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Top campus facilities you need to know

Campus life is exciting, scary and challenging. Everything is new, the buildings are big and the campus is wide. Just take a deep breath and be confident that armed with a little info you’ll be fine.


Top campus facilities you need to know
Campus life is exciting, scary and challenging. Everything is new, the buildings are big and the campus is wide. Just take a deep breath and be confident that armed with a little info you’ll be fine.

Get a tour

Tour the campus, buildings and facilities. Take a guided tour, that way you don’t miss anything and can ask questions in person. If that’s not your style and you prefer something more self-directed than take a new buddy, a map and the school directory and you’ll be good to go.

Health Centre

From contraception to dealing with the after-effects of bad cafeteria food, you’ll need to know where the health centre is.

Library

The library and the services they offer require a tour all their own.


Learning/Writing Centre

Everyone can improve their writing, study, and learning habits. Most learning centres offer the option of traditional and/or virtual environments.

Computer lab(s)

Highlight these on a map of your campus. You’re thinking, “Wait, I have a laptop/desktop, why do I need to know where the labs are?” Well, computers crash and dorm rooms are known to get noisy. If either occasion strikes (it usually happens around critical periods such as the night before a paper is due) knowing where a quiet lab is essential.

Financial Services

Being a student usually means being on a budget. Learn the difference between scholarships, grants, bursaries, awards, student loans and short-term loans.

Counselling Centre

These centres are there for your emotional and social well-being, be it personal, academic, career advice or crisis situation. Services are confidential, free and handled by qualified staff.

Gym

Keep fit, relieve stress, meet people and have fun. The gym provides many activities and intramurals outside the usual exercise equipment and weight room. Try a new class or join a team but most of all just be active!

Campus Security

Campus security can walk you late at night from class to your dorm or car. This is a good number to have on speed dial. Campus security usually has direct dial phones dotted throughout the campus. Know where these are. It’s also good to know where actual security personnel are located on campus.