Hello Future Gaiters!
In a few short weeks, you will be taking the next step of your life into university and moving into residences sprinkled across our homey campus, becoming a part of our Residence Life Community(Rez Life). Rez Life is more than just living in a dorm – it’s about making friends, being a member of your community, getting involved, and making the best of your first year at Bishop’s! While living on campus, you’ll have a team of resident assistants (RA’s) that are there to help you out and offer their advice. Having experienced living on campus and completed their first year of university – they can answer questions that you have from how to do laundry, to study skills, or giving back to the community, the Rez Life team is there for you. During the day, you can knock on our door or have a chat with us in the dining hall. At night you can contact the RA on duty within your building if you need help with anything. Whichever member of the team is working that night will have a BU Medical Pack (and all of the staff is trained in First Aid) and direct access to our on-campus security team via walkie talkie, if we need to contact them.
So what is it like to live on campus for the first year of university? For one, you have so many opportunities to meet your fellow students through events put on by your RA’s, at the newly renovated Sports Complex (the Plex) through intramural activities or just breaking a sweat, your classes, and clubs – not to mention all 3 of your daily (and delicious!) meals at Dewhurst Dining Hall (Dewies). As well, to get from one end of campus to the other is a total of 8 minutes walking, so there’s definitely the convenience of minimal travel time from your room to class. Another important point is how safe you’ll feel living on campus: our security staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their offices that are connected to the same building as Dewies, and they do regular tours of the campus all night long – not to mention the fact that they will notify you of security issues through the SAFEGaiter app. Some of the fun stuff that you can look forward to include attending home games of our various teams, ranging from lacrosse, football, and rugby in the fall, to hockey and basketball in the Plex during the winter (no matter the sport, it’s a chance to show off your Purple Pride!). Events within residence span anywhere from movie marathons, hiking up Owl Head’s Peak, carving pumpkins, having a games night (both video and board), to building an igloo, going rock wall climbing, having a karaoke night- as well as other fun ideas that residents, like YOU, tell us about!
So, if you have any questions, want to get in contact with your future RA’s, or have any general concerns, you can contact us individually through the email addresses that are found in each of our RA bios (See the Residence Halls web page), or send an email directly to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait for you to join us on campus!
TWO NUMBERS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW:
CAMPUS SECURITY: 2711 from any campus phone
PATERSON FRONT DESK: 2685 from any campus phone