Living at CBU

Living in residence at CBU is a huge part of the university experience. So many of the memories you make at CBU are going to happen during your time in residence! It’s where students come together to discover what it really means to be a Cape Bretoner. From the moment you arrive in your residence, you’re going to feel like you’ve found your home away from home.

Living in residence at CBU is a big step for any student. Our residence buildings are always buzzing with activity, and when you’re living with us, you’ll meet new friends from around the world, as well as have access to more than 70 on-campus societies.

Cape Breton University offers four unique residence living options so you can choose the best arrangement for you. From the traditional single dorm room, to an apartment style set-up with roommates, we think you’re really going to love life on campus!

Residence Descriptions

Alumni Hall

With 35 traditional dorm style rooms, as well as 24 apartment style living spaces with five bedrooms each, Alumni Hall is the best option for students who like the best of both worlds. Alumni Hall houses nearly 200 students and has plenty of space for getting to know your new neighbours, including common areas where you can get together for movie nights, or even a legendary Cape Breton caleigh! Each floor also includes shared laundry facilities, so you can be sure your sheets and clothes are always going to be fresh.

Cabot Residence

Cabot Residence offers apartment-style living for students who love living with roommates. With 31 units and 123 bedrooms, each apartment features four bedrooms and two bathrooms built around a shared living room and kitchen.

Harriss Hall

Harriss Hall is CBU’s newest co-ed residence. It includes 111 single rooms with a mix of private and shared washroom facilities, but perhaps most importantly, residents will be happy to hear that Harriss Hall has a 300 seat dining hall so they’ll never have to go far to grab a delicious bite to eat! With on-site evening security and a central mailroom, Harriss Hall is the ultimate on-campus home at CBU.

For those interested in more than just a great dining facility, you’ll be happy to hear that Harriss Hall was built with CBU’s commitment to environmental responsibility in mind. That’s why Harriss Hall includes a vertical closed loop geothermal heating system. As a matter of fact, Harriss Hall is the first university residence in Canada to use this technology. Even the Harriss Hall parking lot is built to let rain water drain naturally into the ground rather than directly into a storm drain.

MacDonald Residence

Mac Rez, as CBU students call it, is a traditional dorm style residence. Housing 146 co-ed students, Mac is the residence many of our first year students call home. These dorm rooms come fully furnished and include cable and internet hook-ups so you can study, finish your work, tweet about what’s going on around campus (#HappenCBU!), and chat with your best friends and family around the world.

What Should I Bring To Residence

Living in a residence room has a lot in common with living at home—some things you need, some things you don’t. For a helpful list of what you should bring to residence, as well as residence information and policies, check out the CBU Residence Handbook.

Dining at CBU

Cape Breton University’s brand new meal hall offers more delicious food options than ever before! With menu choices that fit the needs of every student, as well as a soup and salad bar, dessert station, and a deli and fresh grill area, you’ll definitely be well fed when you’re living on campus. You’ll also be happy to hear that our dining hall offers plenty of comfortable seating and a living room area with a fireplace where you can kick back and relax with a good book, or play games and chat with friends.

In addition, if you’re interested in making your own home cooking, you’ll love My Pantry. This communal kitchen includes all the appliances you would find at home, as well as cupboards stocked with food to prepare your own meals.

Residence Fees and Meal Plans

For information on residence fees and meal plans, please see Tuition and Finances.


If you have been accepted to CBU and would like to apply for residence accommodations, please fill out our application.

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