College Residence

We believe that an education that impacts the whole person includes experiences inside and outside the classroom. Students who live in dorm live in a community with people from different backgrounds and experiences, form lifelong friendships, and grow spiritually. Students and faculty agree that dorm life is one of the best parts of the Briercrest experience.

Each dorm has a Residence Director (RD) and each hall has two or three Residence Assistants (RAs). These leaders are there to offer help and support and encourage spiritual and social development.  

 

 

FAQ

Q: What do RD and RA mean?
A: Residence Directors (RD) are full-time Student Development staff who are responsible for overseeing of a certain number of residences (typically 1-2). They also oversee and direct the teams of student dorm leaders under their care. Residence Assistants (RA) are mature students who live in the dorm and help lead their peers. They are students who have both a heart for God and a desire to serve their fellow students. 


Q: Will I have internet access in my room?
A: There is free wifi available throughout the campus and you'll be able to be able to access it in your dorm room. 


Q: Where can I do my laundry? 
A: You'll have access to free laundry facilities in each dorm as well as the community coin-operated laundromat on campus.  


Q: Where do I eat?
A: With the exception of residents in Sundbo Place, we require all dorm students to sign up for a meal plan and eat in the Cafeteria.


Q: Are there kitchens available in the dorm?
A: Most dorms have at least one kitchen available (see individual dorm profiles for more specifics).


Q: Can I have appliances in my room?
A: Please refer to the Briercrest College and Seminary Residence Life Code for information. 


Q: Is there storage space in the dorm?
A: All the dorms have designated storage space available in them. This space is typically left open during the school year and secured during the summer months (so returning students can leave items in storage over the summer).


Q: What if I don't like my roommate?
A: We encourage students to communicate and work through differences that may arise between roommates. Learning how to tolerate, respect, and consider the needs of others are valuable life lessons that can be learned in a community-focused living environment. Having said this, there is dorm leadership in place to help students work through more difficult situations. Approach your RD immediately should you encounter something unusual or extreme.


Q: Can I bring my TV? What about video games?
A: You're welcome to bring a TV or computer monitor under 32". Large screens dominate a small dorm room, so we ask that larger screens be left at home. Video games are restricted to non-offensive games and should not dominate your time. You can read more about this in the Residence Life Code.


Q: Do I need to bring my own bedding?
A: There are good quality twin-size mattresses in each dorm room. You must supply your own bedding (sheets, comforters, pillows) and are required to have a mattress pad on the bed at all times. The school will provide a mattress pad; you just need to pay for it and will receive it once you arrive on campus.


Q: Is there a curfew for dorm students? What about other rules?
A: The curfew for students in their 1st and 2nd year is midnight. This is to help students develop good habits and help achieve student success. Check out our Residence Life Code for all kinds of helpful information.


Q: Can I talk to my roommate before I come to college?
A: Unfortunately, privacy of information regulations do not permit us to give out the name or contact information of an unknown roommate in advance.


Q: How do I get in a room with my friend?
A: There is a section on your application form that allows you to request a particular roommate by name. Please refrain from asking to room with a particular student unless you have talked to them about it and they have agreed to the suggestion.


Q: When do I find out which dorm I'm in, and how are requests to live in specific dorms processed?
A: Normally students find out what dorm they are in when they arrive on campus. Requests to be placed in specific dorms are processed in order of the date of deposit. So, the earlier you finalize your application process and pay your deposit, the better chance you have of getting into the residence of your choice.


Q: What should I bring to decorate my room?
A: You can find a list of appropriate dorm room decorations in the Residence Life Code.


Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: The only pets allowed in the dorm are fish in a moderately sized aquarium (maximum 10 gallon/45 litre tank).


Q: Can I store my bike somewhere?
A: There are bike racks located outside of most residences, but there is no in-dorm storage of bikes allowed.


Q: Can people visit me in the dorm?
A: You're welcome to have friends of the same gender visit and/or stay with you in your dorm room. If a guest is staying overnight in the dorm, your RD must be informed in advance and you should discuss it with your roommate. There is no charge for the first three nights of the visit, but each night after that there is a $5/night fee (visits of more than one week are discouraged). All guests must abide by the rules of the dorm.


Q: Do students have to live in the dorm?
A: All single students are required to live in the dorms unless they have been approved to live in community housing based on one of the following criteria:

  • Live with immediate family on campus or in the vicinity
  • Plan to commute to school from a pre-established residence in Moose Jaw or surrounding area (minimum of one year prior to application)
  • Are 23 years of age or older at the beginning of the semester requested
  • Are in their 4th year and have spent at least six semesters living in dorm

Please note that all Community Housing (CH) students are required to meet regularly with a mentor. The mentoring self-report form can be found here.


Applications for Community Housing can be found here, and the portfolio component outline can be found here. Once filled out, these should be directed to Student Development Office at studentdevelopment@briercrest.ca or 306.756.3360.

Through my education, I have had my eyes opened to the radical call of the Gospel. Through the community, I have been given the opportunity to live this call out.
Matthew Pauls