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-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 8 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 20 Residences close at noon (Truro Campus)
April 24 Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)

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.)

May-August 2021

June 2021  
June 15 $500 room deposit due from returning residence students who applied prior to Mar 8 deadline
June 15 Deadline for guarantee for new students applying from High School
August 2021  
TBD Deadline to complete your Books in Res order
TBD Last day for DalCard Online Photo Submission to guarantee cards are ready for pickup in residence

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.

September-December 2021

September 2021  
September 1-4 Move In (Halifax Campus) - by appointment only
September 2-4 Move In (Truro Campus) - by appointment only
September 4 Residence dining halls open for dinner service
September 7 Residence Office open
September 7 Classes begin, fall term
September 17

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 2021  
October 11 Thanksgiving Day - University closed
November 2021  
November 8-12 Fall Study Break
(except students in co-op, clinics or internships) - no classes (University open)
November 11 Remembrance Day - University closed
December 2021  
December 9-19 Exam period
December 18 Truro campus residences close at noon for holidays
December 20 Halifax campus residences close at noon for holidays
December 24-Jan 3 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.