Updated July 8, 2020

Residence accommodations for 2020-21

Residences will be open this fall to accommodate students. Residences, the dining hall, and food services on campus always operate with a central focus on the well-being of students.

Move-in dates
The University has developed a staggered move-in schedule to decrease the number of people on campus at any one time.

Currently parents from outside Atlantic Canada are allowed to enter the province for 24 hours in order to move their student into residence (parents living within Atlantic Canada are able to enter without restriction); however, parents are not permitted to enter residence buildings. If required in your home province, those travelling must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning home. This directive from the government may change during the summer months and will be communicated.

Residence move-in dates

  • Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 — move-in days for students (including residence leaders and orientation volunteers) who must self-isolate — currently all students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada (including all other Canadian and international destinations) must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; you must move into residence by Aug. 15 in order to complete the 14-day self isolation before other students arrive
  • Sunday, Aug. 30 — self-isolation period ends
  • Sunday, Aug. 30 — move-in day for international students living in Atlantic Canada, who are not required to self-isolate
  • Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31 — move-in days for remaining residence leaders and orientation volunteers not required to self-isolate
  • Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 — move-in days for new students from Atlantic Canada
  • Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 — move-in days for returning students from Atlantic Canada

The dates above are firm and have been established to ensure those who do not have to self-isolate are not in a residence building with students still in self-isolation. Please plan your travel accordingly. Any exceptions to these move-in dates will need to be approved.

More detailed information, specific to their situation, has been sent to residence students at their @mta.ca e-mail. If you have additional questions, please contact resroom@mta.ca

 

A safe residence environment
Mount Allison is undertaking a thorough review of all residence operations. We will continue to follow the direction of the Province of New Brunswick and Public Health concerning health and safety directives. The steps we are taking include:

  • For 2020-21 residence rooms will house one student only. All rooms will be singles.
  • A structured move-in process has been developed to ensure physical distancing practices and public safety.
  • Common areas will be reconfigured to adhere to physical distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols of washrooms, common areas, etc. are being implemented. Students with their own private bathroom or ensuite will be responsible for cleaning. Harper and Edwards will have enhanced cleaning protocols for shared washrooms. 
  • Students coming to Mount Allison from another Atlantic Canadian province are not required to self-isolate as long as they have not traveled outside the Atlantic provinces in the 14 days before they arrive. However, at this time, Public Health guidelines continue to require students coming to Mount Allison from outside the Atlantic provinces to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. The University will support residence students to enable them to safely self-isolate on campus.

Dining hall
The dining hall will operate as normal with changes being implemented to follow Public Health protocols.

  • The number of seats will be reduced in Jennings and changes to food stations will be implemented.
  • A new station will be upstairs for students to have quick takeout options without entering the main dining hall downstairs.
  • There will be meal service for lunch and dinner at Gracie’s to reduce traffic at Jennings.
  • The dining hall will be offering dine in and dine out. You can grab a reuseable container and go to stations and then leave Jennings and go back to your room.  
  • A golf cart “food truck” will also offer hot food options on-the-go, with wireless tap for those on meal plans.

Off-campus housing

If you have signed a lease or plan on signing a lease for off-campus housing for next year, or if you have any concerns with respect to doing so, you may want to discuss the terms of your lease agreement with your landlord. Should your off-campus housing situation change and you want to consider the option of on-campus residence accommodations, e-mail resroom@mta.ca.


Entry into New Brunswick & self-isolation upon arrival

Currently, the provincial border is closed to persons travelling for non-essential purposes from outside Atlantic Canada, however, the New Brunswick government has publicly confirmed that out-of-province students will have a border exception to travel to Mount Allison for study in the fall. 

If the border is still closed to those outside Atlantic Canada approaching September, students will be provided with documentation by Mount Allison to allow them to cross. 

Students arriving from the Atlantic provinces will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, provided they have not travelled outside the Atlantic provinces in the previous 14 days.

Self-isolation requirements for all students arriving from outside the Atlantic provinces
Government of New Brunswick and Public Health guidelines require students arriving from outside the Atlantic provinces to self-isolate for 14 days. It is possible that this requirement will be reviewed later in the summer, but the best assumption is to assume that self-isolation will be required.

For students living in residence we will be opening buildings Aug. 14 and 15 to accommodate the 14-day self-isolation period. You must move into residence by Aug. 15 in order to complete the 14-day self isolation before other students arrive. Meals will be delivered to residence rooms. Please continue to check your MtA e-mail for further details. 

Students living off campus must also self-isolate in their apartment/room or living space and will be responsible for their own meals. Students are encouraged to bring enough food and other supplies to carry through this 14-day period.

You are also able to self-isolate independently or with family members off campus upon arriving in the province if you choose. However, you must acquire your own accommodations and provide proof upon arriving to move-in to residence that you have already self-isolated (ex: hotel/AirBnB receipts).

Any individual who appears to be symptomatic for COVID-19 will be directed to notify the University's Wellness Centre. We will be communicating with students with respect to New Brunswick's COVID-19 self-assessment protocol or to contact Tele-Care 811 for screening and testing. An empty residence is designated for on-campus students who may test positive for COVID-19 in order for them to properly quarantine.  


Additional FAQs

How do I apply for residence for January if I don’t plan on being on campus in the fall? 
For information on applying for winter semester residence, please contact resroom@mta.ca

Will residences still be single rooms in January 2021? 
To ensure everyone’s safety, Mount Allison has made the decision to assign only one student per room for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. There will be no roommates assigned for fall or winter semester.

Is there financial assistance available for students who didn’t choose single rooms originally? 
Financial assistance may be available in the form of a residence bursary. For more information please contact financialaid@mta.ca

Will there be enough space in residence if all students are in single rooms? 
Any student with a current room assignment and with a housing deposit paid by the June 5 deadline will be guaranteed a room in residence. Any new applications will be assigned rooms as space permits and may be placed on a waiting list.