MSVU has a diverse range of services and facilities that are all available to the public. Some of them include: Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Management Development for Women, Library, Institute for the Study of Women, Human Resources Job Listings, Health Services/Physioclinic, Distance Learning, Continuing Education, Conference Services, Child Study Centre, Centre for Women in Business, Bookstore, Atlantis, Athletics/Fitness Centre, Art Gallery, Students' Union, Services for Students and Research.
The campus offers three different residential houses to choose from. Assisi offers traditional dorm style with double and single rooms; Westwood offers premium single and apartment style rooms, and Birches offers townhouse residences. Amenities in these buildings include: Science Labs, Computer Room, Library, Language Labs, Games Room, and the Gym.
The University offers the following services to its students: Athletics & Recreation, Academic Support, Career Planning Centre, Chaplaincy, Counselling & Psychological Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Health Services & LifeMark Physiotherapy, Housing, International Students, Mature Students, Orientation, Parents of 1st Year Students, Writing Resource Center, and Events Calendar.
MSVU gathers every week to plan activities for students. These events include: Free monthly movies, "Right to Play" Day, Intramurals, Street Hockey, Tournaments, Gym Parties, Toy Drive, and Mardi Gras. Other options include the Fitness Society with organized workouts that include: Core Workouts, Leger Shuttle Run-“Beep Test”, Boot Camp, and Workout Buddies. Students who plan to go hiking, biking, riding, and climbing in Nova Scotia can also join the Outdoor Recreation Club. Home to the Mystics, the college competes in the Atlantic College Athletic Association (ACAA). Student-athletes can join the varsity athletics, which include: Women’s and Men’s Soccer, Women’s and Men’s Basketball.
There are three faculties that comprise the University. They include: Faculty of Arts and Science (Biology, Modern Languages, Canadian Studies (French, German, Spanish), Chemistry, Peace and Conflict Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Computer Science, Physics, Cultural Studies, Political Studies, English, Psychology, Economics, Public Policy Studies, History, Religious Studies, Linguistics, Sociology/Anthropology, Mathematics, and Women’s Studies), Faculty of Professional Studies (Applied Human Nutrition, Child and Youth Study, Business Administration, Family Studies and Gerontology, Information Technology, Public Relations, and Tourism & Hospitality Management.), and Faculty of Education. The degree programs offered are: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts Co-operative Education Route with Integrated Major (History/Information Technology), Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study), Bachelor of Applied Arts (Family Studies and Gerontology), Bachelor of Applied Arts (Information Technology), Bachelor of Public Relations, Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Bachelor of Education.
Students who plan to live outside the campus have available options to choose from. Usually, available accommodations are available in Halifax, and students can either share an apartment or house with other students or opt for self-contained apartments or bachelor apartments.
The urban area of Halifax, with a population approaching 300,000, is located in the western end of the municipality, fronting on Halifax Harbour. The dense urban core is centred on the Halifax Peninsula and the area of Dartmouth inside of the Circumferential Highway. The suburban area stretches beyond Mainland Halifax to the west, Cole Harbour to the east, and Bedford, Lower Sackville and Windsor Junction areas to the north.
Halifax's climate is heavily influenced by its location on Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. The weather is usually milder or cooler than that of central Canada, with the temperature remaining between about -15°C and 35°C inland but the coast can be milder in the winter an d cooler in the summer with the maritime influence.
The urban area of Halifax Regional Municipality is a major cultural centre within the Atlantic provinces. The municipality's urban core also benefits from a large population of post-secondary students who strongly influence the local cultural scene. HRM has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as most of the region's national-quality sports and entertainment facilities. The municipality is home to many performance venues, namely the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, the Neptune Theatre, and The Music Room. HRM also is the home to many of the regions major cultural attractions, such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Neptune Theatre.