Campus Planning

The University of Saskatchewan campus inspires learning and discovery by providing a safe, engaging and welcoming physical environment where people can come together.  It does that by combining space for infrastructure, transportation, architecture, history, and landscaping that interacts with the larger community.

Planning is used to help ensure the campus evolves over time in a way that is responsive to the university’s learning and discovery mission.  Development of these campus “Spaces and Places” is informed by a variety of planning and other documents.

USask Planning Timeline





Core Area Master Plan

The Core Area Master Plan was prepared in 2003 to support the strategic directions of the university. It established the physical framework for growth of new areas and enhancement of existing areas across the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The 2003 Core Area Master Plan delineated the university into 11 main precincts which can still help to describe planning areas of campus today.



College Quarter Master Plan

The College Quarter Master Plan took shape in 2009 and provides a strategy for the incremental development of the University of Saskatchewan's College Quarter lands.

In contrast to the traditional university campus model which congregates all university facilities into one campus area, College Quarter integrates university uses with a dynamic range of public, commercial, residential and recreation uses built in partnership with the private and public sector.

One of the primary goals of the College Quarter Master Plan was to create a roadmap towards combining the university and surrounding neighbourhoods into a thriving mixed-use community.

For more information on this connection, consider taking a look at the

City of Saskatoon's University Sector Plan

which codifies the partnership between USask and the City in creating this community.

Expanded amenities brought by the College Quarter Master Plan include: 

1063 new residential beds    220 new hotel rooms    100 new childcare spaces    twin ice pads

Vision 2057

Vision 2057: University Land Use Planning, provided a land use plan that clarified the role of the 1,865 acres of urban university land as either “Core” to the academic mission or “Endowment” which could also play an economic role in the future.

With the university continuing to expand and innovate, Vision 2057 helps to clarify what we consider the "core campus".

Find detailed information on this Vision and current core campus planning, on our Real Estate page.

Land accounted for within Vision 2057 includes:

1865 acres of urban lands 18 percent of land in 5km radius of downtown saskatoon
874 acres of core campus lands 991 acres of endowment lands

Heritage Register

The university's Heritage Register was developed and adopted as an information resource to provide guidance on the manner in which projects affecting heritage assets should be undertaken.

USask has developed a process and principles for stewardship of its heritage buildings.

Athletics and Recreation Plan

The Athletics and Recreation Plan looks towards the future development of recreational and athletics facilities on campus, ranging from purpose-built spaces like the PAC to informal outdoor spaces like The Bowl.

The Athletics and Recreation Master Plan lays out a 25-year plan to improve upon the university's athletic and recreational offerings.

One particularly important aspect of this plan is its commitment to Indigenous Place-Making. With the largest absolute and relative self-declared Indigenous student population in Canada, USask has the present as a critical time to support Indigenous identity cultural traditions through its spaces and places.

Crop Development Centre Master Plan

The Crop Development Centre (CDC) Master Plan assists the development of the CDC lands at USask in a manner that optimizes site potential while providing a high-quality environment for research and teaching.

The Crop Development Centre Master Plan aims to transform what used to be considered the "Farmstead North Precinct" into a research-driven campus hub that demonstrates land conservation and sustainable landscaping while promoting density within the university's core campus.

Campus Planning in the Urban Context

USask and the City of Saskatoon have a unique and important relationship in developing university land in a way that compliments the City's own growth plans. The following sections are an overview of some of the intersection points between City and campus planning.

City of Saskatoon Future Growth Strategy

The University of Saskatchewan provided input and endorsed the Future Growth Strategy which impacts the campus with strategies for bus rapid transit, growth corridors and bridges as the City of Saskatoon grows towards a population of 500,000.

Bus Rapid Transit

The City of Saskatoon is currently planning to implement a bus rapid transit system along College Drive and Preston Avenue that will improve the frequency and quality of service to the university by 2026.

Corridor Planning

The City of Saskatoon is developing a strategy for the growth corridors along College Drive and Preston Avenue that will allow increased density to coincide with the introduction of the bus rapid transit system.  It will also provide enhanced public realm amenities that will make College Drive more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.


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