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Where to Live Near Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Posted by Justin Havre on Thursday, December 29th, 2022 at 9:16am.

Best Neighborhoods Near the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

In addition to its great location near the Rocky Mountains and its thriving downtown, Calgary is also known for notable colleges and universities. The city is home to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), a school offering technology career and business and trades programs. This technical institute has been around since 1916. SAIT has a main campus close to the downtown area that is easy to get to via Calgary's public transportation system. Reaching campus can be even simpler by living in one of the several neighbourhoods near Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.


The Rosedale neighbourhood sits between the Trans-Canada Highway and McHugh Bluff Park, giving residents easy access to major roadways, public transportation, and outdoor amenities. McHugh Bluff Park, within walking distance, offers a scenic cliffside setting with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Residents can also stay active thanks to the Rosedale Community Association, which offers activities, programs, and amenities in the neighbourhood, including yoga classes, tennis, and soccer.

This neighbourhood, established in 1929, is also close to all of the stores, restaurants, and other Kensington District businesses. With 14th Street NW and 10th Street NW nearby, residents have even more dining and shopping options around. Family-owned and run Earl's Kitchen and Bar is a short walk from Rosedale for a quick bite.

Rosedale has several housing options, including single-family detached homes, semi-detached homes, condos, and townhomes. Some single-family homes in Rosedale were built in the early to mid-1900s, while others are new construction homes built on established lots. Homes for sale in Rosedale list from the $900,000s, though prices quickly rise into the millions.

Other local schools in Rosedale include Rosedale School for elementary and junior high students. Crescent Heights High School is just minutes from Rosedale for older students.

Rosedale Amenities

  • 600 metres from SAIT
  • Rosedale Community Association outdoor ice skating rink
  • Bow to Bluff Corridor hiking area
  • Cat n' Fiddle Pub
  • Safeway Kensington


The Hillhurst neighbourhood provides convenient access to SAIT and Kensington District with its many restaurants and shops. The neighbourhood's borders include the Bow River to the south, the Trans-Canada Highway to the north, 10th Street NW to the east, and 18th Street NW to the west. Residents in this neighbourhood can head to the Bow River Pathway to take in scenic views of the river while walking or riding a bike. For a delicious meal, Osteria Chef's Table and Blackwell's Pub and Eatery are just two of several notable restaurants within walking distance. Just outside Hillhurst—one of Calgary's most walkable neighbourhoods—the North Hill Centre offers shopping and other amenities.

Hillhurst was established as a Calgary neighbourhood in 1914, but homes in the area that Hillhurst now occupies began going up in the 1880s. Today's residents can choose from both old and new single-family detached houses and townhomes and condos. Single-family homes for sale in Hillhurst list from the $700,000s, while the neighbourhood's share of Calgary condos list from the high $300,000s.

Hillhurst has a couple of local schools within the neighbourhood, including Hillhurst Elementary and Queen Elizabeth Elementary through High Schools. Public transportation via bus and light rail is also available in Hillhurst for those travelling around the city.

Hillhurst Amenities

  • 750 metres from SAIT
  • West Hillhurst Park
  • Side Street Pub and Grill
  • Riley Park
  • Hayden Block Smoke and Whiskey

Mount Pleasant

Best Places to Live Near SAIT

The Mount Pleasant neighbourhood reaches from 16th Street NW to the south to 32nd Avenue NW to the north. Confederation Park borders the community to the west, providing residents with opportunities to play golf, stroll around the duck pond, and do other outdoor activities. Mount Pleasant's location offers easy access to stores, restaurants, and other amenities and businesses along the Trans-Canada Highway. Proximity to the highway also makes driving around or taking public transportation more convenient.

Residents can walk to many places, including Banzai Sushi and Teriyaki House, for lunch or dinner or Milk Ice Cream for a tasty treat. North Hill Shopping Centre, which includes a Safeway grocery store, and CF Market Mall are also close to Mount Pleasant. The Mount Pleasant Community Association maintains several local amenities, including an outdoor pool and an indoor ice skating rink. The community association also hosts several programs and events throughout the year, such as movie nights and garage sales.

Mount Pleasant became an official Calgary neighbourhood back in 1912. Over the years, the area has been filled with single-family detached houses and condos; homes for sale in Mount Pleasant list from the $500,000s, but condos and apartments can be found from the high $200,000s. Homes built decades ago can be found in Mount Pleasant, along with some of Calgary's new construction homes

Mount Pleasant Amenities

  • 2 km from SAIT
  • John's Breakfast and Lunch
  • 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar
  • Plantation Garden Centre
  • Mount Pleasant Medical Clinic

Briar Hill

The Briar Hill neighbourhood, or Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill neighbourhood, was annexed by Calgary in 1906, but it didn't become an official neighbourhood until 1953. This neighbourhood sits between the Trans-Canada Highway to the north and 8th Avenue NW to the south. Crowchild Trail NW borders the community to the west, while 14 Street NW borders it to the east. This location gives residents plenty of amenities to walk to while also being within a short drive or public transportation ride to a number of businesses.

North Hill Centre is located within Briar Hill, which provides residents with many shops and dining establishments, including Boston Pizza. Lion's Park Station is also in Briar Hill, making it easy for residents to travel around the city or commute. The Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill Community Association has multiple amenities available for residents, including a drop-in gym, an outdoor exercise park, yoga classes, a walking club, and more. The association also has a number of events during the year. Local schools in the area include Briar Hill Elementary School and Queen Elizabeth School for Junior High and Senior High.

Briar Hill has a mix of single-family detached houses, high-rise condos, and townhomes. Homes for sale in Briar Hill list from the $700,000s, but the occasional apartment or condo will list from the $500,000s. The neighbourhood's mature trees offer beautiful views, along with shade. 

Briar Hill Amenities

  • 1.3 km from SAIT
  • Louise Riley Library
  • Juree's Thai Place Restaurant
  • Hounsfield Heights Park
  • Safeway grocery store
  • North Hill Optometry

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill's borders include Confederation Park to the north, 19th Street NW to the west, Trans-Canada Highway to the south, and 10th Street NW to the east. This neighbourhood offers convenient access to SAIT college, Confederation Park's amenities, North Hill Centre's shopping and dining, public transportation, and much more. Residents can grab lunch at Jimmy's A&A Mediterranean Deli or have dinner at Earl's Kitchen and Bar. Both places are located within Capitol Hill. Several other stores and restaurants are located close to the neighbourhood's southern border along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Capitol Hill has been a Calgary neighbourhood since 1948. Post-war houses can be found throughout the area, as well as newer homes and duplexes. Single-family homes for sale in Capitol Hill list from the $900,000s, but apartments and townhomes can be found from the $200,000s. Branton Junior High and Capitol Hill Elementary School are in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood.

The Capitol Hill Community Association holds several events yearly, including bike parades, sleigh rides, and spring festivals. The association also maintains a community garden where residents can plant edible herbs and flowers. Other amenities that the community association offers include a dinosaur playground, athletic programs, and a community centre.

Capitol Hill Amenities

  • 1.3 km from SAIT
  • Home Depot
  • Edelweiss Village
  • Duck pond at Confederation Park
  • Super Smash Cafe
  • Prime Health Care Medical Centre

Crescent Heights

Best Places to Live Near Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, AB

Bordered by the Trans-Canada Highway to the north and Bow River to the south, Crescent Heights provides quick access to outdoor activities, major transportation routes, dining, and shopping. Residents can find several places to eat and shop along Edmonton Trail on the neighbourhood's eastern border, such as Noto Gelato and Villa Firenze. Many other restaurants and shops can be found along Centre Street N, which runs through the neighbourhood from north to south. Crescent Park—one of Calgary's best parks—offers green space for residents to enjoy the outdoors.

As one of the oldest areas in Calgary, Crescent Heights was established in 1914. Some older houses from this era remain in the neighbourhood, although several newer homes are being built. Detached homes for sale in Crescent Heights list from $600,000, but for the neighbourhood's share of Calgary's luxury homes, listing prices range from around $1 million to more than $2 million. Other housing types in Crescent Heights include condos and townhouses, usually listed from the $200,000s.

The Crescent Heights Community Association maintains many amenities for residents, including a community centre, tennis court, and skating rink. Residents can also attend several events that the association holds during the year.

Crescent Heights Amenities

  • 1.9 kilometres from SAIT
  • Bow River Pathway
  • Rotary Park
  • Tokyo Street Market
  • Elite Brewing and Cidery
  • Shoppers Drug Mart

Tuxedo Park

Tuxedo Park stretches from 32nd Avenue NW to the north and the Trans-Canada Highway to the south. Edmonton Trail borders it to the east and 2nd Street NW to the west. Centre Street runs through the neighbourhood, which puts many restaurants and other businesses within walking distance. Residents can visit Rosso Coffee Roasters for a hot cup of coffee or get some grocery shopping done at Safeway Beacon Heights Shopping Centre. Public transportation is also readily available in Tuxedo Park, offering a convenient way for residents to get to and from destinations within the neighbourhood and outside of it.

Tuxedo Park was annexed in 1910 and is one of Calgary's oldest neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood has numerous historic homes and buildings, newer houses, townhomes, and condos. Tuxedo Park's homes for sale list from the $300s to just under $1 million. The Tuxedo Park Community Association holds annual events and other events, such as a Canada Day celebration and Oktoberfest. The association also offers a community park, community centre, and ice skating rink. 

Other schools located close to Tuxedo Park include Mount View Elementary, Balmoral Junior High, and Crescent Heights High School.

Tuxedo Park Amenities

  • 3 kilometres from SAIT
  • Lina's Italian Market
  • Centre Street Japanese Hotpot
  • Tuxedo Centre Medical Clinic
  • Streetside Grill and Cafe

SAIT Real Estate Near the Heart of the City

Those looking for a neighbourhood close to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology have many options, depending on budget, amenities, distance from the main campus, and other factors. Calgary's best neighbourhoods—including those close to SAIT—have many amenities within walking distance and access to public transportation. While some are just a few minutes away from SAIT in terms of walking distance, others provide quick access to the main campus via the CTrain. SAIT real estate offers many options, from historic homes to high-end condos.

If you're looking for the perfect Calgary home, contact Justin Havre of RE/MAX First with Calgary Homes at (403) 217-0003 to get in touch with a local Calgary real estate agent and discover your new dream home today.

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