Residence FAQs

  • How do I apply for residence?

    Before you apply to residence, you must first apply to CBU (, and receive your acceptance letter. Once you’ve received your acceptance letter and CBU email address, you can apply for residence. The application for residence is available at To login, your username is the prefix of your assigned CBU email address (i.e. cbu14abc) and your password is your date of birth (yy/mm/dd). Students must apply online for residence.

  • I haven’t received my CBU email address, what do I do?

    Before you can receive a CBU email address, you must first apply and receive your acceptance letter. Once you’ve been accepted, your CBU email address will be provided to you via your acceptance letter. If you have not received your CBU email address, please contact

  • Is there a deadline for applying to residence?

    There is no deadline for applications. However, the earlier you apply and pay your $700 confirmation fee, the better chance you have of getting the room you want.

  • How will I hear whether or not my application has been accepted?

    Once you have completed your online application, you will receive an e-mailed letter of offer from the residence manager. The letter will provide you with information about residence and “next steps” for payment. You will not receive your room assignment at this time. You will then receive a separate email that will include your room assignment. This will tell you where you are living and also provide you with information of payment methods. The first round of room assignments are sent out mid-June.

  • What is the cost of housing and meal plans?

    Your residence fees will depend on the type of room that you are assigned. Please note: students living in dorm rooms are required to purchase a full meal plan. Students living in apartments are required to purchase a $300.00 meal plan. All residence and meal plan fees can be found by at residence and dining fees


  • When can I move in?

    Residence typically opens at the beginning of September. Specific move-in days will be outlined along with other orientation information, and sent via e-mail. The date given will always be the earliest date students are able to move in.

  • Am I allowed to stay for Holiday break or extra days?

    Requests for additional time outside the regular academic year will be evaluated on an individual basis and must be made to the Residence Manager. Payment for extra days can be arranged at that time.

  • Who picks my room/roommate/apartments?

    While our returning students are given the first choice of rooms, roommates and apartments, new students’ assignments are chosen by the Residence Manager according to their Star Rez application.

  • What recreation facilities are available?

    The intramural program takes place in the Sullivan Field House and includes basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, track and field and other sports. The Field House is a multi-court gymnasium and is open several hours every day for student use. Students also have access to a fully equipped fitness centre, located in the Cape Breton Health and Wellness Complex. Full-time students receive free memberships to the fitness centre. There are fitness classes that offer yoga, spinning, toning, and more. Students are also able to rent the soccer dome for indoor soccer or use the walking/running track surrounding our outdoor field.

  • Is there anything that I’m not allowed to bring with me to residence? If so, what?

    Toasters and hot plates are prohibited from dorms, and are only allowed in apartment-style residences. Pets are not allowed in residence, with the exception of small fish tanks (ex: fish bowls). Candles are prohibited from both dorms and apartments. You are welcome to bring a fridge, microwave and electric kettle with you.

  • Is there a public transit system?

    The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has buses that can help you get around. With a bus stop located just outside of Subway at the Canada Games Complex (about 2 minute walk from residence), transportation to and from residence and campus is convenient.  The bus stops at CBU almost every hour (different for holidays and weekends). Transit fare is $2 for students, or you can purchase an unlimited monthly pass can be for $60 at the Students’ Union building. Check out the CBRM bus schedule.

  • What is the purpose of a Resident Assistant and when will I meet them?

    Each residence building has multiple Resident Assistants (RA) along with a Lead RA. RAs are upper-year CBU students that live in residence and are responsible for supervising and assisting other students in residence. They complete a full week of training each year that includes First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid, Bystander Intervention Training and Sexual Assault Training. Contact information for your RAs will be posted in your building’s lobby.  They will also greet you on Move-In Day. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions throughout the academic year.

  • What is the House Council? And how can I get involved?

    The House Council enhances the residence experience by creating a strong community on the floors and in the residence as a whole. The House Council facilitates social learning and development through floor and residence-wide programing. They ensure that residence students are well informed on issues that affect them, help develop a sense of pride for those living on campus, develop a friendly rivalry and help plan great events! Each building has a house color and a mascot! The Harriss hall Hawks wear blue, the Cabot Coyotes wear Green and the Alumni bears wear purple! Be on the lookout for shirts being sold around campus! The 2017-2018 House Council President for this year is Kennedy Semple, a second year BSc student who is eager to make your time at CBU as memorable as possible. We also have two house representatives from each residence building, an upper year student and a first year student. We typically put the call out for resumes for representatives in the first couple weeks so let us know if you’re interested by e-mailing! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@CBUHouseCouncil), and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with events!