Additional student housing for Okanagan College opens today

This is the first on-campus student accommodation to be added in over 30 years.

Student housing on the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College is expected to more than double as construction begins this afternoon.

A development permit application for the proposed student housing was submitted in April to Kelowna City Council.

On May 30, Council voted in favor of the staff recommendation for the six-story, 216-unit building located on KLO Road near the existing Skaha Residence.

This is just one of three student housing projects set to come to fruition in the Okanagan as the province invests $66.5 million in housing.

Construction will begin later this year on the first on-campus student housing for the college’s Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses.

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<p dir=“Having stable and affordable housing is critical to learner success,” said Neil Fassina, President of Okanagan College.

“Adding housing to three Okanagan College campuses will support more inclusive and equitable access to education that will transform the lives of students.

The new housing will increase on-campus accommodation in Kelowna by 216 beds for a total of 360 beds in addition to 100 beds in Vernon and 60 beds in Salmon Arm.

“For the past two years, living in student housing has helped me exceed my academic expectations by creating a sense of belonging that I didn’t know I needed,” said Okanagan campus student Connor McGuinness. College in Kelowna.

“The unwavering support I received from my fellow citizens and from the student accommodation staff gave me the confidence to tackle the many challenges that came my way.”

Construction of the Kelowna buildings is expected to be completed in the winter of 2023.

The Vernon project is scheduled to start later this summer and end in early 2024, while the Salmon Arm project is scheduled to start in the fall of 2022 and end in the spring of 2024.

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