Welcome to campus!


Join us at the Welcome Fair

Dalhousie is excited to kick off the fall semester in Halifax with the Welcome Fair on Tuesday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of New to Dal 2023 programming. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring info booths for university and community groups, food, games, and more on various outdoor spaces on the Studley Campus including the Studley Quad and Wickwire Field.

DSU O-Week

O-Week is a series of Orientation events coordinated and hosted by the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) for new incoming students in Halifax. Passes are on sale now through the DSU website. Please contact the DSU directly if you have any questions specific to O-Week.

Food on campus

Residence dining halls are open as of Thursday, August 31.

Tim Hortons (Student Union Building): 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (Monday–Friday)

For a full list of food outlets and hours of operation in the Student Union Building, please visit dsu.ca.

For a full list of food outlets and hours of operation on Halifax campuses, please visit us online.

For a full list of food outlets and hours of operation on the Truro campus, please visit us online.

Dal Bookstore

Dalhousie Bookstore hours for September 2023:

Move-in Weekend

  • Aug. 28 - Sept. 1: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Sept. 2: 10am-5pm

Week 1

  • Sept: 3 & 4: 10am-4pm
  • Sept: 5-8: 9:30am-7pm
  • Sept. 9: 10am-5pm
    Sept. 10: 12pm-4pm

Week 2

  • Sept. 11-13: 9:30am-6pm
  • Sept. 14: 9:30am-7pm
  • Sept. 15: 9:30-6pm

Regular hours begin September 16.


The main DalCard office in Howe Hall (6230 Coburg Rd.) will be open on Saturday, September 2 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Regular hours are Monday–Friday 9:00am-4:30 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays, 9:00am-7:00pm.

DalCards can be picked up in Truro at the Enrolment Services Centre (rm. 256, Cox Institute) on Saturday, September 2 between 9:00am–3:00pm. Regular hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Fast-track advising for new students

The Registrar’s Office is offering fast-track advising for new students (and returning students transferring to a new program) by appointment or walk-in starting September 5, for topics such as admission, transfer credits, scholarships, and financial aid. Visit dal.ca/registrar for more information or to book an appointment.

For all other services (e.g. Athletics & Recreation, Student Health & Wellness, academic support, etc.), please refer to the appropriate website for virtual and in-person information/hours of service.


For more details about New to Dal 2023, including information on international student programming, communities on campus, accessibility supports, and more, visit dal.ca/new-to-dal. If you have any questions, please contact student.experience@dal.ca.