Commuter Life


You Won't Go Unnoticed Here

"I am leaving Columbia with deep-rooted friendships."


You definitely won't be the only commuter at Columbia. Every year about half of our students commute to campus — some from just next door and some from North Van or Chilliwack. What we hear over and over from our commuter students is that Columbia can be a home away from home, especially when you take the time to hang out on campus before, between, and after classes. You'll meet incredible people and enjoy plenty of opportunities to engage in the encouraging, Christ-centered community that is so central to the Columbia experience.





Home Away from Home




Commuter Perks


Free Lunch

Free Food

Commuter Lunches happen every other Wednesday — a delicious spread prepared just for you and your fellow commuters. Bonus: Faculty like to hang out at these lunches, so you'll have a chance to get to know them better. These lunches are so great we sometimes catch residents trying to sneak in!


Commuter Lounge

The Best Lounge

Commuters have access to a big, bright lounge on the second floor of the Student Centre. There's a full kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, dining space, a comfy lounge to relax in, snacks for purchase, free coffee & tea, and study space. You'll also get your own locker to store your stuff (just bring your own lock). It is the perfect place to make friends, build relationships and become a part of the Columbia community. [Open Monday to Friday, 7:45 AM - 10:00 PM]



Commuter Hosts

Commuter Hosts

Our team of Commuter Hosts will be looking out for you. There's always a Commuter Host on duty in the Lounge, and their role is to keep everything comfy and inviting for commuters. They also plan commuter events throughout the semester (think potlucks, coffee house with live music, and fun contests).




Commuter Experiences


Meet Kirstyn & Brittany

Meet Kirstyn & Brittany

"Being a part of the Columbia community has been a HUGE blessing! When you’re a commuter, it can be tempting to head off-campus after class without really engaging, so from two commuters — here are some tips and stories about getting involved!"


Read Kirstyn & Brittany's 5 Tips


Meet Benstan

Meet Benstan

"Commuter life at CBC could be just coming to class and leaving when your day is over. But the commuter lounge offers you a place to relax, connect and grow in community at CBC. It truly is a home away from home for commuter students."

Meet Lauren

Meet Laura

"Commuter life is great at CBC; not only do you get to come to school to learn and meet great people, you also gain another home away from home. Plus the commuter lounge is a great place to relax and connect with other students who may be on a similar path as you." 


Commuter Info


Meet Adrian



Your Commuter Director is Adrian Warkentin. He loves to mentor students. It's his role to oversee Columbia's commuter community and lead the commuter hosts. Get in touch by email.



Columbia offers an Off-campus Housing Board where local landlords post rental listings. Another great option is local church classified listings (like this one: Northview Community Church Classifieds.) Also try Craigslist and Kijiji.

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Parking Info

Dining Services

Student Discounts






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