Residence & Campus Life

Residences & Housing

Moving In

This is an exciting day! It can be confusing but you’ll do fine. If you need help, ask anyone wearing a red Acadia golf shirt. They were all new students like you and know how to get you moved in and having fun in record time.

When do I arrive?

September 2020 Arrival Dates:

Wednesday – Saturday (Sept. 2 - 5): Residences Open for International Students. Students must arrive in Nova Scotia by Sept. 5th to accommodate self-isolation.
Friday – Saturday (Sept. 4 - 5): Residence Open for all new Canadian students, excluding all students not required to self-isolate.
Saturday – Friday (Sept. 5-18): 14-Day Self-isolation Period.
Saturday – Sunday (Sept. 19-20): Residences open for all new and returning students not required to self-isolate.

More details will be available later in June. We'll work with you to develop an itinerary to ensure your arrival on campus is safe and coordinated.

What do I do when I arrive?

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3. And it’s all on our Welcome Week site.

What do I bring?

Your room comes furnished with a bed, bureau or drawers and mirror, closet or armoire, desk and chair, study lamp, telephone, waste can and recycling box. Here are some things you may want to bring:

  • Alarm clock
  • Banking and health information
  • Bed linens/comforter*
  • Calendar
  • Clothes iron with safety features
  • Coffee mug
  • Dishes/Cutlery
  • First-aid kit
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Identification
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Mattress foam pad or cover
  • Pictures/posters and sticky tack
  • Plant
  • Prescriptions
  • Semi-formal/business attire
  • School supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Blanket
  • You can also buy linens through
    Campus Linens of Canada Website.
    Their sheets are guaranteed to fit your residence bed.
    Order before August 14 for free and on-time delivery.
  • Towels & face cloths
  • Bathroom caddy
  • Camera
  • Decorations
  • Dish soap and cloths
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Kettle for boiling water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Message board for your door
  • Pictures of pets, siblings or parents
  • Pillow
  • Power bar or grounded extension cords
  • Rain Gear
  • Sewing kit
  • Small refrigerator
  • Small rug to go next to your bed
  • Storage containers
  • Toiletries
  • Warm winter clothes and boots

Mail Service

Mail or courier packages are delivered to mailboxes in the Acadia Student Union (ASU) building. There are no deliveries to residence. To get an ASU mailbox, download the form.

Living with a roommate

Whether you’re assigned to a single room, double room or suite, you’ll have to learn how to live with others. Shared spaces, different schedules and new personalities can create a stressful environment. Communication, patience and understanding will help you build a successful roommate relationship. Remember that some roommates may become close friends, while others will remain acquaintances.

Your Residence Assistants (RAs) can help you work through any issues. These students are trained in conflict mediation and will work towards creating a comfortable environment for you and your roommate. You may also consider a roommate agreement.