Your First Year

Participating in all the programs and services mentioned on this page will help you build a foundation of success that will support you during your first year at BU and beyond!

1. Attend Orientation & Engage in Welcome Week Activities


Orientation will be on September 3rd, 2019. Check back in summer 2019 for more information!  Join over 700 new students in this fun filled day. You’ll leave feeling confident and ready for the first day of classes!

Welcome Week

During the first two weeks of September, we want to give you an official welcome and also the opportunity engage in all that BU has to offer! Joining in on Welcome Week activities give you the opportunity to learn about services and supports at BU, meet new people, explore your interests, and have a lot of fun!

2. Get Organized

Check your BU Webmail (email)

Please check this email regularly! Your BU Webmail account is the primary way we contact you about changes to your classes, wait-lists, upcoming events, and so much more!  Forget your username and password? Visit the IT Helpdesk  website for guidance.

Know your Class Schedule

You can find an electronic copy of your schedule by logging into Student Information. Click on the Time Table table and Generate Timetable. Print a copy or take a screen shot on your phone. This way you will never be late for class!

Find your Way Around

In general classrooms are numbered based on which floor of the building they are located on.  Example: CH 212 means Room 212, second floor, Clark Hall.  Use this campus map to find your way around! Student Leaders (people in bright yellow shirts) will be around campus for the first two weeks of classes and can help you find your classroom.

Keep your “things” organized

Lockers are located in the Basement Floor of the Brodie Building and the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building. Lockers can be rented by going to Financial and Registration services on the second floor of Clark Hall.

Make course registration changes

Adding, dropping, or changes courses can all be done through the Online Registration system.  There are some important dates to watch for such as the last day to make changes or additions to your registration and the Voluntary Withdrawal deadline.  Want to talk your change over with someone? Connect with an Academic Advisor.

3. Places to Know

IT Helpdesk

Want to talk to a person about your computer problem? Visit the IT Helpdesk located on the main floor of the John E. Robbins Library.

The IT Helpdesk website if full of tutorials, FAQ, computer lab hours, password issues and much more!

Visit the IT Helpdesk website



Did you know that you can book a one-on-one appointment with a librarian to help get you started on your research or help navigate Ebsco Host?

Visit the Library website

Healthy Living Centre


Visit the Healthy Living Centre to see the current listing of campus recreation and intramural activities. There is something for everyone!

Visit the HLC website

Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC)


The IPC is a student’s home away from home. Here you will find couches to relax on, a kids area for educational play, an Elders room for smudging, and a kitchen where soup is often brewing, but most importantly, we offer you a family and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Visit the IPC website

Office of International Activities


The Office of International Activities is a home away from home for all international students. All international students should feel welcome here and can seek assistance with all types of concerns.

All BU students are encouraged to visit the office for information on exchange programs, travelling, working, or studying abroad.

Visit the Office of International Activities website

Student Services

Student Services is primarily located on the first floor of the A.E. McKenzie Building. Students can connect with services such as Student Accessibility Services, Personal Counselling, Career Planning and Placement, Academic Advising, and Academic Skills.

Visit the Student Services website

4. Learning Resources

Academic Skills Centre


The Academic Skills centre offers assistance through three related offices: writing skills, learning skills, and math skills.

Haven’t written a paper is several years? Need some solid study techniques? Fractions getting you down? The Centre’s primary goal is to help students become more efficient learners, equipped with greater confidence, motivation and skill. Students are encouraged to access the Centre’s services through either individual appointments designed to address specific learning issues or group workshops that deal with some of the most common learning issues facing students

Visit the Academic Skills Centre website

Transition to University Guide

The following website address the question of how is university different from high school? Find resources about vocabulary and comprehension, researching, academic integrity, and writing. Gain valuable insight with advice from others!

Transition to University Guide

Success1 Workshop Series

The Success1 Workshop Series provides academic and life skills that are essential for student success! Workshops are geared for first-year students; however, any Brandon University student is welcome to attend. There are no fees to attend the workshops and seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis! Discover workshops explore topics in Writing Skills, Math Skills, Learning Skills, Career Planning, Wellness, and Library Resources. Attend six workshops and receive a certificate.

Success1 Workshop Series Winter 2019

Early Alert

We know that your first semester can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. We are watching the most difficult first year classes to reach out to you if you need a helping hand. Students in Early Alert classes who receive a D or less on their first assignment will be contacted by Student Services and invited to meet with a coach to help get you back on track! Our friendly staff can help you find and use the services on campus that will help you make the most of your education. Watch you BU Webmail for communication about Early Alert! Questions? Email Michelle at


Motiv8 is an event to help students start the new year on the right track! Held annually in January,  students can participate in workshops, wellness activities, one-on-one appointments with Student Services professionals and much more! This event is open to all students and is particularly helpful for students who struggled in Term 1, are new to BU in Term 2, or who want to take their studies to the next level. Watch BU Student Life social media and your BU Webmail for details!

5. Online Resources


Moodle is a one-stop place to get all of our course information. Professors will post the course outline, important dates and information and supplementary materials.

What is Moodle

Online Resource Guide

These sites offers your resources you can access from home, in your pajamas, any time of the day or night. Discover more about time management, learning styles, reading textbooks, taking notes, and strategies for taking exams.

Online Resource Guide

Companion Websites

These sites have interactive tests for each chapter of the text, as well as valuable study tools such as chapter outlines, flashcards, crossword puzzles and concentration games.

Companion websites

6. Have Fun

Get Involved

Brandon University Student Music Educators Association.

Brandon University Student Music Educators Association.

Check with your professors to see if there is a club for your major and minor (e.g. History Club). Visit the Brandon University Students’ Union page to learn more about additional clubs and collectives on campus.

View all Club Listings

Things To Do

BU Women's Volleyball players celebrating.

BU Women’s Volleyball team.

Don’t be a parking lot-classroom-parking lot student. Check out:

Check your email and the television screens across campus for a weekly calendar of events.

7. Student Opportunities

Student Job Opportunities

Check the website regularly for on-campus positions.

Look for on-campus jobs

Student Leadership Opportunities

Join a team of enthusiastic people like yourself who will work with new students during campus events (Orientation, Open House, Conferences, Campus Tours, and more). You can work towards a Service Learning notation on your transcript.

Visit the Student Leaders website

8. Keep the Conversation Going