Belong to a community

The Indigenous Housing Program provides cultural supports and affordable individual 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.

Individual (Single) Units

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

Individual units 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


New student guarantee

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

How to apply

Apply online to the Indigenous Housing Program with your application for residence by July 31st or until spaces are filled.


Learn more about Residence Services.

Family Units

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

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 area of campus that offers a small, family-friendly community with play structures and a garden.

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


How to apply

You can ONLY apply online to the Indigenous family housing.

Space is limited. All applicants will be interviewed.

Applications must be received by July 31st or until spaces are filled. There is no waitlist. Students must contact the Indigenous Housing Coordinator for availability.

Contact us

  • Steve with student

For more information or to apply to the Indigenous Student Housing Program, please contact:

Steve Kootenay-Jobin
Housing and Events Coordinator
403.440.7746  |

Iniskim Centre


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.