The search for a place to live should begin early as housing can be more difficult to find toward the end of the summer. Students who arrive in late August often face a limited choice and higher costs. We strongly encourage all students to search for housing early and even consider taking up residence a week or two prior to classes starting so you have some time to settle before classes begin.
Housing options include:
- Some private landlords list their suites/rooms/room and boards with us. Assiniboine Community College does not endorse or supervise any of the listings. To receive a copy, contact Student Services at 204.725.8723 or email email@example.com.
- Brandon University welcomes single students in modern residences located three kilometres from our Victoria Avenue East campus, with easy access to bus services. For details, call 204.727.7394, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit brandonu.ca/residence.
- Both the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Housing Authority (204.729.3600) and the Brandon Friendship Centre Housing Referral Service (204.727.1407) have a limited amount of family housing available.
- Student Services maintains a list of houses, apartments, room and board and light-housekeeping rooms available. Email email@example.com to request a copy.
- You can also check listings in the Brandon Sun or online at ebrandon.ca or economicdevelopmentbrandon.com.
Parkland Campus students can also visit the City of Dauphin's website for resources including a rental housing list. The Dauphin Herald advertises housing, as does eBrandon and Kijiji. Additionally, students moving to Dauphin may also contact the Learning Strategist/Student Success Advisor at Parkland Campus for more information and assistance in securing housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204.622.2222 ext 6597.
IMPORTANT: Accommodations listed are not endorsed or supervised by Assiniboine, and students must make their own arrangements. Students are advised to inspect all accommodations before accepting them.
Transit and Parking
If you are driving to school, parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some campuses offer paid electrical and non-electrical sites, while others have free scramble parking lots (there is no available parking at the Adult Collegiate). For more information on parking and fees at all campuses, visit assiniboine.net/parking.
Transit and U-Pass
For students studying at campuses in Brandon, a free transit bus pass (U-Pass) is included in your student fees. This pass is available at the Students’ Association office at the Victoria Avenue East campus. For a complete schedule and transit routes, visit brandontransit.ca.
Under the ACCSA Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) system, all Assiniboine students attending Brandon campuses can board any Brandon Transit regular route bus at any time, using the SMART Card scanner system. Students wishing to access this service must acquire a microchip sticker with an embedded antenna. This sticker must be adhered to the student’s valid Assiniboine student card. Stickers are available at the Victoria Avenue East campus from the ACCSA Office (room 413), or the North Hill campus at the Len Evans Centre ACCSA Office (room P215).
Buses in Brandon
In Brandon, the college's Students' Association in partnership with Brandon Transit offers students a UPass. Students attending any Brandon campus are able to board Brandon Transit regular route bus at any time, at no cost. For a complete schedule and transit routes please visit www.brandontransit.ca.
If you're looking to carpool, eBrandon.ca has a carpooling classified section under their Community Ads.
Driving in Canada
Refer to the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) website for information about getting a driver's license. International students of most countries will be required to write and pass a knowledge test and road test. It is illegal to drive without a valid license. If you own a vehicle, you must also have insurance. Start here on the Manitoba Public Insurance website.
Please Note, for Agribusiness, Civil Technician, Horticultural Production, Land & Water Management, and Sustainable Food Systems programs you will need a driver's license by the end of your first year. Access to a vehicle will also be beneficial to you. A driver's license is not an admissions requirement at Assiniboine, but if you do not have one, you may not be able to graduate from the program.
In the practicum or co-op in these programs, most work opportunities will require you to drive to locations outside of the city bus service. If you do not have a driver's license, you may not be able to find a practicum/co-op placement, as required for graduation. Receiving a Manitoba driver's license can take several months for any new resident of Manitoba. If you do not have a driver’s license in your home country, it could take nine months or longer (which means you could not complete your practicum/co-op at the normally scheduled time).
City of Brandon
The City of Brandon offers a relocation guide which you may find useful if you're new to the city.
Brandon is a city of approximately 50,000 in southwestern Manitoba. The nearest large centre is Winnipeg (population 700,000), which is 200 km east on Highway 1.
Brandon offers two medium-sized shopping centres, a multi-screen cinema, and other services. Public transportation is available throughout the city, seven days a week. We think we have everything—but people coming from large cities may find it very quiet.
Medical care is readily available throughout the city.
Assiniboine Community College has a library and Brandon has a public library in the Town Centre Mall downtown. To obtain a library card, bring a piece of identification with your Brandon address when you visit the library.
Also at the Town Centre Mall (second floor) is the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. There is no entrance fee for this gallery. Check out Brandon Economic Development to find what concerts, exhibitions, movies, and theatre are happening around the city. Or, find out why Canadians are so passionate about their hockey, by going to a Brandon Wheat Kings game when they are playing at the Keystone Centre.
At the college's Victoria Avenue East campus, there is a games room open to all students. Thunderbird Bowl, the city’s only bowling alley is located at the south end of 18th Street and has 5- and 10-pin bowling. There are numerous places to get your exercise also. The college has its own small weight room at the Victoria Avenue East campus, and there are many gyms around the city. There are many parks and walking/biking paths that you will find around the city.
There are many places to worship all over the city of Brandon.
Helpful Brandon links
City of Dauphin
The college also has the Parkland Campus in Dauphin, Manitoba, a small city with approximately 10,000 people. Dauphin is approximately a two-hour drive from Brandon and a four-hour drive from Winnipeg.
Dauphin has doctors and a hospital, a small shopping mall, and food stores and restaurants.
Parkland Crossing reserves space for Parkland Campus students until September each year, and then the rooms are available to the general public. This is a small residence with single rooms and shared kitchen and bath. Each room contains a single bed, a small fridge, and dresser. Rooms range in price. The contact phone number is 204.638.3333. The address is 220 Whitmore Ave West. Parkland Crossing is approximately 3 km from the campus; there is no bus service between the two. Taxi cabs between Parkland Crossing and the campus cost about $8 one-way.
The other housing options would be to find a room or room with meals in a family’s private home or to find and furnish an apartment on your own. The campus is on the outer part of the city and therefore the walking distance from only some homes/apartments—it could be difficult to find a place to live and walk to college if you don’t have a car.