A Student’s Guide: Resources on Campus

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This article was written by Rebecca Martin

There are a variety of resources on campus to fit your needs as a student. If you are a first-year or a returning student in need of help navigating student resources, here is a brief and easy guide for you to follow. Some of these services may vary depending on what campus you’re on, whether you’re an undergrad, a graduate student, an Indigenous student, or an international student, but a good place to start is the student services page on the Uleth website.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising will help you figure out your Program Planning Guide; this is important in helping you find the classes you need to graduate. To find an academic advisor, go to the website, find your faculty and either send them an email or visit the office in person.

Accommodated Learning Centre 

The Accommodated Learning Centre helps students with documented disabilities by making classes and testing services more accessible. Offering everything from word processors, class recordings, and alternate format textbooks. 

Library 

The Library is your one-stop shop when it comes to researching, studying, and finishing assignments. Student ID cards act as your library card and allow you to check out books, movies, academic journals, and curriculum lab items. The Library offers access to computers, group workrooms, and a quiet place to study. Additionally, the Library provides equipment loans, so if you need a laptop, multimedia, or other STEM related equipment, the library has you covered! If you need additional help with research or just have general questions, the subject librarians and other library staff can help. The library also has a designated area for 24-hour study and a new contemplation corner with more details to be announced when classes begin.

Writing Centre 

The Writing Centre provides individual support to students who may need help writing a research paper, bibliographies, lab reports, or anything else you might encounter during your degree. The Writing Centre supplies one-on-one support to students at any level of proficiency at no additional cost.

Bookstore 

The Bookstore sells more than just textbooks and program guides. It also sells books for general reading, UofL apparel, stationary equipment, games, and more!

Daycare

On-campus day care is something the university is proud to offer. The day care facility cares for children between the ages of 12 months to 6 years. Currently,there is a waitlist for this service. But if you are interested, you can go to their website for more information. 

Financial Services 

Finances aren’t the most fun or enjoyable part of the university experience but they are essential. Bridge Bucks are an easy way to pay for things on campus. You can load money onto your student ID card and use it to pay for food, textbooks, and print/copy services. To purchase Bridge Bucks, visit one of the many kiosks around campus. It can also be completed online through the My Card Manager website. Scholarships & Student Finance services can offer to figure out how to pay for your time in university. To get information about loans, scholarships, and awards, check out the office’s website. 

Health and Wellness 

Health and Wellness Services will allow you to look after both your physical and mental wellbeing. The Health Centre can give you access to a wide range of wellness and health care services. The medical clinic services include access to a physician, management of acute and chronic health conditions, pregnancy tests, STI screening, mental health management, and treatment. To book an appointment or to find out more information visit their website. 

Counselling 

The university also has counselling services. Trained professionals provide group counselling, one-on-one counselling, wellness workouts, self-help, and peer support services. Counsellors may be available during office hours (9:00 am – 3:00 pm weekdays). If you need help outside of office hours, you can contact security at 403-329-2345 or dial 911 for campus emergencies. If you are in distress, you can phone the Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta at (403) 327-7905 or 1-888-787-2880.  

7 Cups of Tea

7 Cups of Tea is an online community that provides on-demand emotional health services. It connects you to listeners and creates a community, allowing you to talk to people without judgment. All conversations are confidential. For more information on using 7 Cups of Tea or on becoming a listener, go to the website and use the password: uleth

Fitness and Recreation 

Fitness and Recreations memberships are available to all students. As a full-time student, you pay for your membership as a part of your tuition. The membership allows access to all the Centre for Sport and Wellness facilities. This includes drop-in fitness classes, lockers, and a 10% discount on select group programs and services.

Information Technology

If you are having technical issues, IT Solutions will help. The IT Store also gives you discounts on hardware and software. 

Printing Services 

Printing Services manages student access copiers around campus (which can be paid for using Bridge Bucks). They also offer printing services to clubs and students. So, if you need business cards, presentation posters, tickets, thesis printing and binding, this is the place for you!

Indigenous Student Services

The Indigenous Students Centre is here to provide guidance, encouragement, and empowerment. The centre’s team can help Indigenous students with getting access to services such as housing, childcare, scholarships, Elder support, ceremony and smudge room, and other community services. The UofL also has a resident Elder, Francis First Charger, a Blackfoot Elder from the Blood Tribe and is available to students weekly. Francis First Charger is here to offer guidance and cultural support to the UofL community. The Iikaisskini: Indigenous Student Centre is a free and confidential service offered to students who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. Additionally, Indigenous Student Affairs (composed of Aboriginal students, Elders, chiefs, and business leaders) provides access to peer support, social interaction, cultural/spiritual celebrations, and an Education Resource Library.

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