Fresh air and outdoors
The stunning campus has 230 hectares of parks and woods, with hiking trails and walking paths that go all the way to the Pacific Ocean. You will feel inspired by fresh air, nature and wildlife with each step you take. The campus has some of the biggest and oldest trees in the region, a lagoon and a rare bird sanctuary for you to explore. You can have a relaxing walk by the beach, or even have a go at kayaking. Look south across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and you will see the Olympic Mountains, all the way across the border in the USA.
If our beautiful castle looks familiar, it is because you have seen it on a popular TV show or a movie, such as X-Men, Smallville and Arrow. Film directors from Hollywood and photographers from around the world have been filming at Hatley Castle for over 75 years because it is one of a kind. It was built in 1908 in the style of an Edwardian castle, and it was once a family home. Over the years, business leaders and royalty have attended meetings and lectures in this charming castle – you could be next.
You will enjoy a vibrant student life while studying at the International Study Centre, and during your degree at Royal Roads University. The campus has a warm and friendly atmosphere, with everything you need to live comfortably located close by. The Habitat Café, which sells tasty food, is a great place to meet up with friends. There is also a gift shop that sells study supplies, and a modern recreation center that makes it easy for you to keep fit. Explore the local area, and you’ll find a range of great shops, grocery stores, cafés, restaurants and cinemas, as well as banks and health clinics.
The University's modern buildings are designed for students like you who want to learn in the best and most efficient way. Opened in 2011, the Learning and Innovation Centre is an award-winning building. It is equipped with the latest learning technology, 33 breakout rooms, 7 classrooms, 5 computer labs and social spaces. The library, too, has all the resources you could possibly need to succeed, with 48,000 printed books, over 100 online databases and 55,000 e-books.