Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland college campuses to triple student housing

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Published June 28, 2023 at 12:28 pm

Move-In Weekend is one of the highlights for Brock University students. Within the next four years, Niagara College will add another housing for another 1,000 students so that the annual ritual will become more commonplace on its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, as well.

Niagara College is looking to more than triple its on-campus housing over the next four years.

For a college that draws such a diverse international group of students, the multi-award-winning institution has one serious shortfall.

At the moment, the Welland Campus only has on-campus residences for 228 students while the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake just has space for 200 students.

That is about to change as over the next four years, the school is building new living spaces for roughly 1,000 students at its two campuses.

It’s all part of the college’s newly adopted master plan that will see the expansion of on-campus housing, as well as renovations and improvements of existing on-campus residences over the next decade.

“As more and more students from across Ontario and around the world are drawn to Niagara College, we recognize the need to expand capacity and options for on-campus living,” said Niagara College President Sean Kennedy.

“Our plans support the key priorities in our Strategic Plan and reflect our enrolment growth and the evolving needs and expectations of our students. We also know that a significant expansion of on-campus housing for our students will help to address the urgent need for affordable housing across Niagara.”

Kennedy added the college is hoping to break ground on new residences at the Welland Campus and Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the new year.

“Our timelines are aggressive and reflect the urgent need for more housing for students and the broader community,” said Kennedy.

“We also remain committed to working with private and public partners in Niagara to explore additional housing solutions.”

Niagara College currently has a full-time enrolment of more than 10,000 students from over 95 countries.

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