Student Accommodation

Living on campus is more than just a convenient place to stay. Whether it's your first time away from home, or if you're a returning resident, you will find that living on campus provides a safe environment that promotes academic success and provides plenty of social, recreational, and educational learning opportunities.

You must be formally accepted into a Portage College program before your housing application will be processed. Send in your housing application along with your application to attend Portage College. Once you are accepted you will receive a letter of confirmation from Student Housing.

Student Application for Accommodation Form

Housing Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 780-623-5573
Toll Free: 1-866-623-5551 ext. 5573
Fax: 780-623-5725
Email: Email housing

The Student Housing Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for housing at the same time as you apply for your college program. Once you are formally accepted into your program your accommodation application will be processed.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Family applicants must also include rental references. Upon review of applications, family applicants will be contacted through email or by phone to determine eligibility.

Download this Application for Accommodation Form. Save it to your device, answer all the questions re-save it then send it to the Housing office.


Fax: 780-623-5725

Housing Office
Portage College
Box 417
Lac La Biche, AB  T0A 2C0

If you have any questions please call us toll free: 1-866-623-5551 Ext. 5573

A security deposit is required for all accommodation applications.

The security deposit will be returned to you less any charges owing after you move out. You will be required to fill out a Housing Check-In/Checkout Inspection Report upon arrival to the Residence. This form will be held on file for the duration of your stay with us; once you have moved out, we will compare your room inspection form to the current state of your room.

Once you are formally accepted into a college program your housing application will be processed. We will send you a letter of confirmation.

Full term students staying in Student Housing for more than 12 weeks may pay their housing account on a monthly basis, one month in advance.

Short term students staying in Housing for less than 12 weeks will normally be required to pay their full housing account upon check-in, or at their program registration. Alternative payment arrangements may be considered in exceptional circumstances, such as sponsorship or funding criteria.

Rent is charged from the day you move in until the day you return your keys (on a pro-rated basis). Monthly rent is normally paid in advance.

Payment Options

No pets are allowed in either the Town Houses or the Residence Hall. Having a pet inside your residence will cause fines and cleaning fee. Fine will increase for each occurrence ($50, $100, $200), and the cleaning fee will be assessed by the Housing staff.

If you find a cat or dog that looks homeless or needs help, please notify the Housing Office.

Illegal Substances and Drugs
Students are prohibited from possessing, using, or trafficking drugs in residence which are in contravention of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act. And also, the misuse and abuse of prescription drug is prohibited.

Weapons and replica weapons (e.g., air guns, swords, hunting knives, sling shot, archery equipment, etc.) are not permitted in residence. Ceremonial dagger or cultural art works may be permitted through Student and College Services and Campus Security. Use of any object in a threatening or aggressive manner can be considered as wielding a weapon and may result in eviction and referral to the police.

The Head of Campus Security oversees security on all campuses, and works closely with the Housing Office and the Counselling Services.

The role of Campus Security is to provide a safe and secure learning and living environment here at Portage College. The staff interacts with students casually on a regular basis. They are a part of the frontline staff, and are available to help students, as well as connect them to other departments. Campus Security works to keep the College safe by monitoring the grounds and facilities, ensuring that only authorized people are on campus during evenings and weekends, reminding people of the Student Housing Community Standards when appropriate, and intervening to keep the peace if necessary.

The College has a close working relationship with the RCMP detachment. When situations require it, Campus Security will request RCMP intervention. It is in the best interests of everyone involved to cooperate with Campus Security, and other College staff. If a student fails to comply with the Student Housing Community Standards, the College reserves the right to terminate the housing contract. If this occurs the student will need to find housing elsewhere.

All College parking is free of charge at the Lac La Biche and St. Paul campuses.

In Lac La Biche, the only reserved parking spaces are in front of the Town Houses (Units). For students staying in the Residence Hall (Dorms) there is a separate parking lot on the East side of the building by the main entrance.

Lac La Biche Residence Hall
There is a laundromat on the 2nd floor of the main building. It’s just off the stairwell by Student and College Services. The machines run on quarters, you will need to bring your own laundry products.

Lac La Biche Town House
All town houses have a washer and dryer in the basement.

St. Paul
A common laundry room is located on the 1st floor.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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