2020-21 Residence Applications


Admission Information

New 1st Year StudentsNew Upper Year StudentsReturning Chestnut StudentsOCADU StudentsResidence OffersEarly ArrivalWinter BreakWinter Term Student Summer StaysCancellation & Withdrawal
Chestnut Residence houses first year students from many faculties and colleges. 75% of our spaces are occupied by first year students! 1st year students are typically placed in double rooms, allowing them the opportunity to connect with a peer and build relationships in residence. However, given health and safety considerations surrounding the pandemic, we are amending our policy to limit accommodation to 1 student per room.


Residence 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 applicationStudents must respond to all deadlines and meet all deposit requirements in order to maintain their eligibility.

  • Offers will be made on a rolling basis throughout the Summer, with a deadline to accept listed in the letter of offer.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of admission to Chestnut Residence.
  • If Chestnut is your first choice, be sure indicate this in your application.


You are considered a new Chestnut upper year student if you have completed your first year of university but have not previously lived at Chestnut Residence. All upper year students are eligible for single rooms at Chestnut. Admission is based on date of application.

Please complete your application on the University of Toronto Housing Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: Once submitted, your application will be marked as “submitted.”  If your status is “pending,” please return to the application and ensure all areas have been completed.

Offers will be made on a rolling basis throughout the Spring & Summer depending on availability, with a deadline to accept listed in the letter of offer.

Please feel free to email the Residence Life Office directly for a more up-to-date status on current availability and the likelihood of securing a spot.

In late June, we sent out an email to all upper year residents who had submitted a returning residence application for the 2020-21 academic year.

ICYMI please note that we continue to assess our capacity for the 2020-2021 academic year. As the University continues to work through offers for incoming 1st-year students with the Residence Guarantee, we are unfortunately not able to have confirmed numbers related to available spaces until the beginning of August. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to provide more information regarding the number of spaces available to returner applicants until August.

While it’s possible that spaces may become available (either prior to the start of the Fall semester or later in the term), we recognize that many of you are anxious to solidify your living arrangements as soon as possible. Given the high demand from 1st-years and the delay in sending out offers, we encourage you to look into alternate housing options

For more information, including housing resources, please check your email or contact the Residence Life Office: chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca

We are now welcoming OCADU students for 2020-21 academic year. Students are encouraged to apply by completing the application directly on StarPortal.

You may find it helpful to browse through our frequently asked questions, there is more information about security and other services offered at Chestnut (including weekly cleaning).

In order to login to StarPortal, you should create a record, then complete the Registration Page to proceed.

Once you send us your OCAD acceptance letter, we can update your student number in our system.

If you have any questions, please contact chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca

  • Sent by email
  • Guaranteed 1st year students beginning in June 2020 and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the summer, with a deadline to accept listed in the letter of offer
  • Sent conditionally to returning students beginning in late March 2020
  • Sent to upper year students when final grades are released* (*on a rolling basis throughout the Spring/Summer as space permits)

Please note, this is only for those who are experiencing circumstances that are unavoidable and are requesting special consideration to arrive early (prior to August 29). Accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis.

Fees will be posted to your Acorn account once processed.

Students may apply for early arrival to residence by filling in the following form and sending it to jordan.ang@utoronto.ca

The University will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021 (Chestnut Residence reopens at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 3, 2021).

The option to stay in Chestnut Residence over the winter break is available to current Chestnut students only.

To stay in residence over the Winter Break (Dec. 23 – Jan. 3) students must submit a Winter Break application to the Residence Life Office for consideration. You will receive an email if your application has been approved.

The submission deadline for the Winter Break application is December 1, 2020Applications received after this date will be subject to a late fee of $50

Fee: $400 (charged to your ACORN account)

This fee is not pro-rated, and is a flat rate regardless of how many days you will need to stay during this time.

Reduced Service:
Front desk will be closed – no mail delivery
The Dining Hall will be closed – no food services
The Residence Office will be closed

Security Procedures:
You will be required to show your key at Security each time you enter and leave the building.
No Guests are permitted to be signed in over the break.
Security guards will be conducting foot patrols of residence floors.

Details on Winter 2021 applications will be posted in Fall 2020. Please check back regularly or email us at chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca


Still have questions about summer admissions? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions

For full details on cancellation and early withdrawal, please refer to your Occupancy Agreement available for review on our Rights & Responsibilities page.

Cancellation Prior to Occupancy

*Deposit refund extension for September entry to residence: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM; Should your decision about coming to residence change after you have paid the second deposit, but before August 14 at 4:00 PM, you will be issued a full refund for both your first and second deposits. Please email the Residence Life Office for assistance.

Early Withdrawal from Occupancy

Learn more about U of T’s residences and the 2020-21 admission process

Still have questions about admissions? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions