Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Do Trinity Students Apply for Residence?
Newly Admitted First Year - Arts and Science
All residence applications for incoming students are directed through MyRes, which is operated by the University of Toronto's Housing Services. You must confirm your interest in residence and rank Trinity College as your first choice of residence on MyRes by March 31, 2018 to qualify for the University of Toronto's RESIDENCE GUARANTEE FOR FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS. Trinity’s residence application will be made available on MyRes in mid-late March. MyRes is then a gateway to the Trinity Online Residence Application, which must be completed by June 1st, 2018 (11:59 EST).
Newly Admitted - Faculty of Divinity
Newly admitted students in the Trinity College Faculty of Divinity who have never before lived in the Trinity College residences are guaranteed a space in residence at the College, provided that they complete the residence application on MyRes and all requirements by the residence application deadline for newly admitted students. All other Divinity students must apply for residence under the Divinity categories listed below.
Newly Admitted First-Entry Professional Faculties
Trinity reserves a limited number of spaces for students within First-Entry Professional Faculties who are eligible for the University of Toronto First Year Housing Guarantee. Interested and eligible First- Entry Professional Faculty students should submit a 1 page statement, outlining their interest in living at Trinity College, to the Office of the Dean of Students, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2018. Upper year Professional Faculty students who have lived in Trinity residences may apply for readmission through the Re-Admission process.
Newly Admitted Upper Year Students - CEGEP or University/College Transfer
Trinity students within this category are generally not eligible for the University of Toronto's RESIDENCE GUARANTEE FOR FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS Nevertheless, Trinity will strive to offer residence to as many of these students as possible. Students within this category should apply as a newly admitted student through MyRes.
Returning Students are defined as: Trinity Arts and Science/Divinity Students Both Currently and Not Currently in Residence; First Entry Professional Faculty Students Currently Living in a Trinity Residence; First Entry Professional Faculty Students Who Have Ever Lived in a Trinity Residence
Returning Students – Applicants returning to Trinity College will find their residence applications accessible through MyRes in the middle of March (an individual link will be emailed to you to access your application). Applications are due on March 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Applications received after 9:00 a.m. EST on March 12, 2018 will only be considered for the waiting list. Admission decisions will be made according to the Trinity College ADMISSION TO RESIDENCE POLICY.
Any returning student, whether they have previously lived in residence or not, wishing to apply for residence, must apply by this process. For your application to be considered complete, you must have NO outstanding fees on your ROSI/ACORN account. If you have any doubt about the status of your account, or wish to discuss special financial circumstances, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 416-978-3612 or email@example.com. If you submit payment toward a residence application and you have outstanding fees, the payment will be applied to your outstanding fees. Your residence application will not be complete and will not be processed until both the outstanding balance and the $600 Deposit #1 are paid in full.
Once your completed application has been received, Deposit #1 is only refundable if you do not meet admission criteria. If your application is not successful, Deposit #1 (minus any amount applied to outstanding fees) will be refunded. In mid-April returning applicants will receive the results of their applications and successful applicants will be invited to Floor Plan online. Residence placements will be sent out to students via email by mid-July.
Deadline for Returning Students to FINALIZE AND SUBMIT your application: Monday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. EST.
Graduate Students - Trinity is an undergraduate college and does not accept applications from graduate students.
For more information, please visit our ADMISSION TO RESIDENCE AT TRINITY COLLEGE page on our website.
2. What do the Trinity residence rooms look like?
Trinity College is made up of beautiful, old, historical buildings. Roughly half of our residence students live in each of Trinity (6 Hoskin Ave) and in St. Hilda's College (44 Devonshire Place). Students of all genders occupy and have access to amenities in both buildings. Because of the nature of our historic buildings, the rooms come in many shapes and sizes and it is difficult to list the size or shape of rooms (a common question!). First year students live in a mix of double and single and some triple rooms while upper year students live in single rooms.
3. Can I see my room before I move in?
Unfortunately, we are not able to show your specific room over the summer as most rooms are in use by our summer residents.
4. Is it possible for me to visit the College before I arrive in September?
Yes! A Trinity College Campus tour is a great way to see all that Trinity has to offer! Trinity runs tours throughout the entire year, with a few exceptions. To find out more information and to register for a Trinity Tour, please click HERE.
For any further questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 416-978-3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Are the rooms furnished? What can I bring?
Each room has a standard complement of furniture, comprised of: a single or double bed, wardrobe/closet, chest of drawers, desk and chair, lamp.
Do NOT bring your own furniture or mattress (e.g., bed, book case, chairs, etc.) as there is no space in the rooms for this and we do not have storage space for excess furniture. College furniture cannot be removed from rooms, and to limit the risk of outside pests, please do not bring your own furinture or mattress. If you have medical or accessibility-related needs requiring your own furniture or devices, this must be approved by the the Office of the Dean of Students prior to move in and will require medical documentation.
Items to Bring:
- Bedding for a single bed (please note that some rooms are equipped with double beds, and this will be noted in your offer of residence admission)
- Laundry detergent
- Your computer
- Items to personalize your room (If you want to put up posters you should use poster mounts and avoid nailing.)
To avoid overloading the electrical circuit (a fire hazard), please limit electrical equipment in your room to small electrical appliances, such as computers, printers, lamps, clocks, radios, stereos, and personal styling items. You may also wish to bring a small “bar” fridge, or to rent one from an off-campus service upon arrival on campus. In double and triple rooms, one bar fridge is permitted due to the risk of overloading the building's circuits. Feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students for help in facilitating communication between roommates prior to move in. In the interest of fire prevention and energy reduction, please ensure that electrical items are turned off when you are not in your room.
The following items are NOT permitted within the residence rooms:
- Hot plates/induction burners
- Halogen lamps
- Toasters/toaster ovens
- Electric heaters
- Coffee makers
- Rice cookers
- Space heaters
All students are responsible for ensuring that any electrical equipment is in good working order and all appliances or equipment used in our residence buildings must be approved by the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Many of the above mentioned appliances will cause electrical circuit overloads in our buildings (the power will go out in yours and adjacent residence rooms). Cooking in rooms is not permitted and can set off the fire alarm. If you have questions about small appliances or are not sure about particular equipment, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
6. Is the College equipped with services for Persons with mobility restrictions?
Unfortunately, Trinity College residence is not yet wheelchair accessible and St. Hilda’s College has limited accessibility. We urge those with accessibility needs to contact the Dean’s Office prior to applying for residence such that we can assess our ability to meet your needs. If we cannot meet your needs, there are many readily accessible residences at the University, and we will work with you and Accessibility Services to find suitable housing, honouring the residence guarantee.
The Library, George Ignatieff Theatre, Chapel, Strachan Hall, Buttery, Larkin Building, and the ground floor of 6 Hoskin Avenue (where the administrative offices are located) are all wheelchair accessible.
7. What will my new mailing address be in residence?
Residence room assignments will be sent out over the summer, and will specify your room and building.
For St. Hilda’s College Residence:
St. Hilda's College
44 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S2E2
For Trinity College Residence:
6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S1H8
Parcels can be accepted by the Porter’s Lodge in your respective residence building, but if you need something signed for, be aware that while porters are on duty 24/7, sometimes they will need to leave the office to perform security rounds. Porters are not able to pay for parcels (Cash on Delivery/COD).
As a residence student you are assigned a mailbox and provided a mailbox key at the beginning of the year. It is important to note that all students in residence share a mailbox with another student. Mailboxes are located in each building within the proximity of the Porter’s Lodges.
8. Can I request a roommate?
Please indicate on your online residence application whether there is anyone in particular you would like to room with or live near. In order to have your request considered, both you and your roommate must name each other as preferred roommates in the application. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that while we make every effort to accommodate individual preferences, this is not always possible.
9. Am I required to have a meal plan? What if I have dietary restrictions?
All students living in Trinity residences must participate in the meal plan. We offer a variety of meal options, including vegetarian, halal, and vegan.
Working closely with our food service provider, we will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. However, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of the Dean of Students prior to your decision to live in residence, in order to determine if your needs can be accommodated. It is not always possible for us to accommodate all dietary requirements.
10. Can I cook in residence?
There are kitchenettes available for student use in St. Hilda’s, but not in Trinity. If you have dietary restrictions which may require you to prepare some of your own food, you are strongly advised to request a room in St. Hilda’s on your residence application, such that we can incorporate these requests into our room assignment process (usually completed in June). Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students as soon as possible if you forgot to put this on your application.
11. Are laundry facilities available to students?
Yes. Laundry facilities are available, on a pay-per-use basis, in both residences. Laundry Alert, a service that allows users to check machine availability online, is now available. It is $2.00 for washing and $1.50 for the use of the dryer. A $10 deposit is also required to use the laundry facilities (this deposit is refunded once the laundry card is returned).
12. Is storage for sporting equipment available?
Limited storage is available for sporting equipment on campus. Storage is given on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no additional cost.
13. Is there a residence desk open 24 Hours?
Yes. There is a Porter’s Lodge located in each residence building. Both are open 24-hours a day. Students can access these desks for maintenance concerns, safety concerns, and other general inquiries.
14. What if I leave residence part-way through the year?
Those who move into residence, but withdraw before September 30 2018, will have their fees pro-rated to the move-out date plus a $1,600 charge (equivalent to that of Deposit #1 and Deposit #2 which you will have already paid).
Those who withdraw prior to February 01, 2019 will have their fees pro-rated to the move-out date, and will be charged a $2,500 early move-out fee. Full charges apply from February 01, 2019 until the end of the year. This is clearly articulated in the residence agreement (part of the application) and we recommend you print or save the full application prior to final submission. Requests (based on extenuating circumstances) for exceptions to these policy stipulations may be presented to the Dean for consideration.
15. Can I stay in residence over the Winter break?
Trinity residences close for the Winter Break. Residents are only permitted to remain in residence over the winter break period (i.e., between academic terms) if exceptional circumstances are demonstrated. This will require meeting with the Dean or Assistant Deans and their subsequent approval. There is a charge for each night spent in residence over the winter break. Please note that there is no meal service during the break.
16. Can I stay in residence over Reading Week in November and/or in February?
The College remains open during both Reading Weeks and students may stay at the College during this time. There may be some closures of vendors on campus. Students will be notified of these closures in the weeks prior to Reading Week.
17. Can I live in residence after 1st year?
Yes! Approximately half of our residents are upper year students! Students wishing to return to residence after 1st year should consult the ADMISSION TO RESIDENCE AT TRINITY COLLEGE page on our website.
18. Can I smoke in residence?
Trinity College residences are strictly non-smoking buildings.
19. Can I live in residence over the summer?
Yes. Trinity College is open for Summer Residence between the months of May and August. During this time, renovations and maintenance is done on our residence buildings and as such not all spaces are accessible or open to be lived in. For more information about summer residence, visit our Summer Residence page.
20. What are the common spaces where I can hang out as a residence student?
Trinity College residences have 4 common rooms, 2 in Trinity and 2 in St Hilda’s College, which are overseen by the Student Heads. Most of the time, these spaces are open for residence student use, and the Student Heads sometimes plan programming within these spaces. Otherwise, there are several other spaces on campus that are available for use, some designated study areas, and others can be used for more social activities. To fully appreciate the types of spaces students use regularly at Trinity, come by for a Trinity College Campus Tour.
21. Can I move rooms within residence once the school year has started?
Moving rooms within an academic year is extremely unusual and is only permitted in particular circumstances. As our residence is typically full, often there are limited options for room switches. If you would like to inquire further about the possibility of switching rooms, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
22. What If I'm Offered a Space on the Waiting List?
Usually students who are offered a space on the waiting list are newly admitted students who do not have the University of Toronto RESIDENCE GUARANTEE FOR FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS or are upper year students who have not been offered a space in the first round of residence admissions, due to space restrictions in our residences, or are applicants who are applying after the application deadline. If you are offered a space on our waiting list, we will keep your $600 Deposit #1 until the time in which you are offered a residence space. If you accept the space, we will credit the $600 Deposit #1 towards your residence fees, and will ask you to pay the $1000 Deposit #2 in order to confirm your space in residence. Please note that if you are on our waiting list, your Deposit #1 is refundable up until the point when you are offered a space in residence. If you are offered a space, and you decline the offer, you will be removed from the waiting list, and your $600 Deposit #1 will become forfeit.