Top Student Resources/Services To Use At Dalhousie University

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Starting university can be an incredibly stressful experience. The combination of newfound independence, academic challenges, and social adjustments can create a whirlwind of emotions.  With that in mind being prepared with great student resources can remove the stress and help you begin the term looking forward to all the new experiences that come with it.  

Convenient purse/wallet/cardholder

Insuring you have something to hold all of your personable belongings such as Id, student card, cash, or any other everyday necessities that you can bring to class, the gym, and even going out will keep you organized.  Doing this will also give you peace of mind for whenever you’re rushing out the door everything is already together.  

School Supplies

The transition from high school to the university can be difficult for a lot of students as finding new study habits differs for everyone.  With that being said getting the best resources and supplies prior to starting school can help you find what’s best for you as soon as possible. The majority of students nowadays prefer doing almost everything with a computer, as well professors post the course material/assignments into Brightspace meaning a computer is necessary.  However Many students including myself prefer to take notes on paper. Having a notebook for each of my classes has been very helpful.  It’s also important to check the syllabus for your classes as you may need something specific for it such as a financial calculator for finance 1 and 2.

Power strips

Power strips are great student resources regardless of where you live, with the vast number of hours spent on electronic devices to complete assignments and online school work you’ll need to charge your electronic devices a lot more. You can never have enough outlets. 

For living on campus, check with your residence building to see if power strips are allowed. 

Daily Planner 

First and foremost, a planner can help you stay organized and manage your time efficiently. With the demanding academic workload, extracurricular activities, and social commitments, it becomes crucial to have a clear overview of tasks, deadlines, and appointments. A daily planner enables students to prioritize their responsibilities and allocate appropriate time for studying, assignments, projects, and other commitments.

Medium/large monthly calendar 

Having a monthly calendar where you can write in only the big important things on important days. Knowing when big assignments or exams are coming up can minimize the stress and ensure proper preparation is done.


Noisy bus, noisy roommate, noisy library, noisy family. Whatever the scenario you are in, it’s always helpful to get something to help block out noise when you’re trying to sleep or focus. Noise-cancelling headphones are the top-tier best thing to get but they can be costly. However, they’re the best thing ever. I go everywhere with my noise-cancelling headphones because it helps me feel better. If you can’t put in the investment into headphones right now, earphones are the next best option. If you’re not really a music lister but want the noise-cancelling benefits then earplugs work great. Plus they’re the cheapest.


Bringing cards or board games to university is often a forgotten student resources and can offer a range of benefits for students. Firstly, games provide an excellent source of entertainment and relaxation, offering a break from academic stress and bring social interaction with other students. They can be a great way to bond with roommates or friends and create lasting memories. Additionally, games encourage strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, stimulating cognitive abilities. They also promote healthy competition, teamwork, and communication. Moreover, games can be easily played in so many different places. Study break in a dorm room, a casual gathering in common areas, or organized game nights within student communities. Overall, bringing cards or board games to university adds fun, and social connections to the student experience.


The Dalplex facility offers a gym with great equipment, basketball, rock climbing, badminton and more which is included with tuition.  As far as student resources go, the Dalplex is great for getting out and active is a great way to blow of steam while making some new friends!

Student Union Building

The Student Union Building is a great spot to hang out in between classes. The Tim Hortons line may get crazy at times but there are other great food options such as Booster Juice, and Bento Sushi. With Plenty of tables, it’s also not a bad place to get some work done!

Dalhousie Bookstore

Whether it’s a shirt for HOCO, binders, pencils, or any other new school supplies, the Dal Bookstore has it. The Bookstore is located downstairs in the Student Union Building from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Weekend hours are 12:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00-4:00 pm on Sunday.

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Published on September 3, 2021

About Maria Mangru

Maria is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. Much like the weather, Maria’s interests change frequently as she is always finding something new to learn or do. She hopes to one day start her own blog where she can share her thoughts and experiences with those who are willing to read it.