Whether you are arriving from outside of Canada or outside of the Atlantic provinces you are required to have a quarantine plan which includes transportation and hotel quarantine details. The following resources will help you create your quarantine plan.
The university recognizes that in addition to physical health your mental health and wellness are important. On this webpage you will find helpful information about:
- Transportation from the airport to your accommodation
- Quarantine Accommodations
- Physical and mental health supports
- Grocery and Food Delivery
- On-Campus Supports
- Racism support
- Social stigma associated with COVID-19
Transportation from Halifax Airport to your Quarantine Location
All students arriving by air are required to arrange transportation from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to your quarantine location. These arrangements need to be made before you depart for Canada or Nova Scotia. View a list of transportation options. Once you pre-book your airport pick-up service, it is important that you save a copy of your booking and include it in your travel plan. You will be asked to show proof that you will safely reach your quarantine destination.
International students: The Saint Mary’s International Student Centre offers a free airport pick-up service for international students.
To apply for this free service:
You will receive an email requesting confirmation of details before your pickup is booked, please look for this email. You must submit your form no less than 5 business days before you travel.
Domestic students: Canadian students may arrange transportation from the airport using one of the following car services:
International students arriving in Canada are required to quarantine in one of the following accommodations. It is your responsibility to make arrangements directly with the hotel and keep a copy of your booking to demonstrate your quarantine plan.
As stated above, these arrangements must be made before your leave for Nova Scotia.
Below is a list of university-approved quarantine accommodations options. Please choose one, and make your reservation before traveling to Canada.
On-campus residence room (for off-campus international students)
- Price: $125/night (for 14 nights) = $1,750 total for 14-day quarantine period. Pricing includes taxes.
- Charged to the student's account
- Students are encouraged to arrive on or before December 1, 2020, to secure a residence quarantine room.
- 3 meals/day included in the rate
- Single room in traditional dormitory-style residence; shared hallways and washroom (individual use)
- Max of 3 individuals per hallway (3:1 person to bathroom ratio)
- Washrooms cleaned once / day by university custodial staff; wipes provided for individuals to wipe down surfaces (doorknobs, etc.) after use
- Bed size: twin bed/mattress
- 2 sets of linens provided for each quarantine bed to allow for 1 linen change during the quarantine period
- Cable and network/WIFI access are provided. TV and computer is not provided.
- Garbage will be collected daily at 2:00 pm if left bagged outside the room
- No additional storage; ALL belongings will remain with individuals in their quarantine room
- Daily outdoor time/fresh air time in Huskies Stadium (TBD)
- Minimum 3 days advance notice required to book space / arrange meals
Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites- 1960 Brunswick St (Downtown Halifax)
$110.64 per night (taxes included) including 3 hot meals, premium wifi, fridge, security safe, outdoor space, gaming access, discount bakery options, fitness access.
Homewood Suites- 1960 Brunswick St (Downtown Halifax)
$132.87 per night (taxes included) including 3 hot meals, all suites with full kitchen, wifi, security safe, outdoor space, gaming access, discount bakery options, fitness access. Both hotels are connected with dual pad property.
The Westin Nova Scotian- 1181 Hollis Street (Downtown Halifax)
$122.11 per night (including taxes) including 3 hot meals, deluxe guestrooms, equipped with a Westin 2nd Generation Heavenly Beds®, a full size desk with comfortable desk chair, an iron & full-size ironing board, hair dryer, cordless phone, enhanced high speed Internet, 55” TV with HD, in-room safe in all guestrooms, mini-fridge, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and windows that open.
Physical and Mental Health
If you need to seek testing or medical treatment during quarantine or isolation, you must:
- Call 811 if you have any of the following symptoms:
- fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
- cough or worsening of a previous cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
- nasal congestion/runny nose
- hoarse voice
- unusual fatigue
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
- immediately return to your place of quarantine or isolation location afterwards
- wear a non-medical mask or face covering while in transit
- Be prepared to provide information about your travel to Nova Scotia, including things such as flight numbers, travel dates, how you traveled from the airport to your place of self-isolation, etc.
Information on COVID-10 testing sites is provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Saint Mary’s Student Health Services is open for regular services. Please note that it is not a testing site and you should not visit Student Health Services if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Emergency medical services can be contacted by calling 911 or visiting a hospital in Halifax. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call 811.
All international students studying at Saint Mary’s University are required to have health insurance. Ensure you have health insurance before you travel. Current students who have not opted out of the Saint Mary's University Students' Association (SMUSA) Health Insurance plan are covered. If you are a new student or a student who opted out of health insurance for the September-December term, you will need to purchase private health insurance or purchase coverage through SMUSA to cover you from your arrival in Canada until January 4. Email email@example.com for more information.
If you remain in Canada for 12 months, you may be eligible for MSI, the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Care Program.
Many Halifax pharmacies offer delivery services for prescriptions if required. Contact the pharmacy directly to see if this service is available:
Mental Health Resources
The Saint Mary’s University Counselling Centre is open virtually to all current Saint Mary's students living in Canada. To arrange an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org. International students living outside of Canada can contact the Centre for information about other counselling supports.
Offers a suite of online mental health resources to complement counselling services available on campus, including the following:
Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service
Crisis Text Line Powered by Kid’s Help Phone
Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service
Just text "Good2TalkNS" to 686868 to be connected to a volunteer-supporter from the privacy of your phone.
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (24 hours Crisis Support via Phone)
902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167(toll free)
We encourage you to maintain close virtual contact with friends and family during your self-isolation period. Video/phone calls, esports, or other social events are recommended to stay in touch and maintain social connection while you self-isolate.
Grocery and Food Delivery
Quarantining students can use food and grocery delivery services. Grocery delivery can also deliver personal hygiene items you may need such as toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.
Grocery Delivery Services
Food Delivery Services
Students quarantining or living on-campus have access to supports through various university departments and services.
- Resident's Assistants- all students living in residence will have the contact information for their Resident Assistant
- Residence Life
- Loyola Residence Desk
- Aramark Food Services (includes Dietician supports)
- Housing and Residence Department
- The New to SMU Program
- The Counselling Centre
Saint Mary’s University is committed to ensuring our students have a positive experience. If students encounter racism, they should contact Student Affairs and Services at email@example.com. They will work with students to provide the necessary support, connecting them if needed, to our African Nova Scotia and Black Student Advisor, our Indigenous Student Advisor, as well as community-based resources.