The Government of Nova Scotia announced it is building new student housing at four Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses to provide students with more affordable options and ease pressure on the local housing supply.

About 270 more beds in total will be built at the NSCC Cumberland campus in Springhill, Kingstec campus in Kentville, Lunenburg campus in Bridgewater and the Institute of Technology in Halifax. Combined with three other projects under construction now, these projects bring the total number of new NSCC student housing spaces announced since 2021 to 620.

“Taking action to deliver more housing options will help students study in their community of choice,” said Brian Wong, Minister of Advanced Education. “We are delighted to partner with NSCC to create hundreds more spaces for students on campus and open up more housing options in these communities. With more options available, students will choose to study, build a life and a career in communities all across Nova Scotia.”

The new facilities will be built on government-owned land at or near existing facilities at each campus. More information about each project, including cost and design, will be announced in the coming months as details are finalized.

“We’re so grateful for this substantial investment that will result in 270 new student housing spots at the college. The creation of four new NSCC student housing facilities – on top of the three units already under construction – will mean increased accessibility for applicants to the college and, in turn, help alleviate pressure on the community housing inventory in Springhill, Kentville, Bridgewater and Halifax,” said Don Bureaux, president, Nova Scotia Community College.

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The Cumberland and Lunenburg campuses are expected to have about 40 beds each, Kingstec will have about 90 beds and the Institute of Technology will have about 100 beds.

“Housing is an especially serious issue for students today. I am happy to see new student housing facilities coming to four NSCC campuses that will support the great need and alleviate the stress for future students who require affordable housing options to support them as they pursue their education,” said Eirik Larsen, President, Institute of Technology Campus Student Association.

There are about 2,250 students currently enrolled at these four campuses.

Construction is underway on student housing projects at NSCC’s Akerley and Ivany campuses in Dartmouth and the Pictou campus in Stellarton, which will include a total of 350 new spaces.

The new housing at the Akerley and Pictou campuses is expected to open in September 2024; Ivany’s is expected to open in September 2025

Featured image: (L to R) Don McCormack, principal, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Cumberland campus; George Laird, retired NSCC principal; Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables and MLA for Cumberland South; and Murray Scott, Mayor of the Municipality of Cumberland County, stand outside NSCC’s Cumberland campus in Springhill, one of four more NSCC campuses that will get additional student housing. (Communications Nova Scotia)

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