Lister Centre

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From left to right: Henday Hall, Mackenzie Hall, Kelsey Hall, and Schäffer Hall. The three original residences are brick-coloured. Schäffer Hall is the beige building on the right.

Lister Centre, known for most of its history as Lister Hall, is the primary student residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As of 2008, it was the largest university residence complex in Canada, housing approximately 1,800 students during the academic year.[1] Residents are primarily first- and second-year undergraduate students.[2]

The complex comprises four residence towers: Kelsey Hall and Henday Hall (both built in 1962), Mackenzie Hall (completed in 1968), and Schäffer Hall (completed in 2003).[2][3] The towers are named after Canadian explorers Henry Kelsey, Anthony Henday, and Alexander Mackenzie, and American explorer Mary Schäffer. The complex itself is named after Reg Lister, a University employee from 1911 to 1960, who had served as Superintendent of Residences.[3] [4] [5]

Each of the four towers is 10 to 12 storeys tall, with each floor divided into three wings of single- or double-occupancy, dormitory-style rooms. The towers are connected to a central building that contains a cafeteria and other food services, a variety of student facilities, a conference centre, and a gymnasium.

The complex is managed by University of Alberta Residence Services through two Resident Assistants (RAs) on each floor, and students are represented by the Lister Hall Students' Association (LHSA) through an elected Floor Coordinator (FC) on every floor. The Lister Hall Students' Association and Residence Services have functioned separate from one another since the 2012-2013 academic year.[6]



Ethernet Internet access is available in all the rooms of Lister Centre. It is included in your residence fees and. The same UWS, Eduroam, and Guest@UofA Wireless that is available across the rest of campus is also available in all the residence buildings as well as in Main Lister. [7]

Meal Plan[edit]

It is mandatory for residents to purchase a meal plan from Aramark, with the current and proposed prices being as follows:[8]

Current and proposed prices of Lister meal plan (in Canadian Dollars)
Date Level One Level Two Level Three Level Four
Current 2310 2730 3150 3990
2011–2012 2628 2940 3393 3990
2012–2013 2914 3014 3477 4090
2013–2014 Cancelled 3089 3564 4192

Lister Dodgeball League[edit]

The Lister Dodgeball League (LDL) is a recreational league organized by, and for the students living in the Lister Centre residence. Teams are formed from members of each individual floor (or in some cases due to insufficient numbers, a combination of two floors) and play weekly games against other teams. Since its inaugural year in 2003, the LDL has grown significantly and is loved by many students and Lister alumni as a great team-building and social physical activity. The league is organized each year by a trio of Executives (Rules, Officiating, and External) hired by the Lister Hall Students Association (LHSA). For a complete history of the LDL, see Official LDL History Page.

The LDL style of dodgeball is different from that commonly played in high schools and other recreational or professional leagues, such as the National Dodgeball League. Teams of 18 people (max. 11 of one gender) compete in a large, enclosed gymnasium. Ideally the gymnasium should have a solid wall on either end of the court. Balls are 6 inches in diameter and are rubber coated foam. The small foam balls can be thrown harder, while leaving a smaller chance of injury. The balls bounce hard off of the back wall, creating the "shagger" position and adding another aspect to the game play. Balls are live until they hit the ground, and catching a ball does not result in any player being out. For complete rules of LDL style dodgeball, see Official LDL Rules Page.

The LDL boasts several different game types: Classic, where players who are hit are eliminated immediately and leave the court; Doctor, where players sit where hit and can be saved by a single doctor who is protected by a standard sized hockey net; Double Doctor, in which two doctors are available to save eliminated team mates, but have no net protection; and Assassins, where one player can throw balls from the very back of the opposing teams court.

In addition to weekly gameplay, the LDL hosts a playoff tournament of varying lengths and styles, and an AllStar tournament where the best players from each of the four Lister towers face off against each other in a week-long event. The LDL also assists the University of Alberta with hosting Campus Cup and its World Record attempts at the Largest Dodgeball Game.


  1. ^ University of Alberta, "University of Alberta Centenary: University of Alberta Residences. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  2. ^ a b University of Alberta, "Residence Services: Lister Centre". Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  3. ^ a b Schoeck, Ellen (2006). I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories About the University of Alberta, 1906-2006. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. pp. 452–453. ISBN 978-0-88864-464-0. 
  4. ^ University of Alberta Alumni Association, "Taking Care: The Legacy of Reg Lister". Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  5. ^ Johns, Walter H. (1981). A History of the University of Alberta, 1908-1969. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. pp. 53, 343. ISBN 978-0-88864-025-3. 
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  8. ^ The Gateway, U of A's student run newspaper Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine..

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Coordinates: 53°31′19″N 113°31′50″W / 53.52194°N 113.53056°W / 53.52194; -113.53056