that your safety and the safety of our entire residence community will be our primary consideration.
Please review Residence information for more details and updates.
Find your home away from home. There are many off-campus housing options within walking distance or along bus routes and meal plans are also available to non-residence students if you choose to live off-campus. View listings on Dalhousie's Off-Campus Living website, which can also help with your search and provide tips to prepare you for off-campus living.
Student with families
Students with families may wish to live in Peter Green Hall, a family housing cooperative in Halifax. For more information, visit petergreenhall.dal.ca.
Set up your Dal email account
Once you pay your admissions deposit you can set up your Dalhousie email account. This is where the uinversity will be sending all official communications, so make sure it's active early! Here's all the info you need to know to get it up and running and personalize your address.
Register for courses
Course registration for new students opens June 15, 2020. Visit our register for courses website to learn everything you need to know about course registration.
Register for orientation
Orientation programs are a great way to connect with other students, faculty and staff across campus—even when you're not on campus. Updated information will be provided throughout the summer.
Begin "Start on Track" - Online Orientation - Now Open!
"Start on Track" - Online is a module-based online orientation program that you complete at your own pace. It's a great way to get a head start and prepare yourself for attending Dalhousie. "Start on Track" is now open!
Register with accessibility services
To do 2 months out
Upload your photo for your DalCard (university ID)
Your DalCard is more than your official student ID card—it's a debit card, library card, gym pass, key to residence and bus pass! Submitting your photo in advance allows you to skip the line and make the most of your first few days at Dal.
If you're starting classes in September, you can upload your photo to the DalCard Online website starting in July, to have yours ready when you arrive. Check the website for exact details and deadlines as they become available for those who will be remote or on campus for Fall 2020.
Questions? Contact the DalCard Office.
To do 1 month out
Plan when to arrive
Make note of key orientation dates and remember to check dal.ca/dates for the first day of classes.
Order your books
Order your books and dorm essentials online from the Dalhousie Bookstore. It also offers a wide selection of Dal-branded clothing, gifts, and accessories, and is an Apple affiliate partner. Click on the Shop Apple link on the website to enjoy educational pricing.
To do when you arrive
Get your DalCard and UPass
Visit the DalCard website for up-to-date details for Fall 2020. Please use the online photo submission tool before August 31, 2020 to upload your photo and government-issued photo ID for Fall 2020.
If you’re a full-time student in Halifax, a Metro Transit UPass is included in your student fees. The UPass is a sticker placed on your DalCard and will act as your bus pass until the end of the year (April 30). For more information about the UPass for Fall 2020, visit dal.ca/upass.
Accept or waive your health insurance
Health and Dental Plan
The DSU Health and Dental Plan provides coverage for medical, dental, travel, accident, vision and many other services and perks. All full-time students who begin their studies in September are automatically enrolled in the DSU Health Plan and the cost of the plan is included in your student fees. If you are beginning in January, on co-op, taking distance classes, or on exchange you must opt-in to the DSU Health Plan.
Already have health insurance?
If you have equivalent coverage through another plan, such as one carried by your parents, you may be able to opt out. Please visit the StudentVIP website for more information.
International Student Health Plan
The DSU International Student Health Plan provides international students with basic health insurance coverage such as doctor and hospital visits. This plan is different from the DSU Health and Dental Plan above. International students are billed and enrolled for both plans (if you are a full-time student enrolling in September). The DSU International Student Health Plan is required unless you carry MSI or equivalent insurance.
For more information about the plan, opting out, or how to enroll your family, please visit the International Student VIP site.
Set up your meal plan
Residence students living at a traditional residence will be required to choose a meal plan option.
Did you know that you can enjoy the convenience of the dining halls even if you live off campus? Off-campus meal plans are an affordable and tasty way to ensure you’re getting everything you need to fuel your studies! To learn more visit dal.ca/food and look for the "Off-Campus & Optional Meal Plans" section.
Register for Stay on Track - Online
Stay on Track is a student success program offered for first- and second-year students, in all undergraduate faculties at Dalhousie.
You will be paired with a student success advisor who will work with you to identify your talents and strengths using StrengthsQuest, an online assessment tool (for free!).
You will have at least three meetings with your advisor throughout the term, each one directed by your unique needs and goals. Appointments will range from 30 minutes to an hour. If you want to meet with your advisor more than three times, you are encouraged to do so!
Learn more and register: dal.ca/ontrack
Orientation programs are a great way to connect with other students, faculty and staff across campus!