After several months of planning and adjusting processes and protocols MacEwan Residence opened its doors last week to nearly 300 students. This year will look a lot different than any other, with a greater focus on health, safety and flexibility. Residence Life is still committed to helping our residents connect in safe and creative ways this term, starting with residence Orientation Week, which took place from September 1 to 7. Over the course of 10 events, we gave residents the opportunity to get to know each other, which will lay the foundation for an engaged community.

One of those events was the 12th annual MacEwan Residence Amazing Race, which went virtual. Residents competed with their new friends and neighbours in an online, team-based, scavenger hunt that helped them learn more about campus and the vibrant downtown community they will be calling home.

Board game night in residence is another fan favourite and is also went virtual. Residents had the chance to play their favourite board games together, or try out a brand new game. They played safely from their suites and talked with each other in a video call while playing games.

We also offered several in-person events with safety measures and protocols in place, including masks and physical distancing controls. Residents enjoyed a campfire at the kihêw waciston fire pit, an outdoor block party, a guided paint night they could attend in-person or online, and the relaunch of PAWSS, where residents can spend some quality time with a certified therapy dog.

On July 1, Guest Services also relaunched their hotel rooms and guest suites to the MacEwan community, following strict guidelines from Alberta Health Services. For more information on our special relaunch and long term rates, email

From MacEwan Residence