Who will be my roommate?
Rooms are based on double occupancy; therefore you will likely have a roommate. Every effort is taken to match students with a compatible roommate, according to the information provided on the Housing Application. Therefore, it is in your best interest to complete the Housing Application as honestly and accurately as possible. Mutual roommate requests are usually granted if they are mentioned on the Housing Application, or submitted in writing to Housing@twu.ca at least one month prior to the semester.
Where will I find my room placement?
When you submit your online housing application you will be placed in a residence room. Room assignments are made available online in early August via your student portal, however, due to last minute room shifting we cannot promise specific rooms to students prior to registration. Your keys will be available when you arrive on registration day. Rooms assignments are primarily decided according to the date the Housing Application and Deposit are received. Specific room requests are accommodated if possible although not guaranteed.
When can I move in?
Fall Semester 2019
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Spring Semester 2020
Date: Monday, January 6
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Staff will be unavailable outside of these times, so please plan your arrival accordingly. If you do happen to arrive on move in day but outside of office hours please stop by the security office located at the entrance to the University and they will escort you to your room. If you arrive earlier than the scheduled check-in day, you should find arrangements off campus.
May I see my room before I move in?
Residence halls are used for conferences during the summer and are closed during Christmas and Spring breaks; therefore, rooms are not available for viewing. Check out the individual building pictures located here.
What furniture is provided?
All students are provided with twin bed, drawers, desk, and chair, wastebasket and wireless connection. Apartment residents are also provided with living room and dining room furniture. Living room furniture may be reconfigured, but it may not be removed from the room.
What do I need to bring?
"Must bring" item checklist:
- Bedding (twin size sheets, blankets/comforter, pillow)
- Towels and washcloths
- Personal toiletries (you may want a carry-case to hold such items) Soap, laundry soap, and other cleaning supplies
"Optional" item checklist:
- Desk Lamp
- Small pins, removable tape or Scotch Mounting Putty for hanging pictures/posters (tape, staples, nails etc. are not permitted)
- Hangers for the closet
- Iron (ironing boards are supplied)
- Toaster/Kettle (these items are only allowed in the kitchen area of dorms – they are NOT permitted in dorm rooms and will be removed if found. Best to wait before purchasing these items to see if your dorm already has one available for use. Maximum 1 kettle and 1 toaster per lounge area (to avoid electrical overload).
- Christmas Lights (LED only)
- Bike, sports equipment, etc. (You don't want to study ALL the time!)
"Leave at home" item checklist:
- Furniture (all furniture is supplied)
- Live Christmas trees
- Appliances (other than those listed above appliances in dorm kitchens are not permitted), No appliances are permitted in dorm rooms.
- Halogen lamps
- Racially offensive and/or sexually explicit posters/flags/apparel
- Alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, or paraphernalia, advertising, or apparel portraying such items.
- Firearms, weapons, fireworks, candles, burning incense, etc.
- Street signs, advertisements, or any other stolen public property
What other amenities are available?
- Coin Laundromats are available in your building ($1.25 per load of wash, $1.25 to dry)
- Study areas and lounges in every dorm
- Storage areas are available for various items, including boxes and luggage. Secured bicycle storage is available as well, since fire regulations do not permit bikes in any residence halls.
- A refrigerator and microwave are easily accessible in every residence hall.
What if I want to change roommates?
Room assignments are intended to be for the year and room changes are approved on a case-by-case basis depending on individual circumstances. Because of the educational nature of the residential community and a value for students learning to resolve conflict and navigate difference in relationships, students will generally be required to participate in roommate mediation or a similar process, with the primary goal of helping students resolve or compromise around presenting issues. Room changes are considered the last option for resolution and are not guaranteed.
Room change request forms are available in the Student Life office or by emailing Housing@twu.ca . Students who move to another room without permission may be subject to disciplinary action.
If you are approved for a room change at the end of the semester, you must move into your new room prior to the closing of the residence halls so that the space you vacate is ready for a new resident.
What about housing and meal plans during the Christmas break?
Residence halls close during Christmas and Spring breaks. Residents must vacate the hall, but may leave personal property in their rooms. Students occupying Robson or apartments may remain on campus during Christmas break. Food service is not available during this time.
Residence halls close on the following schedule:
Fall 2019: Monday, November 16, 10 a.m.
Spring 2020: Friday, April 24th, 10a.m. (or 24 hours after last exam, whichever is earlier)
Under no circumstances may a student sell, transfer, or sublet his or her contract to any other person, including another student.
What is the residence requirement?
For the 2018-2019 academic year, students are required to live on campus unless they are 21 years or older prior to the first day of class for the semester for which they are applying; they live at home with parent(s), legal guardian(s), spouse, or dependent children; they have 57+ credits; they have lived on campus for 4 semesters (not including summer session). Students, who are not eligible to live off campus, but believe they have extenuating circumstances that warrant special consideration, may petition Housing Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an exemption. Approval is granted only for exceptional need or hardship. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional housing policies.
As responsible members of the TWU residence community, students are advised to obtain personal insurance against personal property losses. It may be possible for some students to obtain coverage through a rider on their family tenant or homeowner insurance policy. All students are reminded that Trinity Western University will not be liable directly or indirectly, for loss or theft of student personal property of any kind including, but not be limited to, damages from fire, water or other causes.