Stay on Campus!

Thunder Bay is a unique and ever-changing community with access to both modern amenities and natural splendour.  Whether you are a conference group looking for a convenient location, a school group looking for an educational environment, a sports group seeking affordable rates, or an individual wanting to stay somewhere with great access to the City of Thunder Bay, Lakehead University Residence is an ideal choice.

Our Summer Guest Accommodations runs from Monday, May 15th until Sunday, August 13th, 2023.
Please note all our accommodation styles are subject to availability. All rates subject to 4% MAT and 13% HST

Summer Accommodations

We’re proud to offer three different types of comfortable accommodations from May to August. All room styles come with fresh linens and access to Residence facilities such as outdoor barbeques, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts or a preferred rate in our state-of-the-art Athletics Centre. Barrier-free and fully-equipped options are available upon request and availability.

Whether here for a short visit or an extended stay, we are pleased you’d consider staying on our picturesque and centrally located campus. Created in 1965 as the University of the North, Lakehead University is located on approximately 150 hectares of land. The campus is situated around man-made Lake Tamblyn and provides the opportunity for many recreational activities throughout the year. Running through the university campus is the McIntyre River which creates a beautiful backdrop for our residence complexes.

Summer Guest HotelGroup Reservations 

From May to August, book your hotel reservation with our Guest Services Team. If you would like to reserve your room, please click here to fill in our reservation request form. Note that your accommodations are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from  Guest Services. 

For more information, please call our Guest Experience Team, who will be happy to answer your questions or create your reservation: (807) 343-8485 or

For a Group Reservation, Sports Team, or Room Block, please contact our Food and Conference Services department to discuss your group's specific needs. We'll happily cater a package specialized to your unique needs. 

For more information, please call our Conference Services Coordinators at (807) 343-8799 or 

During the academic year, we can be reached at our regular office line.



Our townhouses offer a "home away from home" atmosphere, ideal for larger groups or families.

Each townhouse is made up of a full-sized kitchen with toaster, coffee pot, tea kettle and cups, living room with television with basic cable, and dining room on the main floor. The second floor contains four single bedrooms and a four-piece bathroom. Sliding glass doors in the living room open out to a patio and semi-private back yard. Wi-Fi is available throughout the unit. A sheltered outdoor bicycle storage facility is also available. Card Access laundry facilities are located nearby. 

Barrier-free access is available upon request.

floorplan of the main floor of a townhouse, showing dining, living, and kitchen areasFloorplan for the second floor of a townhouse featuring 4 bedrooms and a bathroom


Each Basic Apartment complex is low rise offering fully furnished, 4 bedroom apartments. Every unit includes a storage room, full kitchen and dining room, 4-piece bath, powder room, television with basic cable and a telephone with an ethernet cable internet connection in each bedroom and WiFi throughout.

Every unit is also air-conditioned and supplied with a vacuum, mop, bucket, broom, and dustpan. Each floor of the building has a communal lounge with couches, a tv, a small kitchenette, and card-operated laundry facilities. Laundry cards can be purchased through Bartley Front Desk.

Apartment accommodations are rented out per UNIT only. Payment and assigning roommates must be arranged by the contact person booking the unit.

Barrier-free access is available upon request. 

Subject to availability, our accommodations offer basic and fully-equipped townhouses. Our fully-equipped units offer all of the features of a basic unit plus the following:

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Dishes & cutlery

  • Cooking supplies and small appliances for meal preparation (e.g. mixing bowls, pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, glasses, can/bottle opener and teapot)

Floorplan of a standard apartment featuring open concept living and kitchen, two baths, and 4 bedrooms.


Bartley Residence is nestled along the McIntyre River and is divided into a series of 'houses'. The rooms in each of these houses are ideal for school, sports groups, graduations, conferences, or small to large groups. Additionally, a lovely park-like setting is situated behind the residences which is a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors or to socialize in a natural setting.

Each dormitory-style house in Bartley Residence has 3 floors with rooms that are divided into furnished basic single and single. All of the houses are equipped with a furnished lounge with a TV, sink and microwave, coffee pot, toaster, tea kettle, storage area, study room, male and female washrooms, sheltered outdoor bicycle storage facility, and a card access laundry facility (across from each house).

Additionally, Bartley Residence has a fully-equipped communal kitchen for cooking while staying in Bartley, and a lounge that area with pool tables, foosball and a large tv for your enjoyment.

All rooms feature:

  • Single bed with pillow

  • Linens

  • Desk with chair

  • Dresser

  • Bookcase / Shelving

  • Towels, soap and cup

  • Lounge chair

  • Mini fridge

  • Voice-mail equipped telephone with local telephone service

  • Ethernet cable internet access

  • Waste & recycling bin

Image of a standard single dorm room floorplan.

Fully-Equipped Upgrade

Ideal for longer term stays or guests with special dietary restrictions, our Fully-Equipped units are move-in ready and provide all of the amenities you may otherwise miss when away from home. Our fully-equipped units offer all of the features of a basic apartment or townhouse unit plus the following:

  • Dishes and cutlery

  • Cooking supplies and small appliances for meal preparation (e.g. mixing bowls, pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, glasses, can/bottle opener and teapot)

Year-Round Accommodations

Here at Lakehead Conference Services, we also have a limited selection of accommodations available year round. Whether a staff member visiting on contract or a parent hoping to catch your child's basketball game, we have an option for you.


 Our Kenora suites offer the perfect blend of hotel-style comfort with dormitory-style affordability. Kenora offers a choice of basic single rooms (consisting of a single bed), full single rooms (consisting of a double bed), or premium single rooms (offering a double bed in a larger space with an additional armchair).

All rooms come complete with:

  • Fully made beds with extra linens and towels

  • Soap and shampoo

  • A desk space

  • Access to shared kitchenette and bathroom facilities

  • Cable Television

Conference Suites

Lakehead University Residence offers a few fully furnished, fully equipped suites for rent on a maximum 8-month basis. These units are reserved for staff and faculty and are subject to availability. Maximum occupancy per unit is 2 adults. Unfortunately, family housing is not available. Undergraduates are encouraged to visit the Residence website for a variety of accommodations options. 

Each private suite is made up of a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and cooking supplies (dishes, cutlery, mixing bowls, pots, and pans, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, glasses, can opener, teapot, etc.). In addition, a furnished living room (with basic cable), dining area (with dining table and chairs), and card access laundry are provided.

Suite bedrooms come equipped with a computer desk and desk chair, a double bed, dresser, closet area, night table, full bathroom (with linen & towels), a telephone and wifi internet access. Rainy River Suite is designed to be accessible and therefore has a single bed, however all other amenities are the same.

Year Round Suite BedroomYear Round Suite

Details: Arrival, Payment, Rules & Regulations

Checking In and Payment 

We accept Mastercard, Visa, AMEX, Cash or Interact. 

Upon arrival, our Guest Services team will request the full payment for your stay upfront. Please note that we only provide refunds at the discretion of our management team and only for emergencies. A $200.00 Deposit per person over 18 years of age will be held for the duration of your stay and released within 48 hours of check out. In the event any additional costs are incurred on your room, this will be taken off the deposit at that time. If you are paying with cash or interact, a $200.00 cash deposit would be held at the front desk & returned upon check out. 

If you are unsure of your length of stay, we have the option to pay daily before 11:00am. If this is your intent, please communicate with the Front Desk staff your plans, as they will make every effort to ensure you can remain in the same bedroom. 

Credit Cards must be provided in person to process the transaction. 

Check In and Check Out - During Summer Guest Accommodation Season (May to August)
Our Reception Desk is located in the “BARTLEY RESIDENCE” Building.
Hours of Operation 7 Days a week, 8:00am to 11:00pm 
Check In after 2:00PM 
Check Out is at 11:00AM
If you have an after-hours arrival, please connect with our Guest Services Team (807) 343-8485 or to receive the after-hours arrival process and to inform our on-call team of your arrival time.  Note: Hours of Operation vary during the academic year (September to April) Please call or email to confirm our opening hours. 

Getting Here

Lakehead University is a ten minute drive from the airport up highway 61 and right down Oliver Road. Our accommodations are located at the back of the campus, accessible from either major entrances on Lakehead University Drive North (off of Oliver Road) or Lakehead University Drive South (off of Balmoral Street). 

Local transit is also an option for getting around with both the 2 and 9 using the university as a major stop. 

Alternative methods of transportation available include uRide (mobile phone app), Roaches Taxi (807) 345-7721, and Diamond Taxi (807) 622-6001.

Bike Shelter We support green travel and want to ensure your bike is safely stored during your stay. Please visit our Bartley Front Desk upon arrival to sign out a key to our covered bike shelter or lock up your bike at our outdoor bike rack located to the right of the Bartley entrance. 

Parking Parking passes are required Monday to Friday 7:00am to 9:00pm. Passes can be purchased through the front desk for $4.50 per pass per day. Monthly or Long-Stay Passes must be purchased from our Security Services, located in the main University Centre building. Permits are not required for parking on University property between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays, or official University holidays.

Rules & Regulations

Smoking on Campus Lakehead University campus offers designated smoking areas in designated parking lots only. Smoking recreational cannabis is not permitted on campus. There is no smoking allowed in any of the campus/residence buildings and rooms. 

Garbage and Recycling are the responsibility of the occupants of each unit to take out. There is a large green dumpster & recycling bin located outside of the Bartley Building. Additional garbage and recycling bags are available free of charge through the front desk.

Pets & Service Animals  No pets are permitted in residence rooms & public areas. Service Animals are permitted with advance notice & doctors note indicating they are a service animal. 

Damages Lakehead University Residence & Conference Services keeps an updated record of the conditions of Residence rooms, common areas and meeting space. Any damages, except for normal wear and tear, will become the responsibility of the guest. The organization/individual agrees to pay for the cost of repair or replacement of any damage done to University property. An itemized list of any charges and the damaged items will be forwarded to you.

Lost Keys In the event that your keys have been lost, you will be charged for the cost of a lock change. The charges and key replacement will be a minimum of $150.00.

Locked Out of Room If you are locked out of your room during Front Desk Hours of Operation, please contact the Bartley Front Desk: (807) 343-8485. After hours, please call Security at 343-8569 for one of our on-call staff to be called to your location.

Residence & Conference Services Administration reserves the right to modify this list at our discretion. The following is NOT permitted:

  • Removing or sliding open window screens / removing windows

  • Unauthorized removal of furniture

  • Propping of doors

  • Posting of signs / posters without Residence approval stamp

  • Practicing / playing sports inside Residence Buildings

  • Bringing a pet into Residence

  • Failure to exit building during a fire alarm or Tampering with fire equipment

  • Vandalism, Violence / Physical aggression / Harassment

  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes, medical marijuana and hookahs) in Residence buildings & public areas is prohibited. There are designated smoking areas located outside.

  • Smoking recreational cannabis is not prohibited anywhere on University property.

  • Burning candles, sparklers, incense, firecrackers

  • Firearms and any other weapon or item that is created / intended to cause harm, or could be seen as intimidating, are strictly prohibited.

  • There is no alcohol allowed in public areas including common hallways or exterior areas on Lakehead University property. Please note that the drinking age in Ontario is 19. Refer to link for allowable quantities in your unit at one time.

  • Unacceptable & excessive noise in public areas is prohibited: An individual’s right to reasonable quiet supersedes another’s right to make noise. Refer to link below for campus quiet hours.

  • Bikes or sports equipment are to be stored in designated storage areas.

  • Soliciting/Subletting: one may not operate a business or undergo commercial activities in or from Residence nor sublet their room to another individual

  • All overnight guests not registered as the occupant must be reported to the Front Desk for Security & Emergency Evacuation procedure or emailed to

  • Your accommodations must be kept at an acceptable standard of cleanliness.

For a detailed list of all Rules & Regulations of Residence please view: