U of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba (U of M) is the province’s largest university with a community comprised of nearly 30,000 students, 8,700 faculty and staff, and 190,000 alumni. About 15% of the U of M’s current students are international, representing close to 115 countries.

The Fort Richmond – University Heights Neighbourhood Association is working with both the U of M as well as the U of M Students Union (UMSU) to create a welcoming community for all residents in our shared neighbourhood.

All three organizations want the Fort Richmond and University Heights neighbourhood to be a community where people of all backgrounds can live, work, learn and play together.  Currently, our shared neighbourhood is in transition and is facing several issues including:

  • illegal and unsafe rental properties
  • neighbourhood and resident cohesion

All three organizations are concerned and taking steps to address these situations.

What the University is doing:

  • See the U of M’s most recent update to the Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association: U of M Update – May 31, 2016
  • The University provides 1,316 beds in on-campus housing; during the academic year, these spaces have an approximate 98% occupancy.
  • The University has an Off-Campus Housing webpage, and accommodation listings are submitted by landlords.  As noted on their website: “The University does not inspect or check the accommodations listed in any way and takes no responsibility for the condition of any premises listed or for the actions of any landlord who uses the space to advertise accommodations.”
  • The University has approved the 2016 U of M Master Plan which highlights future development plans for the Fort Garry campus and the Southwood lands.  The Visionary (RE) Generation Master Plan was developed with consultation through the Neighbourhood Network group.
  • The University provides orientations for all new students in September and January. During those orientations, information about living off-campus will be provided.
  • The University has provided the following contacts should you have questions or require additional information:

What the U of M Student Union is doing:

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union executives are students which are elected and take office every May. The Neighbourhood Association has reached out to the newly elected students and is looking forward to receiving an update on their annual plans.

What you can do:

The University and the Students’ Union encourage students and longer-term residents to develop positive and co-operative relationships. All residents of the Fort Richmond and University Heights neighbourhood have a role to play in the establishment of such a relationship and there are measures we can all take to foster a better community.

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