Residence Life

international-students-moving-in00The best way to experience university life is to live on campus, where you’re close to your classes, the library, the cafeteria and other students. You will meet people faster, develop a strong network of friends and become familiar with campus. Residences open for the Fall term the first week of September. If you need to arrive earlier to that date, or are arriving with family, you can make reservations with one of the hotels in the area.

Most first year students stay in one of the four residences: MacDonald Residence is a traditional dormitory-style accommodation where 152 students live in single and double rooms. Cabot Residence is an apartment-style building where students live in four-bedroom apartments, with a kitchen. Alumni Hall is divided into five bedroom apartment-style units and traditional dorm-style rooms. Harriss Hall is the newest residence on campus. It houses 190 single dorm rooms with a mix of private and shared washrooms and a 300 seat dining hall. This residence is reserved for upper level students.

Included in your admissions application there is a section for you to apply for a room in residence. Upon acceptance and receiving an Offer of Accommodation Letter from the Residence Manager, all students need to send a $250 confirmation fee. You MUST email your planned arrival date to Doug Connors at


For those that chose to live off-campus, do your research before arriving. CBU staff are not responsible for assisting students in finding off-campus accommodation. Here are suggestions on how to start.

An on-line free classifieds site may also be of use while searching for housing:

Once you’re in Cape Breton pick up a Maritime Merchant – a local weekly newspaper advertising everything from apartments to dishes to furniture.