International House

Students living in I-House love to celebrate community by sharing food, experiences, and stories about themselves and their culture. Residents contribute to the Global Education program by planning events for their community, learning from each other and participating on the I-House Council.

I-House is composed of residents from around the world and from right here in Canada who are excited to live in this purpose-built community. They are mature and like working together - whether just to make dinner or executing large-scale events for the entire international campus community. Learn more about the Global Education Program in I-House.

Who lives here

Upper year undergraduate and graduate students from Canada and around the world. I-House is 1/3 Canadian students and 2/3 international students from 40+ different countries (maximum 12 students per country)

Unit types

Furnished, single dormitory style rooms with private washrooms.
Floor Plan | 360° Panorama

Lease types

8 and 4 month contracts

Who can apply

Residents must demonstrate their commitment to global learning and building a welcoming community at I-House. New residents are selected competitively based on their responses to two application questions as well as their places of origin. Returning residents submit a poster demonstrating their contributions and commitment to I-House vision and values.


  • Resident Assistant (RA) staff trained for after-hours on-call duties and individual resident support
  • Global Education Program staff who work with residents to build community at I-House
  • Communal kitchens
  • Meeting Room
  • Global Culture Studio (student organizing room)
  • Music Room (with piano)
  • TV Lounges
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bike Storage room
  • Parking available through Parking Services
  • Voluntary Meal Plan outside of I-House


Room type Contract length Total rent*
Single 8 months $7,308
4 months $3,740

Each room is furnished with a twin (XL) bed, desk, chair, a small fridge, storage and closet space, a recycling bin and garbage can
*Includes wireless internet, heat, water, and power, as well as Residence Life and Global Education programming
Residents pay an additional Residence Association fee to the I-House Community Council for on-going student-run programming

Please note, all rates are subject to change, including meal plan values. All published rates reflect current values, and any approved changes are posted immediately. In the event of a discrepancy between the official rates and the rates published, the official rates shall prevail.

Roots of the I-House Community


  • Share our time, heart, and energy to nurture our global community.
  • Respect our own stories and value diverse perspectives and worldviews.
  • Recognize the interconnectedness of our lives and actions in the past, present, and future.
  • Explore our potential in mind, body, spirit and emotion, and support growth in those around us.
  • Make choices with the awareness that each of our actions has global repercussions.
  • Honor the interdependence of all living beings.
  • Develop the skills we need to create the future that we want to see.
  • Trust the strength of our community to support collective success, peace building, and enduring friendships.
  • Commit ourselves to life-long learning and personal development.
  • Embrace the world as global citizens.

Welcome events

Newcomers are greeted by warm, smiling friends who are ready to help everyone move in and feel at home. In Aug/Sept, events are designed to build friendships in the community: a welcome picnic, tea night, campfire, sunset walk, orientation, and more, all wrapped up with an annual fancy gala, the Soirée of Welcome, with presentations, dinner, and live music to welcome new students to the I-House family! During the winter, residents hold a potluck dinner and other fun activities to involve everyone in I-House life.

Orientation programs

The best part of residence is the community, and it all starts with orientation.

Eastern Ascent

Eastern Ascent is the Residence Services upper-year student orientation program specifically designed for students living in our East Campus residences. Eastern Ascent was implemented to enable residents to become comfortable in their new living environment, develop peer connections and become better oriented to the Edmonton community and campus.

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Expedition: Connect

Get to know your residence community through Expedition: Connect, our new online cohort experience. This new program was created to connect residents on campus virtually with those who have had to delay their arrival due to the CV19 pandemic and will integrate our upper year orientation program, Eastern Ascent.

Learn more