Have a question? We have the answers!

Being a Mount Residence Student is exciting, and with that there is usually some questions. Don’t worry we have got you covered! From Orientation Week to meal plans and room mates to where to park, the Residence Life FAQ will help you with some of the basics. Have other questions that you don’t see the answer too? Email Residence@msvu.ca.


What can I bring to residence (i.e. bike, fridge, pets)?

For a complete list of what to bring and what to leave at home, please see our ultimate packing list. If you don’t see something on there, please let us know!

What is an RA? What do they do?

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student representatives of the housing office who live and work in residence buildings. Assisi, the Birches and Westwood each have a Residence Life Team responsible for housing programming and addressing the needs of Mount students. RAs also ensure housing rules and regulations are adhered to by residents; they look out for the well-being of all on-campus residents.

Will I have a mailing address?

Yes, each residence student is assigned a mailbox at the start of the year. Please use the following format when sending correspondence to your student:

Student’s name
Residence and room number
Mailbox number
166 Bedford Hwy
Halifax, NS
B3M 2J6

Can I get in contact with my future roommate before we move in together?

Email Residence@msvu.ca. We will verify that your roommates have authorized us to release their information and email you with their details.

When do residences close during the year?

Residences close on December 19th, 2021 and remains closed until January 4th, 2022 for the Holiday Break. Residences close for the summer on April 23rd, 2022, with the exception of Birch 5, which houses students taking summer courses.

Are meal plans mandatory? Who is the provider? Do they have vegan/vegetarian alternatives?

Yes, meal plans are mandatory. Chartwells provides on-campus dining to the community. There are a number of options for students, including vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Chartwells can also accommodate special dietary needs by meeting with the Food Services Director. More information can be found on the Chartwells website.

I am moving into an apartment in Westwood and want to cook all of my own meals. Why do I have to have to have a swipe meal plan?

As you will see on the Room and Meal Plan Fee document that was attached to your rental agreement, the Enhanced Modified Flex (EMF) plan is designed to allow for full meal service during 2 self-isolation periods per term (with meals delivered) and also provides food security by reducing the need to risk exposure (public transportation, grocery stores, etc.) in the event of a second wave.   You can use the swipes for any meal period during the academic year in Rosaria Dining Hall and there is a flex dollar component that you can use for convenience items.

While we know this is not necessarily ideal for all students, especially those who were eager to cook all of their meals on their own, the University felt it was necessary to ensure that all students living on campus could receive adequate food service for the year, regardless of the pandemic circumstances.   This option was the best way to ensure that all students will be able to remain on campus for the duration without any service interruptions.  You will still be able to cook your own meals in your unit, this will just offset some of your food requirements.

I have a special diet that I need to consider. How will that work with the Enhanced Modified Flex plan?

We are excited to welcome Chef Heather McNulty back to campus this year and Sous Chef Dave. Our Chartwells team are aware that we will have some students with special dietary requirements on campus and they are willing and eager to work with you all to ensure that they build in the healthy options and lots of variety to the menu options.

Can we move into residence early?

Unfortunately, given the new provincial guidelines and protocols,  we are not permitted to make any exceptions to the move-in procedures this year.  We are taking extra precautions with check-in and scheduling move-in dates/times is necessary to ensure for proper social distancing and to reduce wait times and line ups.   These challenging times are tough for everyone; however, health and safety are our number one priority.

Should you have to arrive in the city prior to your move-in appointment, some local hotels are offering reduced rates for students and families coming into town for move-in.

We are excited to have you back on campus and look forward to seeing you soon!

Will students have to self-isolate when they get to campus?

Students arriving from within the current government bubble at the point of move-in (ie. Atlantic Canada), will not be required to self-isolate.  All other student will be required to self-isolate off campus for 14 days prior to arriving on campus.   Please refer to our move-in information page on our website for details.

All students will be required to arrive by appointment only and must complete a pre-screen before accessing residence.