We’re the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA) and we’re super excited for you to join us on campus! As students working for students, we’re here to make your university experience the best it can be! That’s why we’ve been working hard to make this year a memorable one for each and every one of you, starting with Winter Welcome 2020!

Our Winter Welcome is filled with social events and educational activities designed to help you meet new friends, get familiar with the Saint Mary’s community, and meet faculty & professors. Throughout Winter Welcome Week, you’ll get to connect with support systems and resources, meet student leaders and members of the Saint Mary’s community, and best of all, participate in some pretty cool events & activities! But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself!

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What is a Winter Welcome Kit?

Winter Welcome Kits are a must buy for any new SMUdent! They include campus information, SMU & SMUSA swag, and a variety of useful items to get you through your first year at SMU!

Here are some of the things you’ll find in your kit this year:


  • Backpack
  • Thermocup
  • Cellphone Wallet
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Portable Charging Block
  • Reusable Straws
  • Special Welcome Weeks Limited Edition T-Shirt
  • SMU Baseball Hat
  • SMUSA Socks
  • FREE admission to all SMUSA organized Winter Welcome events

How do I buy my kit?

Skip the line, and pre-order your Winter Welcome Kit online for $80+Tax! It’s the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to buy your kit! Alternatively, you can buy a kit at our Information Desk during Winter Welcome Week (while supplies last).

Student's Full Name & A#
Student's Email Address

Pre-ordered Winter Welcome Kits can be picked-up from the SMUSA Information Desk (1st Floor – Student Centre) during Winter Welcome Week.


Monday, January 6th

Movie Night

Date/Time: Monday, January 6th, 6-8pm
Location: Student Common Space (5th floor Student Centre)

Event Description: Let’s kick off Winter Welcome Week 2020 together with a movie and some snacks 🎥
We’ll be screening the movie in the Student Common Space (5th floor of the Student Centre) and providing popcorn and snacks 🍿
Bring a comfy blanket, if you’d like!

Wednesday, January 8th

Welcome Back Brew

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 8th, 10am
Location: Student Centre (1st floor)

Event Description: Come grab a FREE cup of coffee or tea from the 1st floor of the Student Centre before you head to your first class back ☕️ Bring your reusable mug and we’ll give you a muffin too!
*While supplies last!

Paint & Sip

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 8th, 6-8pm
Location: The Gorsebrook Lounge

Event Description: Join us at the Gorsebrook for a night of colour and creativity! 🎨 We’ll provide all the paint supplies along with some hot chocolate and snacks! ☕️

Thursday, January 9th

Societies and Partners Expo

Date/Time: Thursday, January 9th, 10am-4pm
Location: The Patrick Power Library

Event Description: Come out to the SMUSA Societies & Partners Expo to discover over 50 student societies, meet their members, and learn about opportunities to get involved on campus!

Friday, January 10th

Ice Skating at the Oval

Date/Time: Friday, January 10th, 6-8pm
Location: Emera Oval

Event Description: We’re heading to the Oval!⛸ This outdoor skating rink is the perfect way to experience winter in Halifax! Helmets and skates are available for rental at the Oval! Meet us on the 1st floor of the Student Centre shortly before 6pm. We’ll be heading to the Oval together by transit bus.
Make sure to bring your student ID with your Halifax Transit U-Pass, and dress warm!! ❄️

Saturday, January 11th


Date/Time: Saturday, January 11th, 1-4pm
Location: IKEA Dartmouth

Event Description: Excited to decorate your dorm room or apartment? Join us for a trip to IKEA to grab some essentials to make your room feel like home 🛍
Please arrive early to the 1st floor of the Student Centre (by 12:45pm). The bus will be leaving SMU at 1pm. The bus will be leaving IKEA at 3:30 to return to SMU. Students will have approximately 2 hours to shop! Don’t forget to bring your student ID!
Interested? Sign-up below, and be entered to WIN a FREE $50 IKEA gift card! *You must sign-up before January 11th, arrive by 12:45pm on that date, and participate in the IKEA Trip to be eligible to win.

Sign-Up for Winter Welcome 2020

Tell us you’re coming! Sign-up for Winter Welcome here:


Follow us @SMUSAhfx on social media to stay updated on all things Winter Welcome 2020, along with other events & initiatives throughout the year, and opportunities to get involved on campus!