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Housing FAQ's

 

When should I apply for residence?

Housing applications open September 15th for the following academic year. You should apply for residence once you have applied to the University and have received your student ID number. You do not need to wait for an offer of admission. Residence is not guaranteed to all students, so the earlier you apply, the greater your chances of being successful. Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • January 16th - New High School Students - Early Bird Draw Deadline
  • April 1st - New Student to the uLethbridge - Lottery Draw Deadline

Housing options for recent high school graduates (or those who graduated from high school the previous year): Students who apply by the dates above will be entered into the lottery draw for 70% of the rooms available to recent high school graduates. The remaining 30% of the rooms are allocated on 'first come/ first served' basis according to the student’s application date combined with suitability of the rooms available. Students can submit a housing application online at ulethbridge.ca/housing

Housing options for all other student groups: uLethbridge has 520 residence beds available to students after their first year of University. Rooms in Piikani House Apartment Building, Mount Blakiston Apartment Building, Siksika & Tsuu T'ina Single Student townhomes, and Residence Village townhouses are available students who are in their 2nd year or later of post-secondary studies are eligible to apply for a space in these buildings.

Is a room in residence guaranteed for first-year students?

Spots in residence are not guaranteed for any student. For recent high school graduates, the first 70% of residence rooms are offered out through the lottery providing they have applied before April 1. The remaining 30% of the rooms are allocated on 'first come/ first served' basis according to the student’s application date combined with suitability of the rooms available. The earlier a student applies, the more opportunities they have to receive a room offer.

Do I need an offer of admission to the University before I can apply to residence?

No, you do not need an offer of admission before applying to residence. Once you have been assigned a student ID number, you can submit an application for residence. It's advised to apply early to increase your chances to be offered a spot in residence. Housing applications open on September 15th. To apply, visit ulethbridge.ca/housing

Is the Housing application the same as my application to the University?

No, to apply for a room in residence, you need to fill out a separate application. Once a student has applied to the University and received a student ID number, they can fill out the Housing application found online at ulethbridge.ca/housing

How many spaces are available in residence for first-year students?

We have 411 spaces in residence for first-year students. There are 264 spaces dormitory style rooms located in University Hall and 147 beds in apartment units in Kainai House. In University Hall, there are six different dormitory styles ranging from shared dorms to single dorms and suites. In Kainai House, 2, 4 and 6 bedroom apartments. Learn more about the different styles of first-year residence rooms. 

Do all first-year students live in dormitories?

There are two buildings allocated for first-year students. University Hall has dormitory style rooms. Kainai House is an apartment building with 2, 4 and 6 bedroom apartments. When you fill out your Housing application, you can rank rooms in order of preference based on the areas you wish to live. However, this may limit your chances of securing a spot in residence, depending on the availability of your preferred location. Learn more about residence building styles.

Can I live in residence after my first year?

Yes! Absolutely. uLethbridge has 520 residence beds available to students after their first year of University. Rooms in Piikani House Apartment Building, Mount Blakiston Apartment Building, Siksika & Tsuu t'ina Single Student townhomes, and Residence Village townhouses are available Students who are in their 2nd year or later of studies are eligible to apply for a space in these buildings.

I've applied to residence. When will I know if I have a room offer?

Room offers for recent high school graduates usually start being sent in early June to your uLethbridge email account, so be sure to check webmail. Students who receive a room offer through the early bird lottery draw may receive an email notification mid-February. Students have approximately three weeks to accept their offer. Log into ULink to access your email account.

Do I have to take part in the residence dining plan?

If you choose to live in residence during your first year and are located in a room in University Hall or Kainai House apartment building, the dining plan is a mandatory. Students are able to use their dining plan at a number of locations all across campus, including Urban Market, Starbuck’s, Tim Hortons etc. Recent high school graduates may not opt out of the dining plan. Residence space for all other student groups (mature, transfer, continuing, graduate etc.) the dining plan is not mandatory. Learn more about the dining plan.

Can I request someone I know to be my roommate?

On your Housing application, there is a spot where you can request living with a specific person. To be considered, you both:

  • Must be eligible to live in the same residence buildings and rooms
  • Request one another
  • Fill out the lifestyle portion of the housing application with the same criteria

Students who wish to live together can be placed together as roommates if they meet the criteria above; however, roommate requests are not guaranteed. For more information about requesting roommates, contact Housing Services as housing@uleth.ca.

If my friend requests me as a roommate, am I guaranteed a spot in residence?

If you and your friend are both offered rooms in residence in the same building and style, then you may be eligible to be roommates. While housing will try to accommodate roommate requests where possible, they are not guaranteed. We understand that starting university may be scary, but living in residence is a great opportunity to meet new people. You never know, your roommate may become your future best friend!

Can I live in residence if I'm from Lethbridge?

To qualify for housing at uLethbridge, you must live outside a 100 km radius from the Lethbridge city limits.  If you live in Lethbridge or within 100 km radius, you do not qualify for residence. For information about off-campus housing, check out ulethbridge.ca/offcampushousing

Is residence Co-ed?

Buildings in residence are co-ed; however,  individual dormitories, suites, apartments or town houses are not. Roommates are single sex. In the case of hallway double rooms and hallway single rooms where bathrooms shared between 8 or 9 people on the same floor, each bathroom is single sex. All common spaces are co-ed.

Is alcohol permitted in residence?

Alcohol is permitted in designated locations within residence for students who are 18 years or older. Students 18 and over may keep and consume alcohol in their rooms only if they live in an area designated for that activity. We also have alcohol-free areas — students can request this on their housing application. Alcohol cannot be consumed in the hallways or in any common spaces not designated as licensed social spaces.

Does residence have WiFi?

Yes! Residence has WiFi. In fact, WiFi is available across the uLethbridge campus. In addition, each resident has an Ethernet cable in their room if they prefer a wired connection.

Do I need to bring my own furniture for residence?

No, furniture is included. While different buildings in residence may vary in the types of furniture provided, every student will have the furniture that they need for the school year. However, students will need to bring their own bedding. Photos and a listing of what’s provided in each room is available on the Housing Services website.

Can I bring appliances and electronics for my residence room?

Depending on the residence building you live in, certain appliances and electronics may be permitted while not in others. Major appliances are available to students living in all areas. You can find a list of what to bring and what not to bring on the Housing Services website. Small appliances and mini-fridges are not permitted in the University Hall residence.

Who will be my roommate? What if we don't get along? 

On the housing application, students will fill out a lifestyle survey to help Housing Services pair students who will be the best fit. However, sometimes people don't get along. There are a number of resources in place and available for students who are having difficulties with their roommates.

  1. Roommate contracts are in place that roommates fill out together to facilitate discussion and decisions about things like cleaning responsibilities, sharing of food, and house etiquette.
  2. Residence assistants are trained in conflict resolution and available for students who need guidance or mediation in resolving a roommate conflict.
  3. In the event that a issue cannot be resolved, the residence assistant will advise the assistant for further steps in coming to a resolution.

Students are encouraged to take steps to resolve a conflict prior to submitting a room change request form. Learn more about roommates.

Do I have to clean my own room or apartment? What are the expectations for a clean apartment?

Residents are expected to maintain cleanliness in their own rooms and apartments. In University Hall, housing staff clean hallway bathrooms and common spaces; however, residents are responsible maintaining clean personal space. Students who live in suites and apartments are responsible for sharing the cleaning responsibilities among the residents of their unit. Monthly room inspections ensure that residents are cleaning their personal space and maintaining sanitary living conditions. At the start of the semester, roommates are required to collectively fill out a roommate contract where they discuss and agree on how they will handle cleaning responsibilities. (e.g., build a cleaning schedule, assign duties etc.). Once signed, this is a  binding agreement that will be referenced should any issues arise. 

Can I have an overnight guest in residence?

Residence students are permitted to have a visitor stay for up to two consecutive nights if they receive approval from their roommates (if applicable) and their Residence Assistant prior to the visit. Students will need to submit a guest registry form to Housing Services for approval prior to their guest arriving on campus. Learn more about guests in residence.

What is an 'R.A.'?

'R.A.' stands for residence assistant. Residence assistants are students in their 2nd year and higher of university who live in residence. Every section has at least two R.A.'s who specifically focus on the students living in their designated area. They are supportive and approachable peer leaders for all residence students. They are trained in emergency response and mental health first aid, coordinate fun social events and uphold and enforce the policies in the Residence Community Handbook. R.A.s develop, foster, manage and protect their inclusive community through social and educational events, programming, opportunities, and everyday interactions. They ensure their residents have the opportunity to:

  • Be active and contributing members
  • Be healthy in mind and body
  • Feel safe and comfortable
  • Achieve academic, personal, and professional success

R.A.'s also act as a liaison between their residents, the Organization of Residence Students executive and council, and Housing Services. Learn more about the role of an R.A. 

Are there quiet hours?

Yes, there certain times when excessive noise is not permitted in rooms, hallways and common spaces. Regular semester quiet hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from midnight to 7 a.m. During exams, quiet hours are in place 22-hours per day.

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