Get Ready For Your New Adventure!

Your New Adventure Begins! 

To make sure you’re ready for one of the biggest adventures of your life, we’ve compiled a list of important next steps that should help you prepare. Although we'll be reaching out to you over the summer months (so be sure to check your Lakehead email regularly), should you have any questions or require further information about your next steps, we invite you to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you and guiding you through this new adventure!   

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STEP 1:  Meet Your Offer Conditions

Accept by the Deadline in Your Offer of Admission

Congratulations!  We're excited to welcome you as a Thunderwolf! 

Go to our Admissions site for step-by-step instructions on how to accept your offer.

Meet Your Offer of Admissions Conditions

If you have conditions of admission, they must be successfully met as detailed in your Offer of Admission letter. 

Pay Your Confirmation Deposit by the Deadline in Your Offer of Admission

Go to our Admissions site for step-by-step instructions on how to pay your confirmation deposit. (See step 4 on the checklist). 

Need more details?  Contact Student Central:

P:  1-800-465-3959
P:  807-343-8500
STEP 2:  Know Your Lakehead Tools

MyInfo is your Lakehead University student information portal.  MyInfo is the place where you can perform a variety of functions related to your enrolment both as an applicant as a student.  Through MyInfo you can apply for bursaries, apply for residence, register for classes, view your class schedule, check your tuition fees and account balance, track your degree & program progress and so much more.

MyEmail is your Lakehead University email account.  The username and password to access MyEmail is the same as your MyInfo account.  All communication from Lakehead University will be provided to you through your Lakehead email account.  You must check this often and use it to correspond with Lakehead University personnel.  Important information regarding registration, orientation, scholarships and bursaries, residence, upcoming events and more will be delivered to you using your Lakehead email account.

MySuccess is your student success portal and is operated by the Student Success Centre (SSC).  The username and password to access MySuccess is the same as your MyInfo and MyEmail accounts.  You can use this portal to book one-on-one appointments related to academic support and skills, writing support, career services, and co-operative education.  In MySuccess you will find information regarding the tutoring schedule and can access the Lakehead University Job Bank and volunteer opportunities, see upcoming SSC events, sign up for leadership programs and workshops, and update your Lakehead Co-Curricular Record.

MyCourseLink is Lakehead's online learning management system for your online courses and the online, web-based components for your on-campus courses.  The username and password to access MyCourseLink is the same as your MyInfo and MyEmail accounts.  MyCourseLink/D2L is supported by the Teaching Commons.  Through MyCourselink you can access online course materials (e.g., syllabus, course readings, audio and video material, etc.), take online tests and quizzes, participate in discussion forums and other communication tools, submit and retrieve assignments, view grades, and much more! is your access to free online courses and videos in software, technology, business, and creative skills.  The username and password is the same as your MyInfo and MyEmail accounts. is supported by the Teaching Commons. features include learning paths, mobile access, offline viewing, new courses weekly, exercise files and assessments, and certificates of completion.

STEP 3:  Choose Your Courses

Course registration is now open for all students!

Student Central is happy to provide information and assistance on Course Registration throughout the Summer. Here are the ways you can get information about course registration:

STEP 4:  Consider Housing & Meal Plan Options 

Moving away from home to attend Lakehead?  You are not alone.  Over half of Lakehead students are from cities and countries from all over the world!

Lakehead University not only offers you a quality education but also an exceptional place to live and learn while gaining a new sense of responsibility and independence.  Our on-campus residences provide you with a safe, convenient and supportive environment where you will build a strong personal and academic foundation for your future.

Living on campus gives you comfort and convenience as all our residences are less than a 5-minute walk to most classes. If you haven’t yet applied for residence and are wanting to, you still can! Visit Residence for information on how to apply, how to pay your residence deposit, what to expect, what to bring, and more.  

SAVE THE DATE:  Residence move-in for most new students who are starting University in September is Wednesday, August 29, 2018. 

Need more details?  Contact Residence:


Thunder Bay - First Year Residence Students
P:  807-343-8097

Thunder Bay - Upper Year Residence Students

P:  807-343-8060

Orillia - All Residence Students

P:  705-330-4008 x 3030 

STEP 5:  Plan Your Finances

Have questions about your University fees? 

We encourage you to visit this Tuition Fees page to find out about Student fees, payment deadlines, and payment methods.

Planning how to pay for university can be easy.  You just need to remember these three things:  Costs, Resources, Budget.


Your costs are things like tuition, fees, residence, food, books & supplies, entertainment, a trip home, etc,.  If you put all of your costs onto one page and add them up, that's how much you can expect to pay for the school year.  A good way to start is by checking out the cost of your tuition and fees here:

Resources & OSAP

Your resources are things like: student loans, parental contribution, scholarships, bursaries, savings from a summer job, RESP, etc,.  If you put all of your resources onto one page and add them up, that's the amount of money you have for the school year.  Student loan programs are usually run by your provincial government and offer loans (repayable after school), and grants (non-repayable).  These are a great and affordable way of helping to pay for school.  If you're currently living in Ontario, you should check out the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) at

Lakehead also offers some great opportunities for resources.  Our entrance scholarships for students with good marks coming directly from high school are some of the best in the country, and we try to help our students who demonstrate financial need with our bursaries.  With so many opportunities to find resources at Lakehead University why not visit us to explore some great options:

Be sure to visit Student Central for all your money related questions. Here’s a quick glance at some bursaries you may be eligible for:


A budget puts your resources and costs together.

You want to create a budget each year so you know how much you have to save or how much you have to spend!  If you put your resources down on paper and your costs down on paper, all you have to do is finish the math off.  If your budget is positive, stick to your budget and you should have enough money to last until the end of the school year.  If your budget is negative, check out the resources we have at Lakehead and see if there is a way to find a bit more money.

If you need help, talk to us.  Student Central is located on both campuses and our team can help you prepare, plan, and strategize so that you can focus on your studies.

Need more details?  Contact Student Central:

P:  1-800-465-3959
P:  807-343-8500
Step 6: Ease Your Transition

Join us for a Campus Tour

Before you start your studies, why not come and visit us on campus and start seeing yourself as a Lakehead student?  Campus tours are offered Monday-Friday.  To book a tour, visit

Arrange Your Travel to Campus

If you are moving away from home to join us at Lakehead, it's never too early to start planning your travel arrangements.

To Thunder Bay

No matter what your route, it's easy to get to Thunder Bay.  If you're driving, the Trans Canada highway runs through Thunder Bay so no matter which direction you're coming from, you'll end up in Thunder Bay.  You'll be amazed by the beautiful nature surrounding you as you take in the scenic drive.  If you're flying, our international airport has service by the major carriers including Air Canada, West Jet and Porter.  If you haven't already signed up to receive seat sale information from these carriers, you should - they offer some amazing sales year-round.

To Orillia

It's likely you will be driving to join us in Orillia.  Orillia is located in beautiful cottage country in Central Ontario.


Register with Student Accessibility Student Services

If you have a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition, Student Accessibility Services can help you with your transition to university.  Depending on your individual situation, accommodations may be set up for you to assist you with your academic success. For more information, visit


Thunder Bay Campus:


P:  807-343-8047


Orillia Campus:

C:  Danielle Poeta, Accessibility & Academic Skills Advisor 


P:  705-330-4008 x 2103


Indigenous Students

Biindigen/Welcome to Lakehead! If you have any questions or would like more information about Indigenous student events, services and programming, please email us or visit our website.  

Thunder Bay Campus:


P:  807-343-8085  

Orillia Campus:

C:  Allysha Wassegijig, Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator


P:  705-330-4008 x 2018


International Students

We know you are going to have a great study experience with us. Be sure to visit our Lakehead International Students website for detailed information. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you require any information re-sent, please email Sara Melvin at  We look forward to seeing you all on campus soon!

Thunder Bay Campus:

C:  Sara Melvin, International Relations Officer


P:  807-346-7848

Orillia Campus:

C:  Katie Fraser, International Engagement Specialist


P:  705-330-4008 x 2141


Tips for Your Academic Success

  1. Be Prepared For Classes

  2. Ask Questions

  3. Develop Good Study Habits

  4. Develop Communication Skills

  5. Understand Marking Schemes

  6. Understand Academic Integrity

  7. Take Responsibility

  8. Get To Know The Student Success Centre:  The Student Success Centre (SSC) has many programs and support services in place to help you achieve your academic and personal goals while studying at Lakehead University.  Be sure to visit us early in the year so we can guide you through your transition.

STEP 7:  Take Care of Student Business Early

Get Your Lakehead Student Card

The Lakehead University Student Card is the official means of identification on campus.  It must be carried at all times and presented to University personnel as requested.  It is much more than an ID card.  It is also your key to services such as the Library, recreation facilities, exams, meal plans, printing, and more.  Order it online here:

Thunder Bay


Order Your Parking Pass

If you are planning to drive to campus, you will need to order a Parking Pass.  Rates are determined by the proximity of the lot to the buildings.  The closer lots have higher rates and the lots further from the buildings have lower rates.  Visit to register.


Get Your U-PASS

The U-pass offers unlimited use of public transit in Thunder Bay and Orillia to all full-time Lakehead students.  If you are a full-time student, you will automatically be enrolled in the U-Pass.  This is a great an affordable way to get around your new hometown.  Stop by the Lakehead University Student Union with your ID card to receive your U-Pass sticker.

Buy Your Textbooks & Supplies

Purchasing your required textbooks and supplies is essential to your academic success.  It is also important to buy them so you have them for the start of your courses.  Visit the campus Bookstore to pick up your supplies or visit 


Confirm Your Health & Dental Plan

The Lakehead University Student Union Health & Dental Plan offers affordable coverage to all Lakehead (domestic) students and their families.  Benefits include extended health, prescription drugs, dental, travel, and accident coverage.  Coverage lasts for the entire year starting September 1st.

If you have comparable coverage (e.g. through your parents insurance) you may be eligible to opt out and receive a refund.  The deadline to opt out is September 30.  For more information about the Health & Dental Plan, visit


Pay Your Tuition

As a new student, you may have lots of questions about your tuition.  Visit our Tuition Information page to find answers to all of your questions.



Visit Campus Tech (Thunder Bay)

For all your tech needs, questions and repairs, visit the experts at Campus Tech, Thunder Bay.  Don't forget to ask them about your free copy of Microsoft Office!




 STEP 8:  Participate in Upcoming Events


Fall Orientation 2018 for new Undergraduate students occurs from Wednesday, August 29 - Saturday, September 1, 2018, on both campuses!

Mark these dates in your calendar and plan to attend! Orientation details and information will be updated throughout the summer, so be sure to check your Lakehead email and the Orientation website for all the latest news. 

Residence Move-In August 29, 2018

First Day of Classes September 4, 2018


Other upcoming events throughout the year to watch:

  • Student Appreciation Events

  • Festivus

  • Career & Employment Fairs

  • Student Services

  • Leadership events

  • National Co-op Week

  • Frost Week

  • Winter Carnival

  • Homecoming

  • Wellness Weeks/Fairs


 STEP 9: Join The Community

Here are our Top 10 ways to become an active part of the Lakehead Community:

  1. Attend Orientation - a must for all new students at Lakehead!  This is the best way to start off your journey to Lakehead and learn all about being active in your new community.  #LakeheadAdventure

  2. Pick up your blue and gold Lakehead gear at the Bookstore.  A Lakehead hoodie is a great addition to your wardrobe.

  3. Support your Thunderwolves.  Head out to a Thunderwolves game with friends to catch all the action while having some fun.

  4. Work on campus.  Academic departments and service areas offer you a great way to make additional money while contributing to your university.  It's also a great resume booster!

  5. Try out the various health and wellness activities offered on campus.

  6. Join a club or academic association/society.  Stop by the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) office to see all the different ways you can be involved.  Or look to start your own club based on your own interests.

  7. Explore the various volunteer and leadership opportunities available - become a Tutor, join the Aboriginal Mentorship program or look at the EXCEL Leadership Program to build your leadership skills.

  8. Become part of the Lakehead University Student Union Centres and/or Board.  Consider helping with the Food Bank, Bike Shack, Pride Central, Multicultural Centre or Sustainability or the Orillia Board.

  9. Get involved with intramurals and campus recreation.  Stay active, meet others and have fun with a variety of sports.

  10. Living in residence?  There's always something going on.  Also, consider becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) or event a House President/Floor Rep in your upper years.


Just Ask!

If you do have questions, give the Student Success Centre a call or send us an email - we're happy to guide you through your next steps!

            Thunder Bay Campus:
            C:  Krista McAllister, Administrative Assistant
            P:  (807) 343-8018    
            Orillia Campus:
            C:  Haley Doherty, Student Success Advisor
            P:  (705) 330-4008 x 2118

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