Atrium: The sunlit Tory Business atrium, which connects the Tory Building, Business Building, and HUB Mall
Bar None: A high-spirited western hoedown-style dance that began in 1948 and is now held annually, with square dancers, live orchestras, a staged bullfight, and a non-alcoholic saloon
Bears: Refers to the Golden Bears, UAlberta’s men’s athletic teams
Bear’s Den: an online community where you can meet some new people, ask all your questions, debate hot topics, follow our travels with the Road Blog, and meet your future advisors… all before you even come to campus!
Bear Tracks: An interactive web-based service for applicants and students, providing online grade reporting, application status, timetabling, and more.
Butterdome: The nickname of the Universiade Pavillion, so named because of its bright yellow colour.
CAB: The Central Academic Building, with campus’s largest cafeteria and a spacious first-floor meeting area
CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre: a University-operated office where UAlberta students go for advice on career planning and job opportunities.
CCID: Your Campus Computing ID, which will give you access to campus email and other online services.
CJSR: The campus radio station.
Gateway: The campus newspaper.
Getaway: A humorous, satirical issue of The Gateway that comes out once a year in December.
Green and Gold: The official colours of UAlberta, chosen in 1908 (when the university opened) to reflect the colour of the river valley trees during fall at the start of the school year.
Guba: The UAlberta Golden Bears' official mascot, “The Great University Bear of Alberta.”
HUB: The campus mall, with over 50 services, including restaurants, shops, and student lounges as well as 800 student residence rooms.
ISS: International Student Services, located in the Telus Centre (TEL), a great place to stop by to get advice, relax, and socialize.
IST: Information Services and Technology is the department that manages information technology on campus, with a Support Centre that allows you to walk in and get one-on-one technical assistance whether you're a student, staff, or faculty member.
I House: International House, the University residence for Canadian and international students.
I Week: International Week, hosted by the International Centre, a weeklong special event featuring guest speakers, performers, and special events.
NINT: The National Institute of Nanotechnology, the nation’s flagship centre for nanotechnology research and one of only a few such facilities in the world.
ONEcard: The official identification card of the University of Alberta gives students access to campus services and is able to carry a cash balance to use for photocopying and certain food purchases.
Pandas: Refers to the Pandas, the UAlberta women’s athletic teams.
Patches: The official mascot of the Pandas.
Quad: A large grassy courtyard in the centre of campus, where students sit outside to study and take part in the many special events that are hosted there.
RATT: Room At The Top restaurant and lounge, located on the 7th floor of the Students’ Union building, where you will get a fantastic view of the city and have a good time.
Safewalk: Offered by Students’ Union, this service will send two people to walk with you if you do not wish to walk alone after dark on or around campus.
Student ID: A unique ID number given to each UAlberta student.
SU: Students’ Union, the representative body for undergraduate students, offers many student services and several retail businesses on campus.
SUB: The Students' Union Building, home to the University Bookstore, RATT, student lounges, restaurants, and more.
Tory Turtle: The nickname of the Tory Lecture Theatre on campus, so named because of its shape.