1. The weather in Kamloops is great and the view of the mountains is unreal
2. The campus itself is very beautiful
3. Collegial Environment - the amount of support we receive from one another is amazing. The upper years are willing to pass down their CANS and help with anything you need. Everyone ends up knowing one another and by the end of first semester, you're practically homies with the majority of students in the Faculty of Law. Its always nice to be in a positive environment where students are so uplifting - you never feel alone.
4. Variety of student clubs/sports on campus
5. Amazing professors. Professors at TRU are extremely educated (some have degrees from Harvard, JD's and PhD's from UBC, Dalhousie, U of T etc ..) and are always available to help you during office hours. Profs at TRU genuinely want to see you succeed and will make time for you even when they don't have office hours on the day that you're available.
6. There is a Starbucks in the law building - when we have a 3 hour class and get a 15 minute break, it's always nice to refuel and grab some coffee in the same building and make it just in time for class to start again.
7. Great small town vibe - Coming from a big city, I never thought I would have loved kamloops as much as i did. Although there is practically one of everything (one Walmart, one Superstore + the Independent etc ..), I found myself enjoying the vibe, and the community is just so wonderful - not just the TRU community, the Kamloops community in general is amazing.
8. Hiking/Nature: If you like hiking, or nature in general, Kamloops is great for that. One of the many places I have hiked at during my time in Kamloops is Battle Bluffs, dewdrop trail, and myra canon.
9. Downtown parking is inexpensive in comparison to other cities.
10. Cafes - If you're someone who likes to study at cafes, Kamloops has great ones, such as The Art We Are.
11. Everything is close in proximity. Superstore, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Movie Theatre, Walmart, TRU, Staples, Aberdeen Mall, gyms/fitness facilities are so close to one another that I only needed to fill my gas tank once every month
There are many pros to studying in Kamloops at TRU. Moving from a large city to Kamloops (in my personal experience) wasn't a hard transition. You meet many students on orientation day, and throughout the semester, and we have fun together, and struggle together. We have "help not hurt" midterms where they will be worth 0% if you get higher on your final exam than your midterm. Overall, there are many pros of attending TRU and i'm glad I made the decision. Although the 3rd floor printers can get jammed up from time to time and you occasionally hear students screaming while playing foosball and pingpong in the students lounge ... It's one of the things that makes TRU so great!
1. Tuition is around $20k (costly in comparison to other law schools)
2. It's hard to find a nice place to live close to school that won't break the bank
3. PARKING IS A NIGHTMARE (unless you have a premium pass that costs $275 ish per semester, but in high demand)
4. Not many restaurants (and the nightlife scene isn't great compared to Vancouver, Calgary etc ..)
5. The malls in Kamloops have limited options for those who like to shop and go to rather popular stores you would find in places like Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Saskatchewan etc ...
6. It's hard to find cabs (and cabs are also expensive to take if your destination is 15 minutes away etc ..)
7. Your luck at the airport is a hit or miss. Flights leaving Kamloops, at least in my experience, get delayed or cancelled frequently due to there being a problem with the aircraft and not having another airplane to use while the other is getting fixed. This happened to me and my partner at least 3 times.
8. Did i mention parking is a nightmare? Might as well mention it again