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Tips for students moving into college housing

Moving into student housing is a big step in starting your university experience. St John’s college 100 bed Residence makes it easy for students to feel at home, safe, and secure on campus.

December 7, 2023 — 

To help ease the transition and make students move-in as easy as possible, here are five tips for new students moving into St John’s college residence.   


Moving into student housing can be overwhelming, and you want to be prepared, especially if it’s their first time away from home. Creating a checklist with everything you need to bring is a good place to start. To get started, here are some items we recommend: 

  • Bedding   
  • Room decor 
  • Office items for your desk   
  • Toiletries   
  • Clothes   

Learn more about what to bring on our website.   



Living in the college residence allows students to build lifelong friendships with other students, whether it’s before or after move-in day, connecting with a member of the residence dons team of student support staff, or with other student leaders such as the co-presidents of the residence coucnil can help students begin to build those friendships as early as move-in day. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Our student leaders were once brand-new residents themselves, and are always happy to offer support, referral, and connection.  



St John’s college and the University of Manitoba offer a variety of resources to help students succeed on campus. 

Exploring the college and university campus will familiarize you important places like study carrels, libraries, classrooms, University Centre, health services, and more. As a student in the St John’s college residence, you will also have access to, study carrels, library, academic support, scholarships and bursaries, student-led events, and leadership opportunities.   

To learn more about the University of Manitoba resources, view them on our website. Or drop by the General Office to ask for a copy of the campus map.  



Moving into residence can feel chaotic with many students moving in on the same day. However, our dons team is trained to make move-ins as stress-free as possible. Your residence confirmation will contain lots of details about how to make the most of your move-in. Make sure you’ve read through it before you arrive and ask questions if anything feels unclear. Doing your part to arrive prepared ensures everyone gets moved in as efficiently as possible, leaving lots of time forgetting to know each other and exploring all the residence has to offer.  



Moving into student housing like a college residence is a new experience. Take it in with an open mind and positive attitude. Be flexible in adapting to new surroundings, lifestyles, and meeting diverse people. Don’t be afraid to try new things and ask questions. The Dean of residence is available and ready to help students.  


For more move-in tips and information, visit our current residents page.   


If students are looking for housing, St John’s college is immediately available for students needing housing for January 2024 and Summer 2024. Visit our website to apply. 


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