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Become familiar with PAWS

PAWS, your personalized access to web services at uSask, is a customizable web environment used by all students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community.

PAWS is where you'll find information about classes registration, tuition and fees, scholarships and bursaries, textbooks and more. When you log in, you will find personalized information and services specific to your role at the university. You can also choose what you want to see in your message feed and add additional channels to your menu based on your interests.

After you have been admitted, use PAWS to update your profile with the university, including your preferred name, email aliases and contact information, such as your mailing address, telephone number and emergency contacts.

You should have recieved your network services identification (NSID) and a temporary password when you applied for admission. If you forget your NSID or password, contact the ICT Service Desk at 306-966-2222 or 1-800-966-4817 (toll free in Canada).

Your uSask email

The university keeps in touch with you through your uSask email account, which is created automatically when you are admitted to the university.

Check your email regularly by logging into PAWS, where your email and calendar are accessible in the main menu, or set up your smartphone or other device to receive your uSask email directly.

Download the iUsask app

The iUsask app 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. iUsask is available for iOS and Android devices.

International students

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

Get ready for classes

Learn which courses you need for your program

Learn about the requirements for your program using the uSask Course and Program Catalogue, including:

  • the number of credit units you must earn
  • the required courses you will need to take
  • the recommended sequence in which courses should be taken, for some programs

Many colleges additional resources to help you prepare for registration and plan your degree.

Speak with an academic advisor

It is strongly recommended that you meet with an advisor from your college or department as you prepare to start your program, and regularly as you work toward your degree.

Advisors can help you to understand program requirements and can also help you to develop an educational plan that fits your abilities, interests, personal circumstances and goals.

If you are taking uSask classes at an off‐campus site, you will also have access to a local advisor.

Register for classes

It is important to register for classes as early as you can. Access to the registration system opens well before the start of term. Having your class schedule (and some back-up options) prepared will give you the best chance of being able to register for the classes you want.

View our tutorials for step-by-step instructions and videos to help you learn about registration.

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 after you register for classes.

Ordering your textbooks online is a good way to avoid the long line-ups at the start of each term. Whether you buy your textbooks online or in person, we recommend you 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.

Take care of student business

Get your student ID card

Once two business days have passed after you've 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.

Need a student ID at your 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.

Get your U-Pass transit pass

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: U-Pass available in mid-August (will activate in September)
Winter Term: U-Pass available at the end of November (will activate in January)
Spring Term (undergraduate student only): U-Pass available in mid-April (will activate in May)
Summer Term (undergraduate student only): U-Pass available in mid-June (will activate in July)

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.

Confirm your 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.

  • Opting in: Part-time and off-campus students who are USSU members are not automatically covered, but may choose to enrol in the plan during the change-of-coverage period at the beginning of Fall Term or Winter Term by following the instructions at studentcare.ca.

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.

Change of coverage periods

The change-of-coverage period generally takes place during approximately the first three weeks of the term (September for Fall Term students, January for new Winter Term students). Please check studentcare.ca for specific dates as they become available.

International students

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). You will need a Saskatchewan health card in order to make a claim on this extended health coverage.

Save on a computer for back-to-school

Shop onlinevisit the Campus Computer Store in person or email campuscomputerstore@usask.ca to learn about educational discounts available to uSask students on hardware and software.

As a uSask student, you also have access to the Microsoft Student Advantage program, through which you can download and install the latest Microsoft Office software at no cost.

Housing, meals and childcare

Apply to live in residence

Do you look forward to meeting lots of new people and immersing yourself in campus culture? Is safety and support a top concern for you (and your parents)? Do you want to be able to focus on your studies and social life without having to worry as much about cooking and commuting to class?

Living in residence gives you the convenience of being located as close as possible to your classes and campus amenities, and gives you the opportunity to connect with a close-knit community of other students sharing the same experience as you.

Apply early to live in one of our U of S Residences.

  • Fall and Winter Terms: Applications open in November
  • Spring and Summer Terms: Applications open in February

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.

Explore other housing options

If you’re thinking about renting a house or apartment in or near Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) Housing Registry is a tool you can use in your search and to become better informed about renting.

Living on your own comes with additional responsibilities. You may have to set up your utilities (including internet and electricity), purchase furniture and housewares, buy and prepare your own food and commute to your classes. Don’t forget to factor these costs into your budget and schedule.

Campus meal plans

Whether you live in residence or elsewhere in Saskatoon, you can take advantage of a convenient campus meal plan that fits your needs and budget.

Need 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.

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.

Funding for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students

You are encouraged to inquire about funding options with your designated organization as soon as possible.

Ease your transition

Join a Learning Community

Learn 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.

Through a Learning Community, you will get to know a small group of other new students who are taking some of the same courses as you – courses that you share an interest in, or courses that are part of your degree requirements.

Participating in a Learning Community is one of the best ways for you to take charge of your learning and develop skills to help you succeed in this new academic environment.

Sign-up for Fall Term Learning Communities opens in May.

Take a summer class

Summer classes can help you get ahead in your degree program, focus on a tough subject or complete a prerequisite for another course. You can take almost any class you choose, including these recommended classes for first-year students:

  • INTS 100 – Strategies for Academic Success: Develop analytical, discussion, group work, study and writing skills in ways that will benefit you on any post-secondary path you choose.
  • INTS 103 – Writing for Academic Success: Become a better writer. Topics include grammar, essay structure, editing and revision, and the effective use of rhetoric. 
  • Math 102 – Precalculus Mathematics: Take the prerequisite you need, or get ahead in math and pre-calculus.
  • BIOL 121 – The Diversity of Life: Need biology for your degree? Beat the rush and take this class over the summer.

Speak with an academic advisor in your college if you have questions about taking summer classes. If you would like to switch your start term to the summer, contact the Admissions Office at 306-966-5788.

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. Meeting with a Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) career coach can help you:

  • better understand your current career-related issues and situation
  • articulate your goals and how you want things to be different
  • identify your strengths, assets and supports
  • explore different options, possibilities and solutions
  • make a list of your next steps
  • access additional resources and supports

From the short-term job search to long-term career planning, the SECC offers many in-person and online resources for students and alumni. It’s never too early to start planning for your future career and the SECC is one way you can make sure you’re on track.

Register with Access and Equity Services

Access and Equity Services (AES) 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,
  • assistive technology and academic strategy.

To access these supports, you will need to register with AES after obtaining a medical diagnosis or learning assessment from a licensed healthcare practitioner or a registered psychologist. AES can help you with this process by directing you to one of several appropriate options and can recommend some funding options for assessment costs, purchasing assistive technology or tutoring support (e.g. Canada Student Grant and the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities through Canada-Saskatchewan Student Loans).

Get to know your uSask Community

Check out student associations and campus groups

Student associations are usually based in colleges, schools or departments and are made up of students in similar programs. For example, the Agricultural Students’ Association and Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society’s famous rivalry is well-known, but no matter which college or program you’re in, there is likely a student association where you can get involved.

Campus groups exist for students interested in a variety of pursuits from social activism, charitable support, or leadership and development to sports, the arts, religion and culture, or pure recreation and everything in between! The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) maintains a list of ratified student groups you can explore, or keep an eye out for them at Welcome Week and other events.

Join a campus recreational intramural sports team

Campus Rec intramural sports are a great opportunity to keep active while meeting new people and having fun! Whether competitive or non-competitive sports are your thing, there is a Campus Rec league for every experience level.

Watch for upcoming events

Register for U-start

U-Start is offered in Saskatoon on select Saturdays in the spring as a pre-orientation to help students prepare for university. Students will attend a session with their college and learn about course registration, key student services and more.

U-Start sessions will also be offered in an alternative format in select locations throughout Saskatchewan, other cities in Western Canada and online. Registration for U-Start is required and opens online in April.

Graduation Powwow

Each year the University of Saskatchewan hosts a Graduation Powwow to celebrate graduating Aboriginal students from uSask and from high schools across the province. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free.

Weekend Welcome for Aboriginal Students

Weekend Welcome is a free event for new Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. You’ll get to stay on campus, learn about degree programs, make friends and listen to amazing speakers.

Get MORE Focus

Get More Focus is a free summer orientation day exclusively for new St. Thomas More College students. It's a great way to get a head start on your university experience! Registration for this event opens in July.

Orientation

Orientation is your official welcome to the University of Saskatchewan. Taking place before classes begin in September for new Fall Term students, or January for new Winter Term students, Orientation is a must-attend event to kick your university experience off right.