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Don’t Just Attend BU, Live it!

Residence is far more than just a room or suite on campus. It’s where your Bishop’s family starts, and where your Bishop’s Experience truly begins.

Choosing to live in residence means joining a community of people like you. It’s about making new friends and adapting to life on your own. Life in residence is a mix of late-night conversations, movie nights and study marathons. A tried-and-true recipe for lasting friendships. So, pack your bags and come create memories that last a lifetime!

Oh, and best of all, residence is guaranteed for first-year students who apply on time.

Find Your Fit: On Campus Living Options

BU offers some of the best residence accommodations in Canada! You get to pick from 7 different buildings. They all have common areas, communal kitchens available 24/7 (even if you have a meal plan), study spaces, and a room to really make your own. Oh, and if you already have a friend on campus or coming here with someone you know, you can apply to be roommates!

Start by choosing the style of room that suits you.


Your very own space with a shared bathroom for you and your bogmate. Perfect for those independent Gaiters who want to make a space their own.


A university classic. A room to yourself or shared with one other person. Great for getting into the university experience and for those looking to make connections right away.

Suite Style

Apartment style suite for up to four people! Bring your friends or meet new ones when you arrive. Each suite has a kitchen and dining room space, perfect for those who love home cooking.

Residence Halls

Check out our seven Residence buildings below.

Paterson Hall                                                     
Hodder Hall
Norton & Pollack     

Feed your Inner Gaiter

Oh, and the food. Did we mention Dewies? Our meal plans are unlimited, meaning you can eat as many times per day as you’d like. Meal plans are required for most residences, except for those living in suite style rooms with kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available!

In addition to Dewies, there are several other places on campus to grab a bite, whether you want to sit down or take something to go; the Library Café, the Bus Stop Café, and of course a Tim Hortons located in the Sports Complex, as well as the newest addition, The Purple Pod, a cafeteria style hang-out area that’s great for studying or meeting up with friends between classes and has a daily menu along with classics.

Residence Life

Once you are settled, the fun is just getting started. There is a team at Bishop’s dedicated to making your time living on campus as memorable and comfortable as possible. Their mission is ‘to develop a residence life atmosphere conducive to personal and educational growth, and respect for oneself and others’.

If you are interested in getting involved by joining a committee or even becoming a resident assistant (R.A), check out the residence life page for more info!

Lennoxville, Sherbrooke and the Surrounding Area

Choosing Bishop’s means that you will be living in one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Our campus is located in the Eastern Townships of Québec, in the quaint bilingual town of Lennoxville. Venture deeper into the city of Sherbrooke (10-minute drive from campus), known for its cultural diversity and plentiful entertainment options. There are lots of things to do in the Eastern Townships and surrounding area. If you love the outdoors, you’ll be happy to know there’s not only hiking trails connecting to the campus but a golf course too. The city isn’t far either, with Montreal being only 1.5 hours away and the US Border only 30 minutes.

Fun Facts

  • Ranked the best city to study in Canada 2021 – Hellosafe.ca
  • Sherbrooke is ranked as one of the top 5 university cities in Canada
  • “One of the most beautiful campuses in Canada” – Huffington Post
  • “Eastern Townships, one of the most beautiful regions in Canada” – National Geographic Traveler magazine
  • Eastern Townships ranked on New York Times’ top 52 Global Destinations 2023

10 Things to Know About Living on Campus

How far will my classes be from residence?

It’s only a 5 min walk from the residence buildings to your classes.

Do I have to get a meal plan?

If you stay in the Patterson suite-style residence (or off-campus), you do not have to get a Meal plan.

Can I bring my car to campus?

Yes! Just buy a parking pass for the semester or year on the HotSpot App or website and fill in your car info.

Can I have a guest visit or stay overnight in my residence room?

Yes! Residence can even provide an extra mattress for them. Whether it’s another BU student, or a friend from out of town, you are welcome to have them over. Just let the staff or your RA know for how long.

Do I have to live on campus in my first year?

We suggest it since it enhances your university experience, but of course you are free to find your own accommodations off campus. We’ll even provide some helpful resources of off campus housing!

Are there health services on campus?

We have you covered! There’s a Health Clinic on campus if you need to see a doctor or nurse, a Sports Medicine Clinic for injuries, massage, physiotherapy, etc., and a Mental Health Services Clinic as well that even takes walk-in appointments.

Can I bring/keep a bicycle somewhere on campus?

Yes! Our residence buildings have bike racks and storage inside where you can keep a bicycle, snowboards, skiis or other equipment.

How easy is it to use the public transportation system?

We have a bus stop right here on campus and you can buy your bus pass at our very own bookstore (The Doolittle’s Co-op) and refill trips on it there too.

Can I be an RA (Residence Assistant) my first year?

No, but starting your second year onwards you can, or you can join the Residence Committee. Find out more on the Residence Life Program web page.

Ready to Move?

Apply now for access to the complete Bishop’s experience! We can’t wait to welcome you!