Outlook for the 2021–22 academic year
Please note that the information on this page is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated as new details become available. Please check back often to stay up to date! Click here to get the latest updates about how Dalhousie is operating this year.
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!
Questions? Contact one of our Student Success Centres.
To do after you've been accepted
Review Dal.ca/Congratulations for a list of initial steps
Keep track of upcoming important dates
Visit dal.ca/dates for a list of important upcoming dates, including information on registration, move-in dates, and more.
Decide where to live
Residence is a convenient, safe and easy way to transition to living independently. It offers a friendly and supportive environment where you can make new friends and quickly access classes and other on-campus services.
In our ongoing effort to protect students, staff and faculty, please be advised that total occupancy for the 2021 Fall Term has been reduced to about 80% and that only single rooms are available. These are just some of the safety measures we have put in place in consultation with other universities and Nova Scotia Public Health. For more on how residence will look for Fall 2021, visit dal.ca/res-covid19. Please consult this site regularly as our safety measures may change in response to the evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other residence updates and information, including room rates and meal plan rates, can be found at dal.ca/residence.
Find your home away from home. While vacancy rates are low, there are off-campus housing options within walking distance or along bus routees. View the Places4Students listings service on Dalhousie's Off-Campus Living website, where you can find tips and resources to prepare you for off-campus living. You can also check sites such as Rentals.ca (not affiliated with Dalhousie) for housing options.
Note: The rental market in Halifax is currently extremely limited, with a vacancy rate of around 1.9%. You will need to look early for available places to rent, and may need to rent further from campus and/or pay more than you would like.
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.
Day care information can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies site.
Set up your Dal email account, netID, and Dalhousie ID (or Banner Number)
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! You'll also need to set up your netID and Dalhousie ID (also called your banner number). Visit the ITS website for information on how to set up your email and accounts.
Download the Dal Mobile app
Download the Dal Mobile app for iOS or Android to connect with other students, discover useful services and resources on campus, and stay up to date with important information from the university.
Look for the Incoming Class of 2021–22 group channel for Halifax or Truro, and join to meet other first-year students and find out what you need to know about starting at Dal.
To do 3 months out
Register with accessibility services
If you have used adaptations or accommodations at your previous institution, you can request academic accommodations at Dalhousie. Submit a Request for Accommodations form along with your medical documentation or learning assessment to firstname.lastname@example.org (Halifax) or email@example.com (Truro).
If you are unsure about your accommodations needs, be sure to connect with the Student Accessibility Centre to find out more.
Review Dalhousie's Online Learning site
Be sure to check out Dalhousie's Online Learning site for information about online courses, virtual supports and resources, and other tips and information about studying remotely.
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! Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting photos submitted electronically – there is no photo service offered at the DalCard office.
To upload your photo, go to dal.ca/getmydalcard.
Questions? Contact the DalCard Office.
Plan to pay for your tuition and expenses
Be sure that you're on track to pay for your upcoming tuition or other fees and expenses. To find out more about tuition, student loans, payment options, and more, visit dal.ca/moneymatters.
Review this video for more information about financial aid: "Financing Your Education Session: Awards and Financial Aid"
To do 1 month out
Plan your route to campus (transportation options and directions)
- Halifax airport to Dalhousie Halifax campuses
- Halifax airport to Dalhousie Truro campus
- How to Ride Halifax Transit - Using the Bus or Ferry
Preparing for arrival in Nova Scotia may look different this year. Please ensure that you are well prepared by following the steps on our COVID-19 updates site.
Order your books
Order your books and dorm essentials online from the Dalhousie Bookstore. The store 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. You can also search for specific textbooks based on your term, program, and courses.
To do when you arrive
Get your DalCard and UPass
Visit the DalCard website for up-to-date details and deadlines. Please use the online photo submission tool to upload your photo and government-issued photo ID. Once you submit your photo, check the website to find out how to pick up your DalCard when you arrive on campus.
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 UPass information, including opt-in/opt-out details, visit dal.ca/upass.
If you will be learning remotely due to COVID-19 and will not be in Halifax, you may be eligible to opt-out to have the UPass fee removed. See dal.ca/upass for more information.
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.
For more information about the Health Plan, including opt-in/out deadlines, be sure to connect with the DSU Health Plan office.
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 Medical Services Insurance (MSI) or equivalent insurance.
For more information about the plan, including opt-out deadlines or how to enroll your family, please visit the International Student VIP site.