British Columbia Institute of Technology

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BCIT is a polytechnic institution delivering applied, hands on learning opportunities and job ready skills. BCIT provides students with a challenging post-secondary learning environment offering over 400 programs in business, computing, construction, electrical and electronics, engineering, health sciences, manufacturing, industrial processing, and transportation. BCIT grants certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and advanced studies diplomas.

Areas of Expertise

BCIT specializes in five major subject areas: Business and Media; Computing and Information Technology; Engineering, Applied and Natural Sciences; Health Sciences; and Trades, Vocational and Apprenticeship.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:336 bedsLowest: $425Highest: $540

Maquinna Residence is available for BCIT students enrolled in full-time day school diploma or degree programs and for apprentice trades training students enrolled in short stay programs. The residence is situated on campus, a short walk from classes, the Student Activity Centre, recreational facilities, and medical services. This residence accommodates 336 residents in seven low rise, split level houses. The houses consist of apartment blocks where 12 students live together sharing kitchen and cooking facilities, living/dining rooms, and washrooms and laundry facilities. Residents may choose all male, all female, or co-ed suites. Each house has a Residence Advisor who is there to help with counselling and advice in case of emergency, and to facilitate social events. Each resident has a carpeted private bedroom, comfortably furnished with a bed, dresser, mirror, two chairs, and a desk lamp. Ample closet space is provided. High speed wired and wireless Internet is included in the rent.

Off Campus Housing

BCIT offers a comprehensive online listing of off-campus accommodation available in the community. Students can view the listings for free at any time on the Web site.

Incoming Students

Information sessions are a great way to learn more about a program and to get your questions answered by faculty and staff. Attend an info session and determine if the program you're considering is the right one for you! Visit the website for information.

Career Planning

Interactive career planning resources are available online to students.


BCIT offers a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities designed to appeal to most students and staff. These include four racquetball/handball and wallyball courts, two squash courts, and an excellent gymnasium accommodating eight badminton, two basketball, or three volleyball courts. The Fit Pit includes a full selection of weight machines and free weights, computerized cardio equipment, and various fitness classes. Four tennis courts, sports field, and fitness trail, as well as a 396 metre track offer excellent outdoor recreation. Complete shower facilities, and change and locker rooms for both men and women are available.


The BCIT Student Association is made up of a group of talented students and staff who are dedicated to serving the BCIT student body to make the year as enjoyable as possible. The BCIT Student Association is governed by students, and is dedicated to serving you through effective representation and communication.

Information Technology

BCIT’s IT Services, and the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) are working in a joint partnership arrangement to lead the TEK Initiative. The TEK (Technology Enabled Knowledge) Initiative is a five year undertaking to enhance teaching and learning at BCIT through the strategic use of technology. It is the umbrella term for an array of integrated projects that will place new and existing technologies in the hands of our teachers and students, and provide them with the support and training to use them effectively. Through the development of online communities supported by the TEK Initiative, we will bring students, teachers, administrators, and employers closer together, and engage them in compelling interactions and learning experiences.


CFML (student radio), The Link (student newspaper), and BCIT Magazine (broadcast on cable and the Knowledge Network).

Special Services

The Disability Resource Centre offers a range of support services for students with disabilities. We will assist students in identifying abilities, vocational interests, and work values. Current labour market information is also available along with an opportunity to explore disability issues related to the workplace. For a full description of the services offered, please visit the website. Aboriginal Services offers a wide range of regular support services, which respect First Nations cultural diversity, and provide First Nations students with opportunities to adapt to BCIT's environment and enhance learning experiences.

International Involvement

The International Student Centre provides support to international students at BCIT. Get help investigating programs, advice on applications and study permits, and assistance with medical insurance, homestay, and airport reception. Visit the Web site for details.

Campus Tour

Visit the Web site to register for a tour of our Burnaby Campus.


Alumni Association, Student Association, Instant Teller Machine, BCIT Bookstore, bus services, cafeterias, travel agent, insurance, and much more.

Modified on August 23, 2021