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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.

We have limited the number of residents moving in at one time to ensure physical distancing. Masks are strongly encouraged on campus spaces, especially where physical distancing is not possible (for example, in elevators). Two guests will be able to assist you with moving in and and no visiting or overnight guests are permitted at this time.

Scheduling your move in time

If you've reserved your space in residence (Résidence Saint-Jean not applicable), schedule your move in appointment by logging into your Residence AccountKeys will not be released without an appointment.

  • Please book your appointment as soon as possible. Appointments must be made 4 days in advance of your anticipated move in time
  • Once booked, your booking information will be sent to your UAlberta email and available on your Residence Account for easy reference
  • To change your appointment time, cancel your appointment and choose a new time
Where do I go when I get to campus?

International House, Graduate Residence, HUB Mall, Aspen & Maple House, Peter Lougheed Hall, Pinecrest & Tamarack House or Nîpisîy House

Lister Residence

Résidence Saint-Jean

  • More information will be available later in the summer

Parking will be complimentary on your move in day. We will send you a coupon code via email before the end of July.

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

Missed your move in appointment?

If you are required to quarantine/isolate unexpectedly or are otherwise delayed, you may move in AFTER your move in appointment during these hours until August 31, 2021:

  • Weekdays
    • 9 am–12 pm
    • 1 pm–4 pm
    • 5 pm–10 pm
  • Weekends
    • 12 pm–10 pm

Move in requests will not be accommodated outside of these times. Students arriving in Edmonton late at night are encouraged to make arrangements with a hotel and choose a move in appointment the next day.

If you need to arrive earlier than your booked move in time, please change your appointment to an earlier time/date or email as soon as possible.

Safety guidelines

The university strongly encourages students to continue wearing a mask in all spaces on campus, including residence spaces, especially in areas where physical distancing is not possible. See Non-medical masks on campus for more information.

Students may have two people assisting them with move in and guests are not currently allowed to visit or stay overnight in residence buildings.

Travel isolation support

The University of Alberta continues to support new and returning international students’ isolation needs through the University of Alberta International (UAI) Off-Campus Isolation and Travel Registry and partnership with the Study Safe Corridor (SSC) TravelSafe program.

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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.


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.


  • 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

  • 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 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.

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Moving in Earlier? We have events for you!

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