Making a budget
It's a good idea to create a budget for managing your money while you're in university. You'll need a plan to finance your tuition, but you also have to factor in additional expenses, including costs for books and supplies, insurance, travel, phone, food, personal items, etc.
The entire Money Matters website has a lot of great financial information about budgeting, cash flow, and funding sources like bursaries and scholarships.
Eating on campus
Did you know that the Chartwells Food Service has their own Chef’s Garden on campus to provide fresh food for Agricultural Campus students?
Meal plans are available to both on- and off-campus students. The main dining hall is located in Jenkins Hall; with Cox’s Cupboard snack shop located in Cox Institute.
Residence students are automatically enrolled for a meal plan as part of their room acceptance process.
Off-campus students can purchase meal plans at any time and have a wide variety of meal plan options to choose from.
For more details about on-campus dining options, visit the Campus Dish Website.
Familiarize yourself with campus buildings
To familiarize yourself with all of the buildings on your campus, visit the Campus Maps page and select the Agricultural Campus.
To get an ever better look you can also Book a Tour of any campus at any time (Monday–Saturday, excluding holidays). Orientation activities will get you more familiar with the campus, but it never hurts to get a tour of where you will be spending your next few years!
You can authorize your parents to have access to your financial information
Account information is private and confidential, however, students can authorize a third party (i.e. parents or sponsors) to discuss your account in detail with our service representatives. Please send a written request (accepted only from your Dalhousie email account) to firstname.lastname@example.org which includes your name, BOO# as well as the names and relationships to you.
Note: You are still responsible to review your account and ensure payments are made.
Connecting to Wi-Fi
Dalhousie offers wireless Internet on all of our campuses. To provide full service, we've set up wireless zones in all public areas, and you can use any type of wireless device to access the network. You just need your NetID. For more information about setting up wireless, visit the Dal Wireless Access page.
If you are living in residence, specific wireless network information will be provided on move-in day.
Parking on campus
Dal requires all students with vehicles on campus to have a parking permit. Good news - they're free to students on the Agricultural Campus!
To order your free parking permit online, you'll need your NetID, password, and vehicle information.
Note: Parking permits for the 2016/17 year will be available during the last week of August. For questions regarding parking permits please contact Security Services at 902-893-4190 or email@example.com
ATMs on campus
There is one ATM on campus located on the lower level of Cox Institute. Major banks, including TD, Scotiabank, CIBC, and RBC are all located within 15 minutes from campus.
Sign up for Dal Alert (text messaging)
Dal Alert allows you to get important updates from the University via text message. We recommend you sign up for this program to get updates on:
- Significant campus closures (e.g. severe weather, utility outage, etc.)
- Campus hazards (e.g. spill, fire, accident, etc.)
- Other unpredictable events
To subscribe to this service, visit the Dal Alert website, click "Subscribe to Dal Alert" and follow the on screen instructions.
The DalSAFE app gives you quick and easy access to Security Services, interactive maps, campus notices, parking info, and many other campus safety-related resources.
Accessing Student Services on campus
As a Dal student you have access to a wide range of services from academic advising and gym facilities to career advising and health services, and everything in between. To learn more about student services, drop by or call the Student Services office:
Dairy Building, 11 River Road
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Getting ready for the classroom
Important academic terms
You'll begin to hear new terms as you start your Dal experience. It's a good idea to make sure you know what they mean! Take some time to review these important academic terms.
Meet with an academic advisor
Academic advisors can help you with a variety of tasks—from defining your career goals and choosing courses, to problem-solving if you're struggling with your course load or personal emergencies.
It's important to meet with an advisor in your first year to plan out your next three or four (or five). By having an academic plan you'll be less stressed about sequence, pre-requisites, and taking the right electives.
Visit the Advising webpage to learn more about the Academic Advising team, services, and booking an appointment.
Get your course materials/textbooks (new)
To find out what textbooks you need for your classes you can search by course code on the Dal Bookstore website or, on the first day of classes, your professor will include all required textbooks on the syllabus.
The Agricultural Campus bookstore is located in Cox Institute. They even have extended store hours during peak weeks (the first weeks of classes).
Get Microsoft Office for free
Dalhousie’s association with Microsoft gives you access to Office 365 ProPlus for free!
What exactly does this mean?
As a Dal student you can download Office on up to five desktop or laptop computers. If you’re working on a PC you get all the Office 2013 apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Lync, and InfoPath. If you use an Apple computer, you get Office for Mac 2011: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
How do I get it?
It’s incredibly easy to get your copy:
- Log in to https://outlook.com/dal.ca using your NetID and password
- Click on the gear icon in the top right hand corner and choose "Office 365 Settings"
- Click "software" in the left-hand menu
- Click "desktop setup" in the left-hand menu
- Start your download!
You can also download Office Mobile on up to two mobile devices (Android and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) using the "phone & tablet" option under Software.
If you have any questions about your free copy of Office 365 ProPlus, or are having trouble installing it, please visit the ITS website.
Find the perfect study spot
In addition to study desks and quiet spaces, each library at Dal has a Learning Commons. Check out the locations, types, and technology available (to print those assignments) on the Learning Commons site.
Dal also offers tours of all its libraries. To request a tour, visit the Library Tours page for the appropriate contact information.
In addition to the libraries, you can also study in the Dalhousie Agricultural Students' Association Lounge in Cox 32.
Students with disabilities
Student Services at Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus is the centre of expertise for student accessibility and accommodation. Visit their website to learn more about their services.
Use the libraries
The Dalhousie University Libraries are here to support your academic success. We encourage all students to take advantage of the wide range of services available, whether you are at one of our physical locations or using the onlineresources.
And don’t forget: Your DalCard is also your library card!
For more information on what’s available to you at the Dalhousie Libraries, visit libraries.dal.ca.
Dal also offers tours of all its libraries so you can learn from the experts themselves. To request a tour, visit the Library Tours page.
Get your textbooks (used)
The Dalhousie Bookstores carry used books purchased through the Book Buyback program. Used textbooks typically cost 25% less than new textbooks, are tax-free and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They are shelved alongside the new books with a sticker to indicate they’re used.
Keep an eye out for workshops
Nervous about moving from a classroom to a lecture hall? Dal has a program called Studying for Success that will improve your note-taking, multiple choice strategies, time management skills, and more.
Find out who your roommate is
If you and your roommate have both given the Residence Office permission to release your name and email address, you'll be able to contact each other when you receive your room assignment.
To learn more about room assignments, visit the Residence website.
Your new address
While living in residence at Dal, your family and friends may want to send you packages. The correct way to write your address is:
Your room number
Res hall name
Res hall address
PO Box 550
Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5E3
Laundry on campus
Truro residence students pay a flat fee of $35/ semester for laundry so no need for pocket change! All you need to bring is high efficiency detergent. Laundry machines are located in the lower level of each residence building.
When you arrive on campus, the first thing you will do is check into residence. The residence teams will make this process a smooth one!
What to bring to campus
If you're wondering if you can bring candles, extension cords, or your favourite pets to campus, you'll have to leave them at home. For a full list of what to bring and what to leave at home, check the list on the Residence website!
The final exam schedule will be posted in early October/February. We recommend that you don't book any travel arrangements prior to knowing your exam schedule. Visit dal.ca/exams for more information.
Residence students: You're required to leave residence within 24 hours of completing your final exam.
Searching for housing
1. Browsing through the listings and select at least 5 places.
2. Contact the landlord to let them know you are interested and the dates you are arriving in Truro.
3. Try to set up a viewing. We recommend arriving in late August and staying in temporary accommodations while you go apartment viewing to allow you to see the places in person.
4. Once you are sure you like a place, payment goes directly to the landlord. You should speak to the landlord to find out what are the acceptable forms of payment (postdated cheques, direct deposit, etc).
Renting terms & responsibilities
It can be very confusing to find housing and understand housing terms and responsibilities, especially if you are a first-time renter or not from the area. The best way to help and protect yourself is to educate yourself. We advise the following:
- Look at places carefully before you move in. If you are not in Truro, ask for pictures and the date they were taken.
- Learn what a lease is.
- Learn what a security deposit is.
- Before you move in, make sure you take note of any existing damages, otherwise you may be asked to pay for them when you move out.
- Learn what the full cost of the apartment is with utilities, laundry costs, etc. all added together.
- If you sign a full-year lease, move in to the apartment for a few months, and then decide to leave, you may be asked to pay for all the remaining months on your lease. Make sure you know what the consequences are for moving out early.
- If you plan to share apartments with other students, make sure you nclude all roommates' names on the lease, bill payments, etc. to ensure accountability and responsibility.
Whether you're moving to a new area of Truro/Bible Hill or from another province or country, the Moving Resources page offers a list of storage companies, moving companies, supply companies, and second-hand furniture options.
Off-campus student space
A great place to hang out is the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association (DASA) Lounge on the bottom floor of Cox Institute (Cox 32). It's a great place to relax between classes, grab a coffee and heat up your lunch, chat with the DASA executive, check out events and activities, or just take a break on one of our comfy couches! The DASA lounge is also available to be booked in the evenings and is a great spot for group projects and meetings.
There are a number of public holidays observed in Canada:
- New Year's Day: Jan. 1
- George Munro Day (Dal only): first Friday of February
- Nova Scotia Heritage Day: third Monday in February
- Good Friday: two days before Easter Sunday
- Easter Monday: the day after Easter Sunday
- Victoria Day: Monday following May 25
- Canada Day: July 1
- Natal Day in Nova Scotia: first Monday in August
- Labour Day: first Monday in September
- Thanksgiving Day: second Monday of October
- Remembrance Day: November 11
- Christmas Day: December 25
- Boxing Day: December 26
Getting a driver's license in Nova Scotia
As an international student, you can apply for a Nova Scotia driver’s license. You will be required to pass a written test and a road test before receiving your driver’s license. It is also mandatory to hold an insurance policy on the vehicle you are driving.
Reminder: We drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- The use of seat belts is mandatory for all car passengers.
- It is against the law in Nova Scotia to use a hand-held cellular phone, or text messaging device, while driving. Under this law, you may only drive and talk on a mobile phone by using the hands- free function.
Get to know the International Student Advisor (ISA) on campus!
Our International Student Advisor is an integral part of the Student Services team and is here to help with your transition to Dalhousie! To contact the International Student Advisor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional things to pack
We highly recommend the following items:
Why this is important
Study Permit Approval letter
Government Identification (ID)
Original Police Report
A waterproof winter coat
Original Education Qualifications (degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc) and if you are married a marriage/wedding certificate.
Medical Files (books, cards, any document detailing your medical history)
Dalhousie Admission letter
Personal items that hold sentimental value
Cell/Mobile phone (unlocked)
Clubs and societies for everyone
The Dalhousie Agricultural Students Association (DASA) has a wide variety of clubs and societies. There really is something for everyone! Examples of clubs and societies include The Pre-Vet Society, Agrology Club, Judging Club and everything in between. During Orientation activities, DASA will hold a club and society fair to introduce you to all of the clubs available and if you would like to start a new club we welcome new club applications! Drop by the DASA lounge, Cox 32 to find out more!
Intramural sports leagues
Intramural sports are designed for the recreational athlete - basketball, soccer, and more. Intramurals serves as an excellent tool for enjoying time with friends and assist with promoting a healthy lifestyle. Each month you will have the opportunity to compete against other houses for house points and position your house for the annual House Cup Sport Marathon in March.
Volunteer in the community
It's never too early to begin building your resume and start differentiating yourself from your graduating class.
Check out the Student Advancement In Leadership (SAIL) program where you will develop skills in areas such as career exploration, personal growth, communication and leadership development.
Don't forget to get your experience on record by creating your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Your CCR complements your academic transcript by recording your experience and achievements outside the classroom. It's a great testament to your character for potential employers or professional schools.
Aggies at Night
Aggies at Night is a student-run group that leads late night, alcohol-free, on-campus activities (and some other events off campus). They're fun, free/low cost, and take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It's a great opportunity to socialize, make new friends, and be active.Schedules will be posted on the bulletin board inside Jenkins Hall and in residence Facebook groups.
Get a job
Whether it's to pay for tuition or just to have some spending money while you're on campus, getting a job is something you might be considering. Drop by the Career Advising Centre in the Dairy Building for information on career planning, agricultural specific information, job search techniques, and more.
Student job postings can also be found on the AC Student Success Centre Facebook page.
The Dalhousie Rams varsity teams represent students at the Agricultural Campus in badminton, basketball, women's rugby, soccer, women's volleyball, woodsmen, equestrian, cross country, and golf. Varsity teams will hold meetings in early September and welcome all students to attend!
Looking for even more ways to get involved?
Taking care of yourself
Your gym membership is already paid for
Your full-time Dalhousie student fees include access to our fitness facilities. The Langille Athletic Centre offers a cardio room, weight room, double gymnasium, and racquetball and squash courts.
Contact Health Services to see a Registered Nurse or Doctor
Health Services has two Registered Nurses available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and an doctor available for scheduled appointments on Mondays.
Book an appointment
Learn more about health services on the Agricultural Campus.
Mental health on campus
Dal Thrive is a university-wide mental wellness initiative aimed at building a positive mental health environment for students, faculty and staff. Visit the website for information on services, online resources, and more!
Dal also has a free online self-help program for students to help improve their feelings and thoughts. See dal.ca/welltrack for more info.
Peer Health Educators
RESPECT (Real Energy Supporting Peer Education on Current Topics) works collaboratively with Health Services at DAL-AC to create a healthy campus environment, by promoting and educating their peers to adopt health enhancing behaviours and attitudes.
The RESPECT office is located in the Dairy Building. If you are interested in getting involved with the RESPECT team, drop in during office hours which are posted on the door of the RESPECT office or email RESPECT@dal.ca
The SAFEWalk service is a service to help you get home within campus boundaries. Any student or who wants an officer to walk with them to or from any building on campus can call 902-893-4190.
For quick and easy access to SAFEwalk, security services, interactive maps, parking info, campus notices and more, download the free DalSAFE mobile app.
Know your rights and responsibilities
Dalhousie has a number of policies and supports on campus to ensure that your rights and responsibilities are met and supported throughout your university experience. From appealing grades, to hazing, to issues with consent, to problems with your landlord, Dal can support you.