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Your virtual residence experience connecting you to your community

Get to know your residence community through Expedition: Connect, our new online cohort experience. The program connects residents on campus virtually with those who have had to delay their arrival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expedition: Connect supports your academic success while connecting you to all the resources, friends and leadership opportunities that make life in residence great.

How does Expedition: Connect work?

Expedition: Connect is your central hub for residence programming in the 2020-2021 academic year. Students who participate in Expedition: Connect will gain access to programming targeted to support university life.

Expedition: Connect integrates our highly successful BaseCamp and Eastern Ascent residence orientations

It's part of our Peer Tutor Program and Engage Edmonton service learning opportunities, too.

Take part in Expedition: Connect even before you arrive

If you need to delay your arrival to campus, you’ll still be able to meet your new neighbours even before you get here. You’ll join a student group of new residents and a student leader, your virtual Resident Assistant (RA)—and you’ll meet regularly on a virtual platform to learn and grow together. Your virtual Resident Assistant will give you all the support and resources you need throughout the year, just like a traditional RA.

Whether you’ll be here in Fall 2020 or you’re making your way here later, you’ll have access to the fabulous programming and community experience that the University of Alberta residences are known for.

Your $500 deposit will secure a room upon your arrival (Winter 2020/Fall 2021) and give you access to the Expedition: Connect program. You will not be required to pay an additional security deposit when you arrive, as it will be used to support your participation in Expedition: Connect and not applied to your first month's rent upon arrival.

Cohort communities

Students both on campus and yet to arrive can join cohort communities based on their academics and interests—so embrace the diverse sense of community that makes residence great!

Academic cohort communities

We’ve recently moved our Living Learning Community programs online!

Join an academic cohort community based on your program of study and facilitated by upper year student staff. Academic cohort leaders will plan monthly academic programs, host virtual study sessions and provide faculty-based support and advice for students. These cohorts are led by upper-year students in the faculty and are home to regular virtual study sessions. Some academic cohorts include The Faculty of Arts, Science, Engineering, Nursing, and more!

If you're interested in networking with your faculty, participating in degree planning and academic-based programming that supports your career, or simply want to connect with peers who are taking similar courses, apply to be a part of an academic cohort!

Non-academic cohort communities

Expedition: Connect also features a variety of non-academic cohort communities which students can apply to join, further connecting you to the peers, supports, resources and programming that matters to you.

Non-academic cohorts feature a variety of interests and values with an aim to address the unique needs of our diverse residence community. Get to know students living in residence or participating virtually in Expedition: Connect and learn about resources, events and supports that are specific to your topic of choice.

These cohorts are led by passionate upper year students who are actively involved in the community they are fostering. Social Justice & Leadership, LGBTQ2S+, Global Education, International student cohort, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit student cohort are just some examples of the non-academic cohorts you can join this year!

How to enrol in Expedition: Connect

All students who move into residence this Fall 2020 or delay their arrival into residence are automatically enrolled in Expedition: Connect.

What is a virtual Residence Assistant (RA)?

Students who need to delay their arrival to residence will be assigned a virtual RA and residence community. Virtual RAs will host online community meetups, check in on residents, plan programming for students and be available for your personal and academic support.

Who will be in my virtual residence community?

You can choose the communities that are the best fit for you. In addition to the opportunities and programs that are available to everyone, Expedition: Connect also offers you the chance to connect with peers based on your faculty, year of study, interests and more.

The diverse group of people you meet in residence is a key part of the experience, and we are committed to helping engage all students. We also know that getting to know your neighbours helps you feel at home—that’s why students who move into residence this fall will be connected both online and in-person with their community and their RA.

Students delaying their arrival to residence will be invited to participate in all of the digital programming available above but will also be connected to peers who share their area of study. You’ll get to know your peers and have one-on-one interactions with student staff dedicated to supporting your academic and personal success.

Students both on campus and yet to arrive will be able to apply to other cohort communities based on their academics and interests—so embrace the diverse sense of community that makes residence great!