TWU is excited to host our students on campus again for the Fall 2020 Academic Semester.
As we work with our Health & Safety campus experts, we are looking forward to welcoming back just over 600 students to our dorms and apartments. We are grateful to be equipped with the right style of apartments and dorms to efficiently social distance in compliance with BC Health & Safety standards. The most significant update is our decision to place students in their own bedrooms, sharing bathrooms and small common living spaces. We are treating our individual dorms and apartments as households with limited guest access to help manage any risk of exposure across our resident halls.
Housing Placements and Waitlist
Housing placements are now available for viewing, and we’ve communicated with students who currently have a housing placement. If you didn’t receive an email confirming your housing placement, we will continue to work with you and find a placement on campus if possible.
Our prioritization method 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 continuing study permit and quarantine plan)
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! Your Student Success Guide or Admissions Counsellor is a great 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.
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.
- Harmony Homestay
For students interested in living with a local TWU alum family in a semester-by-semester arrangement that includes a private bedroom and meals for one or two students, this is a great option. Families register with Harmony and students sign up and pay a fee to be placed. Students and families can select “TWU only” in this process.
- 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.
Health & Safety
The TWU Health & Safety Committee has finalized procedures for living on campus, and all students living on campus for the 20/21 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.
Any student not currently in Canada, who has a confirmed housing placement for Fall 2020 is eligible to arrive early in order to complete their 14-day quarantine on campus before classes begin. These students should plan on arriving on campus on Friday, August 21, to complete their quarantine prior to Orientation Day. Once your housing placement is confirmed, students requiring quarantine should email email@example.com to register for a quarantine room, provide specific details for their travel dates, and receive information regarding the quarantine plan to show for travel permissions. Visit the Quarantine Details page for step-by-step instructions on quarantine.
Student Leaders who need to quarantine prior to SLO Training Week should coordinate with their respective Student Life Staff member.
Housing Refunds for Withdrawals
The deadline for requesting a refund for your housing deposit has been extended to July 31, 2020.
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 live with other TWU families through our coordinated efforts to billet, or find another hospitable location off-campus.
We’d love to hear from you! Send your question to Housing@twu.ca for a quick response from our Housing Team, or you can request a follow-up phone call from your Student Success Guide or Admissions Counsellor.