TRU is situated in Kamloops, in the southern portion of BC. Its main buildings include: The Campus Activity Centre, Culinary Arts, Clocktower, Library, Old Main, International Building, Arts and Education, and BC Center for Open Learning (BCCOL). It is also building a new home for the Aboriginal Services, Student Commons, and the library. This $32 million project, called the “House of Learning” is expected for completion on 2010. The university is also home for student residences, and those who avail of this option can look forward to some of these amenities: Wireless internet access, VOIP telephone (with free voice mail and local calls), Satellite TV, Laundry Facility, Common Lounges (With Couches, Chairs, Tables, A Large Screen TV), Multi-Purpose Room (With Pool Table), Cardio Room, a 24-Hour Surveillance And Front Desk Service. The available rooms offered are Two And Four Bedroom Units, One Bedroom Deluxe Suite, And A One Bedroom Suite.
The university aims to provide students a myriad of services to help them achieve success in their studies. They include: The Writing Centre, Wellness Centre, University Prep Centre, Supplemental Learning, Registration & Records, Peer Support, Math Help Centre, Financial Aid & Awards, Disability Services, Counselling Centre, Academic Advising, and Aboriginal Services.
Students are highly recommended to join the Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union. Their goal is to protect the student’s rights by advocating better universal health care and upgraded public services while at the same time providing regular student aids, which include: A Handbook And Day Planner, Safety For Campus, Ride Share, Safe Walk, SWAP, Nationwide And Local Discounts, A Housing Registry, A Text Book Exchange For Students, Dental And Health Insurance, Easily Affordable Travel And Access To Public Transit, Assistance For Numerous Student Clubs, An International Student Identity Card, Food Bank, And Tutor Registry. There are also plenty of clubs students can join to. From poker, Geography, Skiing, Russian Speakers to Chemistry and Biochemistry Clubs, students will surely find a place for them to thrive and gain new friends inside the campus.
Those into sports can take advantage of the athletic facilities of the university. The Hillside Stadium, NorBorck Stadium, and Tournament Capital Center are some of the venues for sport events. Their varsity sports teams include the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Women’s basketball, volleyball, badminton, and soccer. The men’s division includes golf, soccer, badminton, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. The Student Union also provides entertainment events for the students. The TRUSU Movie Nights happens every second Wednesday, and students get a chance to enjoy new movies with theme nights. Those who are more into interactive fun can go to Pub Nights every semester or the Common Grounds in the Student’s Union Building. The Last Class Bash is a way for the students to relax and celebrate the end of the year. There are plenty of other organized events, and everyone is encouraged to participate in these activities.
Students who plan to live outside the campus can go to the Upper College Heights Residence and Apartments, Homes 4 Students, My Ideal Home, Roommate Wanted, and The Kelson Group.
Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, Canada. Kamloops has been dubbed the Tournament Capital of Canada and, as such, has hosted some world class events; Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, Skate Canada, World Fly Fishing Championships, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and World Junior Hockey Championships.
Major Kamloops-area industries include primary resource processing such as Domtar Kamloops' Pulp Mill, Tolko-Heffley Creek Plywood and Veneer, LaFarge Cement, and Highland Valley Copper Mine.
While situated in a semi-arid valley, Kamloops has winters that are generally mild and very short with an occasional cold snap where temperatures can drop to around -30°C, while the average July maximum temperature is 28.3°C.