Important Dates & Deadlines

Updated May 2023

Check here for the dates and deadlines that are important to residence life.

For academic dates and other information, go to the Dalhousie Undergraduate Calendar website.

Important: Leaving Residence

At the end of the Fall and Winter terms, you are required to leave residence 24 hours after you've completed your final exam. This is to ensure a quiet and productive study environment for those still writing exams. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.

August 2023  
August 1 Books in Res begins! Have your online order delivered directly to your room. Learn more at
August 7 Halifax/Dartmouth Natal Day, University closed
August 3-14 Exam period
August 24 Deadline to complete your Books in Res order.
August 25 HALIFAX CAMPUS: Early move-in available for international students. By request only.
August 27 Last day for DalCard Online Photo Submission to guarantee cards are ready for pickup in residence. International students: submit your DalCard photo by Aug. 24 to have it ready for when you can move-in.
August 28 TRURO CAMPUS: Early move-in available for international students. By request only.
September 2023  
September 2 Move-in Day. By appointment only.
September 2   Dining Hall opens at 4:30 pm
September 4 Labour Day – University closed but residences remain open for students moving in
September 5 Residence Office open
September 5 Classes begin, fall term
September 19

Residence fees due for fall term

For a complete list of important dates and deadlines related to your finances and academics, please consult the university's official Important Dates calendar.

October 2023  
October 2 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, University closed
October 9 Thanksgiving Day, University closed
November 2023  
November 13-17 Fall Study Break
(except students in co-op, clinics or internships) - no classes (University open)
November 13

University closed in lieu of Remembrance day

December 2023  
December 6 Last day of classes, fall term
December 8-19 Exam period
TBA Truro campus residences close at noon for holidays
December 22-31 University closed as of 12 p.m. Dec. 22

Important: End-of-Term Residence Closures

All residence buildings close immediately after exams in December and April. Please pay particular attention to dates for residence closure at the end of term and make your travel plans AFTER you know your own exam schedule.

January 2024  
January 1 University closed in lieu of New Year's Day holiday
January 7 Residences open
January 8 Classes begin, winter term
January 22 Residence fees due
February 2024  
February 2 Munro Day, University closed
February 19 Nova Scotia Heritage Day, University closed
February 19-23 Winter Study Break
March 2024  
March 29 Good Friday, University closed
April 2024  
April 11-23 Exam period
April 20 Residences close at noon (Truro Campus)
April 24 Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)