Living in residence can be fantastic. You don’t have to cook your own meals, deal with absentee landlords, or worry about paying for your heat. But a lot of students choose to live off campus, and it has its own set of benefits. Beyond cooking for yourself, dealing with monthly bills, and being responsible for your own space, there are some things you need to think about when deciding to live off campus. Here are 8 things to keep in mind.
Having a good landlord can make or break your off-campus housing experience. Constantly fighting to get every little thing repaired (and not having much luck) can be incredibly frustrating, let alone worrying about them dinging you for every pinhole. Don’t get me wrong, there are incredible landlords out there. These are ones who genuinely care about your well-being and will go to bat for you if they need to. And those are the ones we want you to find! So here are some signs of a bad landlord, and some tips to help you navigate a potentially bad situation. [Read more…]
October means coloured leaves, pumpkins, and Dal Homecoming. Running from October 11–15, it’s an opportunity to get together with faculty and alumni and celebrate everything Dal. It may be geared towards alumni, but there’s plenty for current students to do! For the Class of 1967, this year is also their 50th reunion! (Say congrats if you see any of them.) If you’re not sure where to start, here are seven things to check out this Homecoming weekend in Halifax and Truro. [Read more…]
It can be hard maintaining old friendships once you start university and you’re at different schools. After all, you don’t see them every day, you’re no longer sharing the same lunch period, or sitting across from each other in math class. It may seem impossible to keep the friendships going, but you can. You just need to put in a little more effort and focus on two important things. [Read more…]
It doesn’t matter what year you’re in, you should think about what you want to achieve with your studies and how you hope to get there. Think of university as a journey. Would you ever go on a long road trip without first making some sort of plan? Probably not. Then you shouldn’t go through your years at university without a plan. And that means setting some goals for yourself. Here’s how to do it. [Read more…]
Now that you’re a month into your university life at Dal, things might not be exactly how you imagined them and you might find yourself longing for simpler times. Times of old friendships, animal cuddles, and home-cooked meals—times of home. Homesickness can really sneak up on a person and be incredibly tough to deal with. But if you follow any or all of these five steps, you can beat those feelings of homesickness. [Read more…]
“Get involved!” You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it throughout your university career. But if you aren’t sure how do it, or you think there’s nothing that interests you at Dal, I’m can tell you there’s something for everyone. And getting involved on campus is the easiest thing to do! We went to the Society and Volunteer Expo and met up with 9 student societies to give you a tiny taste of what’s available here. [Read more…]
Starting university in a new country can be pretty scary! Before my arrival in Halifax, I was a mess of nerves- worried about how I would make friends, what classes would be like, and how to get comfortable in the city. Lucky for me, I attended International Student Orientation! I found myself surrounded by other international students and there was so much to learn. Lots of the great tips that got me through my first year came from the information at International Orientation. Here are 7 reasons to attend International Student Orientation!