Current Student FAQ - Keele Campus

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When can I apply?

2020-2021 Fall/Winter term undergraduate residence applications are available starting February 10, 2020.  Please visit the Current Students - Keele website to apply. We strongly encourage you to apply by February 29, 2020 to improve your chance of receiving an offer and/or getting your room/suite preferences.

Is there a deadline for applications?

No, we will continue to accept residence applications throughout the summer but you will only be offered if a space is available.

Do I have to pay a fee with my application?

Yes, a $100 application fee  is due upon application and can be paid online by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Visa Debit. This fee is fully refundable for the 2020-2021 academic year if an application is cancelled prior to receiving an offer.

What are the requirements to be eligible for Undergraduate Residences?

You are eligible to apply for residence as long as:

  1. You are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program (18 credits over F/W terms or 9 credits per term), AND
  2. You have no significant behavioral infractions reported while living in or visiting the York residences, AND
  3. You have no outstanding debt on your student account from previous academic terms.

When will I get a room offer?

Specific room assignments and offers will be sent out to students via email starting mid to late March and will continue throughout the summer as long as there is space available. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will receive an offer.

Can I apply for different residences?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to select up to two building preferences in the same Housing application.

Can I apply for a suite-style residence with a friend or a group of friends?

Yes, you and your friends can apply and request each other as suitemates as long as all applicants meet the eligibility criteria and that you applied at the same time. Please note that if any of the students that applied to live together do not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of offer, then they cannot be placed in the same suite. Pond and Calumet suites typically receive more applications than spaces available so applying does not guarantee the requested space.

Will I get to choose a building/room preference?

Yes, you can indicate a specific building/room preference on your application. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are of receiving your building/room preference, pending availability.

Can I have a single room?

You can indicate single room as preference in the application although typically, upper-year students are offered a single room first. However, there is also an affordable alternative option for you if you know someone you would be happy to share a room with. You can request to share a double room with a friend as long as you are of the same gender and you request each other as roommates.

Will I have to pay a deposit for residence if given an offer?

Yes, you are required to pay a $300 non-refundable residence room 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 credited back to your student account after you move in. Instructions on how to pay your deposit online will be included with your room offer.

Can I apply if I have never lived in residence?

Yes, you can apply for residence as long as you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Can I apply for York Apartments Housing?

Effective Fall 2020, York Apartments Housing is reserved for Graduate and Law Students and students with families only. Undergraduate students are welcome to apply to continue living in Undergraduate Residence.

Can I decline a room offer and still be considered for another residence?

Yes, however the possibility of you getting another residence offer is not guaranteed.

Is smoking permitted in residence?

No, all residences are smoke-free. Smoking is also strictly prohibited within 9 metres of the building entrance.

Is cannabis permitted in residence?

Rules and policies on cannabis smoking, possession and cultivation are available in Residence Community Standards.

Is there a process in place to address smoking and cannabis concerns?

Residents are encouraged to contact Residence Life on all smoking and cannabis concerns they may have. Issues will be addressed with responsible residents in accordance to policies set in the Residence Occupancy Agreement and Residence Life Handbook.

Note: Housing & Conference 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 any time without notice.