Thompson Rivers University

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At Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

For 50 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that comes to us — from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. Nearly 30,000 students study on our campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning.

From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Our students apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open, flexible learning environment. And so do our students.

Areas of Expertise

TRU offers an outstanding range of programs, from trades to traditional academics, certificates to bachelor and graduate degrees. Our faculties and schools provide academic and professional career paths, interdisciplinary options, and opportunities like co-op and undergraduate research to enrich learning. Our students have more ways to learn, with face-to-face, distance and online or blended learning options. A variety of services support students to achieve excellence.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:1,170 bedsLowest: $5,310Highest: $8,900

Our beautiful Kamloops campus offers a one-of-a-kind university community in the heart of the city, a place to live, work, learn and play. Living on campus means being minutes away from your classes, enjoying easy access to campus and nearby city recreational facilities and belonging to an active community of students from across Canada and around the world. Do keep in mind that an application for campus housing is separate from an application to a TRU program.

There are five main options, the North Tower, McGill Residence, East Village, Westgate Dormitories and Coyote Den .

For more information, visit the TRU Housing website.

Off Campus Housing

For more information about off-campus housing, please visit the TRU Off-campus Housing website.

Incoming Students

Prospective students should connect with a Future Student Advisor in the Future Students Office to learn more about their program interests, admission requirements, the application process, and the next steps. They can Book an Appointment, submit a request for information through our 'Ask Us a Question' form, or use our chat to talk with a Future Student Advisor live from Monday-Friday 9-4 PT.

First year university students should contact an Academic Advisor prior to registration. They can do this on the Academic Advising page. Advisors are available by e-mail and telephone, as well as in person.

Full details regarding Student Services can be found on the TRU student page.

Career Planning

Get the skills, documents and confidence you need to succeed. We help you build resumes, cover letters and portfolios, and provide free one-on-one counselling. We got you covered on the basics, career assessment tools, and advanced career planning.

Learn more on the Career and Experiential Learning website.


Compete against top-level athletes from across Canada while studying at a university dedicated to academic excellence.

We offer an intercollegiate program that gives you a chance to compete against athletes from other Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Our campus offers easy access to world-class skiing, mountain biking, hiking and water sports.

WolfPack basketball and volleyball teams play in the state-of-the-art Tournament Capital Centre, with a seating capacity of 2,200. Soccer teams play at Hillside Stadium, an artificial turf field with seating for 1,060 people. All athletes can use TCC workout rooms, indoor track and swimming pool.

TRU competes in the Canada West conference in men's and women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country and swimming. The WolfPack have a baseball team and competitive cheerleading.

If you want to try out for a team, contact the coach for that sport. To be eligible, you must be registered in a at least nine credits per semester or equivalent.


Throughout the year, TRU Recreation organizes and implements a variety of special events, Intramural sports, and fitness classes for the university community. Many activities are free, while others require a minimal fee. It is our mission to strengthen the bonds that make us a tight-knit university community, so grab your friends, roommates, instructors, even the random person sitting next to you in class, and get in the game!


TRUSU Clubs enhance the quality of campus life and contribute positively to the educational experience for students at Thompson Rivers University. Clubs are a great way to get involved, meet, and get to know other students.

Clubs are organized around a common discipline of study, an interest, a hobby, a culture, religion, or a political belief. You are also able to start your own if you can't find one that suits your interests!

For more information regarding student clubs and associations on campus, please visit the TRUSU Clubs Resource Centre.

Information Technology

The IT Service Desk is your first point of contact to report or ask questions related to TRU technology. The Service Desk team provides customer-focused service with a goal of first call resolution regardless of the method of contact; phone, email or in-person. Our IT Services website offers support information related to campus computer accounts, email, computer labs/classrooms, printing, wireless, Blackboard and Moodle, training and tutorial guides, software available for TRU students and employees, and more.

Computer lab support staff are available to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff by providing computer lab information, assistance and technical support for computer equipment and software utilized in the labs and classrooms on campus.


Campus facilities include an art gallery as part of the fine arts program and the outdoor sculpture garden. The Alumni Theatre hosts lecture and concert series throughout the year and the Actors Workshop Theatre hosts fall and winter productions of the theatre program. The Campus Activity Centre hosts many campus and community events, including the annual international and First Nations awareness days. The International Centre and 'The Gathering Place' Aboriginal Students Centre are also important additions to campus.

Special Services

TRU provides a plethora of learning supports in Accessibility Services, Student Success Courses, Supplemental Learning, Writing Centre, Math Help Centre, and School of Business & Economics Help Centre. PACE: The Pack Academic Edge sets out to give student athletes the opportunity to connect with one another. There are also Library Services and Study Spaces available. Last but not least, we also have an Assessment Centre, Counselling Department and Cariboo Child Care on campus.

Campus Tour

Visitors to our campus are always welcome. We provide prospective students, applicants and their families and friends, high school counsellors and teachers, and anyone else interested in post-secondary education with a friendly introduction to the university. To book a tour or read more about what a campus tour entails please check out our Campus Tours webpage or call 250-828-5006.


The clinic is available to all registered students, staff and faculty of TRU.

We provide a full range of medical services, provides vaccinations as required by various programs and organizes annual flu clinics in conjunction with other departments and community organizations.

Three physicians fill the full-time position on a rotating basis. Clinic staff also includes a medical office assistant.

Modified on April 18, 2024