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 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 you need. Check out our university profiles for information about residences, application deadlines and required deposits.

Some universities also offer graduate residences for upper-year students and housing for families. This section lists examples of different styles of residences.

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On Campus Residence

Dormitory Style

You can live in shared (double, triple, etc.) rooms with roommates or in a single room by yourself. Each floor normally has shared washrooms and a lounge space. Some floors may be specially designed for students in particular programs (such as science or music) or similar interests (such as diversity or social justice).

Apartment Style

You might live with roommates in a shared or single suite-style residence. These residences may have semi-private washrooms or shared washrooms. They usually include shared kitchen facilities and may also have specially designated floors for students in particular programs (such as science, engineering or music).

Family Style

You might be bringing your family with you if you’re moving to attend university, and some schools offer family-style housing. These can be on-campus apartments or townhouse-style residences. If you are interested in this style, contact the Housing Office at your university. You can find contact information for your school on our university profiles.

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Off-Campus Housing

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.

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Meal Plans

At many on-campus residences, you can enjoy on-campus dining options that can include both dining halls and brand-name food vendors. 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 the university profiles.

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