Important Dates & Deadlines

COVID-19 Advisory

Our residence offerings for 2021/22 will be dependent upon any COVID-19 response. Thank you in advance for your understanding during these uncertain times. Your health and safety will always be our top priority. Learn more at our COVID-19 Info page.


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.

Remember that 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-August 2020

January 2020  
January 5 Residence re-opens for all students. First meal available through the meal plan is supper.
January 6
First day of classes
January 17 Winter term fees due
January 17 Last day for decreasing your meal plan for the winter term. You can increase at any time. To make a change, contact the Residence Office.
February 2020  
February 7 University Closed - Munro Day
February 17 University Closed – Nova Scotia Heritage Day
February 17-21 Winter study break - no classes (University open)
March 2020  
March 9 Deadline to re-apply for residence for
students who want to keep their room,
or move to another residence of their
choice
April 2020  
April 18 Residence closes at noon - Agricultural Campus*. Last meal available through the meal plan is breakfast
April 25 Residence closes at noon - Halifax Campus*. Last meal available through the meal plan is breakfast.
May 2020  
May 15 $500 room deposit due from returning residence students who applied prior to Mar. 9 deadline.
August 2020  
August 17 Deadline to register for self-isolation.
August 22 Earliest day for self-isolation check-in
August 26 Deadline to complete your Books in Res order
August 31              Last day for DalCard Online Photo Submission to guarantee cards are ready for pickup in residence

Important: Leaving Residence

* For the benefit of those still writing exams, you are required to leave residence 24 hours after your final exam. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. (See Academics for the full exam schedule.)

September-December 2020

September 2020  
September 2-5 Move In (Halifax Campus) - by appointment only
September 3-5 Move In (Truro Campus) - by appointment only
September 6 Residence Office open
September 8 Classes begin, fall term
September 18

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 2020  
October 12 Thanksgiving Day - University closed
November 2020  
November 9-13 Fall Study Break
(except students in co-op, clinics or internships) - no classes (University open)
November 11 Remembrance Day - University closed
December 2020  
December 10-20 Exam period
December 18 Truro campus residences close at noon for holidays
December 21 Halifax campus residences close at noon for holidays
December 25-31 University closed

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-April 2021

Januray 2021  
January 1 New Year's Day - University closed
January 4 Residences open
February 2021  
February 5 Munro Day - University closed
February 15 Nova Scotia Heritage Day - University closed
February 15-19 Winter Study Break
March 2021  
March TBA Deadline to re-apply for residence for students who want to keep their room, or move to another residence of their choice.
April 2021  
April 2 Good Friday, University close
April 10-23
Exam period
April TBA Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)
April TBA Residences close at noon (TruroCampus)

Other Important Dates & Deadlines

See the Registrar's Office Dates & Deadlines website for admission application deadlines, class add/drop dates, exam periods, study breaks, holidays and other university-wide dates.