“A place students can call home.”

That’s the vision Chad Johnstone and Bailey Kew, Capilano University’s new student housing team, are working to create at CapU Residence — the university’s first, off-campus, student residence opening on Sept. 1, 2017.

Johnstone and Kew agree that residence is not only about providing housing; it’s also about creating a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment that underpins each student’s success.

Johnstone is CapU’s manager of student housing; his job is overseeing the student housing operation to ensure that students have an exceptional experience when using residence facilities, interacting with residence staff, and participating in residence programming.

“CapU Residence gives students a better housing choice in today’s challenging rental market,” says Johnstone. “Students not only get the comforts of home, but also a student experience unique to residence life. This is a place where they can learn life skills, make new friends, and grow both personally and in their studies.”

As CapU’s residence life facilitator, Bailey Kew lives onsite and oversees a team of residence advisors, all of whom are CapU students living on site. Together, the team will work with students on a daily basis, helping them with tasks such as how to work the washer and dryer to responsibilities like study habits and conflict resolution.

“I see my role as helping each student in residence be the person they want to be,” says Kew. “Residence life opens a world of opportunity for each student to define their role in the community and help them build habits that will support them for a lifetime.”

Located at 2420 Dollarton Highway, CapU Residence is an all-inclusive student housing option available to full time CapU students. Space is still available for the 2017-18 academic year. Learn more and apply for residence.

Submitted by Debbie Parhar