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Unveiling Douglas College’s New Residence– 808 Royal 
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Unveiling Douglas College’s New Residence– 808 Royal 

Douglas College will soon be opening its first on-campus student housing, 808 Royal!

Affordable Student Housing

This affordable student housing will include one-, two-, and four-bedroom units, and a total of 368 beds. 808 Royal will also include 11 floors dedicated to academics, with 30+ classrooms, six computer labs, offices/study spaces, food services/community kitchens, and two rooftop parks. This 20-storey building will be available to students from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration as well as the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This project will allow the BC Government to begin addressing a major challenge for students, finding affordable, available housing, while also relieving strain on the local rental market. 

Accessibility and Location

The building’s location is seamlessly incorporated into the new 1.2-kilometer Agnes Greenway, which will allow for bike, wheelchair, and pedestrian friendly routes around the city. Located across the street from Douglas College’s New West campus, this location is minutes away from the Fraser River, Downtown New West, grocery stores, and various restaurants/cafes. This location is also just steps away from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station. 

Sustainability and Innovation

808 Royal represents years of collaboration and consultation with the community and the Government. This integrated student building meets Step 4 of the B.C. Energy Step Code which is the largest step code commercial buildings can achieve. Meticulously crafted out of wood for design, and created to fight climate change, this student hub is the largest provincial capital investment that includes student accommodations. 808 Royal will operate without fossil fuel reliance, and is employed with innovative construction techniques to allow it to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. 

Community Integration

Thoughtful consideration was taken into account during 808 Royals development to ensure the development minimizes shadowing and preserves the communities river view to seamlessly blend into the City of New Westminster. 

Project Details

The $292.5-million project will recognize the on-campus need for student housing as a place for study and rest while ensuring to provide support to its growing student population through academic resources, and convenience. 

With construction just beginning, the anticipated completion of this hub is currently summer 2026.  

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Sources: Government News Release, 808 Campus Information, Douglas College News 

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