Short-term accommodations

When you arrive in Calgary, you may need to arrange a short-term place to stay if you arrive early  or to give you time to find a long-term off-campus rental.

Arranging short-term housing

We strongly recommend that you initially plan to stay somewhere short-term. That way you can avoid agreeing to a long-term rental without first meeting the landlord, visiting and inspecting the property, and testing out commute options from the property to UCalgary's campus.

Considering your options for temporary housing

There are a few options for temporary housing, depending on factors such as your budget, convenience/distance to campus or the airport, and comfort level with sharing spaces (private or shared accommodation). We recommend you reserve a temporary accommodation before you arrive in Calgary, as there can be high volume at start of fall term (from late August to early September). Some options include:

  • staying with family or friends
  • AirBnB rental
  • hostels near campus
  • International House (formerly Hotel Alma) is available for short-term rentals from
    mid-May to mid-August annually.
  • hotels near campus

Important notes

Age restrictions

Before you make a reservation, confirm if there is an age restriction for check-in. Some hotels and AirBnBs require that you're 18 years or older to check-in.

Student discounts

Ask about any special student rates and what identification or proof you may need to bring with you (such as an enrolment verification letter or your UCID card).


Hostels can be a cheap option for shared dorm style accommodation. While they're not located close to campus, both of the hostels below are easily accessible by public transit. You may need to bring a lock with you to keep your personal belongings safe. Check the hostel websites for details and rates.

Hostelling International HI Calgary City Centre

Visit Hostelling International HI Calgary City Centre's website

Hotels near campus

These hotel options are located near 16 Avenue NW, which is close to UCalgary, the Banff Trail CTrain station, and restaurants. Single room rates range from $50-200 CAD per night, depending on the time of year.

Aloft Calgary University

  • 2359 Banff Traill NW
  • Phone: 403.289.1973

Visit Aloft Calgary University's website

Best Western Village Park Inn

  • 1804 Crowchild Trail NW
  • Phone: 403.289.0241
  • Toll free phone: 1.888.774.7716

Comfort Inn

  • 2369 Banff Trail NW 
  • Phone: 403.289.2581 
  • Toll free phone: 1.866.789.2581

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Calgary University

  • 2231 Banff Trail NW
  • Phone: 403.289.9800
  • Toll free phone: 1.888.432.6777

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary NW - University Area

  • 2373 Banff Trail NW
  • Toll free phone: 1.877.660.8550
  • UCalgary student discount: learn more

International House

On-campus hotel

*International House is currently closed will re-open for Spring 2023*

This is a convenient option, since the hotel is located on the University of Calgary main campus.

169 University Gate NW (on-campus, free breakfast offered, attached to the dining center)
Telephone: (403) 220-3203
Toll Free: 1-877-498-3203

Check room rates


For Fall 2022, UCalgary's English Language Program is extending their homestay program to a limited number of degree-seeking international students. Contact ISS team to inquire about this arrangement and availability. 

Where can I look for other homestay options? 

The following websites offer homestay services: