You’ve Been Accepted to CBU!

What’s Next?

Have you Accepted Your Offer? You must accept your offer to confirm your seat at Cape Breton University. Follow the steps here to accept your offer if you haven’t done so already.


If you have already accepted, or you are an International student, continue reading through the checklist to start your journey here at CBU.


The process for International students to accept their offer and confirm their seat is expected to begin by May 2024. This process is not applicable to International students who have been accepted prior to this date (May 2024).

i.) CBU Email and Office 365
You will need your CBU email address to access many other services and supports at CBU.

Keep checking the personal email you used to sign up for your Future Student account. Several days after your acceptance, you will receive an email at this address from CBU IT Services ( outlining your new CBU email information.


Once you have your CBU email set up, you can also set up your Office 365 account to get access to premium productivity tools.


ii.) Compass Student System
Once you have access to your CBU email,  you can get access to the Compass Student System. Your Compass Student Account provides student access to self-service functionality related to admissions, registration, timetables and exam schedules, tracking financials and more.


Instructions for how to access your Compass account can be found at

This step only applies to International students. Canadian students should skip this step.


i.) Your proof of payment will be available for download through your Compass student account within approximately 5-7 business days after your payment is made.


Follow the steps below to access your proof of payment:

a.) Log in to your Compass student account using your CBU email address and password.

b.) In the main menu, click on Student Finance; alternatively, you use the drop down list and navigate to Financial Information -> Student Finance.

c.) Navigate to Account Overview and click on the listed term (ex: 2022 Fall).

d.) On the right hand side, navigate to the Notifications headline and click on View Statement. You may now print your proof of payment.

e.) If the print option is not yet available, download the file and open it. You should now be able to print your proof of payment, or save it as a PDF.


ii.) Now that you have all of the required documents from CBU, apply for your visa. Go here for more information on studying in Canada as an International Student. You do not need to notify CBU when you receive your visa.


You should also check out International Student Services for information relating to study permits, health plans and more.

Students will be able to connect with an Academic Advisor before they register for courses, and after they have been issued their CBU email address. See more information on When To Connect with an Academic Advisor.


i.) CBU’s Academic Advisors help students understand program requirements, course options and CBU resources. Academic Advisors assist students with their course registration, class scheduling and everything else that’s needed in order to prepare for university. Before you register for classes, visit to learn more about academic advising and how to access the many advising resources available.


Find instructions on how to access Academic Advising here.


Registration dates will be announced under Important Dates.


i.) Once you’ve been advised, you can register for your courses via your Compass account. CBU encourages students to register as soon as possible after advising, as courses are limited.  Browse the Compass student system and watch the How-to-CBU YouTube series to ensure your registration goes as planned. Registration FAQs  can be found here.


ii.) Advising and registration for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma programs is a separate process. This will be communicated to Post-Baccalaureate students via email well in advance of registration.


Students will be able to apply for on-campus housing once they have been issued their CBU email address. Once you have your CBU address, you can apply for residence here.


Note: Students who have not yet secured housing accommodations should not travel to Canada and should strongly consider deferring their admission.


i.) On Campus Housing


If you require housing, our on-campus residence will be a big part of your university experience. It’s true when they say CBU residence will be your new home away from home. You can apply for on-campus housing once you have been issued your CBU email address by visiting Please note, once you receive an offer of accommodation letter, you must submit a confirmation deposit of $700.


ii.) Off Campus Housing

CBU is surrounded by close-knit communities that offer amenities like grocery stores, fitness centres, urgent care centres and pharmacies. These communities are home to local residents and students like yourself. Visit learn more about housing options.


Note: Housing is limited. Please start your search for housing accommodations early. 

Airport pick-up in Sydney, Nova Scotia is available for a limited time each semester. Pick-up requests must be submitted 48 hours prior to arrival time at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.


You can learn more about Student Travel and complete the airport pickup request form here.



i.) Make sure you are informed about important deadlines regarding registration, finances and more. Visit 


ii.) Week of Welcome (WOW) is held at the beginning of each semester. New students are strongly encouraged to get involved and attend WOW events. Keep an eye on your CBU email account so you don’t miss important information about this fun filled week or visit

i.) International students can defer their admission to any of the dates listed under Alternate Start Dates, on their Notice of Acceptance. If the date to which you wish to defer is not listed on your letter, please contact for more information.


 To request a deferral, international students can follow the instructions found at


ii.) Canadian students should email to request a deferral.


iii.) When your deferral request has been processed, an email will be sent to your CBU email address. Please note that this process can take up to two weeks.

Please note that deferrals may not be granted (for either Canadian or International students) for programs with limited seats.


You can read more information about deferrals at