If you are moving away from home to attend university, you will need to find a place to live before classes begin. You could choose to live on campus in residence or in housing that is off campus.
You can apply for a spot in a residence at most of Ontario universities. Many universities offer guaranteed residence for first-year students. Applications can vary by institution but usually include a short personality profile, your preference for residence style, and any accommodations needed by you. Check out our university profiles for information residences, application deadlines, and required deposits.
Some universities also offer graduate residences for upper-year students and housing for families. Below are examples of different styles of residences:
While you may choose to live in residence for your first year, you can also commute or live off campus. Many universities have set up a website devoted to off-campus housing that gives you resources and tools to help you with your search. Learn more about your university’s off-campus housing resources on our university profiles
At many on-campus residences, you can enjoy on-campus dining options that can include both brand-name food vendors and dining halls. At some universities, your meal plan is paid as part of your residence fees. Some meal plans are all-you-can-eat, while others work on a pay-per-meal system. Meal plans vary between universities, so check out your university’s profile page.