Lister Residence

Residents in Lister are first year students from Canada and around the world and are supported by student staff members in upper years of study. Some live on specialty floors with students in their faculty or with others who prefer a quiet or alcohol-free floors. These residents play campus intramurals, learn to write papers, watch movies in floor lounges and grab meals together - all right in their residence home!

Lister students are immersed in a community atmosphere sharing their day-to-day lives and connecting to others with the same interests, classes or program. They quickly make friends that become a family and can last a lifetime.

Who lives here

First-year undergraduate students and student leaders

Unit types

The 'Classic' Lister towers, Kelsey Hall and Henday Hall (Mackenzie Hall closed in 2019-20 for renovation, Henday closed for renovations in 2020-21)

Lease types

Term leases matching academic term schedule. The meal plan is included in contract fees.

Interested in customizing your residence experience? Apply to live on a themed, academic cohort or lifestyle floor in Lister.


  • Resident Assistant staff (RAs) trained for after hours on-call duties and individual resident support
  • The Marina convenience store and food court
  • Lister Dining Hall (meal plan)
  • Study libraries
  • Communal kitchens
  • Laundry facilities
  • Exercise facilities
  • Music room
  • Gymnasium
  • TV lounges


Please note, some buildings are not available due to COVID-19.

Room type Contract length Total rent* Meal plan Total contract amount
(room and board)
Schaffer (single with
private washroom)
8 month $7,118 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $12,378
5-day**: $4,629 5-day**: $11,747
Henday (single)
***Not offered for Fall 2020
8 month $5,888 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $11,148
5-day: $4,629 5-day: $10,517
Henday (double)
***Not offered for Fall 2020
8 month $3,890 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $9,150
5-day: $4,629 5-day: $8,519
Chalifoux (double)
***Not offered for Fall 2020
8 month $8,035 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $13,295
5-day: $4,629 5-day: $12,664
Mackenzie (single)
***Not offered for Fall 2020
8 month $9,678 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $14,938
5-day: $4,629 5-day: $14,307
Mackenzie (double)
***Not offered for Fall 2020
8 month $8,035 7-day: $5,260 7-day: $13,295
5-day: $4,629 5-day: $12,664

*Wireless internet, heat, water and power are included in the rent. Includes orientation program. Total contract amount includes a prorated amount for accommodation from August 24-31, 2020.

**5-day meal plan not offered for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19

***Lister dormitory-style residences are not expected to be open for the 2020 Fall term. As health and safety protocols continue to be modified by the Canadian and Alberta governments, additional residence communities may reopen.

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

Each unit in Classic Lister Residence is furnished with a bed frame with a twin mattress (XL) and drawers underneath, desk, closet (for each student), desk chair, wastebasket and mirror. Single rooms also contain a dresser. Units in Schäffer Hall also have a private washroom with a toilet, sink and shower.

Orientation programs

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


BaseCamp is the University of Alberta’s first year residence orientation program designed to provide new students living in residence early access to resources, experiences and learning opportunities to help them transition into university.

Learn more

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 first year orientation program, BaseCamp.

Learn more