Belong to a community

The Indigenous Housing Program provides cultural supports and affordable single rooms and family units for students who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, Non-status or Inuit. Students qualify for housing based on academic readiness, academic and career goals, and financial need. All self-identified Indigenous students are eligible for a bursary to reduce residence fees.

The Indigenous Housing Coordinator helps you build a support network, connects you with academic supports and includes you in monthly community-building activities.


Single Rooms

  • Exterior
  • Students outside
  • Females living space
  • Males living space
  • Interior all students
  • Laundry
  • Kitchen

Single rooms are located across campus — in East Residence townhouse-style units and West Residence apartments, among Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students. All students in the Indigenous Housing Program belong to a supportive, connected community on campus. Participate in monthly community-building activities, including monthly events, meetings, and cultural celebrations and ceremonies.

Access support from application through to graduation with:

  • applying to residence,
  • understanding university life and navigating campus services,
  • administrative support with Indigenous organizations and First Nations for your residence fees,
  • off-campus resources,
  • scholarships, bursaries and awards, and
  • volunteer and job opportunities.

 

“Housing has been a big part of my success. I’ve been able to save money because my costs were literally cut in half. I never miss a class because it’s walkable, and it has been such a privilege to go to the library at night … right next door.”

— Recent graduate and former resident

 

Residence Services new student guarantee

All students enrolled in their first year at Mount Royal are guaranteed placement. To be eligible for this guarantee, you must apply and pay your security deposit by June 15.

Learn more about Residence Services.

How to apply for the Indigenous Housing Program bursary

If you would like to be considered for the Indigenous Housing Program bursary, please contact Melanie Parsons, Housing and Events Coordinator, Iniskim Centre, for more information about the program and application. This bursary application is in addition to the Residence Services application you must submit.

Fall semester application deadline is July 31.

Frequently asked questions

 


Family Units — 2 or 4-bedrooms

  • Interior empty
  • Family with exterior
  • Mother and child in garden
  • Family with fence
  • children playing outside

The Iniskim Centre is pleased to offer eight family units.

Residents of family units live on campus year-round with their children, with access to the Wellness Centre, Child Care Centre and Cougars Recreation. Family units are in the East Residence townhouses — a quiet fenced-in campus area offering a small, family-friendly community with play structures and open green space.

Get support from application through to graduation. We can help you:

  • apply to residence,
  • learn about university life and navigate campus services,
  • work with Indigenous organizations and First Nations for your residence fees,
  • connect with off-campus resources,
  • apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards, and
  • find volunteer and job opportunities.

 

“Having a safe, affordable home on campus took so much burden off my shoulders as the sole provider for my children. It was one less thing to stress about.”

— Recent graduate and former resident

 

Calls for applications for family units are based on availability.

Our next tentative availability date is September 1, 2023. There are two units available — one 4-bedroom unit and one 2-bedroom unit.

How to apply for 2 or 4-bedroom family units

If you would like to be considered for the Indigenous Housing Program, please contact Melanie Parsons, Housing and Events Coordinator, Iniskim Centre, for more information about the program and application, which is in addition to the Residence Services application you will have to submit.

Applications do not carry over. Family units are not rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no waitlist for the family units.

Frequently asked questions


Contact us

Melanie Parsons
Housing and Events Coordinator
Iniskim Centre
403.440.7746  |  maparsons@mtroyal.ca

Iniskim Centre
T110

 


The Indigenous Housing Program is grateful to David and Leslie Bissett for their donation for family housing renovations and bursaries.

 


About the Iniskim Centre

The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while also raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures. 

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

We recognize and respect the diversity of all Indigenous peoples of Canada. We also increase awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University.