Downtown Hotel Purchased for Student Housing


Downtown Vancouver is about to get a major infusion of accommodations for international students.

Today, CIBT Education Group, with an offshore partner has purchased the 17-storey Viva Suites luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver and will convert it to accommodations for international students, the education provider announced this afternoon. The residence will provide more than 200 beds and will be the first of its type in Vancouver.

When completed, the suites will be fully furnished and equipped with kitchens. Building amenities will include a fitness centre, electronic library, TV lounge and free shuttle bus to schools near major Vancouver intersections. Other services pioneered by CIBT include international student airport pickup and shuttle bus service, private tutoring, daily hot meal service, weekend social activities, IT support, and academic counselling.

CIBT owns Sprott Shaw College, Ascenda School of Management, numerous business and ESL colleges in China and Global Education Alliance providing international students with referrals and related services to more than 100 public and private educational institutions in Canada and the U.S.

The new suites at Viva fill an important need for Vancouver’s international students. It can be difficult for schools to properly screen homestays and have them available on short notice when a student is ready to arrive in Vancouver. It’s even harder to fulfill students’ special requests such as a private bathroom, special dietary needs or a larger room.

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