NSCAD has specialized facilities which include electrical, water, grounds, and waste distribution systems. It maintains and operates its building structures, and manages it recycling, waste removal, transportation, pest control, and custodial services. It also has fire protection, security, emergency preparedness, and other project delivery services for the renovation of existing buildings to the construction of new facilities.
The campus does not maintain in-house residences, so students are encouraged to make their own arrangements with the Dalhousie University or with any other residence within the vicinity of the Halifax/Dartmouth area. Some of the common types of accommodation provided in these areas include: Furnished Rooms (Single Rooms, Double Rooms), Furnished and Unfurnished Apartments (1 Bedroom, 2 Bedrooms), and Furnished or Unfurnished Houses.
The University offers some of these services to its students: Technical Support, Student Housing, Registration & Academic matters, Lockers, Letters of Permission, Job Bank, ID Cards, Health Insurance, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Enrollment Verification Letters, Counselling, Academic Skills Workshops, Academic Appeals, and Academic Advising. All NSCAD students who are registered for non-credit and credit courses, workshops, and sessions are given Health and Safety information which includes training and personal protective clothing or equipment and safety instruction. For protection, students are asked to sign in with the Security personnel after normal work hours.
All full-time and part-time, graduate and undergraduate students are automatically members of the Local 7 of the Canadian Federation of Students and the Student Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (SUNSCAD). The SUNSCAD is the representative of the student’s needs on many issues related to the committees of the university. Students are also given some benefits, including a student transit pass (U-PASS) that allows them an unlimited use the Metro Transit Buses, Access-A-Bus, and Ferry.
NSCAD offers Undergraduate degrees in and Art History (BA), Design (BDes), and Fine Arts (BFA). It also offers Master of Design and Master of Fine Arts programs for the graduate level. The school offers Crafts, Design, Media Arts, and Historical & Critical Studies.
Some of the most notable alumni of the university are: Andrew Scott – musician, April Gornik – painter, Bruce Johnson – curator, Cal Lane – sculptor, Chris Murphy – musician, Christopher Manson - children's book author/illustrator, Graeme Patterson – sculptor, Hedwig Gorski - performance poet and artist, James Goss – painter, Jenn Grant - singer/songwriter, Kelly Mark - sculptor, conceptualist, Laura Kipnis - media critic, Lisa Moore – writer, Luc Courchesne - interactive artist, Micah Lexier – artist, Peter Soucy – comedian, Sarah McLachlan - singer/songwriter, Steven Holmes – curator, Thierry Delva – sculptor, Thom Fitzgerald - film maker, and Thomas Bezanson - pottery
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 and 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.