Future Student FAQs

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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 spaces are limited.

What are the requirements to be eligible for Undergraduate Residences?

Students must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree programs (minimum 9 credits per term).

Will I be guaranteed residence?

The safety of our community members is paramount and we are planning on limiting capacity to residence space to half the spaces we normally assign. In light of the capacity limitations, we have suspended the guarantee of a residence space offered to first-year student admitted to the Fall session directly from a high school who apply by the June 1, 2020 deadline.

Can I live in residence in my upper years?

Yes, our residence population consists of a great blend of first and upper year students. You can re-apply to live in residence in your upper years as long as you meet the eligibility criteria-students must continuously be enrolled in full-time degree program, have no behavioural infractions while living in or visiting York residence, and have no outstanding debt to the University.

When can I apply for residence?

2020-2021 Fall/Winter Term undergraduate residence applications are available starting February 10, 2020. Apply through MyFile and follow the instructions. Set 10 minutes aside to complete and submit your application no later than June 1 to secure your space.

Can I still apply for residence after June 1?

Yes, 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.

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 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.

Can I choose the residence that I want to live in?

Yes; you can select up to two preferred residences on your application. Although Housing & Conference Services will make every effort to accommodate residence preferences, we cannot guarantee your choice of specific residence. Most students select a residence preference based on their Faculty program of study, please check the program affiliations at Keele Campus. You can also select based on proximity to classes and other campus amenities. All residences will offer you great experience as you make the transition into university life!

Can I live in a shared suite-style residence?

First-year students are encouraged to experience living in a traditional residence with a roommate. It’s a great way to meet other students, socialize and make lasting friendships. Furthermore, you will enjoy the convenience of a Meal Plan. Traditional residence is our most affordable option. Cleaning service is provided in the common areas and washrooms.

Suite-style residence are a suitable choice for upper-year students who will be independent, share amenities, cook and clean for themselves.

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 or may purchase linens through York University's external partner Residence Linens prior to arrival and they will be shipped to the Housing Office and ready for when you arrive.

Do the rooms have Internet?

Yes, each room has wireless and wired Internet connection.

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?

Most first-year students will be sharing a double room. Students are typically assigned with roommates of the same gender. The residence application lists specific questions about your lifestyle preferences which will be used to match your compatibility with potential roommates. To ensure optimal compatibility and harmonious roommate relations, we suggest you answer the questions thoroughly and honestly.

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

Students who confirmed (offered, accepted and paid deposit) double spaces within the same residence will have the opportunity to select a roommate. Note that applying roughly the same time and by June 1 will increase your chances of being placed with your selected roommate. 

Are the residences mixed gender?

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

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 their Residence Life Coordinator 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.

Do I have to buy a meal plan?

The purchase of a meal plan is mandatory in all traditional residences where cooking facilities are not provided. Students may rent or bring compact refrigerators from our external partner Coldex to keep in their room. 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. Glendon Campus offers a main dining hall and other food outlets.

How much will residence cost me?

We suggest you budget about $9,500-$11,500 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 Undergraduate Residence rates.

Are there any other costs to live in residence?

In addition to your room and meal costs, all students are required to pay an $80 Residence Life fee. You may incur additional costs if you wish to subscribe to phone and cable TV. Students are strongly recommended to get content insurance as 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 2020-2021 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 standard Holiday Closure fee if they are approved.

When is move-in and move-out for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Official move-in day is Saturday, September 5, 2020. Move-out is 24 hours after the student completes their F/W Term classes/exams.

Does York offer Summer Residence?

Yes, applications are available at the Summer Residence site in March 2020.

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

Absolutely! Each residence has Residence Dons, who will lend a helping hand during your transition to university life and will be your resource during your time in residence. Residence Dons report to a live-in professional Residence Life Coordinator, who is fully trained to manage simple to complex residents’ concerns.

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, tours are offered in a selected residence during the summer months each year. Please visit the Residence Tours Page for more information.

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

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


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.