Welcome to Brandon University! Complete the tasks on this page to you start your course registration process and to help you prepare for the first day of classes.
2. Know your student number
You will need your six-digit BU student number many times throughout your journey as a student. You can find your student number on your offer of admission letter. Lost it? No worries. Email email@example.com.
3. Get logged in
To begin you will need to claim your BU Username and Password. Follow the directions on the IT Helpdesk website to claim your ID (username and password). Remember/record your username and password because you will use them to log into important student portals such as the Student Information System, BU Webmail, Moodle, and on-campus computers.
Experiencing difficulties? Contact the IT Helpdesk at 204-571-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Check your BU Webmail account (email)
You can easily access your BU Webmail account by going to the top of the BU homepage, and clicking on the word WEBMAIL in the top right corner. You will use your username and password to log into your BU Webmail account.
There are three things to know about your Webmail:
- You need to check your webmail/email regularly! Your BU Webmail account is the primary way that we contact you about changes to your classes, wait-lists, upcoming events, and so much more!
- You can forward this email to another account (e.g. hotmail, gmail).
- You can access Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint through your Webmail account.
Experiencing difficulties? Contact the IT Helpdesk at 204-571-8500 or email@example.com.
5. Apply for residence (or look for off-campus housing)
Students can apply for Residence NOW! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to live on campus and enjoy the fun and convenience of Residence Life! Applications are available online.
Have questions? Please call the Residence Office at 204-727-7394.
6. Apply for financial aid and scholarships
Financial Assistance – Visit Manitoba Student Aid and Brandon University Student Financial Planning Guide. Want to talk to a person? Call Jacquie at 204-727-9699.
Scholarships and Bursaries – Be sure to check out the scholarships and bursaries available for first-year students. Call the Scholarships and Awards office at 204-727-9737.
Sponsored Students – There are things that you need to know about being a sponsored student. As a student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you are sponsored and communication with you sponsor is vital. Learn more by clicking here.
7. Advising, Course Selection, & Course Registration
Academic Advising and Course Registration begins in May 2019. Please visit the Advising, Course Selection & Course Registration website and follow the directions for the program you are admitted to. Please also watch your mail/BU email for additional information!
Course registration is open to students starting September 2019 or January 2020.
What is Pre-Orientation? Pre-Orientation is an event that allows students to gather on campus to better understand the information about the transition to university that they will receive throughout spring, summer and at Orientation. It is a chance to speak with people face-to-face and have your questions answered. Students and their family will participate in an information fair, workshops, and campus tours.
Who should attend Pre-Orientation? The event is for new students who have been admitted for September 2019. The programming is primarily for undergraduate students, however, graduate students are welcome to attend. Parents and supports are encouraged to attend. The intended outcomes for Pre-Orientation include:
- Connection – students will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other new students.
- Familiarity – students will feel comfortable on campus and have a basic knowledge of the services available to them.
- Parental Satisfaction – parents and supporters will have the opportunity to ask questions and better understand the transition to university.
- Detailed Information – students will be able to ask questions specific to their program of study.
Register now! Click here for a detailed schedule and registration form. Registration deadline is May 31st.
Please note: Students will not receive Academic Advising or complete Course Registration during Pre-Orientation. Refer to #7 above for details.
9. Connect with Student Accessibility Services (if applicable)
Students who require Academic Accommodations should connect with Student Accessibility Services in a timely manner to ensure supports can be put in place. Call 204-727-9737 to book an appointment.
10. Connect with Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (if applicable)
Students who have gained university-level knowledge and skills through life and work experience may be eligible to apply for academic credit. For more information please visit the PLAR website or call 204-727-7300.
11. Organize daycare (if applicable)
BU Early Learning Centre, (a provincially subsidized day care) welcomes children between the ages of 2 and 6, of students and staff of Brandon University. It is located adjacent to campus at 303 21st Street. For more information call 204-725-0968.
12. Connect with the Office of International Activities (if applicable)
Study Permit Requirements
- As an international student, if you will be studying in Canada for more than six months, you must have a valid Study Permit. Please apply for your Study Permit immediately.
- Before the course registration deadline of your first term, you must provide a copy of your valid study permit to the Office of International Activities.
- The staff in the Office of International Activities are not legally permitted to provide you with immigration advice including, but not limited to study and work permits, renewals, post graduate work permits or permanent residency applications. If you require assistance, the OIA has an approved list of ICCRC immigration consultants that we can refer you to. Please be advised their fees may vary.
- If arriving to Winnipeg International Airport please be advised of the Airport Shuttle Service.
- As you may be aware, effective September 1, 2018, Manitoba Health Insurance will no longer be available from the Province to international students enrolled at Brandon University. Brandon University is happy to announce it has secured enhanced coverage through guard.me International Insurance.
13. Register for Orientation!
Orientation will be on September 3rd, 2019. Check back in summer 2019 for more information!
Also, please watch your BU email for program specific Orientation information. Some programs of study host their own Orientation sessions.
Orientation for students starting in January 2020 will be on January 3, 2020. Please watch for details in fall.
14. Get your student card
Student cards will be available in the summer of 2019. Please check back for more information.
You can also wait and pick up your student card when arrive on campus. You can stop by the Ancillary Services office in the early weeks of the school year to get one!
Questions? Please phone Ancillary Services at 204-727-7394.
15. Organize transportation
Parking: Parking passes for the 2019/2020 academic year will go on sale in the summer. You can purchase them ahead of time online or when you arrive on campus. Check the parking website for updates!
16. Buy your textbooks
Buy your books in person at BU Campus Books: You can obtain your required textbooks from the store via rental or direct purchase (new or used). BU Campus Books is located in the Knowles-Douglas Students’ Union Centre.
Buy your books online at BU Campus Books: If you are unable to come in the store you can order online.
How do I know which books to buy? Sign into Student Information and take a screenshot or print out of your course information so you can find the correct books. You will need to know the course number, section, name and instructor.
When should I buy my books? Some students choose to buy their textbooks just before classes start and others wait until they have attended their first class or two. The choice is entirely yours!
Additionally, if you find the book at a cheaper price on any Canadian online store (for example Amazon.ca), the store will match that price (other conditions apply).
17. Make your payments
Tuition – Once you have selected and registered for your courses you should log into the Student Information System to view financial information. Tuition is due on the first day of each semester. You can pay in person or online. It is recommended to pay at least a week prior to the start of classes. Questions? Call Financial and Registration Services at 204-727-9724.
Residence – Housing payments are due in full at the beginning of each term (before you check in). Pay online, in person or by mail.
Verification of Enrollment – Your financial institution may require a verification of enrollment. Log in to Student Information and click on the Verification of Enrollment tab to download the form. Please contact Financial & Registration Services at (204) 727-9724, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
18. Get excited! Buy some BU swag!
Visit BU Campus books and order your BU swag online!
19. Help your parents and family members support you!
We encourage you to involve your parents, family members, and support system in your university journey. Click here to share resources with your loved ones.
We look forward to seeing you soon! Visit BrandonU.ca/first-year to jump start your first term!