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Self-Guided Tour

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1. Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is a multi-purpose building with student, faculty and administration spaces.

One of the university's two journalism labs is on the first floor, with the other located in Old Main. The Alumni Theatre is on the second floor and serves many roles, including lecture hall, performance theatre and host to community events.

The administration offices of Research and Graduate Studies, Budget Analysis, and Marketing & Communications are on the second floor.

Walk across the road to the entrance corresponding to number 2 on the map.

2. Old Main – Entrance

Old Main is TRU's original building and goes back to 1971 when it opened during TRU's second year of operation. Look to your right: across the road, you will see blue-roofed buildings. They are the off-campus student residences called Upper College Heights and are not affiliated with TRU. You will also notice grocery stores, restaurants and shopping are nearby.

Once you have entered the building, turn left and walk down the hallway.

3. Old Main – Hallway

The Student Employment Centre (OM 1712) is also home to the Co-operative Education Department. The centre's role is to coach students in their search for work relevant to their studies. Students can sign up for workshops dealing with anything from enhancing interview skills to writing stronger resumés. The centre also organizes the annual Job Fair, which is held on campus and attracts dozens of prospective employers business and organizations from around the region and the province. At least 500 students attend the one-day event.

Counselling & Disability Services (OM 1631) provides confidential and personal, crisis and career counselling services for students with documented disabilities.

Financial Aid & Awards (OM 1631) advises students on the processes related to applying for scholarships, bursaries and student loans. Students can also receive assistance with financial budgeting.

The Campus Cashier (OM 1614) is where fees are paid and where TRU ID cards are created and picked up. A TRU ID card is required to sign materials out of the libraries, to borrow audio and visual equipment from Media Services, and more.


4. Old Main –Student Street

This is TRU's largest building and is home to a wide arrary of Student Services, classrooms and faculty offices. The third and fourth floors were completed in 2014 and are home to the Faculty of Law and the administrative space for the Master of Business Administration program.

At the “T” intersection, look to your right.

A doctor is available at the Health Services clinic most Mondays to Fridays throughout the year.

Turn to your left and walk down the hall.

The Computer Labs in Old Main (OM 1326) are the largest on campus and some are open 24 hours a day during the academic year. Printing is free, but you must bring your own paper. The Lab Support window provides you with your wireless, Outlook account and TRU email address.

Once you leave the computer labs, look to your right for the Print Shop.

The Print Shop (OM 1206) offers specialty printing services, binding, colour copying and also printing paper available to buy.

Turn to your left and walk back to the T-intersection and then turn left onto Student Street.

The Centre for Student Engagement (OM 1468) creates a range of programs and events to encourage students to connect with TRU beyond just the classroom. On-site video software and computers are available to help students with their video projects.

International Admissions (OM 1412) assists International students with enrolment.

The Admissions & Registration office (OM 1155) assists students with adding/dropping classes and processes requests for transcripts.

In Student Street, have a look around you.

The TRU Art Gallery is located to the left of the staircase and is for students and faculty in Fine Arts to display their works throughout the year. Admission is free and open to everyone.

The Actors Workshop Theatre is located to the left of the staircase. It has a "black box" arrangement, which allows the stage and seating to be reconfigured from one play to the next. AWT students stage at least four performances a year.

Academic Advising assists students in choosing their courses and ensures students have sufficient credits to continue to the next year.

Walk out the doors and follow the path to the left of the ‘Convocation Wall’.

5. The Campus Green

This area outside of Old Main is called the Campus Green. During the school year, it's busy with students rushing between classes.

The Convocation Wall was built to commemorate the transition in 2005 from the University College of the Cariboo (UCC) to Thompson Rivers University.


6. International Building

Named in recognition of the more than 2,700 international students from 85 counties, the building has semicircle lecture halls, classrooms, open and enclosed study spaces, two computer labs (IB 2004, IB 2006), prayer and meditation room (IB 2059) and a Starbucks on the first floor.

The building is also home to administration and faculty offices for the School of Business and Economics, Study Abroad, and TRU World.

If you look to the roof, you will see a silver dome, which is a working observatory complete with a high-powered telescope used by astronomy students and faculty. At least once a year an open house is an opportunity for everyone to peer through the telescope.

TRU welcomes more than 2,700 international students from 85 counties. TRU World is located on the third floor and offers international student support, Study Abroad programs, and prayer and meditation room (IB 2059). The School of Business and Economics is located on the second floor. Two computer labs (IB 2004, IB 206) are on the second floor as is an open-air study space. A Starbucks is located on the first floor.


7. Arts and Education

The building gets its name from the fact that many Faculty of Arts classes and labs are held in the building as well as it being home to teaching options like Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Education (Elementary). Social Work and other Human Service programs have their classes here as well.

A language lab (AE 200) is located on the second floor as well as two computer labs (AE 305, AE 361). Faculty and administration offices for Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development are also in AE.

At the end of the Arts and Education building, turn right and follow the path to the glass building and enter.

8. Independent Centre

The Independent Centre has the feel of a hip and funky warehouse meets retro airport waiting lounge. Windows stretching two-thirds up the side of two walls allow everyone to enjoy the views near and far of the circling hills and mountains.

Operated by TRU’s Student Union (TRUSU), the building features open-air and enclosed study spaces, meeting rooms, a coffee shop called Common Grounds, microwaves, a sink and, on the second floor, a games room with foosball and table tennis.

Common Grounds is owned and operated by TRUSU, open year round, and features hot and cold drinks, soups, wraps and baked goods.

The information counter is where students pick up their transit U-Passes. The Health Benefits office is also located here.

Continue through the doors and follow the curved hallway into the rotunda of the Campus Activity Centre.

9. Campus Activity Centre

The TRU Bookstore sells new, used, rental and digital textbooks. Depending on the books, students may be able to sell them back to the bookstore for a discounted price once they're done with them. The store also sells course supplies, TRU clothing and merchandise, gift items, and gift cards.

Continue up the stairs and turn to your left.

The CAC doesn't have classrooms, though there are ample spaces for reading, studying and meeting up with friends.

The Terrace Cafeteria has an attached food court where daily specials and regular menu items are available.

Heroes Pub is open for lunch and dinner during the fall and spring semesters and during that time, host to events and concerts, which may be free or by admission.

The Grand Hall is a large multi-use area used for university and community events that can be anything from lectures and conferences to holiday celebrations, weddings, and high school graduations. The Mountain Room, The Alpine Room, and Executive Centre are smaller rooms located on the third floor.

Continue up the stairs to the third floor and exit the building.

10. Outside the Campus Activity Centre

Look across the street and notice the houses

House 8 - CFBX (The X) 92.5 FM is a campus and community radio station hosting a variety of programming, and always looking for volunteers to fill on-air and off-air roles.

House 9 - Is research offices.

House 10 - The Horticulture house is home to the horticulture programs, classes, and faculty offices. Two greenhouses and an ornamental pond are located behind the building.

The TRU Residence & Conference Centre, at 11 storeys, is the tallest building in Kamloops. It provides housing for almost 600 students. The public is able to book the top floor suites.

Walk down the stairs and turn to your left and continue along the sidewalk towards the roundabout.

11. Trades and Technology Centre

The Trades and Technology Centre is home to TRU's short- and long-term offerings whether it's job retraining, Foundation Training, or Red Seal apprenticeship training. Fully-equipped shops are located here — representing carpentry, welding, piping, heavy duty mechanics, electrical and more.

A coffee shop and light snacks shop is located on the second floor. Classrooms, faculty offices and administration are here as well.

The School of Business and Economics has its Student Services office located on the first floor.

The Animal Health Technology (AHT) building is located behind the Trades building. It features classrooms and faculty offices.

Across from the Trades building is the South Kamloops Bus Exchange.

Following the sidewalk, take your first left along the sideway adjacent to the road.

12. Brown Family House of Learning

Named after Mark Brown, a Kamloops businessman and entrepreneur, the building is a built-green marvel with several energy saving features, a modern look and feel, and an abundance of study areas for individuals and groups.

Aboriginal artwork can be found throughout the four storeys in addition to the gallery on the first floor. Home to one of the university's two libraries, there are also classrooms, administration for Aboriginal programs, and administration and faculty offices for the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary and Tourism, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computing Science.

A TRU ID card is required to sign materials out of the library.

An open-air computer lab on the ground floor is steps away from a Tim Hortons coffee shop.

Attached to the back of the House of Learning is the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Centre, which is a 360-degree amphitheatre modelled after an Interior Salish pit house. Named after the late British Columbia forestry magnate of the same name, the building has state-of-the-art acoustics, a tiered three-quarter seating arrangement, four projector screens, and accommodates up to 300 people. The ceiling is made from reclaimed timber from the pine beetle infestation that occurred a few years ago in many parts of British Columbia. The wild grasses on the roof help to insulate the room in the winter and cool it in the summer.

Continue following the sidewalk towards the Houses.

13. Houses

These houses were officers quarters when the campus was a Canadian naval base in the mid 1900s.

Two of the non-numbered buildings are home to the campus daycares known as Cariboo Childcare, and are for the infants and toddlers of students and staff. The daycares provide practical experience for students in the Early Childhood Education program.

The other is The Research Centre and serves as meeting area for students and faculty from various disciplines to conduct research.

House 1 — Faculty Association conducts the administration business of the TRU Faculty Association.

House 4 — The Omega Student Newspaper is operated by students and is independent of TRU and the TRU Students' Union. Publishing most Wednesdays during the academic year, 1,500 copies are distributed with most copies on campus and some at select locations around Kamloops. The paper is always looking for writers and photographers, with some propositions earning a small honourarium.

House 5 — Cplul'kw'ten (The Gathering Place) is is a resource centre for Aboriginal students, and includes elders on site, mentors, life skills coach, transition planner, computer lab, multipurpose room, kitchen and outdoor grassy area.


14. BC Centre for Open Learning

This building is home to the majority of staff and administration for TRU's online and distance programs called TRU Open Learning.

Follow the sidewalk up the hill and stop at the first left.

15. Tournament Capital Centre and McGill Residence

Notice the large TCC facilities on the right and McGill residence on your left.

The Tournament Capital Centre includes a six-lane indoor track, gymnasium with three multi-purpose hardwood floors, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, hot tubs, water slide, a 3,000-square-foot fitness facility, and gymnastics centre. Outside is a FIFA-certified multi-sport artificial turf, two grass turfs, eight-lane track and stadium seating for more than 1,000.

The TRU WolfPack basketball and volleyball teams play inside on the main court, with the soccer teams playing outside on the artificial turf.

Students receive a discounted price to use the TCC facilities.

McGill Residence is home to 300 students.

Continue down the road and steps to the front of the gymnasium.

16. Gymnasium

The gym is home to intramural and drop-in sports, squash and racquetball courts on the second floor, and an exercise studio on the main floor where free exercise classes are offered during much of the year. Showers and change facilities are located in the building.


17. Science and Health Sciences

Students in Sciences, Natural Resource Sciences, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy call this building home.

There are two computer labs (S 232, S 275), study spaces, lecture and lab classrooms, lecture halls, faculty offices, research labs and a coffee/snack shop called Bean Me Up.

Administration offices for the Faculty of Science and the School of Nursing are both located on the second floor.

Continue down the path between the two buildings and stairs, cross the road and stop in front of the white building.

18. Retail Meat

TRU has the only retail meat-cutting program in British Columbia. The program operates a storefront and many Thursdays sells a selection of cuts in addition to sausages, beef jerky, and seafood.

Walk along to the front of the building.

19. Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program trains students to become professional chefs, and most weekdays you can see the students in action as they prepare breakfast and lunch off menus and made to order.

Continue along the path, to the right of the grass clearing to the front of the Library.

20. Main Library

The Main Library is home to resources connected to studies in Social Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and Humanities. Here you can find academic journals, electronic resources, newspaper, and videos.

Study spaces include cubicles, open-air, and group study rooms. The library loans laptops and presents free seminars throughout the year. A TRU ID card is required to sign materials out.

This ends the walking tour.