College guides

Your college is your academic home while you work toward completing your program and may offer tools to help you prepare for class registration and plan your degree.

International students

As you prepare to arrive in Canada, there are important tasks you must complete. The University of Saskatchewan also provides support and services to help you when you arrive here in Saskatoon.

Housing, parking, meal plan and child-care options



Are you looking forward to meeting lots of new people and immersing yourself in campus culture? Apply early to live in one of our U of S Residences.

  • November 2016: Applications opened for 2017-2018 Fall and Winter Terms
  • February 2017: Applications opened for 2017 Spring and Summer Terms

Already applied? Watch your email inbox for messages from the Residence Services Office. Successful applicants will be contacted to select their room within a certain time frame.

  • June/July 2017: Room offers are made on a first-applied, first-housed basis.
  • August 2017: Agreements and move-in information are sent to students who have selected a room and paid the roof offer acceptance fee.

Apply for a parking spot

If you plan to drive to campus regularly, you can apply for a student parking permit for select lots on or near campus.

  • Spring and Summer Terms: Permits can be purchased from Parking and Transportation Services starting in late April.
  • Fall and Winter Terms: Applications open in PAWS from May to August.
  • Winter Term only: Limited spots may be available—contact Parking and Transportation Services.

Campus meal plans

From three meals a day to just a few meals a week, there are a variety of meal plan options.

Child care

There are three child-care facilities on campus and many licensed facilities off campus. Child-care facilities usually have long wait lists, so it is important to add your child to waiting lists early.

Buy a computer on campus and save

Shop onlinevisit the Campus Computer Store in person or email to learn about educational discounts.

Plan your finances

International students

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. 

Deadlines: Sept. 1 (for fall term), Jan. 1 (for winter term), May 1 (for spring term) and July 1 (for summer term) are the university’s sponsorship agreement deadlines, but there may be other deadlines you need to meet with your funding agency.

Check your email in PAWS

PAWS is a password-protected online portal customized for you. The main way that the university will keep in touch with you is through your uSask email account, available through PAWS, at or on your mobile device.

Student ID card, U-Pass, health coverage and textbooks

Student ID 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.

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. 

Fall Term: Get yours in mid-August (will activate in September)
Winter Term: Get yours at the end of November (will activate in January)
Spring Term (undergraduate student only): Get yours in mid-April (will activiate in May)
Summer Term (undergraduate student only): Get yours in mid-Kune (will activiate in July)

Health coverage

Fall Term

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).

  • Opting out: 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.

Winter Term

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.


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.

Students with a disability

Disability Services for Students (DSS) offers a broad range of support for students with physical, medical, mental health or learning disabilities. Supports offered include academic/exam accommodations, notetaking, classroom changes, alternate format textbooks and assistive technology. 

Guides for new students

Guide book

We know you have questions about coming to university. Find the answers you need in our New to uSask guide book and online.

New to uSask