Housing & Accommodations

Lakehead University offers many housing options to help make your life at Lakehead as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. You'll feel right at home in our welcoming, engaging and safe on-campus residence community. Or you may choose one of the off-campus housing options close to campus. 

On-Campus Residence

Connect with other students from Canada and around the world by living in one of our on-campus residence units, where you'll be only a few steps away from your classes and labs. Residence students enjoy additional supports and security and can take advantage of all of the social events Residence Services offers. Keep the following things in mind when considering residence:

  • You are not automatically placed in Lakehead University Residence. You must complete and submit a registration online
  • Please check the website for registration deadline dates. Residence registrations completed after the deadline date cannot be guaranteed room assignment.
  • If your residence registration is successful, you will receive a residence contract with your room assignment. Please read it carefully.

For complete information about residence options, costs, meal plans, etc, please visit the Residence website and click on the campus of your choice.

Off-Campus Living Options

Off-Campus Living

If you choose to live off-campus, below are some of the ways you can find a room or apartment to rent:

You may also find the following Settlement.org links helpful:

NOTE: If you choose to pursue an off-campus housing option, Lakehead University strongly encourages you to view the accommodations before signing any rental agreement and paying a deposit, or have a trusted friend or family member view them on your behalf. 

Accommodation within close proximity to the university is very much in demand and can be difficult to find, particularly after the first week of September. Therefore, it is important that you try to arrive in Thunder Bay or Orillia as early as possible if you are planning to look for something off-campus.

Temporary Accommodations

If you have not been able to arrange housing before arriving, you may wish to book temporary accommodations while you look for a permanent living option. Your options to consider are:

  • Staying in a hotel or motel for a few nights (approximately $90 CAD to $170 CAD per night)
  • Stay at a Hostel for a few nights (approximately $40 to $100) such as Haven Hostel (Thunder Bay only)

Homestay Program (English Language Students only)


A Lakehead student has her photo taken with her Homestay family around the dinner table

Homestay is a great way to practice English and learn Canadian culture. By living with a Canadian family, students can improve conversational English skills in daily life, participate in family activities and have a better understanding of Canadian customs and culture. Students will enjoy a home away from home.

Student Homestay Application Form

Prospective Homestay Host Families

Cost Estimator

These are estimated costs for one academic year of full-time study: September - April for undergraduate programs; September - August for graduate programs. Questions or concerns regarding Student Fees and Payments can be directed to Accounts Receivable

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