Accommodations for International Students

housing options in thunder bay

Students need to plan their stay well in advance of their arrival in Canada as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester. Each option has its distinct advantages, so please carefully read the descriptions below to determine which accommodation option is best for you.

Please refer to our Off-Campus Housing Guide that you will find helpful. 

For more accommodation questions, please contact the IEC.

NEW - Sibley Hall Dorm Rental

Fully furnished rooms with all utilities and internet included. 

Dorm Single - CAD 488/month* and Dorm Double - CAD 375/month*

To learn more and apply, visit

Off-Campus Accommodations

Thunder Bay has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes and apartments. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so. While the International Education Centre is unable to arrange off-campus housing for interested students, students can also connect with other international students looking for off-campus accommodation, through our Facebook page/group. 

Students can also consult the following for off-campus housing listings:

Note: Rental charges often do not include the cost of utilities, such as charges for heat and water, internet access and cable television. Accounts may need to be established with individual utility providers for these services. Please confirm with the landlord what utilities are included in the rent and which need to be arranged and paid for separately.

Also note, that most rental accommodation in Thunder Bay is rented unfurnished. This means that you may have to budget and arrange for the purchase and delivery of furniture.

Finally, most landlords require first and last month’s rent in advance of you moving in. Please budget accordingly. Rent is generally paid on the first of each month.

On-Campus Accommodations

The Spruce and Cedar Residence offers fully furnished units, laundry facilities and a fully equipped common kitchen. Complete with a four bedroom apartment style living. This residence option also provides students with an in-suite kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. To find out more and apply click here.

Sibley Hall Residence is home to 229 students every year. The residence has recently been renovated and is a safe, community-oriented residence with five room style options. Prices vary based on the type of room. Each room includes a single bed, wardrobe, small fridge and microwave and some have private en-suite baths. All students staying in residence must also purchase a meal plan: this is not optional. Find out more and apply click here

Important: Residence fills up quickly and students need to apply well in advance of their arrival in order to ensure a room. Residence is not typically available for the January intake. Students MUST commit to staying in Residence for the full academic year. Once school is over, students must vacate their room or speak directly with officials at Residence regarding prolonging their stay during the vacation period.