When your student moves into Residence, they will meet their RA (Resident Assistant) who will assist them in connecting with their roommates and neighbours through roommate introductions, hall/floor meetings, and welcome programs. RAs are well-versed in supports and services and can assist your student in learning about or accessing these resources. Students are encouraged to approach their RA for support or guidance in making community, social, and campus connections.
Should your student have a problem with a roommate, experience challenges with their transition, or just need someone to talk with, please encourage them to reach out to their RA or Coordinator, Student Life. We’re all here to provide information and to lend a helpful hand or ear to our students.
The University of Saskatchewan follows The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation which prohibits us from discussing any of the student’s information with you unless we are provided with their consent. More information can be found in the privacy section of our website.
Living in Residence comes with rights and responsibilities. To ensure fairness and respect in your student’s dealings with staff and fellow students, it is essential they have a thorough understanding of these expectations. For this purpose, all rights, responsibilities, and rules (or, as we call them, Community Standards) are outlined in the Residence Handbook. All students agree to follow these standards when they sign their Residence Agreement. More informaton can be found in the Residence Student Handbook.
All students choosing to live in Residence must abide by our Community Standards. These outline how students are to behave when they are a part of the Residence community. We encourage you and your student to review the Residence Handbook to ensure understanding and to let us know if you have any questions.
The Quiet Hours in Residence begin at 10pm on weeknights and 12am (midnight) on weekends. Our student staff and Protective Services monitor the buildings to ensure minimal disruptions during Quiet Hours and to address related concerns. Students are encouraged to address concerns where possible and to report issues as needed.
Alcohol in Residence
Residence’s expectations around alcohol are in place to ensure the responsible and safe use of alcohol on campus. Parents and supporters should encourage their student to take charge of their well-being in a responsible manner if their student chooses to consume alcohol. For more information, please view our social gatherings page.
Students are asked to check their email regularly for residence correspondence which informs them of deadlines and important dates. We encourage you to share this experience with your student but recommend they take the lead on decision making and deadlines, as this is a great opportunity for students to exercise these skills while still benefiting from the guidance of their parents and supporters.
Please note, that deadlines are critical – missing one can jeopardize a student’s place in residence or their housing preference(s).
Encourage your student to contact us with any questions. By asking their own questions, they’ll begin the transition to a more independent lifestyle – and they’ll feel that much more comfortable asking questions while in Residence. Their decision-making will be more informed when they have retrieved the information themselves.
Have a conversation about money. It’s important that your student understands how much money is available to them, and what happens once it runs out. This is a great time to have a discussion (or refresher) on budgeting and expenses. Having your student decide on their finances will allow them to learn valuable life skills as a young adult.
You may not hear from your student as much as you thought you might – they have a new life with new friends – and university life is busy. Of course, Protective Services is there to be contacted and to help if you feel there is a need for concern or you have been unable to contact them.
What to expect
This can be a time of change and uncertainty for your student and you may find yourself receiving calls and e-mails with conflicting moods and emotions. Your student will benefit greatly from your ongoing support and encouragement, and may need a push when it is time to seek resources on-campus. Feel free to consult our Handbook or contact us to discuss available supports and remember it is empowering for students to reach out themselves, with your guidance. Be aware that students will make mistakes, but remember that it is all part of the learning process. Like you, we will always try to work with your student to help them have a successful year.