Calling all new students! In just three months you will begin your new adventure at Dalhousie – have you decided where to live yet? No worries if not, and no rush! While there is a deadline to guarantee a spot in residence for new from high school students (June 30), we want you to make the best decision for you and that takes time to weigh the pros and the cons of all your options.
While some students choose residence so they don’t have to cook their own meals or worry about paying extra bills, some students choose to live off campus for individual freedom and sense of responsibility for their own space. Whatever you choose, rest assured that you will find your community at Dalhousie and we will support you along the way.
Pros of living in residence:
1. Roll out of bed for class
Don’t worry (too much) about sleeping through your alarm because you’re always a quick walk from class. You also won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot (trust us, this is a definite pro).
2. Close to downtown
Halifax and Truro have so much to offer for students. A quick walk will get you to unique attractions, shops, events, and restaurants. Whether it’s a night out or a lunch date, you’re not far from the excitement.
3. You don’t have to cook for yourself
Living in residence means that you can keep your cookbooks on the shelf! When you accept your residence offer, you’ll select a meal plan option that works best for you and the cost is included in your residence fees. Once you have a meal plan you can access any meal hall on campus, which means more menus and options to choose from!
4. Support close by
Residence assistants (RAs) provide programming, assistance and support for students living in residence. It’s always nice to know that you have someone to turn to, especially when you’re adjusting to a new living environment!
5. Easy search
Finding an apartment can be time consuming. You’ll find yourself searching a number of different websites, setting up a number of different viewings (if you’re close enough to check them out!) and talking to a number of different renters and landlords to find your perfect spot. If you’re a new student entering from high school, completing your application before June 30 guarantees you a room right on campus! The only search you’ll have to do is on dal.ca/residence.
6. Internet and Eastlink Stream are included
As a Dal student, you have 24/7 access to internet and Eastlink Stream, which provides 60 live TV channels and OnDemand shows and movies. You won’t have to worry about monthly bills – everything is covered in your residence fees!
7. Your neighbours can become lifelong friends
Residence is a great place to meet people and make friends. Events put on by your RA are an excellent opportunity to get to you know your neighbours and find people with common interests.
Try leaving your door open during your first week in residence and don’t be afraid to reach out to others!
You can also apply to live in a ResLife Learning Community (RLLC). RLLC’s are an innovative approach to living and learning in university. They create a sense of personal development and community by bringing together students with similar interests or fields of study into a shared residence setting.
For more information, visit our Residence website.
Pros of living off campus:
1. You can choose your meals
Living off campus gives you the creative freedom to be the Gordon Ramsey that you know you can be. You can also eat whenever you want and not have to worry about dining hall hours!
There can be more flexibility in cost when living off campus. If you want to live in a one-bedroom apartment that is close to campus, maybe not but if you’re okay with having multiple roommates and/or being a bit further away from campus, you could save a bit of cash. The ability to choose is unique to living off-campus.
3. Your own space
Depending on where you choose to live, your living room (lounge), kitchen and bathrooms may be shared by less people than in residence. If you’re someone who really values your own personal space, off-campus living may be the option for you.
4. A break from university life
Especially during stressful times of the school year, an off-campus apartment provides a space to relax and disassociate your school life from your not-school life.
For more information, visit our Off-Campus Living website.