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Student Life

Student Life cultivates a hospitable learning environment that promotes wisdom development through faith formation and holistic well-being. To that end we offer a number of co-curricular programs, activities and services. See the Student Handbook for more information.

Community Standards

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 Development 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.

Read the community life standards

Spiritual Development

We intentionally seek to help students develop their Christian faith through:

  • Chapel Worship Services
  • One-on-one time with the Campus Chaplain and Associate Chaplain
  • Deeper Life Conference and Faith, Life & Learning Days
  • Prayer Retreat
  • Discipleship Small Groups
  • Residence Worship Nights


The Ambrose Residence program is an integral part of the Ambrose experience. We offer a living environment that seeks to facilitate physical, emotional, relational and spiritual growth. The connections formed among students in residence significantly contribute to a sense of belonging at Ambrose and offers the opportunity to build life-long friendships. Our live-in Residence Director and Residence Assistants provide support as you make the transition from home to independent living. Building Community is our highest priority.

Our two Ambrose Residence buildings have the capacity to house 242 students in single, double and triple occupancy rooms, and it’s all steps away from our academic building. Rooms are equipped with a bed, desk, chair and closet space for each student. Each room is connected to another by a bathroom which is shared between four to five students. Each floor contains a spacious 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 recreational space, laundry facilities, student storage, a media room and a kitchen that can be accessed for special occasions.

Commuter Life

The Commuter Life program is committed to establishing an atmosphere of community, belonging and mutual learning among commuter students. Much of this community building happens in the Commuter Collegium, a campus living room set aside for study, prayer, relaxation, reflection and connection with other Ambrose students.

The Collegium is staffed by Commuter Life leaders who always have the coffee ready, help build connections between commuters, and contribute to learning by providing opportunities, to interact with faculty, grow spiritually, connect to community, and develop academically. Undergraduate commuter students may purchase a collegium membership for $25.00/semester.

Athletics and Campus Recreation

Ambrose University varsity teams compete under the name Ambrose Lions. The team colors are black, gold and white. The Ambrose Lions compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) 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.

The Fitness Centre and squash courts 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.

International Students

It is our desire to make our international students’ transition to Calgary a positive experience.

International Student Employment
International students are now eligible to apply for work permits if they meet specific degree requirements. Contact the Director of Community Life 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. Talk to the Director of Community Life for more details.



Confidential personal, pastoral and vocational counselling is available to you through the Student Life department. There is a nominal fee for personal counselling. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit our counselling page.

Student Government

Ambrose Student Council members are elected and appointed to serve the holistic needs of the student body as part of the Student Life division and, in collaboration with Ambrose University, to represent your interests to the Ambrose administration.