Future Student FAQ

How many students live in residence at York?

York has close to 2,500 residence spaces available for students in ten different undergraduate residence buildings at York’s Keele and Glendon Campuses.

What style of residence does York offer?

Most residences are arranged in a traditional style with single and double bedrooms sharing common washrooms and lounges. At the Keele Campus, we also have some suite-style residences with in-suite kitchens and washrooms typically shared by 2 or 6 students, however as upper-year students will receive priority, space for first-year students is limited.

Who is eligible to live in undergraduate residence?

Students must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree programs. York’s residences offer a nice balance of first-year and upper-year students. To be eligible for residence after first-year, students must have no behavioural infractions while living in or visiting York residence, and have no outstanding debt to the University.

Am I guaranteed residence?

You are guaranteed a residence space as long as you are admitted for the Fall session directly from a full-time secondary school program, and you apply by June 1st.

When can I apply for residence?

2017-2018 Fall/Winter term undergraduate residence applications are available starting February 1st. Apply through MyFile and follow the instructions. Set 10 minutes aside to complete and submit your application no later than June 1st to secure your space.

Can I still apply for residence after June 1st?

Yes, we will accept residence applications all summer as long as there is space available.

Do I have to pay a fee with my application?

Yes, a $30 non-refundable fee is payable online by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Visa Debit when you submit your application.

Will I have to pay a deposit for residence?

Yes, you are required to pay a $250 non-refundable room reservation deposit online using a credit or visa debit card upon acceptance of your residence room offer. Your deposit is not an additional charge and will be deducted from your room fees after you move in. Instructions on how to pay your room deposit online will be included with your room offer.

How do I choose a residence?

Many students select a residence preference based on their Faculty program of study. You can also select based on, proximity to classes and other campus amenities. For more detailed information about how the residences are linked with Faculty programs, please check the program affiliations at Keele Campus.

You can select up to two preferred residences on your application but we cannot make guarantees. Remember, every residence will offer a great first-year experience and support system as you make the transition to university life!

Can I live in a suite-style residence?

First-year students should experience living in a traditional residence with a roommate. It’s a great way to meet other students, socialize and study together. Plus you’ll enjoy the convenience of a meal plan. Traditional residence is our most affordable option and cleaning services are provided in the common areas and washrooms.

Suite-style residence is a preferred choice for upper-year students who may like to share amenities and cook and clean for themselves. Upper-year students will receive priority for Pond Residence. Calumet Residence has a mix of first-year and upper-year students.

Housing will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s residence preference, but cannot make guarantees as assignments will depend on availability. Students should be prepared to accept any space that is offered in any residence with the objective of having a complete university experience!

What size is my room and what's in it?

The average room size is 110 square feet and is furnished with a single/twin-sized bed, lamp, desk, chair, dresser, closet and garbage bin. Students supply their own linens.

What about Internet, phone and cable TV?

Each room has wireless and wired Internet included in the room fee. Telephone and cable TV services are available on a fee for subscription basis.

What's in the suite kitchens?

Pond suites are equipped with a fridge/freezer and stove. Students provide their own microwave.

Bethune suites are equipped with a fridge/freezer, stove and microwave.

Calumet suites are equipped with a fridge, freezer, convection oven, microwave and hotplate.

All students living in suites will provide their own small appliances, pots, pans, cooking utensils and cleaning supplies.

Will I share a room?

Many first-year students will share a double room. The application will ask some specific questions about your lifestyle preferences to match your compatibility with potential roommates. You will have the opportunity to self-select a roommate or have one selected for you. To ensure optimal compatibility and harmonious roommate relations, you should answer the questions completely and honestly. Double rooms are shared by students who are of the same gender.

Can I share a room with a friend who is also accepted to York?

Yes,  the roommate selection module will be open between April-June, when both of you return to your online residence application and accept each other before Housing can confirm your room assignment together.

Can I have a single room?

You will be assigned to a single room if you are a first-year student admitted with a minimum 90% average, and you apply by June 1st deadline, and you select the single room preference.

Are the residences mixed gender?

All residences offer a mixed-gender environment, but there are some floors/sections designated as female only or male only. You can indicate a preference for a same gender floor/section on the application.

Is smoking allowed in residence?

No, smoking (including e-cigarette) is strictly forbidden anywhere in all residence buildings.

Do I have to buy a meal plan?

The purchase of a meal plan is required in all traditional residences where cooking facilities are not provided. Students may rent or bring compact refrigerators. Students living in suites with kitchen access may purchase optional meal plans. For more information, visit the Food Services website.

What food choices are there on campus?

York has over 40 food service providers at the Keele Campus offering a wide variety of food types including salads, soup and sandwiches, full “home-style” dinners, fast food, international, halal and kosher food. The Glendon Campus offers a main dining hall and two other food outlets.

How much will residence cost me?

We suggest you budget about $8,600-$10,000 to cover your residence and food costs for the eight-month period, not including personal spending money.

Please refer to the website for information about 2016-2017 Undergraduate Residence rates. (2017-2018 Undergraduate Residence rates are currently under review)

Are there any other costs to live in residence?

In addition to your room and meal costs, all students are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $80 for residence life activities. You will incur additional costs if subscribe to phone service, long distance calling and cable TV. Students should also make insurance arrangements before moving into residence because the University is not responsible for loss or damage of personal property for any reason.

How long is the residence occupancy for?

Your residence occupancy is effective for the 2017-2018 Fall and Winter academic terms but excludes the winter holiday closure period when the residences are closed. Students are required to make alternative living arrangements during the closure period but students who live out-of-province may appeal to stay in residence if they have no alternative accommodation and will be charged a $150 (under review) flat fee if they are approved.

When is move-in and move-out for the 2017-2018 academic year?

Official move-in day for new students is Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. Students are required to move out 24 hours after their F/W term classes/exams, no later than Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, whichever comes first.

Does York offer summer residence?

Yes, applications are available from our website starting March 1st.

I will be new to university life. Will there be anybody to help me?

Absolutely! You’ll have plenty of support and help. Each residence building has senior student live-in staff called Residence Dons, who are there to be a resource to you and lend a helping hand during your transition to university life. Dons work under the guidance of a live-in Residence Life Coordinator who is responsible for all aspects of undergraduate residence life.

What is the Village? Is it part of York?

The Village is a residential neighbourhood just beyond the south boundary of York University’s property. Residential dwellings in the Village are privately owned and York has no ownership or legal jurisdiction within this community. Many homes in the Village have been converted to “rooming houses” that do not comply with Provincial building and fire regulations and rooms are rented to anyone, not just students. Many owners do not live within the rooming houses that they own and may not be immediately available to tenants when issues arise. Please read About "The Village" for more information.

Do you offer residence tours?

Yes, we offer tours in one of our traditional-style residences during summer. Please refer to residence tours for more information.

If you are unable to come to campus, we invite you to view residence buildings and gallery.

If you are planning to visit the campus, you may be able to join up with a scheduled tour. Sign up for a campus tour.


Note: Housing Services strives to ensure the completeness and accuracy of information contained on this website, however, we reserve the right to change any of the information at anytime without notice.