Capilano University announces plans to create student residences
NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. June 2, 2017 – Capilano University is pleased to announce that planning and preparations are officially underway to introduce its first phase of affordable, safe and secure student accommodations.
Phase 1 of “CapU Residence” will be located off-campus at 2420 Dollarton Highway, the former location of Bodwell High School. A five-year lease agreement (renewable annually) between longtime North Shore developer Darwin Properties (the owner of the site) and Capilano University will permit the site’s three dormitories and dining hall to be refurbished to meet the needs of students seeking affordable housing and the community life of a residence environment.
“We have listened to our students and are taking action to respond to their needs,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “To date, a significant impediment to the growth of our student population is the lack of accessible, affordable student housing on or near our campus. CapU Residence is our first step towards addressing our students’ appeals for affordable housing.”
With a signed agreement in place, detailed planning for implementation can now proceed. While an official opening date has not been determined, the CapU Residence at Dollarton is expected to become operational in the 2017–2018 academic year. Further details regarding costs, amenities, food services, security, applications, employment opportunities and long-term location plans for permanent residences will be forthcoming as they are confirmed.
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi