Residence Information

Several options are available for international students to live both on and off campus. A residence room is guaranteed for first year students who apply by the June 1st deadline. It is the international student's responsibility to secure accommodation before they arrive.

Living on Campus

Different types of residence facilities are available on campus. Check out the photos, floor plans and more details on the Student Housing Services page. It is important to research the various residences throroughly before you make a decision, as they each have something different to offer. While doing this research, you may also want to consider Residence Learning Communities as these can enhance your living experience and enable you to live with peers of similar interests.

In residence there will be Residence Managers and Assistants. You will be most familiar with your Residence Assistant (RA) as they are responsible for helping residents establish and maintain community standards with social and educational programming and personal and academic support.

Moving Into Residence

Move-In Day takes place on the Saturday before Labour Day Holiday (usually the first week of September). All new students move in on the same day unless special arrangements have been made. You will receive information about Move-In Day to your university emails from Student Housing Services.

Early Arrivals are granted by the Student Housing Services Desk on a case by case basis to those students needing accommodation before the scheduled Move-In Day. There is a limit to the number of early arrival requests that can be approved. Therefore, there is NO GUARANTEE that your request will be granted. Please try to find alternate arrangements for accommodations prior to residence move in, just in case your request is not granted.

Early arrival requests will be assessed in the first week of August. An email will be sent confirming that your application has been received and on file. The Early Arrival Request form is available below.

If your room is not available at the time you are requesting, your request may be delayed until it becomes available. All early arrival fees will be billed directly to your student account. This will show up on WebAdvisor at the end of September.

Attending START International

Students that register for and attend START International are allowed to move into their residence room with no additional costs starting from the day before START International until the campus-wide Move-In Day. In this case, students can apply to move in the day before START International by registering for START International. On the registration form, students must indicate that they will be living on campus. Please note: this is only for students who have already applied and have been approved to live in residence for the semester.

If you are attending START International and you plan to arrive before August 29th, you will be considered an early arrival and will be billed for every night until the start of START International. This approval is made on a case by case basis and it is not guaranteed. Early arrival application is available below.

NOT Attending START International

Students who are not attending START International, but who arrive early will be billed for every night from the night of their arrival until their assigned move-in day.

If you wish to be considered for early arrival please visit the Early Arrival Request page to apply. Check out our news on GryphLife to stay updated.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Please also feel free to call 519-824-4120 Ext. 58701 and leave a message.

Living Off Campus

For students who may not want to live on campus there are different kinds of off-campus housing available in the city ranging from single rooms with kitchens to share houses and apartments.

  • Rooms in houses where the kitchen and bathrooms are shared with other tenants: $400-$475
  • One-bedroom apartments with private kitchen and bathroom (studio, basement, and upper apartments): $600-$970
  • Two-bedroom apartments: $700-$995
  • Three-bedroom apartments: $975-$1,275

If you have chosen to live off campus, we suggest arriving at least two weeks before the beginning of classes. The Off-Campus Living office provides information about your rights and obligations as a tenant. If you need help finding off-campus housing, they may be able to assist you with that as well. However it is your responsibility to find and secure a place to live.