Get a sneak peek into Fall 2020

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Here’s a sneak peek into what residence will look like this fall. Start getting excited for a new year filled with all the new friendships, random hallway discussions and late night Domino’s orders that residence dreams are made of.

You won’t be confined to your room

It’s nice to have a place to unwind, but it’s equally important to get access to the spaces and environments that make us feel part of a community—that includes study spaces and common rooms.

Many spaces will have restrictions on capacity this year (#physicaldistancing) but they’ll still be open as long as it is safe to do so. That means you’ll be free to study in your favourite lounge or study rooms.

In-person programming will still be happening

Programming is a huge way students stay connected to each other in residence.

Will your floor still host the events you know and love? The short answer is yes—from informal movie nights as well as the formal themed Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

The long answer: Safety is our top priority and we’re following the guidelines from campus, the City of Edmonton and provincial and federal governments. So you can expect programs to look and feel a bit different. This may mean playing an outdoor movie with individually wrapped snacks rather than a floor Twister tournament and communal bowl of Cheetos.

Wait! Does that mean dodgeball will be back?
We’re still working with the Lister and East Campus dodgeball leagues to figure this one out. It won’t be a thing when you move in, but we’re hopeful we can bring dodgeball culture and everything we love about it to residence this semester. Some big changes need to happen to ensure the sport is safe for everyone involved.

You’ll get access to online programming through Expedition: Connect

Expedition: Connect is your residence hub for Fall 2020.

Need to find out what’s happening in your residence community?
Check out the discussion board for your next community meeting

Want to participate in programming related to your faculty?
Register for an academic cohort and connect with students and faculty in your field of study who can help you study better and develop your future career.

Have a special interest like food insecurity or equity and diversity?
Register for a non-academic cohort such as Global Education or LGBTQ2S+ and participate in meaningful, substantive conversations with like-minded friends.

Expedition: Connect brings you closer to the members of your community but also bridges the gap between students on campus and those who’ve had to delay their arrival and are yet to arrive.

Options are available for anyone who needs to self-isolate this fall

Our Isolation Accommodation Program (IAP) is open to any staff, student or faculty who need to self-isolate. The program includes meals, regular staff support and check-ins, and laundry and garbage service.

You can still take part in residence orientation

BaseCamp and Eastern Ascent (our first- and upper-year residence orientations) are taking place this year from August 24–28. More information will be coming soon!

Most of BaseCamp and Eastern Ascent will take place remotely this year, so you don’t need to worry about moving in before they start.

Move In Day will look a little different

Some changes have taken place to keep incoming residents safe and healthy, and move in will be spread over several weeks.

If you’ll be joining us soon, check out our Move in Information webpage regularly for updates or reach out to housing@ualberta.ca with any questions.

Finally, to address one of your most pressing questions: Pet therapy is still on!

It wouldn’t be residence without a visit or two from our furry friends, but you may notice some changes to how it is run. You may need to register for time slots or take additional health and safety precautions like wearing a mask. I also heard a rumour that the petting zoo may make an appearance for a mid-semester pick-me-up…


More questions?
Check out Campus Life in Fall 2020.