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.
Sometimes going to meal hall can get repetitive and you just want something different. Sometimes all you want to do is enjoy your dinner in bed. Making microwave meals is an art that every university student learns at some point during their degree. Done right, microwaves are a complete lifesaver (ordering pizza every night can get expensive). Here are a few easy recipes to add to your repertoire and get you on your way to becoming a dorm room master chef! [Read more…]
Living in residence is fantastic. You don’t have to cook your own meals, deal with absentee landlords, or worry about your pipes freezing. But if you’re like a lot of students, you might be thinking of moving off campus after your first (or second) year, which certainly has its benefits. But, 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 make the move. [Read more…]
Switching up your living situation next year? Thinking of living with someone new? It may seem like a no-brainer when you think of who you want to live with, but we’ve seen some friendships fall apart because the wrong people lived together. Here are some things to think about before you move in together, so you can have great (read: not terrible) roommates and maintain friendships. [Read more…]
Have you opened your T-shirt drawer to find a jumbled mess of random clothing, a single shoe, and last semester’s psych notes? This described my dorm room closet for 90% of my first year. Organizing such a small space can be a challenge for many people, and we don’t always have the time or energy to do a deep clean. But a clean room can boost your productivity, improve your mood, and keep you healthy. Here are a few tricks I use to keep my room looking (mostly) clean! [Read more…]
When the pizza delivery guy can’t keep count of the number of times he’s delivered something to your door, you know it’s time to cook for yourself. But I hear you, cooking is a chore, and can be EXPENSIVE. Plus, with midterms coming up, you definitely don’t have time to prep and cook. No worries, we’ve put together some easy, cheap meals. How easy are these recipes? If someone like me, who burns water while cooking spaghetti, can do them, so can you. [Read more…]
Not able to be with family this year for Thanksgiving? Still want the great food, memories, and fantastic company? Having a nice, hot, Thanksgiving meal with a group of friends is a great way to spend the holiday away from home! A great Friendsgiving will take some planning, but you’ll find the rewards delicious.
If you’re not living at home or completely on your own, you’ll likely be living in residence or in an apartment, house, or flat with other people. And that means living in close quarters with roommates, floormates, or housemates. You could become best friends or bitter enemies. But if you follow these easy rules, there’s a good chance you’ll become lifelong friends. [Read more…]
You already know what will make university life easier, so now let’s look at what will make it harder. After four years at Dalhousie, I’ve compiled this list of things you should avoid (well… do the opposite actually). Trust me, you don’t want to make things harder than they need to be! [Read more…]
When you’re thinking about what to do to prepare first term at Dal, and what to look out for when you get here, you need to think beyond the obvious. Yes, make sure you pack enough underwear and socks, some good rain gear and your regular school supplies. But here are some other things that will be particularly useful. [Read more…]