Residence Options at St. Joseph's College

Welcome to the Residences at St. Joseph's College! We are pleased that you have an interest in either staying with us for the summer, joining the Rangers (men's residence), or joining the Islanders (women's residence).
Students from all University of Alberta faculties are welcome!

The men’s and women’s residences are part of the larger St. Joseph’s College community and are affiliated with the University of Alberta. Our residences are located in the heart of the University of Alberta campus. The women’s residence houses 284 students (single, double, and quadruple options) and the men’s residence houses 63 students (single rooms only). Any resident of St. Joseph’s College has the opportunity to grow and develop in spiritual, intellectual, social, community, and emotional well-being.

Residents and members of the community are welcome in St. Joseph’s College regardless of their cultural, spiritual or academic backgrounds, in keeping with the Catholic values of the College. Catholic thought begins and ends in God’s relationship with us as individuals and as members of a community. Each and every individual is created in the image of God and therefore possesses inherent goodness and dignity (Gen 1:27).

The St. Joseph’s College residences strive to provide an opportunity for young people to experience the richness of university life while residing in a supportive, single gender environment. Applications for residence will be accepted as of October 1, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to be Catholic to live at St. Joe's?
No. The majority of residents are Catholic, however every resident is expected to abide by the Residence's Code of Conduct, in addition to the University of Alberta's Code of Student Behaviour.

Do I have to take classes at St. Joe's while I am living there?
No - however, St. Joe's offers an exciting variety of University-credit courses that are available as options to most degree programs. Residents are encouraged to take these courses to have a well-balanced education. To check out St. Joe's academic offerings, please click here.

Is the residence involved in campus sports? 
Many residents play sports. In fact our participation in sports is so high that the Men's Residence has won the U.A.B. Cup as the top intramural unit in the Campus Recreation Men's "A" Conference for the last twenty-six years straight. All residents have the opportunity to participate in up to 24 different activities throughout the year. The sports representatives usually organize a competitive team and a fun team for each sport, so that residents of all levels can participate.

Do the residences get together for social events?
Our residences are very social places to live. We participate in everything from movie nights to Formals.


Frequently Asked Questions Specific to the New Women's Residence

Do residents have their own room?
Yes - residents will have their own private room within their suite.

How many people share each unit?
The new women’s residence has three different unit types: one, two, and four bedroom suites. Each room within the suite can be locked although all suitemates share the unit bathroom(s) and kitchenette.

How long is the lease?
The women’s residence has two different lease options: an 8-month lease and a 12-month lease.

What does it cost?
Click here to see lease costs for the 2015-16 Women's Residence.
Click here to see the lease costs for the 2015-16 Men's Residence.

    Will my suitemates be in the same year of school as me? If not, what kind of age difference might there be?
    There might be some year of school/age difference between the residents within a suite, but the College will try to place suitemates together in a manner that is the most beneficial to its residents.

    Are some floors designated as "quiet " floors, "social" floors, etc?
    When placing residents, the College will take into consideration the needs of their residents to ensure that they get the greatest benefit from their stay in the residence. The room matching will do its best to ensure that there is a healthy balance between the academic, social, and spiritual well being of the students.

    Can I choose my own roommate?
    Yes - you will have an opportunity to request specific roommates. To become roommates though, all roommates must make the same request to room together.

    How will roommates be assigned?
    Room assignments will be based on the application. Our application forms allow the applicant the chance to indicate which room situations they prefer. Preference is given to senior 3-4th year and graduate students for the 1 and 2 bedroom units, while first year students will more then likely be placed in four bedroom units. In the end, St. Joseph’s College will do everything we can to accommodate your request.

    How are the rooms furnished? Is bedding provided? What kind of home furnishings can I bring?
    Each bedroom will have a captain’s bed (with storage underneath), a desk, and some closet space. There will be no bedding provided for the units so the resident will have to provide and clean their own bedding. The Director of Residence must approve all extra home furnishings before being brought into the residence.

    Is there a meal plan? How much is it? Is it mandatory to purchase?
    A limited number of lunch meal plans will be available on a first come first serve basis with priority given to first year students. If you are interested in the meal plan, please indicate as much on your application form. The cost of the meal plan will be $220 a month.

    What kind of cooking facilities does the unit have? Are the kitchens fully stocked with pots, pans, plates, etc?
    The kitchenettes are equipped with chairs, a common area table, fridge, stove, and microwave. The residents are expected to provide all their extra kitchen materials (pots, pans, utensils, etc).

    How far is the nearest grocery store?
    There are two grocery stores within 20 minutes of the new Facility, Sobey’s on 112 Street and 83 Avenue and Safeway located at 109 Street and 82 Avenue

    Is there free Wi-Fi?
    There is free University Wireless Services (UWS) Wi-Fi available to all students in residence.

    Is there a TV in each unit?
    No – but there will be TV’s in the common area lounges.

    Are men allowed in the rooms to visit? Can they stay overnight?
    Men are allowed to visit within prescribed hours and not overnight. In order to access the residence areas, a resident must accompany them, and they must sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave.

    Do you offer student parking?
    No – St. Joseph’s College will have a small parking lot but it will be for staff only unless for days where special exceptions are made (move-in/move-out days). Please go to the Parking Services website to find parking on campus:

    Do you have to attend church?
    Church attendance is not mandatory although those wishing to attend church services are more then welcome to do so. We will have two chapels available to students and the general public. Kateri Chapel is located in the lobby of the Women’s residence and the main St. Joseph’s Chapel is located on the west end of the main building on the ground floor.


    Frequently Asked Questions Specific to the Men's Residence

    What is included in my rent?
    Residents have full access to hot lunches and dinners, which are prepared daily by our in-house chef. Additionally, high-speed Internet is included in every room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, dresser and a closet. We also have professional cleaning staff that change the bed sheets weekly and vacuum regularly. Laundry facilities are located in the building and are available for a nominal cost ($1 for washing, $0.75 for drying).

    Will I have to share my room?
    No - although St. Joe's rooms are small (about 8 feet by 12 feet), they are all single occupancy.

    What should I bring when I move in?
    To view or print a list of items to remember, please click here.

    Are there communal spaces?
    The men's residence has a newly renovated lounge, with a wide screen TV and pool/ping-pong table.

    The College itself is also home to a 2-storey library and a large student lounge on the main floor for study space.


    Should you have further questions, we would be pleased to speak with you.
    Please contact:

    Scott Cramer
    Director of Residence
    (780) 492-7681 ext.230