Students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will have more access to affordable on-campus housing, including housing for students with families, as part of the British Columbia government’s 30-point housing plan.

Premier John Horgan has said that “We’re opening the door to opportunity, by helping people find an affordable place to call home, while they pursue their studies”. “Building student housing will help young people, families and people from neighbouring communities access post-secondary education and skills training.

“At the same time, this investment will ease pressure on the off-campus rental market, creating more housing options for Kamloops residents.”The $37-million student-housing project is adjacent to TRU campus, and will create 533 additional homes for students.

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training said that “Students throughout the province have told our government the lack of affordable housing has stood in the way of their education and aspirations.

“In this year’s budget, we committed to fixing this problem. The additional housing for students at TRU is the first of thousands of student homes we’re going to be adding on campuses around the province. With more student housing, TRU will continue to be an education destination of choice.”

With the support of the Province, TRU is buying Upper College Heights, a six-building private rental complex with 391 student homes. Housing on the site will be expanded, creating an additional 142 student homes, including the first homes designed for students with families. The purchase includes an additional 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres) that can be used for creating more student housing in the future.

“When students have access to homes they can afford, they can focus on their studies, without the stress of trying to find a suitable place to live,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “At the end of the day, the benefits of this investment will be felt by the entire community. More on-campus spaces for students will increase the availability of rental housing in the wider community, and that will help improve the affordability of rental housing for everyone in Kamloops.”