Campus Life

New Student Checklist

The first few weeks at university can be very busy, especially if you’re not prepared. Use this checklist to get organized and stay ahead of the game. Check the links for more information.

Before arriving

  • Get on the system! Set up your SMU account by obtaining an “s number” and gain access to SMUport and Brightspace.
  • Pre-order your SMU ID to be picked up at the Service Expo in September.
  • Contact your Academic Advisorto discuss your course options and register for courses.
  • Get the low down on money – connect with the Service Centre in McNally Main for student loan and other financial information.
  • Go on a campus tour with the Centre for New Students to learn your way around campus. You can email them at cns@smu.ca or call them at (902) 420-5662 to book your tour!
  • Plan for parking – if you have a car, you can apply for a parking permit. Spots are limited, so get your application in early!
  • Students with a documented disability should contact the Fred Smithers Centreto arrange for necessary accommodations.
  • International students should contact the International Centre to complete additional tasks before arriving.
  • Read through “Transitions”, a resource to help students adjust to life in university.
  • Check the expiration date on your provincial health card and renew it if needed.
  • Register for Welcome Weeks. We can’t wait to see you!
  • Follow Saint Mary’s University Halifax on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the details you need from now until the end of Welcome Weeks!

Your first week here

  • Attend the Service Expo (August 31 – September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Patrick Power Library) to get your student ID made, pick up your bus pass, activate your meal plan, and register for your free gym membership at the Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness. You can also check out the on-campus resources we have for students such as Career Services and the Counselling Centre.
  • Living in residence? Make sure you connect with your Residence Assistant!
  • Get organized – print your class schedule using Self-Service Banner.
  • Gather your books and supplies at the campus Bookstore on the 2ndfloor of the Student Centre.
  • Don’t need the automatic health plan coverage? “Opt out” by filling out the SMUSA Health Plan waiver through SMUport, or visiting the Health Plan Office on the 5th floor of the Student Centre.
  • Attend class! Chat with your professors and TAs, and introduce yourself to a few classmates.
  • Find some likeminded friends by joining societies at the SMUSA Societies and Partners Expo (September 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Quad) or registering an intramurals team for competition. Get involved!
  • Pay your tuition at the Service Centre.

 Don’t forget!