Boarding Experience

Houses of Ridley

Ten Houses. One Community.

Ridley’s ten boarding houses provide all Upper School students and Lower School junior boarders with a place to call home while they are on campus. Founded on the traditional boarding system of the United Kingdom, our students are sorted into houses that enrich their learning experiences and create meaningful connections. Even our day students are provided with desks and storage within a designated dorm room so they too feel integrated with their housemates.

The Houses create a close community of friends and mentors that feels like one big family. In fact, The Houses of Ridley are run by compassionate adults known as Heads of Houses who are often Ridley parents themselves. The Heads of Houses and their families, along with Assistant Heads of Houses and a full Residential Life team, live amongst the boys and girls on campus, ensuring they are available 24-7 throughout the school year.

Each House has a unique identity — much in the same way the Houses at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter novels do — with mascots, colours, cheers and more. Traditions and House spirit run deep and throughout the year the girls houses participate in inter-house competitions in chase of the Bradley Sheild, while our boys houses duke it out for the Bermuda Cup.


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  • An All-Encompassing Experience

    The houses at Ridley are very unique. Each House has its own personality driven by its community of closely-knit students, Head of House, Assistant Head of House and Residential Dons.
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  • Junior Boarding

    A junior boarding option is available for Lower School students beginning in Grades 5 through Grade 8 at Burgoyne House.

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  • House Management

    Management of each House is a community effort.
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P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.