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.
Other residence updates and information, including room 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. Visit Dalhousie's Off-Campus Living website, where you can find tips and resources to prepare you for off-campus living.
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 New to Dal group channels 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 email@example.com (Halifax) or firstname.lastname@example.org (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)
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.
To do 1 month out
Plan your route to campus (transportation options and directions)
To do when you arrive
Pick up 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, you will receive information via your Dal email about picking up your card when you arrive on campus.
If you’re a full-time student in Halifax, a Halifax 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.
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.
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.
For more information about the plan, please visit the International Student VIP site.