Residence Life

Studies have demonstrated that residential life makes a significant, positive contribution to the retention, academic performance, and personal success of students (Pascarella and Terenzini, How College Affects Students, 2005).

At Prairie, we build on this by providing a unique environment for individual and community discipleship. Prairie’s residential program supports the educational mandate of the institute, through a safe and exciting environment where students are challenged to live out their Christian faith on a day-to-day basis. With the help of a caring and knowledgeable staff, residential students are challenged to grow in every area of life, including the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual dimensions.

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Residence Policy

In light of this, we require all single students who are under the age of 22 or who are first or second year students to live in residence (dorms). Exceptions include local students living at home or those taking 2 courses (6 credit hours) or less within a semester. Additional details on this policy can be found in our Residence Handbook. If you are married or over 22, please visit our Housing webpage.

Residence Staff

The Directors of Student Development, as well as the Community Life Coordinators, seek to develop a dynamic Christian community within the residence. They assist students in the pursuit of spiritual maturity, academic excellence, and social responsibility.

IMPACT Leaders play an important role in residence life at Prairie. These student leaders help to facilitate a distinctly Christian community by encouraging residence students through weekly IMPACT group meetings as well as intentional one-on-one activities. By offering help and support, IMPACT Leaders seek to develop a relationship with you in an effort to strengthen your walk with God and others.

Men’s Residence
Van Williams
Director of Student Development – Men

Women’s Residence
Shannon Weiss

Director of Student Development - Women 

Moving into Residence

You can take a campus photo tour here and see where the residence is situated on the campus map. For residence fees, please check out the individual program pages as fees vary by program due to program length.

For suggestions of what to bring, see our printable checklist here.

Living in Residence

Living in residence can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of college life. In order to develop an atmosphere of positive encouragement and mutual respect students are asked to be considerate of the well-being of others and to respect the property and facilities in which they reside. The Residence Handbook has been prepared with this challenge in mind. It will provide you with everything you need to know about living in residence at Prairie.

We believe that residence life provides an excellent atmosphere that will enable you to become an integral part of the Prairie community.  

Residence addresses:
Dearing Hall - 327 4th Ave N., Three Hills
Cunningham Hall - 331 4th Ave N., Three Hills
Memorial Hall - 339 4th Ave. N., Three Hills

Important Documents

What to Bring to College [pdf]

Things to do around Three Hills [pdf]
Residence Handbook [pdf]


Prairie Bible Institute
Box 4000
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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