Winter 2021 FAQ's

Non-medical masks be mandatory on campus, including residence buildings.

For the safety of our campus community, UCalgary students, faculty, staff, as well as visitors to campus, will be required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public spaces at all Calgary campuses.

Residents will be required to wear non-medical masks when they step out of their unit/apartment—all common areas, elevators, lobbies, hallways and laundry rooms etc.

Residence Winter 2021 FAQ's

Updated Jan. 15, 2021

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.


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

When can I apply to live in residence for the 2021/2022 academic term?

Applications to live in residence are now open.


Residence Services - International Arrival Booklet

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada - As of January 7

Air travellers five years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Self-isolation units available if traveling from an international location prior to the start of the winter term:

  • Incoming international students who have an active residence booking and are arriving from outside of Canada are able to self-isolate in Residence, click for more info.
  • International students enrolled at the University of Calgary (and their immediate co-arriving family members), are eligible for the International Border Testing Pilot programs, so long as they also meet the requirements.
  • Residence Services will not be offering self-isolation for non-residents.

Not Sure of Arrival Date

International students that have a booking and are not sure of their arrival date, should contact to inform this. Residence Services will adjust arrival date in system, to make sure that the booking is not cancelled.

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 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

Landing will be open for takeout only until further notice.

The Landing will be open for dine-in service for the 2020/2021 academic term with unlimited All You Care To Eat Meal plans, including a full-service model where staff will assist students with various food and beverage items.

Following Alberta Health Services guidelines, there will be reduced seating capacity, enhanced cleaning procedures, and directional and physical distancing signage. Don’t forget your face mask when visiting.

Special events and community activities will still be offered and have been adapted to respect safety guidelines.

The Landing team is happy to work with students to ensure allergy and special dietary needs are met. Visit The Landing website for daily menus and hours of operation

Please contact Food Services at if you have any special dietary concerns or questions.

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

If you are currently living with us and you are have Covid -19 symptoms please visit our Covid - 19 website for more information.