Get ready for university
Important deadlines and events
Send us documentation
Read your admission letter to see if the university requires any other documentation from you and how to submit it.
Get your ID card, U-Pass, textbooks
Get your student ID card at the U of S Bookstore. Remember to bring photo ID.
The U-Pass is a city bus pass that is included in student fees for full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students.
- Undergraduate students can learn more about the U-Pass on their student union's website
- Graduate students can learn more about their U-Pass on their student association's website
Find out what textbooks and materials you need in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or at the Bookstore. If you buy textbooks from the U of S Bookstore after August 5, you will have until September 19 to exchange or return them.
Soon after your arrival, be sure to visit the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) to pick up a Welcome Package and to meet with a Student Assistant or International Education Officer.
Student Central can help.
See our class registration guide to learn how to:
- Plan your degree
- Search for classes
- Register for classes
- Make changes to your registration
Speak with an academic advisor
Academic advisors are trained and experienced experts
- Identify the quickest way for you to complete your program
- Explain university policies
- Help you decide on your academic and career goals
- Look into getting you credit for classes you’ve taken at another institution
Most colleges have information for their new students:
- Agriculture and Bioresources
- Arts and Science
- Pharmacy and Nutrition
- School of Physical Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
Disability Services for Students (DSS)
If you have a disability, you are encouraged to register with Disability Services for Students (DSS), so that you can access services and programs provided by DSS.
Appropriate documentation is required to register. For medical-based disabilities, a physician must fill out a medical questionnaire. For learning disabilities, a psycho-educational assessment that was completed by a registered psychologist within the past five years must be provided.
We encourage you to put together a simple budget for one term to make sure you will have enough money to cover all of your costs. If you don’t think you will have enough money, you can apply for a student loan, get a part time job or apply for scholarships.
One of Immigration Canada’s requirements to enter Canada on a study permit is to show that you have enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of study in Canada. The immigration office in your country may ask you to deposit this money with the U of S. Money received by the university will be held in your student account and credited against your tuition.
When choosing a bank or credit union, keep in mind that the Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Affinity Credit Union have bank machines on campus.
When you log into PAWS using your NSID and password, you’ll have access to a message feed, your email and calendar, U of S Course Tools (Blackboard), groups, events calendar, file storage and a printing account.
You can also reset your password, update your contact information and set your text-messaging preferences in PAWS.
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