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You're eligible to live in long-stay accommodation at Maquinna Residence if you've been accepted into a full-time BCIT (full time, cohort based, day time programs only) lasting 16 weeks or longer. 

If you are eligible for residence, you can apply online now.

Residence accommodation is limited and not guaranteed. The Maquinna Residence long-stay operation is geared primarily to students in programs running from September to May, however vacancies may occur throughout the year for those students whose programs start at other points in the year.

Deadline to apply for the fall term (September) is June 1st to be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted to your program after June 1st you may still apply to live in residence, however you will be added to our waitlist. Once your application is received by the Housing Office, you will receive an email confirming the status of your application.

If you are having problems logging into the online application form or need to make changes to your application form, please contact the Housing Office with your BCIT student number and someone will assist you. Please only submit one application per person.

Maquinna residence

BCIT housing

Maquinna is situated on the Burnaby campus, just a short walk away from classes. It's home to 333 residents in seven low-rise, split-level houses. Each house consists of a townhouse-style block, where 12 students live together. Each resident has a private room with shared kitchen and cooking facilities, living/dining room, washrooms and laundry facilities. You may also choose to live in an all-female, all-male or co-ed unit.

Each bedroom is comfortably furnished with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, bookshelf, desk lamp and closet.

Each house has a Resident Advisor (RA), who is there to organize social events and activities, provide advice and counselling, and be on hand in case of emergency. The RA is your "go to" resource in residence.


Rent includes wired and wireless Internet at no extra cost. It does not include meals, as students are responsible for their own meals.

Off-campus housing

The Housing Office provides students with access to comprehensive listings of off-campus accommodation available in the community. The service is free for students. A listing of long-term off-campus accommodation (e.g. more than three to four months) is available online. Listings of short-term accommodations can be emailed, mailed or faxed on request.

BCIT does not assume any responsibility for agreements made between students and landlords.

Family housing

BCIT does not have residence accommodation for couples or families. The off-campus housing service includes listings appropriate for families.