Varsity Courts Frequently Asked Questions

Updated March 29, 2021

The land in which VC is located is held by University of Calgary Properties Group (UCPG). UCPG will be developing this land in the next 5-10 years.

Decommissioning to the inside of vacant units will start in Fall 2021. Decommissioning of remaining Phase I courts will start in June 2022.

  • Tenants will be given the option to move to another unit in a different court within Varsity Courts.
  • If their lease comes up prior to May 2022, they can renew a short-term fixed lease for their current unit until May 2022.
  • Tenants may leave at any time prior to May 2022 with no penalty when submitting a vacating notice.

Tenants in phase I will need to have completed their move out by May 31, 2022. Tenants in other phases will be informed at least one year prior to when they will be required to be moved-out.

If you wish to move to another unit, we can process a unit transfer once you contact the Campus Services Centre requesting a transfer. We will work with tenants to make sure they have sufficient time to complete their transfer.

We will continue to accept applications to live in Varsity Courts, but no one will be placed in Phase I courts. Application cutoffs will be decided as Phase II and III are scheduled for decommissioning.

No, occupancy has steadily decreased over the last couple of years for family housing. The current trends show that families are choosing to live off campus. It will not be viable for the University to offer family housing once Varsity Courts is decommissioned.

No, the single student housing buildings are not conducive for families. We do have units that are suitable for couples. 

UCalgary has been increasing international students over the last few years. With the increase of international students, family housing has continued to see a decrease in occupancy. We are confident that international students will be able to find appropriate housing after Varsity Courts have been decommissioned.  

We will reach out to the community resources for Newcomers and Calgary Immigrant society and the University of Calgary International Student Services to understand how we can support newly arriving international students with families.

Tenants are responsible for their own moving expenses. 

  • We will work with tenants that are vacating units being decommissioned to have their damage deposit refunded a couple of months prior to moving out.
  • Damage deposit policy will continue to apply to those units that are not set to be decommissioned within the year.
  • You don’t have to clean the units that are being decommissioned. However, all appliances need to be left intact without any damages
  • Damage deposit policy will continue to apply to those units that are not set to be decommissioned within the year.

Parking spots may be relocated to other areas in VC. 

No, the playground area will not be affected during phase 1 decommissioning

The 1200 court library will be moved to another location in VC and we will provide everyone with the information once finalized.

  • We will continue to have a Community Ambassador program in Varsity Courts 
  • A programming plan to support transitioning families is being put together in collaboration with the student leader team. 

We are planning resource fairs that will include property management companies, rental agencies and other resources prior to decommissioning of each phase. An e-mail invite will be sent to tenants.

  • Yes, proper fencing will be in place to secure the construction site and signage will be posted around the area.
  • Areas that have a safety concern due to decommissioning will be fenced. We will also work with Security Services and Residence Staff to ensure that vacant areas are still being monitored. 

Tenants facing the road and construction site may experience construction noise. University Calgary Properties Group (UCPG) will follow Calgary noise bylaw regulations 

If there is noise outside of these hours or for any complaints about construction, please call the construction hotline at 1-855-400-5556

The area will be fenced, but as extra measure, we will also work with Security Services and Residence Staff and Student Leaders to ensure that vacant areas are still being monitored. 

Residents should send any questions and concerns to the Campus Service Centre at campusservicecentre@ucalgary.ca (CSC).