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Family & Friends

Supporting a smooth transition into university life

As a parent, guardian or family member, your support is important to helping your student succeed in their new home-away-from-home. To help you manage this process, we've brought together key information that will help you and your student prepare for living at Dalhousie University. 

Quick links

Here are a few things you may want to check out when your student gets accepted to Dal:

Summer orientation sessions

Check back again in the spring for a list of orientation sessions for new students and their families.

Fall check-in information

Come back here in the summer to find all the information you need for your student's fall check-in.

Where to stay

Looking for a place to stay while your student with moving in? Visit Places to Stay on the official Nova Scotia Tourism website.

While you're on campus

After you’ve helped your student, parents and other family members are encouraged to stay and attend a half-hour information session to learn all about the many support services available to your child while in residence.

How to contact your student in residence

Make sure your student has completed the Personal Information Release Form to give us permission to give you infromation on your student's whereabouts.

All Dalhousie University students must have an email account. In an emergency situation, see Contact Information for Residence. For your student's mailing address, see Halifax campus mailing addresses and Truro campus mailing addresses.

Wondering what's going on in your student's life?

Sign up for the Family & Friends email newsletter to stay up to date on residence events, activities and important deadlines. Consult Student Events on the Campus Life website for a listing of key upcoming academic and social activities.

For more insights to what's going on in and around residence, follow Dal Residence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Wait to plan for the December holiday break

Students are required to leave residence within 24 hours of their last fall-term exam. Residence buildings close for winter break at noon the day after the last exam scheduled in the Undergraduate Calendar. Please don't make travel arrangements until your student has their own personal exam schedule!

Belongings can be left in your student's room during the December break. The residences will not re-open until January, so remind your student to take everything they might need when they leave.