First Year Orientation: BaseCamp

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Basecamp 2020 UPDATE

We are working hard to reimagine Residence Basecamp Orientation during this time of physical distancing. We are still committed to helping you learn about life in residence, make friends and get the most out of your university experience. Please continue to monitor your UAlberta Email for updates regarding BaseCamp Orientation.


Please note: BaseCamp is only offered in the Fall Term for first-year students living in Lister Residence, Peter Lougheed Hall, and Résidence Saint-Jean.


Fact about UAlberta Basecamp

Moving away from home and starting University can be a daunting mountain to climb. BaseCamp is the University of Alberta’s first year residence orientation program designed to provide new students living in residence early access to resources, experiences and learning opportunities to help them transition into university.

First year residents will have the opportunity to form close relations with other students on their floor during the four day orientation, and get settled comfortably in their campus and community environment before classes begin.

BaseCamp will kick off in the Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 7–8 pm. All first-year Lister, PLH and RSJ residents are invited. You will have a chance to celebrate with your new peers, win free swag, meet your Residence Coordinators, and learn more about your BaseCamp orientation experience!


In the final week before classes begin—you, along with your peers and Resident Assistants (RAs), will take part in a variety of activities and events that are sure to leave a lasting impact on your transition to life in residence and at the University of Alberta.

During BaseCamp, you will have the chance to:

  • settle into your new home
  • discover campus and where your classes will be
  • bond with your floormates and make new friends throughout residence
  • develop a personal and academic support network
  • make connections with helpful resources

Our goal is to help you learn the tools and skills that will help you achieve success in university!

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Remember: As a first-year student moving into Lister Residence, Peter Lougheed Hall or Résidence Saint-Jean, you are automatically registered in BaseCamp. BaseCamp is your orientation experience in residence. For more information about other parts of your UAlberta orientation experience, please visit:

Sample Schedule

Please be aware that due to the large number of students who participate in BaseCamp, each schedule differs by floor.
You will receive the full BaseCamp schedule for your floor when you move in.


BaseCamp Online is offered through UAlberta’s eClass (Moodle), the online system that is used for University of Alberta classes. It is simple to use, and you will automatically be enrolled in the online program after August 1. A direct link will be available on the Residence Services website and you will have access to the program throughout the academic year.

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BaseCamp Online provides pre-arrival information, as well as extra information that you can use as a resource during and after BaseCamp. This will give you a clearer idea of what to expect prior to Move In and BaseCamp.

BaseCamp Online also features interactive components, like discussion boards and quizzes, to connect you with other first-year students. BaseCamp Online will lead you to the appropriate resources and services that you can access when faced with any academic, transitional or personal issues.

Some modules included in BaseCamp Online are:

  • Living in Residence
  • Transition from High School to University
  • Academic Life
  • Degree and Career Planning
  • Ways to Get Involved on Campus


Please contact the Residence Life Intern at with any questions about your BaseCamp experience.


Block Party is an annual afternoon of fun in the East Campus Walkway that celebrates the end orientation week with good food, new neighbours and entertainment! This year Block Party is being held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 11 am–4 pm.

Check out Block Party to snag a ride on free segway tours of campus, unleash your silly side with free face painting, or get a little competitive with the variety of lawn games and interactive stands located on the walkway. Various groups on campus and around Edmonton also will be at Block Party with booths featuring info and free swag! You can also grab yourself some tasty eats from one of the many food trucks that will be lining the walkway.

Everyone is welcome; so be sure to drop in, meet new people, have a bite, and leave feeling more connected to your community!

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