Connect with us
Connecting with the university through PAWS, email and social media are essential for keeping yourself informed and building connections with the services and people who are here to help you.
Become familiar with 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
Choose your classes
Choosing and registering for your classes is your most important task as a new student. Being prepared ahead of your registration access date will help to ensure you are able to register for the classes you want and won’t miss out on those that can fill up quickly.
Learn which courses you need for your program
Build your class schedule
Find out when you can register
Register for classes
Registration for both Fall Term 1 (September-December) and Winter Term 2 (January-April) opens in June annually, and registration for Spring and Summer Session opens in February. It is important to register for classes as early as you can. Access to the registration system opens well before the start of term; be prepared before your registration access date to give yourself the best chance of being able to take the classes you want.
Sign up for a U-Start workshop to learn about your next steps to prepare for university! U-Start workshops will be offered on the main University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, in communities throughout Western Canada and online.
Consider housing, meal plan and child-care options
Apply to live in residence
Are you looking forward to meeting lots of new people and immersing yourself in campus culture? Apply now to live in one of our U of S Residences. Spaces are filling up.
Research living off campus
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.
Campus meal plans
Consider a campus meal plan
Whether you live in residence or off campus in Saskatoon, you can take advantage of the convenience of a campus meal plan. From three meals a day to just a few meals a week, there are a variety of options.
There are two child-care facilities on campus and many licenced facilities off campus. Child-care facilities usually have long wait lists, so it is important to add your child to waiting lists early.
Plan your finances
Develop a budget
Developing a budget is something many students don’t think about until it’s too late. Planning your finances is an important life skill and it will help you to make important decisions about coming to university, such as whether you will need to apply for student loans, apply for scholarships and bursaries or perhaps get a part-time job.
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, Métis 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.
Ease your way
Join a Learning Community
Learn how to adapt more quickly to university and benefit from the mentorship of successful upper-year students by registering in a Learning Community in your college. In a Learning Community, you will take a set of the same classes with a small group of other new students and enjoy early access to popular classes that can be used to meet the requirements for a variety of degrees.
Learning Communities are available for students in:
- Agriculture and Bioresources
- Arts and Science and St. Thomas More College
Sign-up for Learning Communities opens May 9 at 12 pm (noon) CST
Take a summer class
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 earn credit for learning strategies for academic success.
Find direction with career coaching
If you are feeling unsure about your career direction or would just like to explore different paths, career coaching is a great option.
Register with Disability Services for Students
Disability Services for Students (DSS) offers a broad range of support for students with medical-based or learning disabilities, including academic/exam accommodations, notetaking, classroom changes, alternate format textbooks and assistive technology.
Sign up for Math Readiness
Math Readiness is a non-credit math review for students who wish to refresh their high school math skills.
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 your classes start. 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(s)
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 card
Once two business days have passed after you have registered for classes, you can get your student card.
Order your ID card online by attaching your own photo and you will be able to pick it up at the Campus ID Office two business days later, or visit in person to have your photo taken and your card printed on the same day. Remember to bring another piece of photo ID, such as your passport or driver’s license, when requesting or picking up your card.
Taking classes at an off-campus site? Arrange for a card through your local U of S advisor. You’ll be able to order your card online and pick it up at your site.
For most of the year, the Campus ID Office is located in the Main Bookstore in Marquis Hall. Between mid-August and mid-September, the card office is relocated to the concourse in Upper Place Riel to accommodate higher traffic volumes.
Get your U-Pass transit 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 around the end of November for Winter Term 2. Remember you need your student card before you can get your U-Pass.
Aug 8 - Fall Term 1 U-Pass stickers are available. Stickers can be picked up or reactivated at the Information Centre in Upper Place Riel and passes can be used starting Sept. 1.
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.
May 1 - Aug 24 - The student parking online sale for students who do not live in residence is available in PAWS
Confirm your health coverage
Fall Term 1
Full-time, on-campus 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 during the change-of-coverage period. 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.
Sept 2 - Sept 30 Change-of-coverage period
Winter Term 2
If you are a new student starting classes in January, you are not automatically covered by the plan, but you can enrol yourself, your spouse and/or dependants for health and dental coverage.
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 for the term starts before you buy any books, in case you need to change or drop any of your classes.
Aug 2 - Sept 23 - Extended textbook return/exchange period for Fall Term 1
While you should certainly wait to buy your books until the extended textbook return period begins before the start of term, it is up to you to decide whether to buy your textbooks early to beat the lines or wait until your classes start. In either case, ordering your textbooks online is one of the best ways to avoid the long line-up at the start of each term.
Buy a computer on campus and save
The Campus Computer Store offers educational discounts on hardware and software from all major manufactures, as well as back to school bundles to get you outfitted for class. Purchase your new computer ahead of time and the Campus Computer Store will have everything you need installed and ready to go, including Microsoft Office and antivirus software
Buying from Apple? Shop online through the U of S Apple Store for an educational discount on Apple products.
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. Perhaps you want to get more involved with other students from your college. There are many ways you can get involved, make friends and build the relationships you will remember for years to come.
Get ready for Orientation!
Save the date: September 2, 2016
Sign-up will open in August