Graduate Student Residence

The Graduate Student Residence will provide students with an inviting home and help build a community of scholars within its walls. Located northeast of the RJD Williams Building, Graduate House was designed with a significant amount of functional common space to support interaction and academic networking, including small social spaces on each floor to larger community spaces for more formal gatherings and events.

Graduate student enrolment was a priority in the First Integrated Plan (2002/03 to 2006/07) and the Second Integrated Plan (2008/09 to 2011/12). The results of this planned growth are an increase of 833 graduate students from 2008 to 2012. Housing has been identified as a key factor for 69% of graduate students when considering selection of a university (University & Colleges Admission Services Survey). In addition, 93% of UofS graduate students surveyed indicated that living nearby the university was important (ref:  UofS Survey, 10% of Graduate Students, 2009). The development of the Graduate Student Residence supports the retention and enrolment strategies related to graduate students.

The overall principles and basic concepts outlined in the requirements for development of the graduate student residence as part of a larger urban village concept (College Quarter) include the following:

  • Graduate student residence principles:
    • privacy for scholarly work and research;
    • social spaces for building community and academic networking;
    • close proximity to core of campus; 
    • diversity and flexibility in accommodations; and
    • professional adult environment. 
  • Benefits: enhance graduate recruitment efforts; enrich student experience; and foster global understanding.
  • Student Experience: excellence, diversity, professionalism, and engagement.
  • Connectivity with surrounding neighbourhood and College Quarter through the Greenway.

Living suites will be offered in a range of configurations to suit individual preferences and budgets. The suites will range from single-storey studio units to two-storey double units with light-filled double-height living areas. All units are designed to be efficient, unique, and affordable—great places to study and live.

The historical context of the adjacent RJD Williams Building was an important architectural consideration, but the new structure references this context in a contemporary manner. Both the scale and exterior finishes selected for the new five-storey building are designed to relate to the Williams Building. The warm red and dark brown brick exterior will be accented by limestone-coloured brick and a vibrant ochre-coloured cement board. Large areas of glazing will provide interior spaces with good natural light. Glazing on the ground floor will establish a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and will provide those outside with a view of activities within the building.

Environmental considerations were also of primary importance in the design of the graduate student residence. These considerations include not only the reduction of energy and water consumption, but also issues of social inclusion, active transportation, thermal comfort and control, and good indoor air quality. The building itself will set an example to teach the students who live in it about the values of responsible global citizenship. A well-designed “green” building can maximize human comfort and have a positive impact on health and well being —the essence of a good place to study and to call home.

Graduate House is currently under construction and will soon be home to 260 graduate students plus accommodations for a faculty in residence. This will bring available graduate student residence accommodation on campus to nearly 15%, supporting the University’s goal of increased graduate and international student enrollment.

Graduate students should be moving into their new home in 2013.