Programs and Activities

Welcome to your new home

Living in residence is an opportunity to try new things and test your independence, while also finding a new community of friends and support. We encourage you to have a great experience and step out of your comfort zone.

We also want you to take care of one another and be a good bystander. That means if you see something that makes you uneasy–maybe a friend behaving out of character or someone who needs help–tell someone.

Residence Life staff are here to help, not to judge, and can connect students with other people on campus who can assist.

Just for the fun of it

Residence experiences are a great opportunity for personal growth, developing leadership abilities, working within groups, and making friends. Programs and activities offer you a chance to socialize and meet new people, achieve your academic potential, contribute, and learn about yourself and the greater communities around you. These are just a few of our signature events to watch for:

  • Community Day – an introduction to volunteering in Halifax
  • Think Pink – October is Think Pink Month in Shirreff Hall, where residents raise money for breast cancer research while holding fun events all month long
  • Residence Charity Face-Off – our annual hockey game celebrates internal rivalries while raising money for a great cause: the IWK Children’s Hospital
  • Ecolympics – this two-week energy and water conservation competition is a fun way to educate students on how to live more sustainably

We also know the people you meet in res can become life-long friends. Residence Assistants (RAs) are always organizing great floor events tailored to your community’s interests so you can meet people and socialize in a healthy and safe atmosphere. Examples of these include coffee houses, Bubble Soccer, board game nights, puppy rooms and holiday celebrations.

Great ideas wanted!

You not only have the opportunity to participate in events, but can also play a role in their planning and execution. Your residence life staff will be looking for your help, involvement and ideas to make your residence experience the best it can be. If you have an idea for an event or activity in residence, please contact the Residence Education Administrator or the Dal After Dark team for guidance and support.

Leadership and involvement

Each building has Residence Councils comprised of elected students who are responsible to represent their peers, run events, and much more. There are numerous positions available on council for almost any interest.

Among the many benefits of staying in residence is that you can apply to join our Residence Life staff as a Residence Assistant or Residence Programming Assistant. It's not only a good way of earning money, but you'll also have a chance to shape your residence community and build your leadership skills.