Student Life cultivates a Christ-centered hospitable learning environment that promotes a flourishing community, faith formation and holistic well-being. To that end we offer a number of co-curricular programs, activities and services.
Students who join our community and sign the Community Life Standards document (through the application process) commit themselves to following these standards. Each student must accept these responsibilities in order to remain part of the Ambrose community.
If you’ve been accepted to Ambrose but you feel that you cannot with integrity commit to the standards and responsibilities of Ambrose’s living-learning community, we encourage you to discuss the matter with a member of the Student Life team. It might be best to consider pursuing a learning-living community that better fits your values.
If you’re thinking of applying to Ambrose, we invite you to read through our Community Life Standards document.
We intentionally seek to help students develop their Christian faith through
- Chapel Worship Services
- One-on-one time with the Campus Chaplain
- Deeper Life and Faith, Life & Learning Days
- Prayer Retreats
- Campus mid-day prayers
- Discipleship Community Groups
- Regular learning events (lectures, discussion nights, etc.)
- Residence Worship Nights
The Ambrose Residence program is an integral part of the Ambrose experience. We offer an environment that seeks to facilitate physical, emotional, relational and spiritual growth. The connections formed among students in residence often result in life-long friendships. Our live-in Residence Director and Residence Assistants provide support for you to make the transition from home to independent living. Building Community is among our highest priorities.
Our two Ambrose Residence buildings have the capacity to house students in single and double occupancy rooms (limited availability), only minutes away from our academic building. Rooms are equipped with a bed, desk, chair and closet space for each student. A bathroom is shared with the adjoining room, and each floor contains a private lounge space equipped with couches, two refrigerators, a kitchen sink, cabinets and a microwave.
The residences were built with safety and security in mind and have programmable proximity card access systems, security cameras in the public areas and glassed stairwells with 24-hour lighting. The residence basement offers students computers, recreational space, laundry facilities, student storage, a media room and a kitchen that can be reserved for special occasions. Students who live in residence are expected to be familiar with the Residence Life Community Standards.
There are no family units on Ambrose’s campus. Rental and housing information can be accessed on the International Student Services website.
Alongside Residence Life, the Commuter Life program is committed to establishing an atmosphere of community and belonging among commuter students. Much of this community building happens in the Seminary Commons, a space for study, prayer, relaxation, reflection and connection with one another. The Seminary Commons is equipped with a small kitchen and a fridge. The door code is provided to all seminary students at seminary student orientation.
Athletics and Campus Recreation
Ambrose University varsity teams compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) as the Ambrose Lions. Competing in the Lion’s Den, we are proud of the black, white and gold. The Ambrose Lions compete in Volleyball, Basketball, Outdoor Soccer, and Futsal. We also have a club hockey team that competes in the Calgary Adult Hockey League. Team members are committed to excellence in character, sport and academics, and they strive to be examples in the league and in the community.
Fitness Centre and squash court are available to all students and intramural programming takes place throughout the year. You are encouraged to cheer on the Lions in their home gym, affectionately known as the Lions’ Den, which has capacity for 400 spectators.
It is our desire to make our international students’ transition to Calgary a positive experience and to support students as they navigate university life. The international Student Advisor is here to support students in this journey. Students will receive Information about entering and transitioning into Canada as well as supports and community once they arrive
International Student Employment
International students are now eligible to apply for work permits if they meet specific degree requirements. Contact the International Student Advisor for details.
Health Insurance for International Students
Alberta has a publicly administered health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and medical services. Alberta Health Care Insurance is free to all students with a study permit. Students are encouraged to apply for this as soon as possible upon entry into Canada. Supplemental Health and Dental insurance is available for all full-time students and all part-time seminary students.
Wellness Services and Counselling
Confidential personal counselling is available to you through the Student Life department. Counselling is free for the first 5 appointments and a nominal fee is applied for further sessions. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit our counselling page: ambrose.edu/student-life/counselling.
Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to learn about health and wellness through the Ambrose Wellness Services.
Ambrose University provides an environment that supports the fair treatment of all members of the campus community. All members of the community are entitled to a learning and working environment that is pleasant, professional, spiritually uplifting and free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.
Sexual Violence Response and Awareness
Ambrose takes gender-based and sexual violence seriously. Students who have experienced violence will find support. There are also avenues to file a formal report. You will find our Gender-based and Sexual Violence policy and procedures and on and off-campus resources on our website: ambrose.edu/student-life/sexual-violence-response-and-awareness.
Ambrose Student Council members are elected and appointed to serve the holistic needs of the undergraduate student body in as part of the Student Life division and in collaboration with Ambrose University and to represent your student interests to the Ambrose administration. Ambrose Student Council facilitates student clubs and the health and dental plan on behalf of the whole student body.
The Seminary Student Leadership team (SSLT) serves the Seminary by creating opportunities for students to grow spiritually, to learn together, and to build community. Students can represent their interests directly to Ambrose administration or to The SSLT on their behalf.