August 21, 2014

Welcome Home! Making Your Move to Residence Unforgettable

Moving into your new home in residence this semester? Brock Richardson, Acting Assistant Dean of Students, Residence Life, shares his insights on what to expect and tips to make living in residence a positive experience.

Move-in day is almost here, and the U of A will be filled with the enthusiasm and anticipation of new and returning students. Whether this is your first year or your last, you may be feeling overwhelmed, excited, nervous — or a combination of all three. This busy time can leave you feeling uncertain and anxious, and you may have many questions as you begin this new academic year. 

There are lots of things you can do to make the most of Move-In Week at the University of Alberta and your time living in residence.

What should you expect as you move into your new home away from home?

The Move-in Process

Residence Operations and Residence Life Staff work hard to ensure that your move-in experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Students will receive their room assignments upon picking up their room and mail keys, on their designated Move-In dates. (More information regarding Move-In can be found here.)

Some important things to do:
  • If you don't get your ONEcard and U-Pass during your move-in process, remember to visit the ONEcard Office in HUB Mall. 
  • Attend Your Residence Orientation
Some people you may meet throughout the day:
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) will be present in their communities throughout the day to welcome you and introduce you to your new home! They can answer your questions, show you around the community, and be the first friend you make!
  • Residence Volunteers (RVs) will be assisting at the various Move-In stations to help make your move-in as smooth and stress free as possible! They are here to help you along in the process!
  • Residence Operations Staff will be coordinating the Move-In process for the day. Staff have spent months organizing and developing the itinerary for the day to ensure that Move-In is a wonderful, exciting and easy experience for you and your loved ones!

Five tips for living in residence and having a great experience

  1. Remember, everyone is just as nervous, excited, and anxious as you are.
    Move-in day is a time of change and uncertainty. Whether you are moving into residence for the first time or having a new roommate move into your community, it can be overwhelming for many students
  2. Introduce yourself.
    Sometimes it can be hard to be the first person to say hi, but someone has got to do it, and whoever you are talking to will likely appreciate you made the first step. Who knows, they could even end up being your new best friend.
  3. If you are living with a roommate, complete a roommate agreement.
    Students in East Campus Village
    Put a lot of thought into it: don’t be afraid to write down what you need to live comfortably and talk about how you will share the space to have a successful year. Sometimes the questions seem silly or self explanatory but you will be glad you were clear about your expectations and needs when school gets busy, midterms hit, and you and your roommate are not having any problems.
  4. Get to know your Resident Assistant.
    If a residence issue comes up, whether it be a burnt out light bulb, or a personal issue like a roommate disagreement, they are trained to help you get through almost anything and everything, or know who to call if they don’t.
  5. Lastly, take things one day at a time.
    Make the most of every moment and opportunity and, before you know it, you’re time in residence will be done!

What's next?

Ask your Resident Assistant for information regarding community meetings and orientation events, to find out what your next steps to achieving an awesome residence experience may be.

Residence Orientation
Depending on which residence you live in, you will have the opportunity to participate in a residence orientation program that is designed to meet the diverse needs of our residents, while complimenting the traditional Student Union and University Faculty orientations.
  • BaseCamp Orientation on August 24- 29, 2014 for first-year students in Classic Lister and Residence Saint-Jean. BaseCamp is the more efficient way to make friends, get to know other members of your community and feel confident all before your first day of classes begin! Learn more here
  • East Campus Orientation Events (August 24 - September 6, 2014) and Block Party (September 6, 2014) for students living in East Campus Residences (HUB, Tamarack, Pinecrest, Newton, Michener Park, East Campus Village, Graduate Residence) and Schaffer Hall. East Campus Orientation features a variety of programming and event opportunities over the course of two weeks, ending with a Block Party on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Learn more here.