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Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 Residence FAQs during COVID-19

As of November 1, 2021


Effective January 1, 2022, all students must be Fully Vaccinated and have provided Proof of Vaccination to the University through the COVIDSafe Campus web platform (My Thrive Health) in order to register for in-person classes or live in residence.

Students that are travelling to Canada for the winter 2022 term and are unable to receive a WHO-approved vaccine in their home country, can apply for a temporary accommodation. This accommodation would allow them to attend in-person courses, or participate in research or other activities related to a thesis-based program, while they go through the process of becoming fully vaccinated in Canada. More info here.

Quarantine units available if traveling from an international location for those living in residence:

  • Incoming international students who have an active residence booking and are arriving from outside of Canada are might be able to quarantine in Residence for the Winter term starting December 15, 2021. Space if very limited for winter quarantine. 
  • Book residence quarantine.
  • Residence Services will not be offering quarantine or self-isolation for non-residents.

Please review the IRCC website for travel exemptions for students and the ISS COVID-19 FAQs page before making plans to travel:

If you plan to travel to Canada for the fall 2021 or winter 2022 term, make sure you understand the quarantine requirements you will need to follow and review the Travel Canada website requirements for all travellers coming to Canada.

Residents that are exempt from quarantine are still required to apply for quarantine with residence. All international students must prove they have a quarantine plan at the boarder if needed. Residents that do not need to quarantine will be able to move into residence and will not be charge for their early arrival. 

Residence does offer self-isolation rooms for those residents that are currently in room and need to self-isolate due to Covid symptoms or have tested positive for Covid. More info

To promote a healthy and safe learning, working, and living environment, non-medical face masks must now be worn in all public indoor areas UCalgary where physical distancing is not possible.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) both formally recommend mask use indoors. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw also recommends mask usage to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are not necessary to be worn on campus under the following circumstances:

  • Working alone in private offices
  • Working outdoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Meeting indoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Working alone in a shared space
  • Working in a cubicle with plexiglass, wall, or other approved barrier between people and when not providing services to anyone
  • In a classroom where there is a minimum of 2 metres between instructor or among students

Please visit this mask FAQ page for up-to-date information.