2021/2022 TWU HOUSING GUIDELINES
Update October 13, 2021
In accordance with the BC Return to Campus guidelines first published in July 2021, our Langley campus is open at reduced capacity. Most of our accommodation is double occupancy, (two students sharing a bedroom) with limited single-occupancy options. BC public health requires post-secondary institutions (PSIs) support ill and/or exposed residents as part of managing the health and safety of all students living on-campus; TWU has reserved more than 30 rooms to support short-term and long-term isolation needs due to COVID-19 illness or exposure. Additionally, not every Room & Board space has been filled to reduce the size of dorm households as another protective measure.
On August 24, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training and the Provincial Public Health Officer announced residents living in post-secondary housing would have to be vaccinated. These verbal orders came with very little detail in the lead up to students moving into residence with the written orders subsequently published on September 10, days after the semester began. In step with other PSIs in our region, TWU has adhered with the temporary legal requirements under the provincial health order for Post-Secondary Housing which ultimately took full effect on September 23. As part of this process, we have regularly consulted our regional partner, Fraser Health.
VACCINE REQUIREMENTS IN RESIDENCE
All residents are required to provide proof of vaccination. Any resident who is not vaccinated, defined in the PHO as having provided proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine series > 7 days, is considered unvaccinated.
Students can update their vaccine status online via our secure, confidential COVID-19 Student Immunization Status form.
All unvaccinated residents are legally required to wear a mask when outside their room.
MASK REQUIREMENTS IN RESIDENCE
In addition to the mask regulations for unvaccinated residents, campus housing is subject to all provincial restrictions and other applicable public health orders.
Masks are required to be worn by everyone in all indoor common spaces in Residence Halls. These include lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and building lounges.
Failure to abide by the Mask requirements is subject to TWU accountability as laid out in the Student Handbook as well as possible enforcement outside of the university’s jurisdiction per the provincial health order.
APPLYING FOR HOUSING
There are limited spaces currently available in housing. Heading into January we typically see some student movement in residence and so applications for housing remain open. Until further notice, we will only be accepting new residents who are vaccinated in accordance with the provincial health order for post-secondary housing.
Got questions? Contact our Housing Help Desk for answers.
Off-Campus Options for Students
Student Life has worked with TWUSA, Spartan Athletics, the Alumni Department, and The Parent Program to identify 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 is a great place to find potential roommates.
Since it is a private group, you will need to submit a request to join, but TWUSA and other TWU staff are managing this site closely and are ready 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.
FIRST- & SECOND-YEAR HOUSING REQUIREMENT
TWU has a Living On Campus policy for out-of-area students, requiring them to live on campus for their first two years unless 21 years of age or living with family. Students with extenuating circumstances are encouraged to submit an appeal.