Before the term begins

Before the term begins

Completing a few short tasks will help ensure you’re off to a smooth start at Quest. Check out these next steps.

Incoming student move-in is on Friday, August 26th from 9am-3pm in the Library Building Reception.

A student who is not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident requires a valid study permit. Study permits vary in processing time, so we recommend applying for your study permit as early as possible. Your Official Letter of Acceptance and an Enrollment Verification letter are available through SquareOne. Note that the Letter of Acceptance that you received with your admission offer is not valid for a Study Permit application
For more information visit our Study Permit Page.

We use StarRez—our campus management software—for everything related to Campus Life: housing, food services, parking, among others!

Students can access our StarRez portal using their Quest Credentials, which are used for all Quest services. Deposited students are now able to log on to StarRez and begin the housing assignment process by creating their web profile.

  • Students have from June 28 at 9am until July 15th at 5pm to complete their profile (steps 1-6), find roommates, and create a roommate group (steps 7 & 8)
  • Timeslots will be emailed to you on the week of July 18th. Check your Quest email to know when you can login to select your room
  • Finally, room selection will begin on July 25th (steps 9 & 10).
  • If you have housing accessibility needs, please register with Accessibility Services before July 10th.

The instructions for using StarRez are located in StarRez system and in the email that students will receive. Please contact Kelly Friesen if you have any questions about using StarRez to create your web profile.

Please Note: Students are required to live on campus and have an Unlimited Meal Plan throughout their studies at Quest. To read more about our housing policies see the Academic Calendar.

Trying to decide what to bring to residence, which will be your home for the next eight months, can be challenging. Fortunately, we have created this list of ‘What to Bring’ and ‘What You Can Get Once You Are Here’.

Details on your term balance will available on Self-Serve during the month of July. Payment for your balances will be due by August 15th.

  • Find out on how to check your balance on Self-Serve.
  • Statements are also mailed to students from Canada or the USA. International students can rely on Self-Serve to determine their balances or request a copy of their statement by emailing us.
  • Here is a list of payment methods that are accepted by Quest.

If you have any questions, just ask our Student Billing department.

Classes begin Monday, August 29th.
All incoming students are automatically assigned to their September Cornerstone course and October Rhetoric course.


Your academic journey at Quest starts with Cornerstone, your first month-long block course. This course is spent exploring the interdisciplinary question “What is Knowledge?” while brushing up on your skills in communication, collaboration, writing, and research.  You will debate the death of Santiago Nasar in A Chronicle of a Death Foretold, delve into the Meno by Plato, conduct your own unique field research, and attend Cornerstone lectures that explore knowledge through a range of academic disciplines.

Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, trans. Gregory Rabassa (Vintage; Reprint edition; 2003).

Quest requires graduation confirmation and an official secondary school transcript from all incoming first-year students. Students will not be allowed to attend classes at Quest until a final transcript has been received.

To be deemed official, documents must come directly from the institution to the Registrar at Quest via email to or mailed to:

               Registrar’s Office, Quest University Canada

               3200 University Blvd.

               Squamish, BC  V8B 0N8

Contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Some students may find it helpful to connect with a Campus Counsellor before arriving at Quest. Counsellors can support students in their transition, provide mental health resources in the Squamish community, and help students plan for success. Students wishing to connect with a Campus Counsellor may start booking sessions anytime. To book a pre-arrival session, email Julie Miller.

Students experiencing mental health concerns, learning exceptionalities, medical conditions, or other such protected characteristics are invited to register with Accessibility Services and request academic and/or non-academic accommodations.

For more information about accessibility, visit the Accessibility page on the portal. Contact contact Julie Miller with any questions or concerns.

The Quest University Library is here to support your learning and research. We provide a vast range of resources including journals, eBooks, and films that can be accessed off-campus, as well as personalized support and assistance while you’re learning remotely. From figuring out citations to getting you started on your research, we can help!

Visit our website for more details about the services we offer students, or contact us with questions or requests.


All incoming students attending Quest University Canada are required to have a laptop as this will be used as study and research tool.



Quest is a PC and Mac campus and recommends the following minimum software packages:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher, or Mac OS 10.14 or higher
  • Microsoft Office is provided for free while you are an active student (Log in at



  • We strongly recommend a modern laptop not older than 3 years.
  • A full featured laptop, not a tablet. Tablets can be useful as an addition to but not as a replacement for a laptop.


Additional Hardware

  • Flash drive (8GB minimum)
  • Back up capability E.G. External drive (highly recommended)



Quest provides students with a wireless campus. Students can work on academic assignments and access the internet and e-mail from the Library, University Services, Academic, RecPlex and Residence buildings. Certain locations within these buildings also have wired access.



Printing will be available for purchase through the University print services. A personal printer can be useful, but is not required.



Please plan on having your laptop computer ready for use before the beginning of classes, and preferably by the beginning of orientation. If you plan on purchasing or upgrading your laptop over the summer, keep in mind that some vendors offer academic discounts.



Additional information can be found under the FAQ for Technology Services on the Quest Portal.

Technology related questions can be sent to

Please note that the Quest IT department is responsible for Quest owned hardware, infrastructure, and network. They cannot fix problems with your personal laptop.

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Quest University Canada is suspending regular academic programming following
completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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