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Residence Life

We welcome you!

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The Residence Life Program at SAIT is what makes us stand out from other housing options available for students. Our Resident Advisors, Residence Life Coordinator and Manager of Residence Life offer support for those transitioning from high school as well as mature students and apprentices. Live at SAIT and make friendships that last a lifetime!

Studies show that students who live on campus are more successful in school and are more likely to complete their program (and we have the Valedictorians to prove it!)

AUArts, Bow Valley College and other post-secondary students are welcomed in the SAIT Residence community

Are you a student studying at AUArts, Bow Valley College or another post-secondary in the Calgary area?

Apply to stay at SAIT where we offer modern and affordable facilities, centrally located with close and convenient access to the LRT/C Train, which takes you directly downtown and to other areas of the city.  


Your place for community

Through our distinct programming model, we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community that will make your time at SAIT a positive experience. Our Resident Advisors develop community programs that focus on personal development while discussing topics such as health and wellness, academic success, employability, and financial literacy.

For information on programs and events at SAIT Residence, follow us on social:

Need extra spending money?

Check out our employment opportunities both in residence and on campus, or become a mentor as a Resident Advisor. We are looking for mentors with a passion for contributing to the growth and development of SAIT students.

Enhance your leadership skills, use your talents, share your expertise and contribute to student success through meaningful mentorship relationships.

New Student?

Leaving home and living on campus can be overwhelming, but we're here to provide you with all the information you need to make your stay at SAIT a positive one. Wondering what to pack and bring with you — we're here to help!

Learn more about the amenities we offer

What amenities are provided in the units?

Begin Tower and East Hall:

  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • 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?


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


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


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


  • Cleaning supplies
  • A 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.)
I have questions, who should I speak with?

We encourage our students to drop by the office, located in Begin Tower. You can email us or call us at 403.284.8013 ext. 1 to speak with a staff member. 

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.

I currently live on campus, do I need to reapply for next year?

Students that are currently living in Residence and would like to come back for the next academic year must apply and you will receive an email reminder when the applications are available.

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 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.

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.

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.

Smoking on campus

SAIT is a smoke-free campus, effective Aug. 31, 2020. For students living on campus, SAIT has designated a single smoking area for residents only. Smoking is otherwise prohibited on campus property.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products policy and procedure, HS.1.4 and HS.1.4.1

Parents, family members and supporters

At SAIT we are focused on enhancing the student experience, and ensuring that the living spaces support academic success. We believe in education outside of the classroom and provide programs and leadership opportunities. Living in residence cultivates understanding, tolerance and respect for others. We provide many resources such as educational programming and peer support right in-house and are situated close to the multitude of services available to students on campus.

A parent's familiarity with Residence can play an important role in a student's success. Your loved one may need encouragement to use Residence services and take advantage of the many opportunities that are provided at SAIT.

We recommend parents, family members and supporters take the opportunity to visit their student in Residence, so you can see first-hand what makes living on campus a memorable and rewarding experience.

Ideas for supporting your student from home

If this is your loved one's first experience living away from home (and independently), they will most likely turn to you for help during this transition in their life.

Send a care package

Students love getting packages, which could include special treats, gift cards to favourite restaurants or stores, small toiletries, photos of family, friends or pets.

SAIT eCards

SAIT eCard is the official SAIT identification (ID) card that gives a student access to facilities across campus. This is a perfect opportunity to re-load your student's eCard so they can purchase a reloadable food card from our food services provider, which is accepted at many outlets around campus.

Groceries delivered

Many grocery stores now offer a home delivery service, where you can easily shop online and have the groceries delivered right to Residence where your student can easily access them.

Visit and stay with us

We offer great accommodation options at Residence — including upgraded hotel suites at a fraction of the cost — so you can stay close to your loved one without cramping their style, or their space.

What parents need to know


The Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FOIP) legally prohibits us from discussing any student's file with anyone other than the student and/or guarantor unless we have written authorization to do so. If you require information (such as billing details) from the SAIT Residence office, please have your student speak with the SAIT Residence office staff to provide them with the proper authorization.

What does this mean?

  • This means, that in the event of calling on the student's behalf, their family member(s), friend(s) or acquaintance(s) may not be provided information regarding the status of — or information about — their residence application, assignment, fees or breach of community standards.
  • If friends or family members don't know or forget their student's residence room number and request this information from our staff, we are not able to provide it.
  • These measures not only follow legislation but also ensure the safety of our residents.

In the event of an emergency, or if you are unable to reach your student and are concerned, please contact the  SAIT Residence office or  SAIT Security after hours, and we will facilitate contacting your student and getting a message to them to contact you.

We're here if a problem arises

Should your student have a concern, if they need to talk to someone, or if they are feeling homesick, please encourage them to access our  useful resources where they can talk to a Community Assistant, the Residence Life Coordinator or Manager of Residence Life.

We also offer many free support systems that students can access through our  Student Development and Counselling department whom they can happily connect with. 

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