Important Checklist

Don't forget to check them off!

The transition to campus life can be both exciting and overwhelming. By now, you’ve likely started thinking about your to-do list. To help you get off on the right foot, we’ve compiled a checklist to help you plan your arrival to campus.

Before you arrive

Pay your admissions deposit

The admission deposit is your commitment to joining the Dalhousie student body and guarantees your spot in your program. While non-refundable, your deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees when you register. Space is limited in some programs, so we encourage you to pay as early as possible.

Your deposit can be paid via DalOnline. If you encounter difficulty, please contact the Registrar's Office for support. 

When to pay

When you pay your deposit depends on when you are beginning school:

Fall/September In order to hold your space in your program of choice, you need to pay your admission deposit by May 15 (or by the date indicated in your acceptance letter).
Winter/January Your acceptance letter will indicate when/if an admission deposit is required.
Summer/May Your acceptance letter will indicate when/if an admission deposit is required.

Set up and check your Dal email account

Your Dal email is where all official university information is sent, including faculty details and events, emails from your professors, details about orientation, residence, tuition fees, health plan, and more. It is important that you use and check it regularly.

How to set-up your Dal email account:

Step 1: Know your Banner number  

Your Dal ID begins with B00 and appears in the top right hand corner of your acceptance letter. It is the primary way we identify you as a student.

Step 2: Activate your Net ID

Your Net ID is a unique username that you will use to login to Dalhousie’s online services. Allow one or two days for your admission deposit to be received and have your Dal ID number ready. This will allow you to activate your NetID.

To activate your Net ID:

  • Go to
  • Click ‘New User?’ and follow the instructions
  • Click ‘Activate my NetID’ and follow the instructions
  • Register a password and reset email

Step 3: Use your Dal email

Now that you have your Net ID and password, you can access your Dalhousie email account by logging into MyDal and clicking "Outlook" in the top menu.

To learn more about your Dal email and how to set-up Office Outlook 365, visit the Email webpage.

Also, here's how to create a personalized email address (with your name). 

Activate your Dal Online account

Your NetID and password will also be used to login to Dal Online—a web portal where you can apply for scholarships and residence, register for classes, check your grades and much more. 

Learn about financing your education

Funding sources to consider:

  • Scholarships – You can be considered for all general entrance awards at Dal by completing one application. The awards range from $500-41,900. 
  • Bursaries – Dal offers a variety of bursaries that you can apply to beginning in your first year.  
  • Canadian Student Loans (Canadian citizens and permanent residents only) - Government loan programs are intended to supplement the financial resources of students and their families. These loans come from both the federal government and the provincial or territorial governments. Fill out an application for your home province/territory for each year that you are studying.
  • U.S. Student Loans (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) - Dalhousie is recognized as a participant by the US Department of Education for the Direct Loan Programs.

Apply for a study permit (international students)

International students must apply for a Study Permit, and possibly a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter and study in Canada. The Dalhousie International Centre's Visas & Permits section outlines the steps on how to apply.

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

Decide where to live


University is more than a learning experience – it’s a living experience! Residence is a great way to make friends and get involved in the Dal student community. Students choose from a variety of different styles of residence – all are conveniently located and offer meal plans. Watch our residence tour videos and learn more

In the fall, Dalhousie offers guaranteed residence to all new undergraduate students who have completed the residence application and paid the housing deposit. 

NOTE: If you are coming to Dalhousie on exchange for all or part of the academic year (fall and/or winter semester), please contact the Residence office in Halifax or Truro directly to determine if any rooms are available. 

Off-campus housing

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

Select and register for your courses

Visit our register for courses website to learn everything you need to know about course registration. You can also join us for a Regsiter on Track workshop online, on campus or in your community. 

Graduate students

Need help or advice? Contact your program's Graduate Coordinator. You'll also want to visit the Graduate Student Information System (GSIS) on DalOnline—a tool that gives you access to your program requirements and progress reports. 


Accept your residence room offer (if applicable)

After you've been offered a residence room, be sure to accept your room offer online and pay your $500 confirmation deposit to confirm acceptance of your room!

Learn more about orientation sessions available to you

Orientation programs are a great way to connect with other students, faculty and staff across campus! 

Complete Start on Track - Online (your online orientation)

Start on Track - Online is a module-based 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. 

The program will be available in June 2019. 

Arriving in Nova Scotia

When to arrive

Local students

You're already here! Keep an eye out for orientation dates and remember to check for the first day of classes.

Out of province (outside Nova Scotia) 

We recommend waiting to make your travel plans until the residence move-in date is announced. If you're living off-campus, you can likely arrive and move in anytime after the first of the month. Keep an eye on for residence move-in and orientation dates, and mark down the first day of classes for the semester! 

International students (Halifax campus)

We recommend arriving before the first day of international student orientation. Contact the International Centre for recommendations on temporary accomodations and/or about moving into residence early. 

International Students (Truro campus)

We recommend arriving before international student orientation. If you have specific questions regarding arrival please email

Getting to campus (transportation options & directions)

When you arrive

Pay your tuition & fees (visit for deadlines!)

For information about your current balance:

  1. Log into Dal Online
  2. Select "Web for Students" 
  3. Select "Student Records"
  4. Select "Account detail by term"

For information on making a payment, visit the Money Matters website.


Get your DalCard and UPass

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! You can pick up yours at the DalCard Office

Note: You must present one piece of government issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport to pick-up your DalCard.

UPass (transit)

If you’re a full-time student in Halifax, a Metro Transit UPass is included in your tuition. 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, visit

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

Download the DalSAFE app

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DalSAFE provides quick and easy access to Security Services, Tiger Patrol, interactive maps, campus notices, parking info, and many other resources to enhance personal safety.



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