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On-Campus Shops and Labs

While the majority of RDC's classes will be held online this fall, some programs will offer a limited number of shops and labs on-campus in Fall Term 2020, where it has been deemed essential to support student learning. To help you understand what this will look like, please see the information and links below. 

Coming to Campus

How do I know if I need to come to campus for my classes? 

New, continuing and apprenticeship students can view their schedules through theLoop for details on the delivery of their courses.  

What do I need to do if I need to be on campus?  

Students accessing campus will be required to complete mandatory COVID-19 training available under the My Courses tab on Blackboard. Before coming to campus, students must also complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Daily Health Checklist using the Safe RDC App.   

For those students attending lab and shops on campus, masking protocols will be in place for public spaces as well as classrooms, labs and other areas where physical distancing is not possible. Masks will be available for purchase through the Campus Store and Library.   

For additional information, please see Coming to Campus this Fall

Parking and Transit

Do I have to pay for parking?  

Parking is complimentary for students, faculty, staff and guests for Fall Term, and Residence parking fees are also waived. While there will be limited numbers of people on campus this fall, we will strive to coordinate the movement of people by requesting they park and enter through the door closest to their destination within the buildings. Please see the parking map that shows parking lots and entrances.

Entrances will be open during specific times: 

  • Main Entrance: open 24 hours/day, seven days/week 
  • Four Centres Entrance (starting August 31): 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday 
  • 1500-Wing Entrance (September 3 only and then starting September 8): 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday 
  • 1800-Wing Entrance – Child Care Centre only (starting August 17):  7:30-8:30 am and 4:00-5:30 pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Entrance: please refer to the hours of operation for up-to-date information 

Will transit passes be available even though I may not be attending on campus?  

Yes, transit passes will be available through the Students’ Association of Red Deer College at a reduced rate for students.   

Textbooks, Course Packs, ILMs and Supplies

How do I order my textbooks and course materials? 

You can order new and used textbooks, course packs, ILMs, art and other supplies online from RDC's Campus Store. Course materials and items can be ordered online through, or over-the-phone by calling 403.342.3245. 

You may also find textbooks through the Used Bookstore operated by the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. Please sageneral [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email )the SA or contact 403.342.3200 if you have questions.  

How do I receive my textbooks and course materials? 

The Campus Store is currently closed for in-person shopping, but course materials and items can be shipped to your house or they are available through curbside pick-up starting August 24.

Once you purchase your course materials and supplies online, you can request curbside pick-up which will be available Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Once you are at RDC, call the Campus Store at 403.342.3245 and staff will bring your order to you. Curbside pick-up is in Parking Lot C on the north side of the Library. 

Can I order digital textbooks? 

On, if the textbook says "choice," it will give digital or print options. Not all course materials are currently available in digital format, but the Campus Store is working with publishers to increase the availability of digitalized content. 

Students Services

Are Student Services available?  

Access to student services will be primarily through virtual appointments. Please check Service Updates for information on how to contact and access services.  

The Students’ Association also offers a variety of services including a used bookstore, health and dental plans, food bank, and on-campus food and beverage service through the Far Side Bar and Grill.   

Will New Student Orientation be held this year?

Yes. RDC will be holding New Student Orientation as a series of virtual events this year, and there will be several different parts. 

Event Who Should Attend Date and Time How to Access
General New Student Orientation  All students welcome!

Wednesday, September 2 

11:00 am MDT

Go to Visit Us for full details and a link to the event 
Program-Specific Orientation  Students should attend the virtual orientation for their specific program  Dependent on program Your School Advisor will email details about your program-specific orientation to you by 4 pm on September 1
Indigenous Student Welcome  All Indigenous students  Friday, August 28 Please contact indigenous [dot] services [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca if you haven’t already been invited to this orientation and would like to learn more
International Student Welcome  All international students

Wednesday, September 3 

9:00 am MDT 

Click here to register 


What can I learn at New Student Orientation? 

If you’re just starting at RDC or are returning this fall, this is a great way to learn about our campus and services, as well as the people who will help to make your experience special. You’ll connect with new and continuing students, and you’ll get to learn about student life outside of the classroom. 

Food Services on Campus

Will I be able to purchase food and eat on campus?

RDC will have limited food services available on campus this Fall Term: 

  • FarSide Bar and Grill (starting August 31): 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Vending machines throughout Main Building and in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre 

Starting August 31, physically distanced seating areas will be available for eating throughout the main building and the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. All students and employees will be required to adhere to the posted masking guidelines throughout the food service and eating areas. People are asked not to move tables and furniture, as eating areas have been set up to accommodate physical distancing. Complete details are available at Food Services

Information for International Students

As an international student is there anything else I should know or do before the Fall term begins?  

We recommend you frequently check COVID-19 Updates for International Students for information specific to study permits and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcements and policy changes.  

Any international students who have questions about textbooks, study permits/IRCC, online learning, or travel to Canada, are encouraged to email their questions to international [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Looking for more information? Check out the following pages: 

Campus Life this Fall  
Coming to Campus this Fall 
General Information and Resources 
Online Class Delivery 
Studying on Campus 

Contact Us

RDC Main Campus 
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5