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 roommates 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 residence 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 for the summer on April 23rd, 2023, 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 provide 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, a partial meal plan (a flex plan) is required for all residence students. You can use the swipes for any meal period during the academic year in Rosaria Dining Hall, as well as for items from the McCain and Seton Cafes.

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?

As our residences are operated as a summer hotel by Conference Services, we cannot permit early move-ins in order to allow for the appropriate transition and preparation for residence spaces.

Should you have to arrive in the city prior to move-in day, 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!