5 services to make student life easier

August 12, 2015

ComputerHomeDesk_Icon_150x200Services and offers to make your life more convenient than ever before

Whether you’ve just walked through the doors for your first university class ever or you’ve been a fixture on campus for a few years, there may be a few things you didn’t know that could make your experience a little easier. Sometimes the little things make a big difference.

1. Virtual waiting system

We know you have better things to do than standing in line to visit the Office of the University Registrar. That’s why you can enter the virtual myQ line from anywhere (the mstore, a classroom or even from the comfort of your own couch) by texting “macewan” to 587-880-2285. Follow the steps that are texted back to you to interact with the OUR when it’s convenient for you.

2. Library charging station

Need juice for your device? Keep calm and visit Borrower Services in the library (at City Centre Campus or Alberta College Campus). They’ll lend you a key to a secure locker in the centrally located charging station. Plug in your device, lock it up and walk away. You have up to four hours to use the station, allowing you to head off to class without leaving your device alone in the library or jockeying for available outlets in your classroom. (You can also borrow a charge cord while you’re there.)

3. Library textbook collection

While you’re waiting for your device to charge, why not explore the library’s textbook collection? Following on the example of many university libraries, MacEwan will now offer one copy of each required textbook for university credit courses. The books are available for a two-hour loan period through the closed Reserve Collection.

4. Free software and online training

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Take advantage of this sweet offer: students can sign up to download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free. Or if you want to learn something new (in addition to the courses you’re registered in), you can access Lynda.com for free online training—all you need is your EPL card or your L-pass. Information and links for both Microsoft Office 365 and Lynda.com are on the myPortal Tech Support page.

5. Car share, UPass and bike repair station

Want the convenience of a car without the loan and insurance payments? Register online to be part of Transportation Services partnership with Pogo Car Share and pay only when you use the car. If driving isn’t your thing, make sure you pick up your UPass from SAMU so you can ride transit. Or take advantage of the bike repair station in the Robbins Health Learning Centre’s underground parkade; and bike storage is available all across campus.


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