One of the most important things you will need when studying at NAIT is a place to live.
While we do not provide on-campus housing, you have the opportunity to live in residences at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University for the academic year. With your NAIT U-Pass, these are just a quick train ride away.
Both university campus residences will provide you with resources including
- in-residence recreation, fitness and study facilities
- access to laundry facilities
- residence support services
- community activities and programming
- free wireless internet
- on-campus dining and grocery options
For more information about these housing options and how to apply for them, visit the appropriate university page below. Space is limited and fills up fast, so apply today!
University of Alberta Residence MacEwan University Residence
Other housing options
Not interested or able to live in campus housing? No problem! There are many apartments and houses available for rent around the city. Please note that these options are not endorsed or reviewed by NAIT.
What to consider
Finding your own housing can be challenging, but you can make it much easier by considering the following:
- Lease: You can usually sign a monthly or a yearly lease. Sometimes the yearly lease gives you a better deal; however, you cannot break the lease, which limits your ability to move if you decide you are not happy with your accommodation.
- Utilities: Ask if the rent includes utilities (heat, water, power and cable). If not, check how much utilities cost per month. In Alberta, heating costs are quite high, especially in older houses and in the winter months.
- Laundry: Find out if there are laundry facilities in the building or nearby.
- Bus/LRT Connections: Check out the bus/LRT connections to NAIT. How long will it take? Where is the nearest bus stop?
- Security: Check that the building is secure enough for you to feel safe. Many apartments have security systems on the main door, allowing only residents to enter the building.
- Shared Accommodation: Sharing rent and utility costs with others can be considerably cheaper than living on your own. If you decide to share, remember that the person who signs the lease or rental agreement and utilities is responsible for the payments. In order to avoid disputes, you should discuss with your roommate how you will share expenses before you move in.
- Read and understand the Tenant Rights and Responsibilities under the Government of Alberta's Landlord and Tenant section.
Transit and walking distance
Edmonton has long city blocks, but is well-connected with the Edmonton Transit System. A transit pass (called the U-Pass) is included in your student fees, and you can access the whole system--buses and trains. We recommend that you try to find a place to live that is close to a bus stop or train (LRT) station, or within walking distance to NAIT.
Looking for more information? Check out the pre-arrival "Health and Housing" webinar