Updated Aug. 28, 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.

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Students arriving from the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador) and those regions of Quebec named in the province's mandatory order will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, provided they have not travelled outside the exempted regions in the previous 14 days.

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

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 and certain regions of Quebec (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 (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador), 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 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day)
  • Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 — move-in days for returning students from Atlantic Canada

Only students and staff will be permitted to enter residence buildings. Student ambassadors will be on hand to assist students with moving their belongings into residence. After your vehicle has been unloaded, please move on to a designated parking area to make space for vehicles waiting behind you.

The Aug. 14-30 self-isolation period above is firm and has 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. If students need to arrive to residence earlier than Aug. 14, they must e-mail resroom@mta.ca for approval. Students who are required to self-isolate who arrive after Aug. 15 must make arrangements to self-isolate off campus for 14 days before entering residence on Sept. 3-4 (new students) or Sept. 6-7 (returning students). Additional information for international students on entry into Canada can be found on our international students info page.

This self-isolation period for residence students will remain in place even if the Canada Bubble opens prior to Aug. 14. If you have planned travel for Aug. 14-15 and the Canada Bubble opens and you are no longer required to self-isolate, you have the option of changing your travel dates to move in on Sept. 3-4 (new students) or Sept. 6-7 (returning students). If you are unable to change your travel plans and are arriving on Aug. 14-15, you will have to participate in the self-isolation period as we cannot have isolating and non-isolating students in the same residence at the same time.

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 or certain regions of Quebec are not required to self-isolate as long as they have not traveled outside those exempted areas 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 and certain regions of Quebec 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. Due to limited seating, access to Jennings Hall will be limited to residence students only for 2020-2021. No off-campus meal plans will be available.

  • The number of seats will be reduced in Jennings and changes to food stations will be implemented.
  • No “self-serve” options will be available. Jennings staff will be assigned to all stations and serve students individually according to what and how much they want.
  • A new “dash express” station will be located upstairs in Jennings for students to have quick take-out options without entering the main dining hall downstairs. The “dash express” station will be open from Sunday to Thursday until 10 p.m.
  • 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 use reuseable containers to take food from Jennings back to your room.
  • A hot, made-for-you breakfast station will be open until mid-afternoon.
  • Pop-up BBQs will happen each week
  • A golf cart “food truck” will also offer hot food options on-the-go, with wireless tap for those on meal plans.
  • The dining hall will be open seven days a week, opening at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Regular food service will end at 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends, but from Sunday to Thursday a new express station with ready-to-go options will remain open until 10 p.m. The earlier closure will allow Jennings staff to thoroughly clean the building before re-opening the next day.

Residence life

Life in residence is a foundational experience for many Mount Allison students. However, the very things that make residence so cherished and fun (e.g. gathering in groups for social, academic, and leisure activities) also create opportunities for the spread of COVID-19.

In order to reduce the risk of transmission, and the risk of a major outbreak, students will have to adapt to a new way of living in residence, including strict adherence to public health recommendations and restrictions on their ability to gather and socialize in groups.

To this end, new measures will be introduced in residence for the fall term. Some or all of these measures may carry over to the winter term. In all cases, measures will be monitored for effectiveness and adjusted according to Public Health directives and overall student compliance.

Measures include:

  • Physical distancing (2m)
  • Mandatory non-medical face masks in classrooms and on campus
  • Colour-coded bracelets to identify students by residence at the beginning of the fall term
  • Virtual programming vs. in-person programming
  • Restrictions on access to common areas in residences (e.g. lounges and kitchens)
  • Restrictions on visitors to residence
  • Restrictions on guests in rooms
  • Restrictions on alcohol and substance use

Similar to the Province of New Brunswick, Mount Allison will be taking a phased approach to the lifting/lightening of restrictions in residence. If there’s good compliance around the restrictions and as long as the COVID-19 “curve” remains flat at Mount Allison, we will gradually begin to lift restrictions and re-open residence life.

It’s important to note that just as restrictions are lifted, they can be re-applied. Reasons for re-applying restrictions include new Public Health directives, new concerns around the transmission of COVID-19 in residence/at Mount Allison, or failure on students’ part to comply with the restrictions in place. It’s also important to note that compliance will be monitored and restrictions adjusted on a residence-by-residence basis.

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 and certain regions of Quebec, 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 and certain regions of Quebec approaching September, students will be provided with documentation by Mount Allison to allow them to cross. 

Students arriving from the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador) and those regions of Quebec named in the province's mandatory order will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, provided they have not travelled outside the exempted regions in the previous 14 days.


Self-isolation requirements for all students arriving from outside the Atlantic provinces and certain regions of Quebec
Government of New Brunswick and Public Health guidelines require students arriving from outside the Atlantic provinces and certain regions of Quebec to self-isolate for 14 days. This means you must stay inside your place of residence and avoid physical contact with other people for 14 days.

Additionally, New Brunswick Public Health requires students crossing the Canadian border to study at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick to have a COVID-19 test on day 10 of their 14-day isolation period. The student will need to complete the 14-day isolation period even if they receive a negative test result.

Testing is also strongly recommended for students from outside the Atlantic Bubble who are currently self-isolating off-campus or plan to return to Sackville to self-isolate before classes begin. Students can register for upcoming COVID testing on Moodle.

The University is assisting Public Health with the testing process, which takes place in Sackville.

Find out more about self-isolation requirements from the Government of New Brunswick.

Self-isolation can be completed off campus in a hotel or cottage in the Atlantic region prior to arriving at Mount Allison. Proof of completed self-isolation, including proof of entry into New Brunswick and dated hotel/accommodation receipts, must be presented when you arrive at the Welcome Centre. You can present your self-isolation plan or online banking statements if printed receipts are not available. The Welcome Centre also requires you present a government-issued ID with photo.


Self-isolation requirements for parents
Parents bringing students into New Brunswick are required to self-isolate upon arrival for 14 days or until they leave New Brunswick, unless they are residents of Atlantic Canada or certain regions of Quebec exempt from self-isolation. Parents should comply with the public health guidance of their own area when returning to their home province or country.


Entering New Brunswick
The Government of New Brunswick has an online registration form for entrance into the province: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/travel-registration.html

You should complete this form if you have travelled outside the Atlantic region in the 14 days prior to your arrival or if you are entering the province from outside the Atlantic region.

Students should have:

  • proof they are entering the province to study at Mount Allison — a Confirmation of Enrolment letter from their Connect account  
  • proof of a place of residence — a signed lease agreement or residence assignment letter
  • students returning to Sackville early who live outside the Atlantic Bubble may require evidence of why an early return is necessary, such as summer research
  • those required to self-isolate once arriving in Sackville should be prepared to provide to provincial officials evidence of a self-isolation plan, including detailed information about where you will be living, how you can be reached, how you plan to secure food and provisions during the isolation period, contact information of a friend or family member in the event of an emergency, etc.

Additional information for international students on entry into Canada can be found on our international students info page.


Airport pickups
The University will be doing airport pickups on Aug. 13-15 for self-isolating residence and off-campus students, Aug. 30-31, and Sept. 3-7, covering the major move-in days. Students must register for this service by Aug. 12 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mtatravelplans


Residence students
There are two very specific date ranges when you can move into residence. If you need to self-isolate, you may move into residence on Aug. 14 or Aug. 15. If you do not need to self-isolate, you may move into residence on Sept. 3-4 (new students) or Sept. 6-7 (returning students). These dates are firm. Please plan your travel accordingly.

For health and safety reasons, students who are required to self-isolate must finish their 14-day isolation period before other students can enter residence.

Find out more about self-isolating in residence. 


Off-campus students
If you are living off-campus, the two big considerations are: do you need to self-isolate or do any of your roommates/housemates need to self-isolate?

Students arriving from the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador) and those regions of Quebec named in the province's mandatory order will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, provided they have not travelled outside the exempted regions in the previous 14 days.

  • If you need to self-isolate, you will need to make arrangements for 14 days of food and provisions before you arrive. Local grocery stores offer online order services. Local taxi companies provide food delivery service. The Mount Allison Students' Union runs a community food box program that delivers food to students at a discounted price (contact masu@mta.ca for more info). The Tantramar COVID-19 Task Force helps to meet the needs of community members, including grocery deliveries, prescription pick-ups, etc. Find out more about available help on the Town of Sackville website.
    • Grocery delivery options:
      • Rose's Independent Grocer, 75 Main St., (506) 536-1349 — For pick-up or delivery, visit pcexpress.ca. Indicate in additional comments if you would like delivery, note the delivery address, and the delivery cost will be added to your total.
      • Sackville Foodland, 11 Wright St., (506) 536-0679 — For delivery options, e-mail Sydney Thorburn, MASU VP external affairs, at masuexternal@mta.ca
  • If your roommate/housemate needs to self-isolate, provincial regulations state that you must self-monitor but not self-isolate. This means that you must maintain a 2-metre distance from your roommate/housemate, use a separate bathroom (if possible), and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID19. You may still leave your house/apartment to go to work, to pick up essential items and run essential errands, but you should not participate in any public gatherings or have visitors in your home. For more information, read the Government of New Brunswick guidelines for self-isolation.


Self-isolation programming

Mount Allison is offering daily virtual activities and events for those who are self-isolating, beginning Aug. 14. The activities are aimed at both on-campus and off-campus students, as well as those who are not self-isolating, but would like to take part.

Regular updates will be available through the Self-Isolation Station Moodle page and the Schedule page on the Orientation Guidebook app.

'Virtual scheduled' and 'virtual anytime' programming

  • Virtual scheduled programming: These activities and events take place at specific times. While many are drop-in, some will need pre-registration. Featured programming includes a cultural night, a dance party, wellness livestreams, talent shows, and game nights (including sessions for students with gaming consoles).
  • Virtual anytime programming: These provide a flexible range of resources and activities, with new programs regularly introduced through the self-isolation period. Featured programming includes a ‘Together, Wherever!’ podcast series, an interactive ‘You Are Here’ event at the Owens Art Gallery, and an NHL Playoff Pool.

Navigating programming platforms
Programs will be offered through various platforms, including Zoom, MS Teams, Moodle, and social media.

Students who have issues with their e-mail accounts or internet connectivity in residence are encouraged to contact the Computing Services Helpdesk by visiting mta.ca/csd or calling 506-364-2473.

Outdoor time
Self-isolating students will be permitted to leave their residence building for fresh air and exercise each day, under supervision. Access will be limited to assigned outdoor spaces and set times. Outdoor times for each residence will be distributed upon arrival.

Staying connected
A daily breakdown of programming will be streamed through CHMA, our campus radio station and posted on the Orientation Instagram story. Students can also stay connected through our social media platforms.

Incoming students can connect with other incoming students, and receive updates from the Orientation chairs through the Incoming Class of 2020 Facebook Group.

Incoming students will be able to chat with alumni during their self-isolation through our newly launched AVATARS program.

In spirit with this year’s “Together, Wherever!” Orientation theme, all students can engage with other students, and showcase their sights, sounds, and self-isolation creations, with the hashtag #TogetherWhereverMtA. Photos or videos shared may be compiled and posted on the Mount Allison Instagram account. 

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 through the University General Bursary for Fall 2020. This application will be made available in early August within your student Connect account.

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.