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.
Here are a few things you may want to check out when your student gets accepted to Dal:
- meal plan information
- topping up your student's DalCard
- what to bring to residence
- important dates and deadlines
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.
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.