Lakehead University is now accepting group bookings for the summer 2022 season. Group requests may be sent to Group requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis following Public Health guidelines. 

After careful review of our operational capacity, Our Summer Hotel will be reopening in May 2023. Thank you for your understanding and we rebuild our team and operation to best serve our guests as they visit Thunder Bay. 

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Summer Accommodations

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 scenic campus is centrally located within the city and maintains the integrity of its naturally wooded surroundings. 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.

Our smoke-free residence complexes are located in close proximity to everything you need on-campus and are all within walking distance to meeting and dining facilities. During the summer season (May through August), we offer dormitory, townhouse or apartment styled lodgings that are all priced at very reasonable rates for groups and travellers. September to April, we offer dormitory and suite lodging at a very reasonable rate.

* All accommodations are subject to availability

Contact us now for rates!

From May to August, Confirm your Reservation at:

Guest Services 

(807) 343-8485

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

Make a Reservation

If you would like to make a reservation, please email us at with your requested style of accommodation.