Case Study

Integration of a P3 Project Within a Campus Community

A Case Study on Sheridan College

 Sheridan College Residence - Trafalgar 2 Exterior Photo
Project Size: 476 beds
Year opened: September 2013
Address: 1400 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario
Owner: Sheridan College / Campus Development Corp.
(an affiliate of Campus Living Centres)


“The post-secondary sector has faced declining resources over the last several years. Through a P3 with Campus Living Centres, Sheridan College was able resolve the infrastructure deficit on campus and grow the number of residence beds on campus, without taking on additional debt.”

Steven Parfeniuk
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Sheridan College

As a post-secondary institution, Sheridan College understands the needs of students – as far as the classroom is concerned. However, with respect to student housing, Sheridan pursued a public-private-partnership (P3) to manage their on-campus residences. In 1999 and 2001, Sheridan College awarded Campus Living Centres the contract to manage the student residences on the Trafalgar campus and the Davis campus respectively.

Students who live on-campus report more personal growth and development, as opposed to students who live off-campus. However, prior to 2012, the residence on the Sheridan Trafalgar campus would annually receive more than 1000 applications for only 350 available beds. In order to self-finance a new residence building, Sheridan College would have had to do so at the expense of funding future academic projects.

“Sheridan Student Affairs and Campus Living Centres have established a strong relationship based on shared goals, and are equally dedicated to providing an experience that benefits the students, staff, and institution.”

Maria Lucido Bezely
Dean of Students
Sheridan College

Through a P3 with Sheridan College, Campus Living Centres designed, built, and financed a brand new 470-bed residence on the Trafalgar campus, at no cost to the College and within an appropriate student-housing fee. Another significant factor in the decision to partner with Campus Living Centres for the new residence was based on the organization’s expertise and reputation in delivering a leading edge Residence Life program to thousands of post-secondary students. As the managers of Sheridan’s current residences, the Campus Living Centres’ residence management team is already an integral part of the Sheridan College community, and the residence staff works closely with the Student Services professionals at Sheridan College to support student leadership and development on campus.