Getting ready

If your student is leaving home for the first time, they may be experiencing mixed emotions—from excitement to nervousness—and perhaps you are, too. Preparing for the transition will help to ensure it's a smooth one for both of you. 

New student checklist

To help them prepare, we’ve compiled a new student checklist of all the important things they need to do before they arrive, including information about tuition and finances, residence and housing, course registration, and more. International students must also complete all immigration documentation.

Important conversations

Conversations about important topics such as alcohol use, sex, consent, mental health, diversity, and inclusion can have a lasting impact. We encourage you to talk openly and honestly about these topics before they arrive on campus. Here are our tips, and a few resources and support services available on campus. 

Temporary accommodations

Moving your student to Halifax or Truro? Visit Places to Stay on the official Nova Scotia Tourism website. You can also visit Discover Halifax for tips on how to fully experience Halifax—things to do, festivals, where to eat, family fun, and more. 

Family members of international students moving to Canada

Family members of international students can choose to move to Canada to be with their student during their students. Information about Temporary Resident Visas, Visitor Permits, Work Permits, and more can be found on our International Centre website

Register for New to Dal orientation sessions

You are invited to attend prospective student events throughout the year and our family & friends orientation in the late summer. Students are also strongly encouraged to register for other orientation sessions available to them as a way to meet other new students, learn more about the campus and all that Dalhousie has to offer (registration for New to Dal orientation is available in June).

Arriving on campus

Whether you're coming from across the province or across the globe, the first day on campus is an exciting time—not just for students, but for families and friends as well. Find out more about arriving on campus including directions and check-in instructions.