Fall 2020 FAQ's


Residence Fall 2020 FAQ's

Updated June 30, 2020

Room Placements

Residence Services will not be using traditional dormitory style residences this fall due to shared washroom facilities. First-year communities will be created in buildings with two and three-bedroom suites.

With these changes, residence room rates in these suites are higher than traditional dormitory style. You can expect a rate increase of about $3,000 for the academic year, compared to a traditional double room (meal plan not included). We understand this may cause some challenges; however, the new room assignments are in place to maintain everyone’s health and safety while staying with us.

Meal Plans

Meal Plans are required for first-year residents and they can choose to purchase one of the three meal plan options – 7-day unlimited plan, 5-day unlimited plan and 250 swipes

Offers of residence

First-year students that applied prior to May 1, 2020 will receive an offer of residence by email the first week of June. Students will have until July 12 to accept their offer of residence and pay the $1000 advance payment. Those that accept their offer of residence will receive a time slot the week of July 20, that will give them access to select their room and roommate.

First-Year Waitlist

First-year residents that applied after May 1, 2020, will be put on a waitlist and will receive an offer or residence if any spots becomes available in August.

Winter 2021 Term
If you have applied for the Academic 2020-2021 term, and would would like to defer your residence application to the Winter 2021 term, please contact our office by email, residence@ucalgary.ca, to inform them would like your application changed. There is no fee for requesting this. Offers for the Winter 2021 term will be out in November. 

Cancel Booking

Residents that currently have a booking for the Fall / Academic term can cancel their booking with no penalty. We ask the bookings be canceled prior to July 12, 2020, but we do understand that plans might change as more information about the Fall 2020 term come to light and therefore, we will allow cancellations up to August 1, 2020. 

We ask that residents that would like to cancel their booking please fill our the fall cancellation form. When cancelling the booking, residents can request to have their advance payment refunded, transferred to tuition or left on residence account for future use.

Room Booking Adjustments

Residence Services may have to change current residence bookings to meet new guidelines (maximum of two residents per washroom) and to allow housing of first year residents (due to the closure of traditional dormitory buildings).

Those residents that will have to change their residence bookings, will receive an email the week of July 20 with a new timeslot that will allow them to select a new room for the Fall 2020 term. These time slots will be offered out based on application date.

Waitlist

Residence has placed those that have applied for residence after April 15 onto a waitlist. Anyone on this waitlist will only be sent an offer if space becomes available. 

Winter 2021 Term
If you have applied for the Academic 2020-2021 term, and would would like to defer your residence application to the Winter 2021 term, please contact our office by email, residence@ucalgary.ca, to inform them would like your application changed. There is no fee for requesting this. Offers for the Winter 2021 term will be out in November. 

Residence Availability

Residence is open and currently is only able to house those students that have already been offered and accepted a room. Residence has placed those that have applied for residence after April 15 onto a waitlist. Anyone on this waitlist will only be sent an offer if space becomes available.

Self Isolation

Incoming international students 18 years of age or over, including visiting students and Continuing Education students, are permitted to arrive in compliance with Alberta Health Services requirements starting July 1, 2020.

If you have an active booking with Residence Services and are arriving in Calgary after Aug. 10, you are able to self-isolate in Residence. There will be a fee of $30 per night up to Aug. 30. Food option(s) will be available at an additional cost. Information will be sent out to all International residents that currently have a booking by mid-July.

Winter 2021 Term
If you have applied for the Academic 2020-2021 term, and would would like to defer your residence application to the Winter 2021 term, please contact our office by email, residence@ucalgary.ca, to inform them would like your application changed. There is no fee for requesting this. Offers for the Winter 2021 term will be out in November. 

Live with your Peers

Living in residence means getting to live amongst your peers, engage in community, and seek support from other students.  

‘Social Distancing’ does not mean you have to isolate alone in your room – it means following Alberta Health Services guidelines while interacting with your peers. Residence might look a little different than before, but students will still be able to support one another personally & academically. 

Social Connection  

Residence Life is excited to provide numerous social and academic support programs for residents to attend virtually and in-person (if safe to do so). Here are just a few examples of programs you can anticipate in the fall:  

  • Virtual fitness classes  

  • “Study with Me” Sessions 

  • Trivia Nights  

  • Community Netflix Parties  

  • Scavenger Hunts  

  • Book clubs 

Student Leader Support  

Our Community Ambassadors (CAs) are returning to campus in Fall 2020 and are excited to continue to support your residence experience. CAs are highly trained leaders who provide individual support and plan community wide programs. Residence staff are available to support you 24 hours/day!  

The Landing

  • The Landing will be open to serve residents for the fall term using a hybrid model of take-out and dine in options
  • The Landing will have limited seating to meet Alberta Health Services regulations
  • All food and beverages will be served by staff

Meal Plan Requirements

Meal Plans are required for first-year residents and they can choose to purchase one of the three meal plan options – 7-day unlimited plan, 5-day unlimited plan and 250 swipes.

Residents living in apartments may purchase a meal plan or a swipe option

Residents that currently have a booking for the Fall / Academic term can cancel their booking with no penalty. We ask the bookings be canceled prior to July 12, 2020, but we do understand that plans might change as more information about the Fall 2020 term come to light and therefore, we will allow cancellations up to August 1, 2020. 

We ask that residents that would like to cancel their booking please fill our the fall cancellation form. When cancelling the booking, residents can request to have their advance payment refunded, transferred to tuition or left on residence account for future use.