New Student Checklist

Use the New Student Checklist to get organized and stay ahead as you prepare for university.

Before Classes Begin

  • Register for Welcome Week events and activities.
  • Contact your Academic Advisor to discuss your course options.
  • Get in the system! Set up your SMU account by obtaining an “s number” and gain access to SMUport and Brightspace.
  • Apply for your campus ID card no later than August 3rd. You can pick your card up in September from the front desk of the Patrick Power Library. ID cards cannot be mailed. Please bring a piece of photo ID with you.
  • Connect with the Service Centre for student loan and other financial information.
  • Review your class details and schedule using Self-Service Banner.
  • Planning to live on campus? Apply or confirm your place in residence.
  • Students win need of academic accommodations are encouraged to contact the Fred Smithers Centre to discuss their needs.
  • International students should contact the International Centre to complete additional tasks before your studies begin.

Your First Week of Class

  • Be present in your classes! Try introducing yourself to professors, TAs, and a few classmates.
  • Order your books and supplies at the campus Bookstore.
  • Join a society based on your interests! Checking out the list of active groups.
  • Pick up your Halifax Transit U-Pass through SMUSA. Students may be eligible to opt-out of the U-Pass and must opt-out during the opt-out period.
  • Learn about the health plan available to full-time domestic and international students. Students may be eligible to opt-out of the health plan and must opt-out during the opt-out period.
  • Review and pay tuition fees by the Fall Term deadline through the Service Centre.