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For decades, moving off-campus meant living in often run-down, sometimes exorbitantly-priced apartments or houses. Students settled for poor housing conditions at high prices because it was seen as a veritable post-secondary rite of passage. Going to college or university meant paying a fortune to live in a dump—simple as that.

We figured it was time for a change, but couldn’t find a better option. That’s when we decided to build one ourselves.

Enter Textbook Suites Inc., a new concept in high quality, affordable, off-campus student living that delivers a great lifestyle experience for students, while offering peace of mind to parents.

Whether developed for Textbook's own account, or sold as condominiums to investors interested in participating in this burgeoning asset class, Textbook combines a high degree of architectural excellence and environmental sensitivity as it works with a team of nationally recognized consultants, contractors and communities to unleash the economic engine of their local universities and colleges for the benefit of all stakeholders.


To provide students with an enriched academic experience through the development of secure, well managed, amenity rich student purpose buildings in close proximity to their place of study.


The principals of Textbook have over 30 years experience in the acquisition, financing, design, development and construction of real estate development projects across North America, including well-anchored strip centres, retail power centres, seniors’ housing, and commercial office, recreation and high-rise residential developments.

Textbook has significant experience conceiving and successfully executing a wide spectrum of real estate projects. They have developed and built over $1 billion of real estate assets for their own account and in joint venture partnerships with some of Canada’s largest development firms. Projects they have been involved in have won numerous Urban Development, Design and Sustainable Architecture awards, including a Governor General’s Award for Design in 1991.

Co-founders John E. Davies and Walter Thompson have spent the past three decades integrating the same philosophy into all its planning, management, development and building ventures. Attention to detail in how people live is the most important element of design.

Headquartered in Vaughan Ontario, Textbook’s development team will continue working with accomplished design professionals whose diverse talents are bringing exceptional communities with enduring value.

  • Boathaus
  • Guildwood
  • Memory Care


Our focus is student housing and our passion is supporting students.

Textbook is pleased to support the work and efforts of the following worthy charities:

  • kidshelpphone
  • worldlit