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The health, safety and well-being of our community members is a top priority. We continue to work closely with the University of Toronto to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow the advice and directives of government and public health authorities to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our community. As we prepare for the gradual and safe return to campus for fall 2020, we will be making changes to our residential operations based on public health guidelines. More information will be posted on this page as decisions are made. As this is an evolving situation, we thank you for your patience.

For students: click these links for additional information – U of T FAQs about residence for fall 2020; and information about fall 2020 at U of T, including resources for students.

Trinity College is located in the heart of the downtown Toronto campus (St. George campus). Trinity College has two traditional-style residence buildings (Trinity College Residence and St. Hilda’s College Residence) with a combination of single, double and triple rooms. There are approximately 470 first-year and upper-year students living in residence, split between both buildings.

Both buildings are co-ed, with students living in either all-gender or gender-specific areas, and with shared washroom facilities on each floor. St. Hilda’s also has full kitchens or kitchenettes on every floor for shared use.

Living in residence is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people from all over the globe with a range of interests and pursuits. Living on campus provides students with the opportunity to more easily combine academic excellence with the extra-curricular activities that form a well-rounded university experience and to create friendships that will last for years. 

At Trinity College, upper-years play an important role in supporting the transition of incoming first-year students into an established community. This is a unique feature of the residence experience at the College in comparison to many Canadian universities, where the residence experience is limited to first-year students and a small handful of returning student leaders. This mix of upper-year and first-year residence students at Trinity results in a very cohesive and invested community, which is a hallmark of the Trinity experience. 

As a resident student and member of the Trinity College community, you will agree to the Residence Agreement and the Trinity College Community Standards.


Recently the University of Toronto hosted an online residence information session for newly admitted students who have applied to live in residence for Fall 2020.  The session provided information and answered student questions about what to expect regarding residence life and operations for the coming academic year.  A recording of the session is available to be viewed via the U of T Office of the Vice-Provost, Students’ website – click below.

Information for students applying to residence for fall 2020



Newly-Admitted Students

Residence at the University of Toronto is guaranteed for all new full-time students entering their first year of university in an undergraduate program for the first time, provided that they have indicated their interest in residence by completing the University’s common residence application (through StarRez) by March 31st, and have received and accepted an offer of admission by June 1st. Click here for more information about the first-year residence guarantee.

Note: in order to apply for residence at Trinity College, you need to apply for admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Newly-admitted students: learn how to apply for residence at Trinity College. Students must meet all deadlines and deposit requirements in order to maintain their eligibility.

Places at Trinity College are limited. Priority is given to incoming and returning Trinity College students. Students requiring specific accommodations based on an accessibility need should contact the Office of the Dean of Students directly by emailing

Upper-Year Students

All upper-year students re-applying to residence or transferring from another college or university are subject to the Trinity College Residence Admission Policy.

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 first-year residence guarantee 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 place on the waiting list, no deposit payment will be required until the time at which you are offered a residence space. If you are offered a residence space from the waiting list, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to $1,600 ($600 if before July 15th, $1,600 if after July 15th) by the deadline set by the Office of the Dean of Students in order to confirm your space in residence. If you are offered a space and decline the offer, you will be removed from the waiting list. If you would like to remove yourself from the waiting list for any reason prior to receiving an offer of a space in residence, you must email the Dean of Students to notify them of your intention.



Facilities & Amenities

There are many student lounges and common spaces available for socializing, studying (quiet study spaces and rooms for group study) and music practice. Many common rooms are also equipped with TVs and games (video game systems, billiards, etc.). Trinity has its own outdoor playing field, a picturesque Quad (Trinity) and a beautiful green roof (St. Hilda’s). There is an exercise gym facility in the Trinity building and laundry facilities (pay-per-use) and WiFi in both buildings. Custodial staff also provide a basic weekly cleaning service for residence rooms. Just steps away from both residences, Trinity’s John W. Graham Library (part of U of T’s library system) offers technological resources and cozy study spaces. There is a Welcome Desk located in each residence building. The Trinity College Welcome Desk is open 24 hours a day. The St. Hilda’s College Welcome Desk is staffed by Welcome Desk staff from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am daily. Students can access these desks for maintenance concerns, safety concerns and other general inquiries.

The Rooms

We have beautiful, historic buildings and the rooms in both Trinity and St. Hilda’s come in different shapes and sizes (there are no standard sizes). Each student living in residence is provided: a single bed, desk and chair; lamp, garbage can and recycling bin; closet or wardrobe and mirror; and high-speed cable internet connection and smoke detector. 

Move-In Dates 2020

NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS – Sunday, September 6, 2020

RETURNING STUDENTS – Monday, September 7, 2020

Please note that early move-ins are not permitted. If you cannot move into residence on your designated move-in date above, you MUST make arrangements with the Office of the Dean of Students to defer your move-in date so that we still know you are coming to live at the College. Failure to move into residence on your designated move-in date, without a prior arrangement with the Office of the Dean of Students, will result in forfeiture of your residence room and forfeiture of both Deposit #1 and Deposit #2.

Winter Break Stay-Overs 2020-21

The Trinity College residences are open from the time of your designated move-in listed above until 12:00 p.m. on December 23, 2020. Students are required to vacate their residence room within 48 hours of their last exam in December, or by 12:00 p.m. on December 23, 2020, whichever comes first.

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 a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students and their subsequent approval. There is a charge for each night spent in residence over the winter break, regardless of the length of stay. Students are charged a rate of $100 for each night up to a maximum of $300.

Meal service for the fall term will end with dinner, the evening of Tuesday, December 22, 2020 and will begin for the winter term with dinner, the evening of Sunday, January 3, 2021. Please note that there is no meal service or housekeeping service during the winter break.

NOTE: following winter break, residences will re-open on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Move-Out Dates 2020-21

All students must move out of residence within 48 hours of their last exam in April, or by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, whichever comes first, unless arrangements have been made with the Office of the Dean of Students. Approval to stay beyond this time will only be granted if exceptional circumstances are demonstrated in a meeting with a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students.


Your full set of keys must be handed in when you leave residence. Failure to do so will result in a $250 charge to your U of T fees (ACORN) account.



The Food

Students living in residence are required to purchase a meal plan that can be used in Trinity’s student dining hall, Strachan Hall. The dining hall can cater to vegetarian, halal, and vegan options and can generally accommodate other dietary needs. Strachan Hall is open all day, from breakfast until dinner, with a full meal service taking place at designated meal times. Between meals, students can access Strachan for self-serve lunches, snacks, whole or cut fruits, a smoothie station, and salad bar options. These options and flexibility provide busy students with optimal convenience.  You can find more information on our dining facilities, dining hall policy, and meal options for non-resident students.

Meal Service 2020-21

NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS – Students participating in Orientation Week will have meal service beginning with lunch on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

RETURNING STUDENTS – Meal service for returning residence students will begin with dinner on the evening of Monday, September 7, 2020.

Meal Plans 2020-21

Meal plan selection opens in early July, and can be accessed through your residence application. Meal plan selection is due on July 30, 2020, along with your Deposit #2 of $1,000.00. If you would like to change your meal plan selection, you can do so between September 10 and September 25, 2020. To change your meal plan during this time, log into The Hub and make changes to your meal plan under the “Change My Meal Plan” link. Please keep in mind that this option is only available up until September 25, 2020, at which point you can no longer make changes to your meal plan. Please also be reminded that occupation in residence at Trinity College comes with a meal plan, and unfortunately students are not able to opt out of a meal plan.



For more information please visit the residence fees page.


Please use your University of Toronto fees invoice to pay your Trinity residence fees at any major Canadian financial institution. See for payment details. Allow 10 days for processing. Note special instructions for payments from outside Canada.

Note: U of T does NOT send paper invoices. You MUST monitor your ACORN account balance online. Regular reminders are sent to your e-mail address.

Please note that your residence deposits must be paid through your application on StarRez, and all subsequent payments are made through ACORN.

Overdue Payments

INTEREST IS CHARGED ON ALL OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTS, EVEN IF A PAYMENT PLAN HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED. Interest is calculated at 1.5% per month compounded monthly (19.56% per year) and first charged in mid-October.  To avoid interest charges, payments must be made by the end of the previous month.

Early Residence Withdrawals

Residence contracts are for the full academic year, i.e. both fall and winter terms.

Please see the Residence Agreement for more information about early withdrawals from residence.



Make sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the residence admission process, rooms, food and facilities, and daily living in residence. If you have any questions about residence at Trinity College, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students:



University of Toronto Housing Services is the primary resource for students seeking off-campus housing. The Housing Office is located in the Koffler Student Services Centre, but also has a very accessible web presence with many tools, such as the Roomate Finder.


Meet Samantha: she takes you on a tour of the Trinity campus and talks about student and residence life!



Living at U of T’s downtown St. George campus
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Office of the Dean of Students