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Residence Admission Policy

Admission to residence at Trinity College is governed by the Residence Admission Policy and Residence Agreement and is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students.

If you have any questions about the policy or process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca or 416-978-3612.


RESIDENCE ADMISSION POLICY FOR NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS

In order to maintain their space while living in residence, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3.0 FCEs, with a minimum of 3 courses in each of the Fall and Winter semesters, or a comparable course load in the Faculty of Divinity.

Students who believe that they have additional information regarding their personal circumstances that may warrant an exemption from the course load requirement may apply for an exemption by completing the appropriate section of the residence application or if circumstances change post-application, by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students.

1. Newly Admitted First-Year Students: Faculty of Arts & Science

Trinity College aims to house, within its residences, as many Trinity students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who are eligible for the University of Toronto’s Residence Guarantee for First-Year Applicants as possible, and will allocate approximately half of its initial residence spaces to students in this category.

All residence applications for incoming students are directed through StarRez, an application managed by the University of Toronto’s Housing Services office.  You must have completed the University’s common residence application through StarRez by March 31, 2020, and have received and accepted an offer of admission to the University by June 1, 2020, in order to qualify for the University of Toronto’s Residence Guarantee for First-Year Applicants. For those admitted to Trinity College, you will be contacted in early June regarding the next steps in applying to live in residence at Trinity.  Be sure to monitor the inbox of the email address that you used to initially apply to the University of Toronto, as this is where application information will be sent.

2. Newly Admitted Students: 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 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. Please contact the Faculty of Divinity at divinity@trinity.utoronto.ca or 416 978-2133, for more information. Click here for information about U of T on-campus and off-campus housing information and options.

3. Newly Admitted First-Entry Professional Faculty Students

Trinity reserves a limited number of spaces for students within first-entry professional faculties who are eligible for the University of Toronto Residence Guarantee for First-Year Applicants. Interested and eligible first-entry professional faculty students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for more information regarding the application procedure.

4. Newly Admitted Upper-Year Students - CEGEP or University/College Transfers

Trinity students within this category are generally not eligible for the University of Toronto 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 contact the Office of the Dean of Students for more information regarding the application procedure.

Students must meet all deadlines and deposit requirements in order to maintain their eligibility for residence.


RESIDENCE ADMISSION POLICY FOR UPPER-YEAR STUDENTS

Trinity College values the contribution of upper-year students to the residence community, and as a result, approximately half of initial residence spaces will be allocated to Trinity upper-year students in the Arts & Sciences and Divinity. Students may apply for residence as an upper-year student after first year, and will be allowed up to a maximum of five total years in the Trinity College residences.

In order to be eligible for residence in any year following first year, students must be in good standing, as defined by the University, and have a minimum AGPA of 1.50+, as recorded on their transcript, on a minimum of 3.0 FCEs for the most recent Fall/Winter academic session.

In order to maintain their space while living in residence, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3.0 FCEs, with a minimum of 3 courses in each of the Fall and Winter semesters, or a comparable course load in the Faculty of Divinity.

Students who believe that they have additional information regarding their personal circumstances which may warrant an exemption from the GPA or course load requirements may apply for an exemption by completing the appropriate section of the residence application or if circumstances change post-application, by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students.

How to Re-Apply to Residence as an Upper-Year Student: Quick Facts

Am I eligible?

  • To be eligible for residence in any year following first year, students must be in good standing, as defined by the University, and have a minimum AGPA of 1.50+, as recorded on their transcript, on a minimum of 3.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) for the most recent Fall/Winter academic session.
  • All upper-year students are invited to apply for residence, regardless of whether they currently live in residence or not. Students may live in the Trinity College residences for a maximum of 5 years throughout the course of their studies.

What does the application look like?

  • NEW for 2020: No deposit is required with your residence application.  Deposits will only be required in order to accept a residence offer.
  • The residence application will contain both a community involvement and academic achievement section for all students to fill out and describe their achievements as they see them.  All students are strongly encouraged to complete these sections of the application to enhance their chances of getting a space in residence.
  • Residence spaces will first be allocated based on both community involvement and general academic achievements, as demonstrated in the application.  A committee will review the applications to make these decisions.
  • All students who are not allocated a space based on community involvement and general academic achievements will be entered into the residence lottery.
  • Students who have not been allocated a space in residence through community involvement, academic achievement, or the residence lottery, will be randomly assigned to the upper-year waiting list.
  • Students who have been offered a space in residence and those offered a space on the upper-year waiting list will be notified of their status in the process at the same time, in late March/early April.
  • The whole application process is completed online.
  • The Floor Planning process will occur after you are admitted to residence, in April.

When does the application process take place?

  • Applications will be available by the middle of February. Watch your email for instructions and next steps.

Trinity Arts & Science and Divinity Students Both Currently and Not Currently in Residence

Trinity College believes that community involvement and academic achievement are both important, and therefore, a student’s application will be assessed on either of these two areas, or on a combination of both.

All students must complete both the community involvement and academic achievement sections of the residence application, regardless of their academic average. These sections will allow students to detail their involvement at Trinity, within the University of Toronto, or throughout the wider city community, and describe their positive academic achievements in the past year. These sections will be reviewed by a committee comprised of student leaders, members of the Community Affairs Committee, and staff within the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students who have applied for residence and who have not been admitted based on their involvement in the community or academic achievement will be automatically entered into the residence lottery.

First-Entry Professional Faculty Students Currently in Residence

Upper year, first-entry professional faculty students who are currently living in residence are eligible to apply for readmission, and their applications will be considered based upon both their involvement in the community and academic achievements.

Students in this category must complete both the community involvement and academic achievement sections of the residence application, regardless of their academic average. These sections will allow students to detail their involvement in the Trinity, University of Toronto, or wider city communities, and describe their positive academic achievements in the past year. These sections will be reviewed by a committee comprised of student leaders, members of the Community Affairs Committee, and staff within the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students in this category are not eligible for the residence lottery.

First-Entry Professional Faculty Students Not Currently in Residence

Upper-year, first-entry professional faculty students, who do not currently live in residence, but who have lived in a Trinity College residence previously, are eligible to apply for readmission, and their applications will be considered based upon both their involvement in the community and academic achievements.

Students in this category must complete both the community involvement and academic achievement sections of the residence application, regardless of their academic average. These sections will allow students to detail their involvement in the Trinity, University of Toronto, or wider city communities, and describe their positive academic achievements in the past year. These sections will be reviewed by a committee comprised of student leaders, members of the Community Affairs Committee and staff within the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students in this category are not eligible for the residence lottery.

Dean’s Discretionary Category

Trinity College understands that some students who may require residence may not meet the minimum requirements, or be admissible under any of the above noted categories. Such students should submit a written Dean’s Discretionary Appeal, which will be reviewed by the Dean of Students and a space in residence may be offered at the discretion of the Dean.

Questions? Contact:

Office of the Dean of Students
deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca