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Move in

It's time to move in! We're excited to meet you.

What will move in look like this year?

Your safety is our top priority
This year, we're providing a flexible move in schedule to keep you, your family and the community safe. You will be able to choose the move in time that works for you by scheduling an appointment.

Only one resident will move in at a time, so we can ensure physical distancing. Please note, masks are required, and only two guests can assist you with moving in.

Scheduling your move in time

If you've reserved your space in residence, schedule your move in appointment by logging into your Residence Account. Keys will not be released without an appointment.

  • Please book your appointment as soon as possible. Appointments must be made 7 days in advance of your anticipated move in time
  • Once booked, your booking information will be sent to your UAlberta email and Google calendar for easy reference
  • To change your appointment time, choose a new time in the appointment calendar and delete your old appointment time from your personal Google calendar
Where do I go when I get to campus?

You must present government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to receive your room keys.

Parking is complimentary on your move in day. Please use the coupon code provided with your move in appointment information.

Mandatory COVID-19 Awareness Training Course for Residents

Complete this training prior to arriving on campus for your move in appointment. If you are already living on campus, review the necessary safety protocols to protect you, your peers, and University staff.

Your keys will not be released until this course is complete. Take the course!

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Safety guidelines

Please follow our safety guidelines for moving into residence.

  • Students may have two people assisting them with move in and guests are not currently allowed in residence buildings
  • Masks must be worn in common and public areas inside all buildings, when in elevators with another person, or when work is required within two meters of others
Isolation accommodation program

Whether you're flying into Edmonton and are legally required to isolate for 14 days (as part of public health orders) or you just want to take that extra measure to keep you and your family safe—Residence can help with our isolation accommodation program.

ONEcard

Your ONEcard is your official University student identification. Government issued Photo ID (driver's license or passport) is required for ONEcard issuance.

As a UAlberta resident, you may also use your ONEcard to:

  • Access residence buildings
  • Make purchases with your meal plan flex funds and/or ONEcard Cash account
  • Use laundry facilities (ONEcard Cash required)
  • Use Edmonton Transit (U-Pass required)
  • Access UAlberta library resources and Edmonton Public Library materials
  • Access campus recreation facilities and services
  • Print and copy on campus

Damaged ONEcards

If your ONEcard becomes damaged, contact ONEcard about purchasing a new card.

Lost/stolen ONEcards

Your ONEcard is not PIN protected. For this reason, and because of the building access enabled by your ONEcard, it is essential that you report a lost or stolen card immediately so that all card activity can be suspended.

Reports can be filed with the ONEcard office online or by phone (780-492-7924). Alternately, you can report a lost or stolen card to the Student and Guest Services Desk (S&GS Desk) at Lister Centre or at the Student Life Central in SUB. If your ONEcard is not found, you may replace it for $25 (does not include replacement U-Pass).

Until notification of a lost/stolen card has been received, you will be responsible for all use of your ONEcard, including meal plan access, whether or not such use is authorized by you.

Maintenance requests

By submitting a maintenance request with maintenance, repair, cleanliness, or health and safety concerns reported, you are granting Residence Operations permission to enter your unit without additional notice provided within 10 business days to address the reported concerns. If you have a roommate, please let them know about the issue so they are aware of the pending staff entry. Residence Operations staff will lock your room door behind you so always have your keys with you.

Insurance

You are strongly advised to obtain property and general liability insurance coverage to insure your personal property against loss or damage by fire, flood, theft and other perils.

The University of Alberta assumes no responsibility for damages that may occur to your personal belongings, whatever the cause.

Check your parents’ home insurance policy as you may already be covered under their plan.

Parking permits

Due to the limited parking space available on campus and the convenience of the U-Pass, we discourage residents from bringing a vehicle to campus. If you must bring a vehicle and require a parking space, please visit Parking Services for information about Student Parking Permits.

What to bring

Storage in residences is very limited - please only bring essential items. Residence Services does not accept responsibility for items in storage.

Note: Personal parcels and luggage will NOT be accepted by Residence Services prior to your arrival as storage and security for these items cannot be guaranteed. Items that arrive before you move in will be returned to sender.

Necessities

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Health Care Card and all medications
  • Copies of your prescriptions (e.g. medications, glasses, contacts, etc.)
  • Contact information for family and friends

Bathroom supplies

  • Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Toiletry items, including hair dryer/curling iron that operates on 110V/60Hz and fits into standard Canadian power outlets
  • Flip flops or shower shoes
  • Bathrobe and towels

Bedroom supplies

  • Pillows, pillowcases, blankets, and sheets
    (Graduate Residence, Pinecrest House and Tamarack House are furnished with double beds. All other furnished residences have single beds - we recommend Twin sheets)
  • Laundry bag or basket and laundry detergent
  • Electric power bar with surge protection—to protect your electronics
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Clothing for all seasons that you can layer
  • Study lamp that does not have a combustible or plastic cover
  • Power adapter
  • Fan
  • A small or handheld vacuum.

Kitchen supplies

  • Dishes, pots, pans, cutlery (recommended for apartment-style residences or residences with no meal plan only). Not recommended for Peter Lougheed Hall or Thelma Chalifoux Hall residents as there will be no kitchen facilities available.
  • Small cooking appliances*

* IMPORTANT: Cooking and heating appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, deep fryers, rice cookers and pressure cookers are fire hazards and are NOT allowed in dorm rooms. You may bring them for use in common kitchen areas and apartments.

Other things to consider

  • Mini-fridge no larger than four cubic feet (Lister and Nîpisîy House residents)
  • Headphones for your computer
  • Earplugs
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Items to personalize your room such as posters, plants and pictures
  • Removable adhesive for mounting photos and posters on your walls
  • Vacuum and/or toilet plunger. You may wish to bring one or plan to purchase one after you arrive if you feel it is needed.
  • Students moving into unfurnished apartments will need to provide their own bedroom, living room and kitchen furniture
What not to bring

Storage in residences is very limited - please only bring items that you know you will have space for. Residence Services does not accept responsibility for items in storage.

Note: Personal parcels and luggage will NOT be accepted by Residence Services prior to your arrival as storage and security for these items cannot be guaranteed. Items that arrive before you move in will be returned to sender.

These items are not permitted, so please do not bring them with you! If you have questions about a particular item, please contact our office at housing@ualberta.ca.

  • Furniture (unless you are moving into an unfurnished apartment)
  • Speaker systems
  • Cooking and heating appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, deep fryers, rice cookers and pressure cookers are not permitted in dorm rooms. These items are fire hazards, and it would be considered a breach of your contract to have one in your room. They may be brought for use in apartments or common kitchens.
  • Candles, incense, fireworks, sparklers, etc.
  • Guns, knives, weapons, or replica weapons, including air guns, paintball guns, and ammunition
  • Room heating devices or alcohol lamps
  • Air conditioners
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Extension cords over six feet in length
  • Pets
  • Illegal substances

You are responsible for the provided furniture in your room (including your mattress) from the time that you receive your room keys. Do not move existing furniture within or out of your room. Items removed from the room and placed in storage remain your responsibility. If items are damaged or removed from storage without being returned to your room, you will be responsible for all charges.

Orientation programs

BaseCamp

BaseCamp is UAlberta’s week long first year residence orientation, designed to give new residents the opportunity to get acquainted with other students and settle into their community before classes begin.

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Eastern Ascent

Eastern Ascent is our upper-year orientation program for students living in East Campus. Eastern Ascent enables students to become comfortable in their new environment, develop peer connections, and become better oriented to the Edmonton community and campus.

Read more

Please be sure to read all of the emails that we send (add housing@ualberta.ca to your email contacts) to ensure you don't miss any important move in details.