TWU is excited to host our students on campus again for the Fall 2021 Academic Semester.
As we work with our Health & Safety campus experts, we are looking forward to welcoming students back to our dorms and apartments. We are grateful to have the style of apartments and dorms to be in compliance with BC Health & Safety standards and facilitate community. The most significant update for Fall 2021 is that in both Room and Board, and Apartment housing students will once again have roommates. We are limited the number of students assigned to each area to be able to continue treating our individual dorms and apartments as households, and will have updated guidelines for residents including guest access limitations to help manage any risk of exposure across our residences.
*Please Note: TWU is closely monitoring and adhering to recommendations from government health authorities. In the event that changes are authorized, TWU Housing reserves the right to adjust the capacity in both dorms and apartments, as well as resident guidelines. TWU Housing will communicate with students in as timely a manner as possible if a change is being implemented that will affect them.
Our prioritization method for Room and Board (dorms) considers these major factors:
- Students enrolled in Face-to-Face, in-person required classes
- Spartan Athletic requirements
- Geographic location outside the Greater Vancouver Area (beyond 80 km distance)
- Prioritizing our international students (with a current study permit and quarantine plan)
Our prioritization method for Apartment Housing considers these factors in this order of importance:
- Geographical distance from campus
- Class standing
Once placements are completed according to the prioritization method above, students will be notified that individual placements are available for viewing on the student portal. All other students who have applied for housing will be placed on the waitlist
We Want to Know Your Situation
We recognize that all our students are facing unique circumstances during this time. Maybe you are a local student but will have a lot of trouble commuting. Please keep us in the loop so we can help you figure this out! If you are a new student your Admissions Counsellor is the best person to speak with about these circumstances, and they will make a record of your situation so it can be given consideration during the placement process. If you are a returning student, please go to the Housing Help Desk to share your information with us.
Procedure for Placements
To the best of our ability, we will use both applicant requests and health and safety regulations to determine room assignments. Once priority students have been placed, we will consider applicants who have contacted us about extenuating circumstances and take these into account as spaces are available. We expect to add many students from the waitlist to the campus residence community!
Off-Campus Options for Students
Student Life has worked with TWUSA, Spartan Athletics, the Alumni Department, and The Parent program to create the following three options for students who were not able to secure a space on campus but still need or desire housing in the Langley or surrounding area.
“TWUSA Off-Campus Housing” (Private Facebook Group)
The group is run by TWUSA and they are excited to be able to connect TWU families and alums who have space in their homes with TWU students looking for a place to live. There will be private basement suites, entire rental homes, and private rooms posted, so check back regularly.
- This will also be a great place to find roommates for those who have found accommodations!
- Since it is a private group, you will need to submit a request to join, but TWUSA will be managing this site closely and is eager to welcome you in. Everyone accepted to the group will be a part of the greater TWU community in one way or another.
Off-Campus Housing website
Anyone looking for renters or roommates for any kind of accommodation (room in a house, basement suite, whole house, etc.) can post on this site. The site isn’t limited to TWU students, so you will need to do your own screening.
Harmony Homestay has a diverse database of homestay families in the local area to be able to provide a variety of options for students when choosing a homestay family. They will work to provide the best possible match for each student and host family.
Health & Safety
The TWU Health & Safety Committee will have updated procedures for living on campus, and all students living on campus for the 21/22 academic year will be required to sign a Residence Health and Safety Agreement form.
Clear instructions for student lounges, off-campus visitors, our cafeteria and other common spaces will be provided prior to arriving, and clear signs around our campus will help you navigate proper physical distancing outside your dorm or apartment.
TWU is committed to providing quarantine accommodations for Fall 2021 international students who will be campus residents. Students should expect a fee for both Housing and a Quarantine meal plan. Details will be determined and communicated mid-summer.
Housing Refunds for Withdrawals
The deadline for requesting a refund for your housing deposit is June 1, 2021.
First & Second Year Housing Requirement
TWU has a Residence Requirement policy for out-of-area students, welcoming them to live on campus for their first two years, unless staying with family. Due to the unusual circumstances, first and second-year students are exempt from this policy and are invited to find another hospitable location off-campus.