7 Things to Get You Through The First Few Weeks of Classes [3 min read]

Hey CBU Students! Welcome (or welcome back) to Cape Breton University. We are so happy to have you here. 

We know September can feel overwhelming with a lot of information to remember. So, as you gear up for the first few weeks of classes, the team at CBU has compiled a list of things that will help you start your semester off on the right foot. From getting your student ID and bus pass, to connecting to wifi and participating in student events, there’s sure to be at least one thing on this list that will help you settle in.

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Now, here are seven things to know for the first week of classes:

1) Get your student ID card at the Help Desk

All students should get their student ID card as soon as possible, as this card will be used as your library card, campus fitness centre pass, meal plan card as well as print and photocopy card. Your student ID is also required for access to certain events such as parties at the Pit or athletics games and acts as a debit card so you can make purchases at food outlets on campus. 

Students can obtain their student ID at the Help Desk located in the Marvin Harvey Building (#23 on our campus map). Click here to learn more. 

2) Bus Passes

Need a bus pass this semester? Visit the CBU Students’ Union front desk (#11 on our campus map). Don’t forget to bring a valid student ID to ensure you receive the student rate. If studying at Cineplex, please be prepared to show proof of enrolment for classes at Cineplex to receive an additional discount (a class schedule from your Compass Student Account is accepted).

The discounted rate will be in effect until September 30, 2022. For more information on CBRM Transit, please visit www.cbu.ca/transit.

3) Register with the CBU Library

Your student ID card also serves as a library card. This card allows students to utilize all services of the library, like borrowing books, laptops, phone chargers, headphones and calculators, plus printing, booking study rooms and ordering books from other libraries. 

To ensure your ID is set up for Library access, please register with the CBU Library so resources are readily accessible to you when they need them. To register or renew a CBU Library account, please click here.

4) Connect to CBU Wifi

To access the CBU wireless network, please choose CBU-Secure from the wifi network options. The login and password is the same as the first part of your CBU email address (example: just CBU22HLA, not CBU22HLA@cbu.ca) and password. 

5) Check out the CBU ServiceHub 

The CBU ServiceHub serves as a digital resource to improve student experience and is a place for you to get things done quickly, all in one place. Whether it’s registering for a course, accessing your student account, submitting a transcript request or finding general CBU information, the CBU ServiceHub is the place to go. Many of our forms (i.e. Add/Drop, Program Changes, Letters of Completion, etc.) can also be accessed online here.

6) Get Familiar with Campus

Not sure where your classroom is? Check out our campus room legend which identifies what each of the letters you’ll see next to your classroom numbers mean. For further assistance, please refer to our Campus Map.

  • “A” = Arseneau-Britten Wing
  • “AC” = Sullivan Fieldhouse
  • “B” = Marvin Harvey Wing
  • “C” = across from the Verschuren Centre Atrium
  • “CC” = Campus Centre (above Cafeteria)
  • “CE” = Campus Expansion / Culture & Heritage Building (Great Hall)
    • Rooms 241-280 are on the main floor
    • CE-258 is the RBC Lecture Theatre
    • CE-241 is the Multipurpose Room (MPR)
    • Rooms 304-360 are upstairs
    • CE 304-315 are classrooms
    • CE 317-327 are classrooms
    • CE-339 is the Board of Governors Room
  • “CS” = Verschuren Centre
  • “MTVR” = Multiversity Room (next to Library)
  • “SB” = Shannon School of Business
  • “RBLT” = Royal Bank Lecture Theatre (CE-258)
  • “L” = Library
  • “CPLX” = Cineplex (325 Prince St)
  • Downtown Office = 500 George Street

7) Participate in Week of Welcome and Other Campus Events

September 3-11, 2022, is Week of Welcome! Week of Welcome (WOW) is the official welcome to the Caper family. Each September, January and May, new and returning students are encouraged to participate in the many sessions and events held by CBU to start the semester off strong. 

We have lots of fun and educational events planned for you this week so you can find out what campus life is like at CBU. For a full list of events, please visit cbu.ca/wow

We also encourage you to get involved in as many events as possible this semester! Wondering what’s happening on campus? Make sure to check out cbu.ca/events regularly!