Frequently Asked Questions about Residence Life

Move-in Weekend at Bishop’s University can arguably be the most stressful time of the semester if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Fear not! The Residence Life Team along with the SRC will be there to help you every step of the way. Here are some of the most common questions that the Rez Life Team gets that first weekend.

How do we get to the mall?
Bishop’s University has two city buses that come to campus regularly and it’s easy to hop on the #2 bus into Sherbrooke to visit the mall, movie theatre, restaurants, and other parts of the city. Bus tokens are sold in the bookstore to make travelling by transit that much easier and convenient!

What is the best way to keep in contact with home?
Residence telephones. Each room does come with a phone with its own extension that you can use to call locally or get a calling card to make long-distance calls.

How do I send care packages to my student?
Every student receives a mailbox on campus where you can get packages and mail sent to. You can also send mail and packages outbound through our Porter’s Office located in the Student Union Building (SUB).

What are some of the fun places to go to in Lennoxville/Sherbrooke?
Depending on what you like to do there are a variety of things you can do in and around Lennoxville and Sherbrooke. From plenty of walking, hiking and biking trails, to restaurants
and clubs, to the movie theatre and shopping malls, rock climbing and the Lion, our local pub.

Is there a curfew?
No, but living in residence does have its rules and one of them is having designated and enforced quiet hours. During the week from Sunday to Thursday, quiet hours start at 11 p.m.; on the weekend they start at 1 a.m. Quiet hours are in place to ensure that all students have an enjoyable time whether you want to stay in or go out. If you aren’t ready to settle down come quiet hours, you just need to head into Lennoxville where you can meet up with students off campus, or head to the Gait on Saturday nights. So, no curfew – just quiet hours.

What should I attend during Orientation Week?
During the first week of the school year, we host Orientation Week where the Students’ Representative Council (the SRC) organizes a full week’s worth of academic and social events designed to engage new students and help integrate and welcome them into the Bishop’s community. From Cranium with professors, to serenading the Principal, to a concert in the Quad, to meeting your Deans, there are activities for everyone. It’s an amazing way to get to know not only other new students but it is also the best place to meet upper year students who are involved as leaders, judges and organizers. As for which events you should attend? ALL OF THEM!

Read Amanda and Mark’s blog on Orientation Week for more info! 

Where are some quiet study places?
Depending on your own preferences you can study in a variety of areas. The library, of course, has a variety of places for either group studying or by yourself but each residence
also has a common room, which can be used for studying. The local coffee shop, while not always quiet is a great place to study and enjoy some delicious beverages.

How do I get to Montreal/airport/train station?
A shuttle bus comes to campus on Fridays which takes you to downtown Montreal but you can also catch the city bus or take a taxi into Sherbrooke to the bus depot throughout
the week. Otherwise we have a few carpooling options that you can find through Facebook and other BU social media sites.

How do I put money on my card for laundry?
To do laundry, you need to use Gaiter Dollars that are put directly on you BU student ID card. You also use this money to print from the computer labs. To put some money on your card you can either use the Gaiter Dollar machine in the SUB next to the bookstore or in the library lobby. You can also put money on your card at the Paterson front desk or recharge it directly from your room online. Now you have no more excuses for ignoring your growing laundry pile.

Learn more about the #Ubishops Residence experience with this cool video!



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