The whole campus of Cape Breton University covers over 17,000 square feet area of land. It consists of about 5,500 students on its campuses. The international student count is around 3,500 out of the total students' population. Due to this, the university is regarded as the university which has the second-largest international student community in comparison to other universities. Cape Breton holds a globally recognized research centre called the Beaton Institute. It attracts leading researchers from all over the world and gives the students a chance to work with such professionals. The quality of students in the university is so high that almost 85% of students are eligible for a scholarship. The campus houses a central library with a vast collection of resources like books, research papers, journals, etc. which is necessary for a student to expand his knowledge. The On-campus residence is also available for the students with all modern amenities like wireless internet connection, laundry, kitchen, etc. There are four residence halls open for the students to stay, which are MacDonald Residence, Cabot Residence, Alumni Hall and Harriss Hall. The students can access these with their separate electronic key-card. Cape Breton university also provides financial aids to students on merit. Around $1.8 million worth of scholarships are offered to the deserving students.