Cape Breton University is on track to complete renovations to their on-campus MacDonald Residence for early September. These renovations allow for an additional 111 beds on campus, a 26 per cent increase in beds from this time last year.
“Ensuring there are safe and affordable housing options for our students remain a priority,” says David C. Dingwall, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University. “We know there’s more work to do, but we are very pleased to add these 111 beds to our on-campus options. This increase will allow our students to live on-campus where they can further enrich their student experience.”
The MacDonald Residence renovation also includes the construction of communal kitchens. “We heard our students loud and clear,” says Doug Connors, Director of Housing and Ancillary Services and Chair of CBU’s Housing Taskforce. “Students want to be able to cook their own meals, their own way. This renovation allows for them to do that safely and removes the requirement to purchase a full meal plan in this residence, making it even more cost-effective.”
Cape Breton University invested $1.4 million into the MacDonald Residence renovation and will officially open the doors during Week of Welcome, prior to classes beginning. CBU also continues to pursue other housing options both on and off-campus and will continue to update the community as progress is made.