A major expansion of the sports facilities of the campus were made during the 1987 Canada Winter Games. During the 1990’s residences, academic, research facilities, and other buildings were constructed, seeing a rise in student enrollment. Cape Breton also offers students in-campus residences, such as the MacDonald Residence, Cabot Residence, and the Alumni Hall. MacRez provides co-ed accommodation for 152 students, with amenities that include fully-furnished rooms and Internet hook-ups. Cabot Residence has 124 bedroom apartment-style homes. It has 31 units, and boasts of the latest trends popular in campus housings. Each of its 31-unitt has two bathrooms, four bedrooms, and shared kitchens and lounges. The Alumni Hall has dormitory and apartment style accommodations. It can house 190 people, and each floor has a common area and a laundry room.
Cape Breton University offers the following services to its students: Department Of Athletics, Banking, Bookstore and CAPER Corner Fashion and Giftware, Bus Services, Cafeteria, Caper Patrol, Career Services, Chaplaincy, Child care, Commissionaires, Computer Services, Counselling, Fitness Centre, Health Services, Human Rights Office, International Student Advisors, Intramurals, Jennifer Keeping Access Ability Centre (assists disabled students with a wide variety of services, from arranging tutorials to facilitating academic accommodation and access to assisted technologies), Library, Mi'kmaq College Institute (allows Mi'kmaq students, educators, scholars, and researchers of Mi'kmaq cosmology to establish a curriculum and research agenda which contributes to the achievement of the educational and community goals set by Mi'kmaq communities), Off-Campus Housing, Reading and Writing Centre, Residence, Student Development Centre, Student Loans or Financial Aid, Students' Union, and Tutoring Services.
The Cape Breton University Students’ Union is the official spokesperson of the students of Cape Breton. It has been serving the students for over 25 years, and its self-governing body is composed of around 3,500 students. The Union manages the Caper Convenience and the Pit Lounge and organizes campus events and activities. The Union also offers students the following services: Women’s Centre, Campus Newspaper, Free Legal Advice, Emergency Bursaries, Handbooks, Bus Passes, and Free Tutoring Services.
Students who are into fitness can go to the Sullivan Field House, which offers a diverse number of equipment to help in aerobic conditioning, such as free climbers, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free climber steppers, and treadmills. For students who are more into muscle conditioning, they can choose the stationary weight machines and free weights that are also available in the centre. Students who are fully enrolled in the University are automatically members of the club. Part-time students, faculty and staff can also become members by paying membership fees.
There are four academic schools at Cape Breton: Arts and Community Studies (Anthropology, Joint Anthropology/Sociology, Celtic Studies, Communication, Economics, English, Folklore, French, History, Mi’kmaq Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology), Shannon School of Business (Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Technology Information, Bachelor of Hospitality & Tourism Management Degree, and Vancouver Bachelor of Business Administration Program ), Education, Health, and Wellness (Bachelor of Education Intermediate/Secondary, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences, BSc Human Nutrition), and Science and Technology (There are four different categories of Bachelor of Science program: the 3-year General, the 4-year Major, the 4-year Honours, and the 4-year Double Major, which include: BSc Mathematics with Engineering Diploma, BSc Mathematics with Computing Science, BSc Chemistry with Engineering , BScCS Concentration in Biodiversity, BScCS Concentration in Integrative Science, BScCS Concentration in Psychology, Health, and Environment, BSc Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Computer Science, and BSc Agriculture).
Students who plan to live outside Cape Breton University can go to the Off-Campus Housing Directory. Here, students can find all the information regarding housing arrangements that are within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Students can also find tips and suggestions on how to make their home a more satisfying place to live in.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality is a regional municipality in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton County.
Its population makes it the second largest municipality in the province and the population of the former city of Sydney (33,012) also gives CBRM the distinction of having the province's third largest urban centre.
In 1995 the government of Nova Scotia sought to reduce the number of incorporated towns and cities in the province through amalgamation. CBRM was created from the former municipalities, the City of Sydney; the Towns of Dominion, Glace Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Louisbourg, and the Municipality of the County of Cape Breton.