Student Housing

Student Housing:

The BC Provincial Health Office (PHO) has announced that all students living on campus are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All students living in housing at College of the Rockies will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Student Housing Services prior to moving in. More information about the process for providing proof of vaccination will be sent to all students moving into student housing. Please reach out to with any questions you may have. For more information on the BC government’s COVID-19 regulations, please visit

If you plan to live in Student Housing, you should apply at the same time that you apply for your program.

Life in Student Housing:

Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year as well as Spring/Summer 2022 will open on November 1, 2021.

  • Our student housing is located at the Cranbrook campus, and is only 225 steps from the main entrance! (Kootenay Centre)
  • There are lots of fun activities and you have other students close by to talk and study with
  • It is your responsibility to apply for Student Housing.

Housing Options:

You may apply to live in either Purcell House, or one of our new housing facilities.

Our new student housing facilities are currently under construction and will provide secure housing for 100 students at the Cranbrook campus. Located just steps from the Cranbrook main campus, you’ll be able to travel to and from classes in minutes. And with the buildings bordering the Cranbrook Community Forest, you also have easy access to recreation trails right outside your door. These buildings will become available during the 2021/2022 academic year. Once completed, current residents of Purcell House may have an opportunity to transfer to the new buildings.

Purcell House

New Housing Facilities

Student Housing Amenities

Off Campus-Housing

Prefer to live off campus? Try online sources such as Kijiji and Facebook community groups, or search local property management firms.

Please note: College of the Rockies accepts no responsibility for off-campus housing. Housing found off-campus is secured at your own risk.

Rental Apartments

Living in a rental apartment:

  • There are many apartment buildings within walking distance of the College
  • Apartment placement is not provided by the College
  • Normally it takes at least one week to secure an apartment

Rental fees:

  • Rental costs vary, depending on availability
  • Most apartments are rented with no furniture so you will be required to purchase furniture, bedding and kitchen items after you arrive

Short Term Accommodations at Purcell House

Purcell House is centrally located in the town of Cranbrook and is close to shopping, transportation routes, recreational facilities, and forest trails. Throughout the summer we regularly host sports teams, conference and event attendees, employees of companies working in and around the city, and individual travelers.

Short term accommodations in Purcell House are available from May 15 until August 10.

Located right on the edge of the beautiful Cranbrook Community Forest, Purcell House offers easy access to forest trails for hiking and biking and is only a short drive away from world class golfing, kayaking, rafting, fishing and more. Within walking distance to shopping and recreational facilities, Purcell House also provides access to public transportation on the College of the Rockies campus.


You will be welcomed to a clean, comfortable facility with your own private bedroom, shared common area which includes a spacious kitchen equipped with supplies and appliances, common washroom, laundry facilities (coin operated $1.25 each), games room with ping pong table and foosball, running track, rugby/soccer field, patio with barbeque grill, common rooms with cable television, open Wi-Fi, and free convenient parking.

Each bedroom has a bed, desk, chair and closet. Bedding and towels are provided, but guests are responsible for placing linens on the bed.


Please contact us for availability by emailing us at or by calling the Student Housing Office at 250-489-8282.