COVID-19 Residence Protocol

COVID-19 Residence Protocol

Our primary goal is to maintain the health and safety of our community. The BU Residence team is making every effort to keep our community safe and respect Public Health Guidelines in operating our residence community. We will continue offering engaging and supportive programming and services to all our residents!

The best way of protecting our community is for all of us to get vaccinated. Vaccines are free and available to all, including international students and those who may have received vaccines that are not recognized by Public Health Canada.

In the coming weeks, you will be invited to voluntarily show proof of vaccination, or to be tested for COVID-19. Our testing program will consist of weekly saliva tests each Tuesday. We will communicate more details as soon as possible.

Here are a few guidelines for you to follow immediately upon arriving to our residence halls:


  • When moving into residence, you may receive the help of no more than one other person, who will be allowed to enter the residence building with you to carry boxes and help you set up. We understand that the person helping you move in will likely not be another resident.

Common Rooms and Spaces

  • Wear a procedure mask at all times when circulating in entrances, staircases, hallways, and all other shared spaces in residences, including the common rooms, common bathrooms, and common kitchens. You must always keep your procedure masks on in the common rooms, even when sitting down (except for the common kitchens when sitting down to eat, two meters apart).
  • If you use the common kitchens to cook, you may remove your masks only when seated to eat, and we ask that you please be seated two meters apart.
  • It is not permitted to eat or drink in the common rooms, except for the common kitchens.

Public health guidelines will likely change throughout the year, and we will provide more information as it becomes available. We are hopeful that our cautious approach will allow everyone to remain healthy and enjoying being back on campus.