COVID-19 Updates

Student Life

Student services designed to keep you healthy


Welcome back! You'll notice some big changes. All residences offer single rooms, and dining facilities feature self-checkout and new seating arrangements.

Though some things are different, our goal is to preserve as much of our campus experience as possible. Each of us will need to change our typical behaviour and rethink how we conduct our studies, our work, and our social lives. These plans can and will succeed because we are a community that cares greatly for each other and for this institution.

Key Points

  • Residences have been reorganized.

    We've changed the residence experience to promote safety and hygiene. There are single rooms only, floors are split into 'bubbles' in some situations, and you will likely have an assigned washroom. A plan has been developed to quarantine students who have or may have been exposed to COVID-19. They will use a separate washroom, and we will provide them with food delivery, supplies, and support during the isolation period.

  • Campus dining has changed.

    We will adhere to all Nova Scotia and local health guidelines and enhance our food safety and sanitation processes. Utensils and grab-and-go items are individually wrapped. We anticipate food service locations will be open, with most locations providing a quick pick-up service.

    Meal hall will seat fewer people at once, with scheduled meal times based on the class timetable. We are cleaning meal hall more frequently and we have eliminated self-serve and buffet-style options.

  • Civic and community engagement continues.

    Students from across the University participate in volunteer community activities and service learning, working closely with local organizations. Protocols will be developed that allow these activities to continue and conform to University guidelines to ensure safety.

  • There are ways to stay active.

    Though Varsity events, club sports, and some intramurals have been suspended for the Fall Term, the Acadia Athletics Complex will open in September, subject to new health and hygiene protocols and booking procedures. In addition, our Athletics staff are developing new fitness and recreational programming for students that meets NS Public Health and sport-specific guidelines and requirements. Competitive and recreational sport leagues will include basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and spikeball.
Female RA's and Welcome Week leaders cheer for students to enter War Memorial House during Move-In Day 2019.

Student Life Update

Whether it’s your first year in Nova Scotia or you are a returning student – welcome! Be sure to check out our full schedule of activities and sessions for Acadia's Fall 2020 Orientation. The Acadia Students' Union has events happening this week for first year students and there are sessions starting Monday for all students, new and returning.


Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive if I am going to live in residence?

Residence Arrival Dates

  • Wednesday, September 2 – Saturday, September 5: Residences open for international students. All students must arrive in Nova Scotia by September 5 to accommodate self-isolation.
  • Friday, September 4 – Saturday, September 5: Residences open for all new Canadian students who need to self-isolate.
  • Saturday, September 5 – Friday, September 18: 14-day self-isolation period in residence.
  • Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20: Residences open for all new and returning students who do need not to self-isolate.
I am an international student and I don’t know how to plan my travel to campus. Can you help?

Our International Student Advisor will work with you on your itinerary to ensure a safe and coordinated welcome to campus. Please email international@acadiau.ca. You can also review an updated list of all academic dates for the fall by visiting Acadia's Registrar’s Office.


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