Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about applying and arriving
How can I pay for my housing?
- The best way to pay today and always is online. Just set up Selkirk College as a vendor on your bank account. With your student number, you can pay your fees similar to a phone bill or power bill.
- Pay in person at any of our campus cashiers with cash, cheque, money order, debit, Visa or MasterCard.
Cashiers can be reached in Nelson at 250.354.3244 or in Castlegar at 250.365.1297.
When is the earliest I can apply?
Today! We will accept your application as soon as you are ready to apply.
When is it too late to apply?
It is never too late to apply. We accept applications year-round if space is available.
Can I apply to housing if I have not been acceptance into a program yet?
Yes, you have until July 15 to cancel your housing space without penalty.
Are the deposits refundable?
Yes, until July 15.
When should I arrive?
We are encouraging students to book their arrival in the week before classes begin. Click here to book....
What is the cost to move in early?
$25.00 per night up to August 31st. No additional charge from September 1st. Arrival dates must be arranged with the Housing Coordinator in advance.
Questions that come up every year...
How big are the rooms?
- Kekuli House: approximately 130 sq ft.
- Tenth Street House: bedrooms are from 100 to 140 sq ft.
Can I see pictures?
Is there a common kitchen?
In both the Kekuli House and the Tenth Street Student Housing there are larger kitchen spaces available for use. This space is meant for all to access and as such should be kept clean at all times. All items found in the kitchen should be returned to their rightful place after use.
What should I bring?
Check out this handy list we put together: What to Bring.
Are there other costs I should budget for?
Taxi from Castlegar Airport: Castlegar campus is around $10. Nelson Tenth Street campus is $110-$140. Public Transport: BC Transit buses serve all campuses. Bus passes are available in our Bookstore; $45/month, $125/semester. Winter Stay-over: To stay over the Winter break, there is an additional cost of $250. You must apply beforehand. Wi-Fi: Selkirk Housing is equipped with Wi-Fi, although some students open their own accounts for enhanced service. $45-$100 month.
Do I need renter's insurance?
It is recommended. However as a single student living on campus generally your parents’ home insurance will cover your contents. Please confirm with your insurance company.
Questions that come up once you are living with us....
How do I cancel my Student Housing contract?
Who do I call if I am locked out?
Between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays go to the Student Housing Office, any other time, see the Housing Advisor on duty.
What is my address for postal/parcel delivery?
What do I do if I need something fixed in my room?
Please do not attempt to repair items in your room yourself. It may result in an addition cost to you. Work orders can be placed by going to the Student Housing office and reporting the problem – a Housing Advisor can also submit a work order as well.
What do I do if I lose my keys?
What can I do if I do not get along with my roommates?
If you are having roommate problems the line of actions is as follows:
1. Consult your roommate contract (see Housing Agreement for guidelines).
2. See your Housing Advisor and ask for mediation.
3. If the issue cannot be resolved, then the Housing Advisor will advise the Housing Coordinator who will assist with the resolution.
Explore all the possibilities before you move. It may be a simple problem that can be solved with some outside help. One tip, don’t let problems go too long before you deal with them. If the issue cannot be resolved at all, then a room change may be requested through the Student Housing Office. A Request to Move Rooms must be completed at the Student Housing Office and a $100.00 processing fee applies. Room changes are not permitted during the Room Freeze period (the first two weeks or the last 2 weeks of the Term).
How do I receive parcels?
We will place a parcel card in your mailbox when you get a parcel. You can then pick up the parcel from the Student Housing Office. If you are tracking a parcel please allow for a minimum of 24 hours for us to receive the parcel from Shipping and Receiving.
Can I bring candles and incense?
Candles and incense are not allowed in Campus Housing. The danger of open flame contributes toward potential fire and can cause damage to furniture and flooring coverings.
Can I have an overnight guest?
Yes, but talk to your roommate(s), your Housing Advisor, and the Student Housing Office. You need permission from all of them. No guests are allowed to stay during the first two weeks or the last two weeks of the semester.
Guests are permitted to visit on a two consecutive day stopover, with a maximum of four days a month. Host must register intent to have short-term guest with a signed Guest Permission Form from your Housing Advisor or the Student Housing Office at least 5 days prior to the guest arriving. Long-term stays (three days or more) are not permitted without the direct approval of the Student Housing Manager.
What are the cafeteria hours?
Find out more about what food services are offered at Selkirk College and our cafeteria hours.
Can I have alcohol in my room?
Yes, unless you are a minor (under the age of 19). Alcohol cannot be consumed anywhere else in Student Housing or Selkirk College property.
Can I have an additional fridge in my room?
Personal fridges and small appliances are not permitted in Student Housing rooms, as the increased power requirement may overload our electrical system.
Where can I buy a bus pass?
You can purchase city bus passes in the Campus Book store.
When will I know if I am accepted into Student Housing for next year?
Where can I get a parking pass?
All residents who would like parking must apply for a decal. Decals will be distributed when you check in to Student Housing. Parking Application
What size of sheets should I buy?
Castlegar - All the beds in Student Housing are a standard size twin bed.
Tenth Street - The beds are extra long.
For additional information about suggestions please see What to Bring.
What do I do if I wish to change rooms?
There are no room changes in Student Housing during the first two weeks and last two weeks of each term. Outside of those times, fill out a Request to Move Rooms form for Castlegar or Nelson, and submit to the housing office. The cost for a room change is $100.
Can I stay over the Winter break?
During the Winter term break, Student Housing and all services on campus are closed. If you will to apply to stay in the dorms during that time you may do so by filling out a Request for Winter Break Form for Castlegar or Nelson and pay $250. This does not assure a space, final approval is at the discretion of the Housing Manager.