Don't forget to check them off!
The transition to campus life can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help you get off on the right foot, we’ve compiled a few checklists!
While we've separated our checklist by month, we know that not all students receive or accept their offer in May. If you receive or accept your offer later, simply work through the list from the beginning.
Questions? Contact one of our Student Success Centres.
Accepted? Start with the next steps on dal.ca/congratulations
Then continue with the steps below.
To do in June
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 dal.ca/residence.
In the fall, Dalhousie offers guaranteed residence to all new-from-high school students who have completed the residence application by June 30.
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.
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
Register for courses
Course registration for new students is now open! Visit our register for courses website to learn everything you need to know about course registration.
Begin 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 course space is now live and the first two modules have been released to undergraduate students (graduate students will be enrolled when the July 16th modules are released).
Log in to Brightspace today to start working through the modules. Complete all modules and be entered to win tuition prizes!
Register with accessibility services
To do in July
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 are preparing in International Orientation, your photo must be submitted by Aug. 21. Otherwise, your photo must be submitted by Aug. 26.
Upload your photo to the DalCard Online website before the deadline to have yours ready when you arrive.
Questions? Contact the DalCard Office.
Complete the Before You Arrive KX Module (residence students)
If you are living in residence, the Before You Arrive module will outline everything you need to know. You will learn about services, like dining halls, residence WiFi and EastLink Stream, which will help save you time and transition you into residence life. Additionally, completing Before You Arrive gives you the opportunity to complete early baggage drop-off! The module opens on July 15.
To do in August
Plan when to arrive
You're already here! Make note of key orientation dates and remember to check dal.ca/dates for the first day of classes.
Out of province (outside Nova Scotia)
Residence move-in day is August 31st. Early baggage drop off starts on August 29th. If you're living off-campus, you can likely arrive and move in anytime after the first of the month. Make note of key orientation dates and remember to check dal.ca/dates for the first day of classes.
International students (Halifax campus)
We recommend arriving before the first day of international student orientation on August 26th. Contact the International Centre for recommendations on temporary accomodations and/or about moving into residence early.
International Students (Truro campus)
Move-in day is August 31st! Visit dal.ca/residence for more details.
To do in September
Get your DalCard and UPass
If you submitted your photo online, your DalCard will be ready at the DalCard Office if you are living off-campus, or it will be given to you once you move in to your residence. If you did not get the chance to submit a photo in advance, you can visit the DalCard Office to have your photo taken and receive your DalCard
Note: You must present one piece of government issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport to pick-up your DalCard.
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 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.
Register for Stay on Track
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