Built at the same time as the undergraduate residence Aurora Hall, Crowsnest Hall houses 390 graduate students in a mix of suites and apartments. Although originally slated for the northeast part of campus, Crowsnest Hall is now located at the northwest edge, near the Schulich School of Engineering. The Hall consists of two towers of eleven and seven floors, with a one-story link at the main floor level. Special features of the residence include an academic project room, break-out study rooms, a music room, and a communal kitchen. A 3D tour is available.
Crowsnest Hall and Aurora Hall were both officially opened in September 2015. A sand ceremony symbolically blended the two new buildings with the wider university community. Crowsnest Hall was awarded LEED silver status; special features include an “edible landscape with apple trees, blueberry bushes and Saskatoon berry bushes…low emitting materials and a dedicated outdoor air system.” The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) grading system is based on a building’s sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental qualities.