Costs & Fees

No bills, no worries

Staying in residence is a bit like staying at an all-inclusive resort. Your accommodation, internet, heating, water, electricity and, in many cases, meals, are paid for upfront, so you don't have to worry about bills while you're here.

This information reflects costs and fees for the 2019/20 academic year (including residence council fees).

Traditional Residences

Popular with undergraduate students, traditional residences include both single and double (roommate) rooms. A meal plan is mandatory for all traditional residences.

Traditional Residences Room Type Fall Winter Total
Gerard Hall Super Single $3,980.96 $4,129.04 $8,110
  Single $3,877.89 $4,022.11 $7,900
  Double $3,411.61 $3,538.39 $6,950
Mini Res Single $3,949.06 $4,095.94 $8,045
Shirreff Hall Single $3,949.06 $4,095.94 $8,045
  Double $3,487.68 $3,617.32 $7,105
Howe Hall Single $3,954.06 $4,100.94 $8,055
  Double $3,492.68 $3,622.32 $7,115
  Bunk Double $2,513.49 $2,606.51 $5,120
  Fountain House
Single
$4,251.01 $4,408.99 $8,660
  Fountain House
Double
$3,787.18 $3,927.82 $7,715
Risley Hall Single $4,251.01 $4,408.99 $8,660
LeMarchant Place Single room or room in any suite $4,592.13 $4,762.87 $9,355

Non-Traditional Residences

These apartment-style residences offer many of the advantages of residence life such as access to residence programs and facilities, and the option to purchase a meal plan.

Non-Traditional Residences
Room Type
Fall
Winter
Total
Glengary Apartments
Bachelor
$4,778.19 $4,956.81 $9,735
  Single Room $4,054.22 $4,205.78 $8,260
Graduate House Single $3,995.32 $4,144.68 $8,140

Non-Traditional residences include the option to purchase a meal plan. See Dining to learn more.

Meal Plan Options

Plan description Fall
Winter
Total
Freedom Plan: An unlimited swipe plan. In other words, all you care to eat, as many times as you like while the dining hall is open. Includes $200 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus ($100 per term). $2,027.97 $2,082.03 $4,110
19 Meals per week plus $200 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus ($100 per term). $1,907.17 $1,957.83 $3,865
14 Meals per week plus $150 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus ($75 per term). $1,855.05 $1,904.95 $3,760
10 Meals per week (Returning students only) plus $350 in Food Bucks to be spent on and off campus ($175 per term). $1,814.52 $1,860.48 $3,675
Block Plan 1: (LeMarchant Place students only) 217 meals to be used any time throughout the academic year. (Equivalent to 7 meals/week). Includes $200 in Food Bucks that can be redeemed at participating DalCard food outlets.     $3,230
Block Plan 2: (LeMarchant Place students only) 155 meals to be used any time throughout the academic year. (Equivalent to 5 meals/week). Includes $200 in Food Bucks that can be redeemed at participating DalCard food outlets.
    $2,440

See Dining to learn more.

*Please note, meal plans are selected at the time you accept your room offer and will be charged to your student account with your residence fee. Residence students do not need to purchase a meal plan separately. Please contact the Residence Office if you'd like to change your meal plan during the year.

Things to Know

  • Residence rates are subject to change without notice. 
  • Residence rates vary depending on the location and style of accommodation. 
  • For all traditional residences a meal plan is mandatory.
  • Non-Traditional residences do not include a meal plan, but one can be purchased through Dalhousie Food Services. See Dining to learn more.
  • Residence fees include dedicated high-speed Internet access and Eastlink Stream, a streaming entertainment service. Traditional HD cable is also available in TV lounges. See WiFi, TV & Phone to learn more.
  • Prices listed do not include the non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  • All fees are quoted per student, not per room.
  • Food Bucks are funds included with your Meal Plan (see above) to provide you with more dining options. The amount of Food Bucks you have access to varies depending on your Meal Plan. Food Bucks can be used to pay for food and non-alcoholic beverages at select food vendors where DalCard is accept. There are several accounts on your DalCard. Whenever you use your DalCard at a participating food vendor, the funds will be withdrawn from your Food Bucks account first, and then from your general DalDollars account, if additional funds are needed. Learn more about your DalCard accounts.
Effective September 1, 2009, Dalhousie no longer accepts credit cards for payment of tuition and residence fees. All other payment options remain unchanged and credit cards can still be used for most other university expenses such as application fees, deposits, as well as purchases at the University Bookstores and Dalplex. The University recognizes that this change may present an inconvenience to students. Should you find yourself facing an unexpected financial challenge as a result of this change or have questions about your account, please contact Student Accounts at (902) 494-3998 or email student.accounts@dal.ca.