Thompson Rivers University

Living on campus at Thompson Rivers University

Accommodation at Thompson Rivers University

The campus is located in the outskirts of the city center of Kamloops. Whether you decide to stay on campus or off campus, you will be close to a great variety of activities.

Student accommodation at Thompson Rivers University

Studying at TRU, you have to decide whether you want to live on or off campus. If you are the type that likes to have everything close by and live in a walking distance of your classes, then on campus housing might just be the right choice for you. Thompson Rivers University has 2 options: the TRU Residence, which is a dormitory, and student apartment housing divided over three buildings on campus. TRU guarantees housing at the TRU residence for new degree students, as long as you apply buy the set deadline. 

If you prefer to live off campus, it should not be a problem to find an accommodation close to TRU. The Upper College Heights Student Housing are some off campus student facilities located close to campus. 

There is also the Homestay option, which allows students to live with Canadian families, thus being exposed to and participating in Canadian culture and customs. However, most European students prefer to find private accommodation with other students. TRU’s Off-Campus Housing Registry allows new students to search and browse for local places to rent, roommates or post accommodation needs.

The TRU Residence and a view over the campus

Campuses at Thompson Rivers University 

The main campus of the Thompson Rivers University is located on the outskirts of the city center of Kamloops. The other regional centers are Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Barriere, Ashcroft, Lillooet and Vancouver. 

Campus life at Thompson Rivers University 

You will definitely not get bored on campus. Here you will find various students clubs and activity programs. Besides these activities, you can join the International Student Activity Program (ISAP). This allows you to meet new people, try new activities, discover the Canadian culture and explore the city and surrounding areas. 

If you love sports, then this is the place to be! The campus of TRU is only on walking distance away from commercial districts and right next door to Kamloops’ largest recreational facility, Tournament Capital Centre. Here you will find an Olympic length pool, a running track, a modern training center and a well-equipped gymnastics center. TRU has varsity teams in many different sports. 

On campus you will also find a lot of facilities such as a library, student services, computer centers, student health center, bookstore, pub, cafes, gym, swimming pool, squash hall and tennis courts. Other services include academic advising, financial aid and career development.


All students at Thompson Rivers University can apply for a UPASS. This pass works as a universal pass for the Kamloops public transit system. In addition to free access to transit, the UPASS also gives you free access to the Aquatic Centre.

Do you want obtain a UPASS as a student? Head down to the Students’ Union Building with your student ID and course registration form upon your arrival.

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