The House of Canadian Students was established in the early 1920s at the initiative of Philippe Roy, High-Commissioner of the Canadian government. While looking for a patron, he met the Montreal senator Joseph-Marcelin Wilson, who brought in three-quarters of the funds necessary to lay the first stone in 1926.
Thus, the original building is contemporary with the creation of the Cité universitaire site. Fruit of a Franco-Canadian collaboration between the French architect Émile Thomas and the Canadian architect Georges Vanier, it included only the main wing of the present building stretching along the Jourdan Boulevard. Today, the House of Canadian Students, having undergone major restoration operations (1967-1969; 1984-1985; 2005-2006), has increased its capacity (from 49 to 150 units) and comfort.