Dean of Students
Katie Merwin, BA (Vind), MA (Vienna), MSc (LSE)
Assistant Dean of Residence
Ashley Nixon, BA (Saint Mary’s), BSW (Dalhousie)
The University of King’s College was founded on the model of the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, which regards residential living as part of a student’s total academic experience. At King’s, the result is a close-knit community of students, residence staff called dons and junior dons, and members of faculty and staff, all engaged in a common, shared academic experience.
The majority of King’s students live in Residence during their first year of study and enroll in the Foundation Year Program. Residence Life is intentionally structured around the program, which encourages our students to think together about the ideas contained in the primary texts they are reading. There is also a mix of upper year students living in our Residence, many of whom have studied in the Foundation Year Program, or in the many different academic departments at King’s and Dalhousie University. Many of the live-in dons who support the Residence community are also graduates of the Foundation Year Program, or are graduate students or young professionals in related disciplines. The result is a lively community of thinkers, both inside and outside of the classroom.
There is also a lively campus life in King’s Residence – from Formal Meals, board game nights and pumpkin carving, intramurals in the Gymnasium, playing music with friends, or the King’s Theatrical Society, there is something for everyone.
The University provides residential accommodation for over 250 students. Residence is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for Residence placement as soon as they have been accepted to the University.