Getting Started

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Providence wants to give you the best possible start to your education by helping you to prepare and settle in well after your arrival. Please check out everything under Getting Started and if you have any other questions, contact a member of the Student Life team.

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At Providence, we want our students to grow together in community. Our campus has six permanent residence buildings and a limited number of apartments. In addition to this, there are privately owned mobile homes or on-campus houses that may provide housing opportunities. Please read the descriptions below and check out the Residence Life Handbook and the Mature Student Housing Guide for more information.


Living in residence is possibly one of the most incredible opportunities that you can experience in your time at Providence. The experience of community in a residence hall is full of possibilities for friendships, growth, character formation, learning and personal development. However, transformational experiences in residence halls do not just happen. They are the fruit of intentional leadership and ministry, as well as clear expectations and responsibilities. In this section you will find all of the information that you need to apply to residence, as well as how to be a contributing member of our on-campus community.

Mature Student Housing

Our campus apartments are a short walk (5-10 minutes) from the main campus buildings. We presently offer one and two-bedroom accommodations, although availability is limited. Though Hunt and Turner are campus accommodations, because they are not part of the residence community, students that live there are considered to be commuters. Leases typically go from September 1 - April 30, however, alternative arrangements can be made dependent on arrival dates.

Students may also seek "off-campus" housing options by purchasing one of the nearby mobile homes or houses that are considered an extension of the Providence community when they are up for sale.

We offer FREE access to basic Wi-Fi service and Microsoft Office 365 on campus.

Computer Facilities

Providence has a variety of computer facilities available on campus. Students have access to the main computer lab near the library, Seminary students have access to a small lab on the Seminary floor and there are research stations in the library for all students. Lab and library computers have the latest version of Microsoft Office and laser printers are available in those locations.

Network Login Account

Access to the campus network requires a network login account. The IDs and passwords are generated and emailed to students automatically after the student is registered for classes. If you have not received this email it is possible that the Registrar’s Office does not have your correct email. Please visit the Registrar’s Office in the Welcome Centre and give them your correct email address so that we can send you your login details. For assistance with your login account, please come to the IT Department on the first floor, across from the Student Life offices.

Wi-fi Device Registration

The Providence Wi-Fi hotspot available throughout the campus is called "Campus" and it requires a password to connect, which is "Providence".

In order to mitigate problems with virus-infected devices, which can severely disrupt the network, registration of each device is required. Registration is done visiting after you connect and then following on-screen instructions.

All student vehicles on campus must be registered and have a valid parking permit. Permits can be obtained during the first-year funnel or by emailing the Facilities Department. Parking passes are valid from September to April every year. You must provide the year, make, model, and valid license plate # of your vehicle. This parking pass allows you to park in the designated student parking areas – the east parking lot in front of the Reimer Student Life Centre and behind Muriel Taylor Hall. Vehicle parking registrations are not transferable. Selling your pass or exchanging it will make the pass invalid. Electrical parking passes are $30.00/semester or $50.00/year. Display your parking pass on your rearview mirror with the ID facing the windshield.

Please note the following:

  1. Manitoba laws governing the use of vehicles shall apply on Providence property. The speed limit is 30 km/h on campus.
  2. Other than in an emergency, car repairs should not be done on campus.

Parking Violations

Students will be fined and/or your vehicle will be towed at your expense for the following reasons:

  1. Parking in any non-designated areas (staff or visitor parking), on sidewalks, grass, fire lanes or accessible parking without a government issued permit.
  2. Plugging in a vehicle without having purchased an electrical spot.
  3. Leaving a vehicle on campus during Christmas Break/Reading Week and/or when students are not on campus unless prior permission has been granted by the Director of Facilities.
  4. Failing to move your vehicle to another parking area when notice has been given for snow clearing.
  5. Parking in front of the Cundy, Sweet, Pearce, Kindred, Turner, and Hunt if you do not live in those residences. For those that live in these building, parking is on a first come first served basis.

Parking violations may be appealed in writing to the Executive Assistant to VP of Operations. Appeals must be submitted within 30 days of violation and payment must be made before an appeal is considered. Appeals not submitted within 30 days of violation will not be considered.

Arrivals & Departures

Providence offers transportation for arrivals and departures at three locations in Winnipeg for a fee ($75, plus tax, one way). Please note there is no public transit system to take you back and forth between Otterburne and Winnipeg.

  • Airport: Domestic students wait at Pillar #10, right outside the exit by Tim Hortons; International students wait next to Baggage Claim area.
  • Bus Depot: Wait by the Greyhound ticket window.
  • VIA Rail Station: Wait at the front door.

To arrange for this service, you must fill out a Winnipeg Shuttle Request Form. Once the request is received, you will receive an email confirming travel details. For other personal events requiring transportation, students must make their own arrangements.

Transportation is available from 8:00am - 10:00pm, 7 days/week, however, requests are only processed between Monday and Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Transportation requests made on Saturdays or Sundays will not be processed until the following Monday. Please inform us of your confirmed travel arrangements at least seven business days in advance to ensure driver availability. In order to accommodate other students using the transportation service, waiting periods upon arrival or earlier departure times may be required.

Providence is not responsible for missed flights due to transportation cancelations for inclement weather. To ensure the safety of all, drivers will not operate the shuttle service in severe weather conditions.

The first few days of each new semester are designed to help new students acclimatize to university life and to welcome back our returning students. Students have opportunities to tour the campus, complete paperwork, finalize payments, get a student photo taken, receive a library card, and gain access to the fitness centre. Students may also learn more about and sign up for performing arts or athletic opportunities on campus.

Fun and Games

Play with your House or cheer them on as teams compete for the legendary Prov Cup! The Fall Welcome Week will also feature chapels, bonfires, a banquet, community BBQ and a worship concert.


Before classes start, students will participate in academic orientation (mandatory for all new students) which is a great way to learn about Providence, meet faculty and staff, and be well equipped for your academic studies.

Seminary Retreat

All Seminary students and faculty are invited to join together in the fall semester to connect with God and with one another. The day includes a fantastic teaching and story sharing time, refreshing worship, quiet reflection, and of course, space to connect with your Seminary peers!