Student Accommodation Network Forums

LINK: http://www.apsasan.net/

What is the APSA Student Accommodation Network?

  • One of the ongoing APSA projects is a revamp of the Accommodation Support Network (ASN) which has existed for the past few years for the purpose of helping pharmacy students find accommodation on rotation. The APSA Student Accommodation Network is an online forums project is led by Mehnaz Anwar (VP Academic) and myself (Doug Lam ‐ 2019 Class Rep) which expands the Student Accommodation Network to include more useful information (transportation, placement sites, and leisure) pertaining to the cities/towns at which rotations take place.
  • Each city/town has it’s own forum with information categorized into 4 categories: Accommodation, Transportation, Placement Sites, and Miscellaneous

Who can join?

  • Any pharmacy student and alumnus with internet access!
  • Joining is anonymous. Only your Ualberta email is required during the registration process and you can choose any username you wish. No one other than site admin can see your email.

What kind of information will you be able to find here?

  • Accommodations
    • We invite people with knowledge of specific towns/cities to post info about where they stayed and the associated costs.
    • Makes it easier to know what housing options are available
    • Housing options being offered by alumni, preceptors, and other people will be posted as well as contact info
  • Transportation
    • What public transit exists as well as the best methods of transportation from Edmonton to that town/city
    • How people manage transportation to specific placement sites and associated costs
  • Placement Sites
    • Objective information about sites including physical location, nearby POI, idea methods of transportation
    • No subjective information will be posted (ie. Opinion of preceptor, site, etc.)
    • Posters may make themselves available via private message or email to talk about subjective information
  • Miscellaneous
    • What things are there to do?
    • Recreational facilities/activities, and ways to pass the time

Why should I use the forums?

  • Effectively research sites/cities/towns in one consolidated place
  • Anonymously ask and answer questions at your convenience
  • Valuable information is accessible by all students and doesn’t get buried like in a FB page
  • Easily connect to students of all years
  • Help develop this forums into a permanent library of relevant information that helps future pharmacy students as well
  • Supported by Dr. Cox and Dallyce Bialowas of the Ex. Ed. team

What can I do to help?

  • We are currently looking for people to make posts on cities/towns in which they have had rotations or know well.
  • Also, we are looking to expand our “Offers of Accommodation” thread so if you know any people/preceptors/etc. offering accommodation, please email Lam3 @ualberta.ca to add it to the list!