Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Centennial building a new Residence and Culinary Arts Centre?

Our College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing has outpaced the capacity of our existing 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Research shows that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living just outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus. To address this, Centennial is constructing an eight-storey Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at its Progress Campus. The Centre will also provide much needed space for the College’s growing programs in culinary arts.

Where will the new residence be located?

The eight storey Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre is being constructed at the Progress Campus across the street from our current Residence and Conference Centre. The new facility is being constructed across the street from Block A on the site where Parking Lot 1 was located.

How many students will the new residence house?

There will be space for 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents will have their own private bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate, plus a yoga studio and a movie screening room. The residence floors will be highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building. 

How soon can I reserve a room at the new residence?

Students will be able to begin leasing residence space in September 2016. Online reservations are not yet available. More details will be posted as they become available. For general questions about the residence, please email

What are the plans for the non-residence section of the building?

The ground level of the new building will be dedicated to Centennial’s Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant, cafe and eight new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The naturally lit kitchens will serve a conference and banquet centre on the top floor, which can accommodate up to 425 guests. The facility is targeting a LEED Silver certification, which involves focusing on sustainable "green" practices as they apply to the hospitality industry. 

When will the new Centennial Residence & Culinary Arts Centre open?

Construction of the new Centre began in the fall of 2014, and occupancy is slated for the fall of 2016.

What will be the cost of the new Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre?

The estimated costs for this new facility is $85-million. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group.

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