Kitchen in Summit apartment, Kamloops BC

10 Benefits of Off-Campus Living for Thompson Rivers University Students

If you are a TRU student (or soon will be this fall), you may have considered applying for a Thompson Rivers University residence on campus. Although TRU housing is suitable for many students, it’s not for everyone, and there are benefits to living in off-campus housing. Summit Village Residences in Kamloops offers TRU student housing options for singles or roommates, in a new building with modern in-suite amenities, and only a short bus trip, drive, or walk to campus.

Following are 10 benefits of off-campus housing for Thompson Rivers University students.

  1. More space, more options
    TRU housing is great for many, although sizes are limited to small rooms (8″x12″ or 9″x12″) located in a quad with a shared bathroom. At Summit Village Residences, you can apply to lease a studio, studio + study, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom + den, or 2-bedroom apartment with plenty of space, in-suite laundry and your own parking spot. See our Kamloops apartment sizes and configurations.
  2. Choose your roommates
    You may be able to choose your roommates at TRU, but there are no guarantees. The later you apply for TRU housing, the less the chances you can pick your quad-mates. When you lease at Summit Village Residences, who you live with is entirely up to you!
  3. Privacy
    Communal student living works for some TRU students, but if you are the kind of person who wants privacy, Summit Village might be a better option for you. Our off-campus housing offers Thompson Rivers University students more privacy in a suite of your own.
  4. Fewer distractions
    Some students thrive in the hustle and bustle of TRU quad living. Other students require distraction-free living and studying. If you belong to the latter group, TRU off-campus housing may be more suitable for you.
  5. In-suite laundry
    Laundry is a word that makes many students cringe — mostly because it means lugging your clothing to a laundry facility and waiting for hours for it to be washed and dried. Each of our apartments is equipped with its own in-suite laundry with stacked washer and dryer.
  6. Parking, storage and building fitness facility
    Each of our apartments comes with its own parking spot and personal storage locker. The building’s shared amenities include a fitness room and covered barbecue area.
  7. Close to TRU
    Summit Village Residences is located close to TRU.Here’s how long it takes to get to TRU from our suites:Car: 5 minutes.
    Bus: 8 minutes.
    Cycling: 9 minutes.
    Walking: 27 minutes.

Check out Google Maps for approximate travel times and directions.

  1. Close to food and shopping
    Summit Plaza and Columbia Square are neighbouring malls just up the street. You’ll find organic foods and groceries, restaurants and a bistro, that give you many options for stocking up the fridge, a quick healthy lunch or a dinner out.
  2. Neighbourhood medical clinic, dental clinic, and pharmacy
    In Summit Plaza, you’ll find Summit Medical Clinic (a walk-in clinic) and just two doors from the clinic you’ll find Summit Dental Clinic. Need to fill a prescription? No problem. Glover’s Pharmacy is also located in the mall.
  3. Close to entertainment
    Whether you want to take in a movie, enjoy a drink with friends, or listen to live music, Summit Village Residences is located close to local entertainment.


Thompson Rivers University student housing is an excellent choice if you enjoy communal living amongst fellow students, but it’s not for everyone. Summit Village Residences offers a new alternative to students who prefer the privacy, quiet and convenience of TRU off-campus housing, without sacrificing convenience and close proximity to the campus.

Join our 1-bedroom or studio waitlist, or, apply for a 2-bedroom apartment today!