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.

  • International Students Currently Outside of Canada: August 9th-13th.

          Please review the Students Arriving Internationally for further details.

  • All other incoming students: August 26th

Quest is planning a return to in-person teaching, learning, and living for Fall 2021. Quest’s top priorities remain ensuring a high-quality academic and student experience and safeguarding the health and wellness of our community members. You can review our latest COVID-19 Safety Plan here. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for further details.

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.

International travelers and students entering Canada are subject to mandatory quarantine, regardless of immunization status.

  • For students flying into Canada, please review this detailed checklist as there are many action items for you to complete months ahead your trip to Canada.
  • For students driving into Canada, please review this detailed checklist as there are many action items for you to complete months ahead your trip to Canada.

Quest will assist students with their quarantine period. Students who wish to complete their quarantine period on campus must register with the University by following the link below. Quest’s Quarantine Package for international students arriving from outside of Canada, includes housing, delivered meals, support with finding transportation, and remote services and supports.

All students currently outside Canada must complete the Quest Quarantine Package survey by Friday, July 9th. Within the survey you will be able to indicate if you will be completing your quarantine at Quest or elsewhere. We understand your travel details may change after you submit the form. If that is the case, please let us know immediately.

For questions, email Barbara Fernandes.

Students arriving from abroad who will be completing their 14 day quarantine at Quest, may ship things to Quest to arrive starting July 1st. Please include Att: Mail In Program as part of your address. This will notify us that your package needs to be brought to your dorm prior to your arrival.

Suggestions of what you might enjoy having during your quarantine include:

  • Non-perishable snacks and beverages
  • Bedding and linens (for affordable bundle options order from Residence Linens)
  • Electric kettle
  • Mini-fridge

All other students may ship items to Quest to arrive starting August 15th.

Your Quest address is:

Your first and last name

3200 University Blvd

Squamish, BC


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 until Monday, June 24, at midnight to complete their profile (steps 1-6).
  • Afterwards students will have until Tuesday, July 2 to find roommates and create a roommate group (steps 7 & 8)
  • Finally, students can start selecting their rooms July 9 – 12 (steps 9 & 10).

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.

What Should I Bring to Quest? Figuring out what you’ll need at university can be tricky, that’s why we’ve made this list of items you may need or want while living at Quest. The items included in this list are just a guideline, most importantly you should bring the items that will make you feel at home!

Details on your term balance will available on Self-Serve starting on July 20th. Payment for your balances will be due by August 14th.

  • 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 30th.
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 Apology by Socrates, conduct your own unique field research, and attend Cornerstone lectures that explore knowledge through the themes of  What is Truth? and Marine Biology.

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.

Submit your final transcript through SquareOne

Contact your Admissions Counsellor or the Admissions 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 Krista Lambie with any questions or concerns.

In order to help you succeed in your science courses throughout the Foundation Program and beyond, we want to ensure that you have all the necessary Quantitative Reasoning skills, before you get to class. That’s why we started the Q Skills program, a series of workshops and diagnostics which you will need to complete before you can register for science courses.

There are four strands in the Q Skills program:

Number Strand
Quantity and Calculation, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages

Graphs Strand
Relationships and Graphs, Linear Graphs

Algebra Strand
Expressions and Equations, Systems of Equations, Non-Linear Expressions and Equations, Exponents and Roots, Right Triangles

Measurement Strand
Units of Measurement, Formulas for Length, Area, and Volume, Analyzing Dimensions and Formulas, Scientific Notation

For more information on each strand check out the Q Skills Content by Strand. You can also explore this link to find more about what skills you need, and what resources we have to help you learn them.

 See the full Q Skills Program Path.

If you have any questions or would like help preparing for the Q-Skills Diagnostic, feel free to connect with the Quantitative Reasoning Coordinator, Chris Stewart.

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
  • Antivirus software. Antivirus software is required to be installed on your laptop to participate on the Quest WiFi network. Free versions are okay.



  • 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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