Living at CBU

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Live on one of the world’s most beautiful islands

As a CBU student, you’ll get to experience the lifestyle of a medium-sized city and also enjoy the comforts of a small town. As a bonus, living on Cape Breton Island means your next adventure is only minutes away.

Enjoy life while exploring all that Cape Breton Island has to offer in the way of museums, theatres and historic properties. From the breathtaking Fortress of Louisbourg to the deep coal mines of Glace Bay, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Stop by any pub, café or restaurant on the Island and enjoy some home-grown, local cuisine. If local isn’t your thing, stop by one of Cape Breton’s many ethnically diverse restaurants. There is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Is physical fitness your thing? Lucky for you, Cape Breton Island has thousands of kilometers of scenic trails, many indoor facilities and groups that meet regularly that do all different types of exercise. From running to paddling and swimming to snowshoeing, there is something for you!


Live Together. Learn Together.

Make friends and memories in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. When you choose to live in one of CBU’s residence buildings, you’re choosing all the benefits of home just steps away from class.

With three unique and secure residence options, all you have to do is make your choice and start decorating. Your home away from home is ready for your arrival.

Cabot Residence offers apartment-style dorms where each apartment, or flat as you might know them, has four private bedrooms and two bathrooms, all built around a shared living room and kitchen. So gather your roomies and host a dinner party.

Alumni Hall provides the option to choose from traditional dorm rooms or trendy apartment-style living spaces.

Harriss Hall is where you’ll find single and private dorm rooms, with a mix of private and shared washroom facilities. Harriss Hall is also equipped with restaurant-style dining as well as a stocked pantry where you can cook for yourself. From comfort food to the freshest and most nutritious eats, even the pickiest of eaters will be able to satisfy their cravings here.

Rest easy knowing that each of our residence building is accessible to student occupants only, and our secure entryways require electronic keys for access.

Arriving with family? There are several hotels in the surrounding area. We’re happy to help you arrange accommodations for the duration of their stay.


Applying for Residence

After you have received your acceptance letter and email address from CBU, you can apply for residence. To log in, the username will the beginning of your assigned CBU email address (i.e. cbu14abc) and the password will be your date of birth (YY/MM/DD).

After receiving an offer of accommodation letter, please submit your confirmation deposit and email your planned arrival date to Doug Connors at

When your confirmation deposit has been received, you will receive an email with your room assignment. Please note the opening date of residence when making travel arrangements.

Residence Application Fee: $25

Residence Confirmation Deposit: $700

Semester prices range from $2,150.00-$3,590.00 (approx 4 months)

Check out our Residence FAQ page.


Doug Connors – Residence Manager
Student Affairs, Student Residence

Office: Harris Hall

Christine Harrietha – Residence Life Coordinator
Student Affairs, Student Residence

Office: Harriss Hall

Off-Campus Accommodations

We have created a searchable database for students looking for off-campus accommodations. You can find it here.

For assistance with off-campus accommodations, please contact Kelsey Johnston at