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.
Check your email (and learn how to set it up on your phone)
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
Prepare for registration
Choosing and registering for your classes is your most important task as a new student. Be ready before the day that registration opens to give yourself the best chance of being able to take the classes you want.
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)
U-Start registration workshops
Come to a U-Start registration workshop or sign up for an online webinar to learn about registration and your next steps to prepare for university!
Ease your way into university
Sign up for a Learning Community
Learning Communities are one of the best ways for first-year students to ease the transition into university and take charge of your learning!
Learning Communities are available for students in:
- Arts and Science and St. Thomas More College
- Arts and Science Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP)
Sign-up for Learning Communities opens May 11!
Planning to live in residence? Take part in a Living Learning Community to make connections with your fellow rezzies.
Take a summer class and get ahead in your degree program, focus on a tough class you want to get out of the way, or learn skills you need to succeed in university and get credit while doing it!
Refresh your math skills with Math Readiness course, a non-credit math review designed for students who feel they would benefit from a refresher course and who want to be better prepared for university math courses.
If you are feeling unsure about your career direction or would just like to explore your options, career coaching could be a great next step.
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.
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.
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
Did you receive an offer of early or conditional admission? Make sure to read your admission letter carefully and make arrangements for your final, official transcript(s) to be sent to the uSask Admissions Office.
Get your student cardYou can get your student card at the U of S Bookstore in Marquis Hall any time in the summer after you have registered for classes. Remember to bring a piece of photo ID, such as your passport or driver’s license.
The busiest days to get a student card will be at Orientation and 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.
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
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. Remember you need your student card before you can get your U-Pass.
Buy your textbooks
Your textbook lists will be posted online over the summer 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 in mid-August before you buy any books, in case you need to change or drop any of your classes.
Want to avoid the long line-ups in September? Buy your textbooks online to have them shipped to your address!
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.
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!
Get ready for Orientation!
Save the date!
Orientation happens on September 2, 2015
Sign-up will open in August