Take care of student business early
Before you begin your studies at uSask, there are several important tasks you will need to do. Some things should be done before you arrive on campus. Others can only be done in-person. We recommend getting as much done as early as you can to avoid the lines and have a great first week of classes!
Send your final transcript
Read your offer of admission letter to learn which transcripts or other documents are required to complete your admission to the U of S. It is important to have your transcripts sent as soon as possible, or by the date that may be indicated in your admission letter, to prevent any holds from being placed on your account. Your final, official transcript(s) are also required before any U of S scholarships can be disbursed or transfer credit can be awarded.
Get your student ID card
You can get your student ID card at the U of S Bookstore in Marquis Hall any time after you have registered for classes. Remember to bring a piece of photo ID, such as your passport or driver’s license.
Order your student ID card online
You can order your student ID card online and pick it up when it's ready. Learn more and fill out the order form.
The busiest days to get a student card will be during the first few days of classes. We recommend you get your card before then to avoid the long line-ups!
Apply for a parking permit
If you plan to drive to campus regularly, you can apply for a student parking permit for select lots on or near campus.
Fall Term 1
July 1 - The student parking online sale for students who do not live in residence opens in PAWS
Aug 21 - Last day to enter your ballot in the student parking online sale
Aug 24 - Parking permits will begin to be allocated
Sep 11 - Last day to pick up allocated parking permits
Sep 14 - Second chance online sale for permits that have not been picked up
If you are not allocated a parking permit in the online sale, you may add your name to the student parking waiting list to be notified if a parking spot becomes available.
Get your UPass sticker
The U-Pass is included in your student fees (at a discounted rate compared to regular transit costs) and gives you unlimited access to Saskatoon Transit services during the school year.
You can get your U-Pass starting in mid-August, for Fall Term 1, or starting November 30, 2015 for Winter Term 2. Remember you need your student card before you can get your U-Pass.
Buy your textbooks
Your textbook lists will be posted online prior to the start of term and you’ll be able to access them in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or on the U of S Bookstore website. Wait until the extended textbook return period starts before you buy any books, in case you need to change or drop any of your classes.
Want to avoid the long line-ups at the Bookstore? Buy your textbooks online to have them shipped to your address!
Buy a computer on campus and save
The Campus Computer Store has exclusive educational discounts on hardware and software for all major manufactures. Purchase your new computer ahead of time and the Campus Computer Store can get everything installed and ready to go, which includes installing software and connecting to the secured university wireless network.
Buying from Apple? Shop online through the U of S Apple Store for the educational discount on all Apple products.
Confirm your health coverage
Full-time students automatically pay for a health and dental plan provided through their student association (the USSU for undergraduate students and the GSA for graduate students).
If you are already covered by an equivalent health and/or dental plan or are covered by non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit peoples you may choose to opt out. Make sure to compare your existing coverage with the Student Health and Dental Plan before you decide to opt out; it may cover items that have limited coverage or are not covered by your current plan.
The change-of-coverage period is from:
- Sept. 2-30, 2015 for new Fall Term 1 students
- Jan. 4-18, 2016 for new Winter Term 2 students
Connect with us
Connecting with the university through PAWS, email and social media are essential for keeping yourself informed and building connections with the people on campus who are here to help you.
Log in to PAWS
PAWS is personalized to you and customizable. Use PAWS to complete tasks like updating your contact information, setting your text-messaging preferences, registering for classes, applying for a student parking permit, and more.
Accept your offer of admission
In most cases, before you have full access to PAWS, you must accept your offer of admission first. To accept your offer online, follow these steps:
- Log in to PAWS using your NSID and password.
- Open the Admissions channel under Academics in your PAWS menu.
- Select Check the status of a current application and open the application you submitted under Processed Applications.
- In your Application Summary, scroll to the bottom under your Application Checklist and select Yes, I will attend the University of Saskatchewan.
Check your email (and learn how to set it up on your phone)
Now that you are a uSask student, the main way that the university will keep in touch with you is through your uSask email account.
Ensure you choose a strong password and set up your password recovery options. Your PAWS account contains valuable personal information; make sure to do your part to keep it secure.
Download the iUsask app
iUsask puts the University of Saskatchewan in your pocket. Find your way around campus with the map, get the latest university news, check your classes, grades and exam schedule or see whether there is space in your favourite computer lab.
More tech information
Plan your finances
One of Citizenship and 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 your first year of study. 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.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit students
You are encouraged to inquire about funding options with your designated organization as soon as possible. September 1 is the university's sponsorship agreement deadline for Fall Term 1, but there may be other deadlines you need to meet with your funding agency.
Consider housing and meal plan options
Choosing where you want to live is almost as important as choosing what you want to study when it comes to your next year. There are benefits to living both on and off campus but since university residences can fill quickly, consider each possibility early to give yourself the opportunity to choose the option that is best for you.
If you're thinking about renting a house or apartment in the city, the USSU Housing Registry is a tool you can use to help with your search and to become better informed about renting in Saskatoon.
Register for classes
Choosing and registering for your classes is your most important task as a new student. You should register as early as you can to give yourself the best chance of being able to take the classes you want.
Use the Classes and Registration page to:
- learn when you will be able to register
- plan your degree
- search for classes and build your schedule
- learn how to register (add/drop classes)
Registration for both Fall Term 1 (September-December) and Winter Term 2 (January-April) opens in June annually.
Join the community
Are you looking for a chance to connect with other students who have the same interests as you? Or maybe you are looking for an opportunity to experience something new. Do you want to get more involved with other students from your college? Join a campus club or college society!