Accommodation and welfare
Students\' Services Department
Student service is an overall term for a wide range of services provided to students. Students’ service division, which is organized under the vice-Chancellery for Students, is comprised of the following three units.
§ Student welfare and services
1- Catering Unit
To provide meals for students, who are mostly singles, has always been a top priority for the concerned university authorities. There are subsidized student restaurants in and off campus, known as refectories. These offer a wide range of food at reasonable prices. Some 7000 male and female students are catered on and off campus everyday. Presently, there are our grand dining halls within and outside of university campus, which provide the catering services to students. These include the following:
§ The Central Refectory
§ Valiasr Dining Hall (located off-campus at the self-catering dorms of Valiasr town)
§ Only-female refectory
§ Staff refectory
§ Shahrak-e-Emam refectory (located off-campus at the self-catering dorms of Imam town)
The catering units also meet catering needs of the university on different occasions such as national and international scientific gatherings, cultural ceremonies and student-oriented camping and excursions.
Regular providing and equipping the halls of residence and refectories with necessary facilities are among other services the unit is dealing with.
2. Welfare Unit
The welfare unit is here to help the student with any problem that may occur whilst he/she is at the university. Welfare unit services range finance to housing, grants to national health insurance. In another words, the central mission of the welfare unit is to provide financial assistance to the students, particularly those facing occasional financial problems. This goal is realized mainly through two main categorized forms of:
§ Student grants
§ Occasional loans
The latter one is only available to facilitate the financial side of students\' marriage; a strategic policy that is seriously followed by the university authorities. In addition to the above-mentioned financial services, welfare unit is also providing and creating part-time on-campus job opportunities for those students who may be experiencing difficulties in meeting their living and studying expenses through issuing student work permits. Meantime, the unit deals with the insurance services of the students. Presently some 100000 students have been brought under the coverage of accident insurance and approximately 5000 are provided for health insurance through Iran Insurance Agency
3. Accommodation Unit
The University of Tabriz has a policy of providing and arranging accommodation for all national and overseas students during their studying period.
Accommodation may be on campus or off campus, either in private room, which mainly is available for post-graduate students, or student shared. Male and female students are accommodated at separate halls of residence on or off campus. Over 90 percent of the single male and female students, applying for accommodation, are now housed at one of the existing halls of residence. These married students who have already passed 70 credits, are also eligible to apply for family accommodation. In general, there are five halls of residence for the university students including:
§ Shahrak-e-Emam off-campus self catering residential complex for male students. These halls are composed of eight four-storey building blocks, 5 of which have been allocated for single students and the remaining three blocks are considered for married students.
§ Shohada on-campus dormitory which is a four-storey building block for male students.
§ Kosar dormitory is composed of two four-storey building blocks, one of which accommodates post-graduate students and the other one is mainly housing first-year undergraduate students. Another block is under construction which would house approximately 700 students in near future. All residents of these halls are female students.
§ Fadak dormitory composed of a five-storey building block is particularly designed for female students on campus.
§ Valiasr off-campus dormitory complex composed of one five-storey building blocks as well as two newly constructed four-storey building blocks. The new blocks are only available for post-graduate students. It is expected that at the completion of the two new on-campus buildings, the university will be able to meet the housing requirements of the students at a very satisfactory level.
A total of 7000 male and female students are now accommodated at one of the above-mentioned dorms. Other regular services of the accommodation unit are as follows:
§ To provide video cassettes, CD, DVD for students.
§ To provide facilities for cultural activities of student-oriented unions within halls of residence.
§ To help organize various student-oriented ceremonies and meetings.
§ To equip dormitories with audio-visual facilities and telecommunication services.
Gymnasium and Sport Complex
Physical Training and Extracurricular Activities Branch is organized as a unit under the supervision of Vice-Chancellor for student affairs. The Branch is concerned with athletic activities of the students on and off campus. The University of Tabriz Gymnasium and Sport Complex include the following facilities:
A natatorium with dry and steam sauna, (The Center is delighted to be able to offer a swimming scheme for appropriate categories of students and staff memberships.
Two multi-purpose parquet-floor court sport halls for indoor football, volleyball, basketball etc. with the bigger one having accommodation for approximately 4000 spectators.
§ Three Tennis courts.
§ Chess room enjoying a professional library.
§ A grand Table-tennis room.
§ Weight lifting hall.
§ Grand stadium composed of football playing field with track and field area and accommodation for approximately 10000 spectators along with other facilities such as body building hall enjoying a full range of modern equipment, wrestling hall, Judo and gymnastic saloons on and off campus.
§ Sport complex of Valiasr dormitory which has its own well equipped body-building room, a table-tennis room, open-air swimming pool. The sport center is also the administrative center for physical Training and Extracurricular Activities Branch.
Cultural and Art Activities
The University of Tabriz, aiming to satisfy the spiritual needs of the students, plays a vital role in creating opportunities and providing facilities for extra curricular activities of the students. To achieve this goal, the Cultural and Art Activities Branch, which is organized under supervision of the Vice-Chancellor for Students Affairs, as one of its central missions, attends to the creative skills and artistic potentials of the students, through organizing and promoting student-oriented cultural, scientific and art clubs and societies on campus. The Branch comprises the following four offices.
§ Art Clubs Office
§ Women Affairs Office
§ Scientific Societies Office
§ Extra Curricular Activities Office
Presently the following clubs/societies are active within the framework of the above-mentioned offices.
§ Poets, Dramatists and Writers Club
§ Musicians Club
§ Film-makers and Photographers Club
§ Cinema and Dramatics Arts Society
§ Visual Arts Club
§ Koran Reciters Society
Cultural Activities Branch also provides facilities for students to:
§ Attend in different cultural occasions such as music festivals, poets gatherings and writers forums
§ Stage dramatic performances
§ Organize film, photo etc. festivals