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Welcome to Calgary — your home away from home in Canada

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Living in SAIT Residence has many advantages when arriving on a new campus in a new country. At SAIT, we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community that will make your stay a positive one.

What we offer at SAIT

Residence suites

Our residence suites are located in the northeast corner of the main campus with two modern high rises boasting four different floor plans — one bedroom apartments, four bedrooms shared quads, two bedroom units and studio suites. All of our suites come fully-furnished with utilities included and are self-contained with individual bedrooms, shared kitchens and bathrooms, study areas and common living spaces.

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Residence life

Living at SAIT gives you access to the SAIT Residence Life team who are available for additional support while you live on campus — and as an International Student, you can get additional support through SAIT's International Centre.

Learn more about residence life

Amenities

We offer many amenities and living on campus will provide you with quick access to your classrooms, labs, fitness facilities, the Reg Erhardt library and more! 

  • Great location in the heart of Calgary
  • Convenient to classes, labs and the library
  • 24-hour campus security
  • On-site management and maintenance
  • A robust residence community
  • Study areas
  • Mentorship programs
  • Employment opportunities

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Parents, family members and supporters

At SAIT we focus on enhancing the student experience, and ensuring that the living spaces support academic success.

Living in residence cultivates understanding, tolerance and respect for others, and we provide many resources such as educational programming and peer support right in-house and are close to a multitude of services available to students on campus.

Ideas to support your student from home

Stay with us

We offer great accommodation options for parents and guests — upgraded hotel suites at a fraction of the cost — so that you can stay close to your loved one without cramping their style or their space.

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Other offerings

International Centre on campus

The International Centre on campus is your key to international student services and support.

We have a dedicated team to assist you during your studies and if, at any time, you have questions or concerns, please visit the International Centre and they will be happy to assist you. 

Location, location, location

The LRT/CTrain (Calgary Public Transit) is located right on campus which gives you direct access to Kensington, Downtown, the Calgary Tower and the Stampede Grounds.

Campus is in a central location so you can visit all of Calgary's highlights and boasts some of the best views in the city. 

The distance from the Calgary International Airport to SAIT Residence is only 17km. 

Fun facts about living in Calgary

Calgary has a population of approximately 1.4 million people, making it the largest city in Alberta and the fourth largest in Canada.

  • Ranked fifth in the world out of 140 countries on the "2016 Global Liveability Ranking" by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, making it the first Canadian city to host. You can check out the world-class facilities yourself at Canada Olympic Park, the Scotiabank Saddledome and the Olympic Oval skating rink.
  • Calgary has the nickname of "Cowtown", which comes from our "wild west" prairie history, as well as the annual Calgary Stampede.
  • Standing 58 stories high, "The Bow" in downtown Calgary is the tallest building in Canada, west of Toronto. 
  • The popular dish of 'Ginger Beef' was invented at a Calgary restaurant in the 1970s, and the Caesar (cocktail) was invented in Calgary, in 1969 at the Westin hotel.

A brief history:

  • The original inhabitants of the area were the Blackfoot, Blood and Peigan and Tsuu T'ina First Nations peoples. The first European settlers arrived in 1873 and built a post of the North-West Mounted Police in 1875, naming it "Fort Calgary".
  • Get out and explore the Glenbow Museum, where you can bring your student ID for a reduced entrance fee.
It's always sunny in Calgary!

Did you know? Calgary is the sunniest city in Canada! On average, Calgary sees 332 days of sun per year.

  • The weather in Calgary is very unpredictable and can vary greatly day-to-day. In the summer, temperatures can get as high as 30ºC, and in winter it can get as low as -30ºC. 
  • Chinooks are warm winds that blow down the Rocky Mountains towards the prairies and are unique to Alberta. They usually come in the winter, bringing along unusually warm weather. You will sometimes be able to see an arch in the sky to know when a Chinook is coming.
What's included in the Residence rate I pay?

When you live in Residence, the rate you pay covers the following:

  • All utilities are included — electricity, water, heat, telephone (free local calling) and internet and cable TV
  • Access to all amenities — shared art room, yoga studio, cardio rooms (exercise rooms)
  • Renters insurance
  • Rates and fees are the same for all students, including international students

The Residence fees do not include:

  • Meal plans — while we don't offer a meal plan service, we have many dining options on campus (plus kitchens in your units if you choose to cook your own meals)
  • Cleaning service — you are responsible for cleaning your own unit
  • Laundry fees are additional
What amenities are provided in the units?

Begin Tower and East Hall:

  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • VOIP Phone
  • Cable hook up (set up service with Shaw Cable)

Begin Tower suite common areas:

  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Microwave
  • Full-size fridge

East Hall suite common areas:

  • Couch and chair
  • Coffee table
  • Kitchen facilities including a full oven
  • Microwave
What should I bring?

Bedroom:

  • Bed linens (queen sheets work great)
  • Mattress cover
  • Hangers
  • Alarm clock

Bathroom:

  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Bathroom carpet and bath mat
  • Toiletries (hair dryer)
  • Shower curtain and rings

Kitchen:

  • Kitchen supplies
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils
  • Electric grill
  • Plates, bowls, glasses and mugs
  • Kettle, toaster or toaster oven

Other:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Garbage can and bags
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry supplies
  • Detergent (liquid)
  • Photos of loved ones and wall decor (only to be hung on the walls with sticky tack)

What should I leave at home?
  • Pets (including fish)
  • Weapons, firearms
  • Dartboards
  • Drugs and paraphernalia
  • Halogen lights
  • Upholstered furniture
  • BBQ's and grills
  • Major appliances
  • Candles and incense
  • Obnoxious instruments (drums, amps etc.)
Privacy and entering of units

SAIT Residence recognizes a student's need for privacy and will only enter a unit in specific situations:

  • To perform maintenance work following a work order.
  • If a Residence Staff member has reason to believe that a wellness check is needed to assure a resident is safe.
  • To assess a unit for cleaning and maintenance requirements when another student has moved out.
  • To deliver urgent notices or information.

If access is required to a unit for other reasons, the Residence Office will attempt to give appropriate 24-hour advance notice if possible.

In addition, all bedrooms are private with locks. Students in shared accommodations still have their own space and can lock their individual bedroom doors.

Am I able to move the furniture in my unit?

Yes, you can move the furniture within your unit, this is your home and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

That being said, you cannot move the furniture from your unit to another person's unit or from common spaces. Furniture should only be moved during the daytime to avoid noise during evening hours.

24-hour security

At SAIT ensuring student's safety is our first priority, and we take safety and security on campus very seriously. The SAIT Residence team works closely with campus security to create a safe and secure living environment so our students can succeed.

SAIT Residence and campus security work together to provide:

  • 24/7 emergency response to alarms, accidents and unusual activity
  • monitored security cameras
  • daily and nightly security patrols
  • all items that are found at SAIT Residence is taken to SAIT security for holding
  • on-site Residence staff who perform rounds of the Residence buildings at night and deal with any issues that may arise.
Safewalk

SAITSA Campus Safewalk is a free, volunteer-based service dedicated to ensuring the peace of mind of all SAIT staff, students and visitors when travelling on or near SAIT's main campus.

Volunteers will walk you to your car, the C-Train or anywhere within a 10-block radius of campus.

Can anybody stay on campus throughout the academic year?

Throughout the academic year, only full-time students are accepted into SAIT Residence. If your status drops below a full-time status, you will be asked to leave. 

If we request someone to live with us, what are our chances of becoming roommates?

We ask that you and your friend email us requesting that you both want to room together. We cannot guarantee that you will be roommates but we will do our best to arrange roommates who want to live together.

Can we have guests stay with us on campus?

Yes, you have the privilege of hosting guests only if you have permission from all of your roommates. A resident's right to privacy takes precedence over a roommate's right to host a guest.

Each resident may only have overnight guests for a maximum of five nights per month if all roommates agree.

Your guests are your responsibility, and if they should do anything that warrants disciplinary action, you are personally responsible and will receive a fine or discipline. Guests must always be accompanied by their host and not left alone in residence.

Can a resident stay on campus for the summer?

Yes, although you may be asked to move from your current location to one that is set aside for summer residents.

If you would like more information, call us at 403.284.8013 ext. 1 or drop by the office in the Begin Tower. You will receive an email when we start accepting summer applications.

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