Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orientation?

The purpose of Orientation is to provide a positive first experience of University for all new students and aid in the transition to University life.

How does Orientation work?

Students arrive on campus and sign in on the second floor of the Healthy Living Centre, they meet fellow new students in their faculties. Shortly after arriving a ceremony will begin where dignitaries will welcome all students to the University and the City of Brandon. Afterwards, a keynote presentation by Jon Montgomery, Award-Winning Host of The Amazing Race Canada & Olympic Gold Medallist, Skeleton will get you pumped up for your own brand new adventure at BU. If this isn’t for you, there is a  Quiet Space available. Then, all students enjoy a free BBQ lunch on the front lawn of Clark Hall.  Student can enjoy live bands and an escape room, or take in an information session (or two!) during the afternoon!

When do I register?

Students can register for Orientation now! To register for Orientation you simply fill out an online registration form.

Is attendance mandatory?

Orientation is strongly encouraged for new students. It is an opportunity to meet fellow students within your faculty, learn and explore the campus with tours, find out where to get a Student I.D. and pay tuition, get your textbooks at the bookstore, enjoy free activities, lunch, and information sessions.

What do I have to bring?

Please bring your class schedule so that if you go on a campus tour, you can find out where your classes will be held in the first term. Also, dress for the weather! We will be inside and outside on Orientation day. You might want to bring a bag to carry any free items you pick up during the day!

What if I have more questions?

You can contact Trevor the Student Orientation Coordinator at orientation@brandonu.ca.

Building Information

Academic Skills Centre – room 102 in A.E. McKenzie
BUSU Office – 2nd floor of Knowles Douglas Building
Down Under – basement under the Main Dining Room
Dr. James Brown & Lucille Brown Health Studies Complex – on the corner of 18th and Princess, the Health Studies Building
Elephant Room – 3rd floor of Knowles Douglas building
Evans Theatre – beside the Library
Finance and Registration Services – 2nd floor of Clark Hall
Healthy Living Centre – on the corner of 20th and Louise
Indigenous Peoples Centre – beside the Evans Theatre
Kinsmen Rehearsal Hall – main floor of Music building
Knowles Douglas Building – the BUSU building
Louis Riel Room – down the hall from the main dining room
Little Theatre – basement of the Education building
Lorne Watson Rehearsal Hall – main floor of Music Building
Library Heritage Floor – basement of the library
Main Dining Room – the cafeteria
Meeting Room A – down the hall from the main dining room
Meeting Room B – down the hall from the main dining room
Métis Student Centre – room 202 in Clark Hall
Mingling Area – foyer in the bottom level of the Knowles Douglas Building, where the black and white tiles are
Office of International Activities – Basement, McMaster Hall
Queen Elizabeth II Building the Music building
Rowe Theatre – 2nd floor of the Education building
RD Bell Hall – main floor of the Music building
Theatre A – basement of Brodie Building
Theatre B – basement of Brodie Building

Popular Acronyms 

APA American Psychological Association (an essay format)
ASC Academic Skills Centre
BB Brodie Building (John R Brodie Building, Faculty of Science)
BA Bachelor of Arts
BEd Bachelor of Education
BSc Bachelor of Science
BUSU Brandon University Students’ Union
BUSS Brandon University Student Services
CMS Chicago Manual of Style (an essay format)
CHO Clark Hall (Faculty of Arts, Finance and Registration, and President’s Office)
GWS Gender and Women’s Studies
HLC Healthy Living Centre
HSB Health Studies Building (Faculty of Health Studies)
IPC Indigenous Peoples’ Centre
ISC International Student Centre
KDC Knowles Douglas Centre (the BUSU Building)
LiH Library Heritage Floors
MC Multiple Choice
MCK A. E. McKenzie Building (Student Services)
MLA Modern Language Association (an essay format)
MRA Meeting Room A
MRB Meeting Room B
OIA Office of International Activities
PSAC Public Service Alliance of Canada (union for student jobs)
QEB Queen Elizabeth II Building (Faculty of Music)
SUDS Student Union Drinking Spot (in the Mingling Area)
VW Voluntary Withdrawal