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, 2019 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 3rd, 2019 (11:59 p.m. 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 linked 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 may attach a brief statement (one page or less) that includes their name and student number to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining why they would like to live at Trinity, and what they believe they could bring to the community no later than 9:00 am (EST) on May 1, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2019. Upper year Professional Faculty students who have lived in Trinity residences may apply for readmission through the Returning Student 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 be emailed their residence application in the end of February, 2019. Applications are due on March 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Applications received after 9:00 a.m. EST on March 15, 2019 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 not have any 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. Your application is only complete once your deposit #1 has been allocated to your residence fees and will be treated as having been submitted at the time of successful payment.
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 early 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: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.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 and conferences.
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 or 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 furniture or mattress. Students who have medical or accessibility-related needs requiring their own furniture or devices must register with Accessibility Services on campus, who will then liaise with the Office of the Dean of Students to assess whether accommodations can be made within residence.
Ways to personalize your space:
We welcome students to make their residence spaces their own for the duration of their stay. In order to help in this endeavour, some students will bring along personal items like rugs, picture frames, posters, etc. Please be reminded that students are held financially responsible for damages incurred in their space during their occupation including for holes in walls, painted walls, etc. For more details surrounding the responsibilities of students in relation to their residence space during their time in residence, please see item #6 of the Trinity College Residence Agreement.
Please note that bedding and linens are not provided by the College.
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
- Open flame equipment
- Halogen lamps
- Toasters/toaster ovens
- Electric heaters/space heaters
- Coffee makers
- Rice cookers
- Air conditioning units
- Full size refrigerators
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 Office of the Dean of Students 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, building and mailbox number. Please note that all mail, parcels etc. should be mailed to the address below, regardless of the building in which you reside:
House and Room Number (ex. Kirkwood 456)
Mailbox Number (sent to you in the summer - note: this is NOT your room number)
6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S1H8
Parcels can be accepted by the Trinity College Welcome Desk at 6 Hoskin Ave. Please note that Welcome Desk staff will not accept deliveries from the LCBO or other distributors of controlled substances including cannabis products. Welcome Desk staff 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 your specific mailbox number. Mailboxes are located in the Trinity College mailroom, located on the lower level of the Trinity building at 6 Hoskin Ave.
8. Can I have alcohol, cannabis, or other controlled substances delivered to the College?
No. Deliveries to the College from the LCBO or of any other controlled substance are not permitted. Packages or deliveries identified as containing controlled substances will not be accepted.
9. Can I request a roommate?
Please indicate on your online residence application whether there is anyone in particular you would like to room with. 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.
10. Am I required to have a meal plan? What if I have dietary restrictions?
All students living in the Trinity residences must participate in the meal plan. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this, but we are able to 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.
11. 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 July). Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students as soon as possible if you forgot to put this on your application.
12. Are laundry facilities available to students?
Yes. Laundry facilities are available, on a pay-per-use basis, in both residences. Laundry is $2.00 for washing and $1.50 for the use of the dryer. A $10 deposit is required to obtain a laundry card from the Welcome Desk and use the laundry facilities (this deposit is refunded once the laundry card is returned).
13. 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.
14. Is there a residence desk open 24 Hours?
Yes. 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 Welcome desk is staffed by Welcome Desk staff from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am daily and by the Office of the Dean of Students Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Students can access these desks for maintenance concerns, safety concerns, and other general inquiries.
15. What if I leave residence part-way through the year?
Those who move into residence, but withdraw before September 30 2019, 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, 2020 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, 2020 until the end of the year. This is clearly articulated in the Trinity College Residence Agreement which you will sign as a part of your application and we recommend you print or save the full Agreement prior to final submission. Requests (based on extenuating circumstances) for exceptions to these policy stipulations may be presented to the Dean of Students for consideration.
16. 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 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. Please note that there is no meal service during the break.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Can I smoke in residence?
Trinity College residences are strictly non-smoking buildings. Residents agree to adhere to the Trinity College Community Standards, which outlines policies regarding smoking in residence.
20. 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 webpage.
21. What are the common spaces where I can hang out as a residence student?
Trinity College has several common and shared spaces within its buildings that are open to all students. Common areas at Trinity College include:
- Melinda Seaman Dining Hall
- Rigby Room
- Adams Room
- Steadman Library
- 4 student common rooms within the residence halls
- Abbott Room Wellness Space
- Junior Common Room
- Strachan Hall
- The Buttery
- Divinity Common Room
- Non-Residence Affairs Committee Common Room
Some of these spaces are open 24 hours a day, others have designated hours, some are exclusively for study, others are used for more social activities. To fully appreciate the types of spaces students use regularly at Trinity, sign up for a Trinity College Campus Tour.
22. 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.
23. 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.