1. Make sure you have a winter jacket packed
The winters in Nova Scotia can be cold and unforgiving, so make sure you arrive prepared! You’re going to want to either bring a waterproof winter jacket or buy one once you get here—trust us! (Pro tip: You’ll also want a good pair of warm and waterproof boots, hat, and gloves/mittens.)
2. Pack a rain jacket, some rubber boots, and an umbrella
On the topic of unforgiving weather, rain in Nova Scotia can be seriously unpredictable. That’s not to say that Nova Scotia doesn’t have beautiful weather, but sometimes a day may seem perfectly fine with sun in the sky before quickly turning into a grey day with showers. Make sure you have some good rain gear (although with the wind that usually accompanies our rain, an umbrella is often useless). There’s not much worse than sitting in class soaking wet.
3. Come ready to learn some new words and iconic songs
Like the rest of the world, Nova Scotia has its fair share of quirks. The province boasts its own homegrown language (aka “slang”) as well as some iconic maritime music. Take some time to familiarize yourself with some slang as well as the lyrics to the song below, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a Maritimer.
4. A bag of loonies
A loonie is one Canadian dollar, a coin required in bulk if you plan to drive across the bridge from Halifax to Dartmouth. You’re going to want to get plenty of loonies if you plan on exploring the area by car. If you plan on living off campus in Dartmouth and commuting by car, look into getting a MACPASS.
5. Familiarize yourself with DalSpeak
DalSpeak is a great way to get to know frequently used terms around Dalhousie! Check it out to learn all the Dal lingo before arriving on campus.
6. Get to know local businesses
Halifax has a lot of unique and popular local businesses to offer to new residents. Stay up to date on local businesses and events with news sources like The Coast.
7. An open mind
Nova Scotia has a lot to offer. From beautiful landscapes to unique small towns, Nova Scotia has everything you need for a quick weekend getaway from campus. Don’t be afraid to go explore!
Ryley has a fine collection of rain gear.