Founded in 1848

Founded in 1848

Saint Paul University

Founded in 1848

Founded in 1848

Saint Paul University

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Saint Paul University

Saint Paul University is located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Saint Paul University (est. 1848) is the founding college of the University of Ottawa, with which it has been federated since 1965

A bilingual institution, it offers undergraduate and graduate study programs.

Proud of its rich heritage, Saint Paul University (SPU) has evolved into an institution whose primary focus is on the multiple facets of the human experience over the years. 

Not surprisingly, that priority is reflected in its current study programs. 

In addition to its founding disciplines—canon law, philosophy, and theology—the university offers courses in social communication, social innovation, transformative leadership, supportive care in palliationcounselling and psychotherapy, public ethics, conflict studies, and human relations and spirituality.

Besides its academic programs, SPU offers a number of complementary services, including:

  • Support and guidance to help students succeed academically and personally
  • Access to symposiums, conferences and workshops with distinguished specialists in the areas of issues facing today’s society
  • A student residence
  • A library with an outstanding collection of documents and books on a range of specialized subjects

SPU is known for its small class sizes, personalized service, diverse student population, international vision, solid reputation, rich history, and Catholic intellectual tradition.

On-campus accommodation

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Saint Paul University Campus

Residence fee Duration

$6,000 CAD

UP to $8,035

Saint Paul University Campus (Main Campus)

Residence fee Duration

$12,000 CAD

UP to $15,000

Off-campus accommodation

annual rent in Ottawa
based on univly research


Shared house

$10,740 CAD


Shared house

$7,164 CAD


Entire house

$21,480 CAD


The Saint Paul University Residence and Congress Center can accommodate up to 180 students in 90 shared two-bedroom suites throughout the school year. The residence is located on campus.

Suite Features

  • Oversized double bed (54" by 80")
  • Kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator
  • The private three-piece bathroom within each suite
  • Large desk and work area
  • High-speed Internet access (following Saint Paul University usage policies)
  • Private phone line with voice mail and local access
  • Television with cable in each room
  • Air-conditioned suites
  • Light housekeeping service
  • Barrier-free suite available for students with physical limitations


  • Controlled-access building
  • The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day
  • On-site management
  • All common rooms and hallways are video recorded
  • Sign-in policy enforced for all guests


  • The Residence is a secure building with controlled-access entry and video-recorded common areas
  • Accommodations come fully furnished
  • Laundry, kitchen & BBQ facilities
  • Regular social and educational activities organized by the Residence Life Staff
  • Environmentally friendly, smoke-free facility
  • 24-hour customer service counter
  • Proximity to class means more study time and less travel time
  • Pay only for your academic year and avoid a 12-month lease
  • Eliminate hassles with deposits for utilities and phone or with roommates who do not pay their share
  • With so many other residents in one location, it is easy to get together to form study groups and complete team assignments
  • Study in your room or any of the many Residence common lounges, or use the University resources located just steps away

Spiritual Floor

Saint Paul University has reserved a “Spiritual Floor” in the Student Residence.

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