Opening in September 2024, Capilano University’s new Squamish campus will provide all students with on-campus housing, the University and provincial government announced today

In August 2023, the university acquired the former academic campus of Quest University. Shortly after, Quest University’s three on-campus student residence buildings were also acquired, and they will be ready for the start of the term in September 2024, providing a combined total capacity of 333 student beds — enough for all students at the campus’ first intake.

“Capilano University students in the Sea to Sky corridor will now have the option to live steps away from their classes, making it easier to focus on their studies and get the skills they need to thrive in BC,” said Lisa Beare, the Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills, in a statement.

Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University, added, “The purchase of three student housing buildings helps ease the pressure on housing in the region and means more students from the Sea to Sky corridor and beyond will have the option to live on campus in one of the most stunning locations and be part of an exceptional, life-enhancing learning experience.”

Each student residence building contains 89 beds in single rooms paired with a shared washroom, six double-occupancy units with washrooms, and five accessible single units with private washrooms. Each building also includes one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and washroom intended for resident assistants. All rooms will be furnished.

The rent for student housing is between $6,450 and $6,850 per term and includes meals.

The new Squamish campus for Capilano University will offer programs and degrees in basic education, arts, interdisciplinary studies, early childhood care and education, and tourism management.

The former Quest University Campus, now home to Capilano University-Squamish

This is Capilano University’s second student housing building, following the 2017 opening of a 250-bed student residence at a former international boarding school located off-campus at 2420 Dollarton Highway — about a 10-minute drive from the university’s main campus in North Vancouver. This is intended to be a temporary student residence, as the Dollarton Highway site could be redeveloped in the future as part of a larger mixed-use development in the area.

Currently, a new purpose-built six-storey student housing building is being constructed at the main campus in North Vancouver. Expected to reach completion in late 2024, it will have 362 student beds and a cafeteria/dining hall with a 250-seat capacity for future student housing expansion.

Earlier this spring, North Vancouver District Council approved Darwin Properties’ proposal to build two six-storey buildings with 346 market rental homes for the university’s students, faculty, and staff. The buildings will be located just west of Capilano University’s upcoming purpose-built first student housing building at the campus.