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Fall Move In

Residence is an important part of the university experience and we’re excited for you to start your academic adventure at Chestnut. We’re available to offer support and resources to help plan for your arrival – whether you have questions about what to bring with you, when to arrive, or where to park, we want to make your move-in process a success. We look forward to welcoming you home.

Be move in ready!

FALL 2022-23

Official Move-In Period

September 2 – September 11

Everything you need to know to prepare for your move into residence is outlined below – please review all the information prior to arrival.  

Move-In Essentials


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Move-in time Slots

Book your time!

Our extended move in period allows for ample physical distancing to ensure a safe and seamless move-in for all residents.  

You will be required to register for a move-in time slot. You will receive an email with information regarding registering for a time slot after receiving your residence offer and selecting your room. You will not be able to select a move-in time slot prior to this. You will be able to book, cancel and reschedule your time slot online through StarPortal.

Once you have selected your time slot, we ask that you please stick to it to ensure a smooth move-in process. However, we understand that emergencies and unavoidable circumstances may arise preventing you from arriving as scheduled. Should you be unable to arrive as scheduled you will have the ability to cancel and reschedule your time slot online. 


Individuals helping you move-in

You are permitted to have up to two (2) individuals assist you as move-in helpers while moving into residence

Please keep in mind that residents are not permitted to have guests, including overnight guests, during the move-in period as this is a very busy time in the building. This also allows residents and the overall building community to get settled and orientated before guests are permitted following move-in (beginning September 12). Please review our Community Standards for further details on our guest policy.  

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How U of T is promoting a safe environment

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor public health guidance to ensure the safety measures we have in place are up-to-date and are informed by evidence. The University has implemented a range of measures across our three campuses in response to COVID-19 that have allowed for a safe environment. Some of these strategies will be eased in alignment with public health guidance but will be redeployed as needed.

For all the latest details, visit UTogether, U of T’s home for information related to COVID-19.

Unable to move-in between Sept 2 – Sept 11 (8:00 AM – 10:00 PM) ?

Sept 2 – 11

After Hours

(10:00 PM to 8:00 AM)

Please visit the Front Desk (or Security Desk if the Front Desk is closed) to check in. If checking in with Security, you will be given temporary access to your room, but will need to visit the Front Desk the next morning to formally check-in. 


For those who need to arrive prior to September 2, please review our Early Arrival information, including applicable fees.


All residents must occupy their rooms by midnight on September 11, 2022 (as per section 1.1. in your Occupancy Agreement). If you will be delayed in your arrival, please contact the Residence Life Office. If we have not heard from you, it will be assumed you are no longer coming and your spot may be offered to someone else.

Stay Nourished & Hydrated

Depending on your move in date and time, you may need to plan ahead and make arrangements for food. To help you prepare, we’ve outlined the Chestnut Dining Hall operating details below.  

  • Fall 2022: Full meal plan service will be available in the Chestnut Dining Hall beginning with dinner service on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022. 

For further details, please visit the Dining Hall, Meal Plans, & Food section on our website.

Step by Step Move In

The steps outlined below are for arrivals between September 2 – September 11 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM only. For those moving in after September 11, please visit the Front Desk upon arrival to check-in.  

1. arrival

Arrive at Chestnut Residence on the date and time of your registered move-in time slot. It is extremely important that you arrive during your booked time slot. You can cancel and reschedule your time slot online through StarPortal.

Unsure how to get here? Review our ‘Directions to Chestnut.’

2. parking

If you are driving, please ensure you have printed your parking voucher prior to arrival and have it clearly displayed on your dashboard with your cellphone number written on it. Please pull up to the awning and unpack your belongings from the car. Parking will be free in Chestnut’s underground parking garage for the duration of your move-in time slot. Read the full instructions for parking at Chestnut.


There will be carts available in the lobby of Chestnut Residence along with disinfectant wipes. You are welcome to use these carts to assist in moving your belongings. Please ensure you wipe down the carts when you receive them and when you return them. 

4. front desk CHECK-IN

Once inside the lobby, please report to the Front Desk to check-in and receive your room key card. Please then join the line for the elevator. If you are moving by yourself, without a friend or family member to help you move, you can leave your belongings in the lobby while you move what you are able to carry up to your room. Please notify the Front Desk that you will be doing this.


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5. internet

All students have access to the U of T wireless network using your UTORID. If you would also like the option of a wired internet connection, proceed to the IT Desk (next to the Front Desk reception), to register for modem & cables for in-room internet. 

6. say goodbye!

Say goodbye to family/helpers. Once you have moved in all of your items, we kindly ask that you say farewell to your family/helpers as quickly as possible in order to adhere to your move-in time slot and allow space for other residents to safely move-in.

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7. FLOOR meetingS

Floor meetings for each floor will be held on Sunday, September 4th & 11th – you’ll get a chance to meet your don as well as your neighbours! Watch out for more details via email. 

8. fees

Please ensure you pay $20 (cash) for your Floor Fees. These funds go towards activities the Floor Council and Don will organize throughout the year. Connect with your don for full details on submitting payment.

What to Bring

What’s provided

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What’s provided

Chestnut Residence provides students with the following:

  • 1 Double sized bed per student
  • 1 Pillow per student
  • 1 Desk and Desk Chair per student
  • 1 Dresser per room
  • 1 Armoire in double rooms
  • 1 Closet per room
  • Curtains for the room
  • Shower curtain in the bathroom
  • Waste and Recycling Bins
  • Smoke Detector & battery

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Items you’ll need

  • Bedding* (each resident is provided a double/standard sized bed)
  • Pillow case
  • Hangers
  • Decorations – posters, pictures, plants, photos, etc.
  • Sticky-tack adhesive or poster tabs for decorations (no nails or tacks!)
  • Storage boxes for your room (there is no extra storage in the residence)
  • Laundry bag and HE (High Efficiency) washing machine detergent
  • Mattress Cover (optional)

*If desired, you can order bedding, bath linens, and closet storage from Residence Linens or My Dorm Store.

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What you might also want to bring

  • A small/mini fridge for your room (max. 1 metre in height); many students rent mini fridges from Store Your Dorm 
  • Ear plugs or eye masks for sleeping 
  • TV (Residence rooms are not equipped with cable) 
  • Semi-formal wear 
  • Winter clothing 

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What NOT to Bring

  • Items that promote unsafe alcohol consumption (e.g. drinking games or drinking game tables, funnels, kegs or any other drinking paraphernalia) 
  • Any illegal substances, non-prescribed drugs/narcotics, or drug paraphernalia (including hookahs, bongs, pipes, e-cigarettes and vaporizers etc.) 
  • Candles, incense, potpourri etc. 
  • Large stereos, sub-woofers or DJ equipment 
  • Valuables (Chestnut does not have storage safes so valuables are kept at one’s own risk) 
  • Extra Furniture (Students are also not permitted to add or remove any furniture from rooms) 
  • Any cooking appliances including hot plates, rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, kettles, coffee makers, etc. (there is a communal fridge and microwave on each floor) 
  • Weapons are restricted. Items worn for religious purposes or used for extracurricular activities such as martial arts require advanced permission from the Residence Office 
  • Pets (dogs, cats, fish, lizards, hamsters, etc.) 

You’ve arrived

Orientation + Campus


September 5th – 7th

Full details coming soon!


In previous years, Chestnut Residence Council (CRC), the elected student government in the residence, organized welcome activities for students that complement their College and Faculty activities. Unfortunately, this year, due to ongoing effects of the pandemic, this has not been possible. Stay tuned for more details on CRC events!


Attend campus-wide free events designed to help you meet other new students, learn about U of T, build academic skills, and get involved in campus life. 

Commuting to Campus

Most residents either walk, bike, or take public transit (TTC) when travelling to and from campus, or around the city of Toronto. 

Chestnut Residence is a 10-20 minute walk from campus, however, commute times will vary depending on weather and where a student’s classes are located. 

Many students invest in a bicycle for faster travel. We do not recommend expensive bikes as bike theft on campus and in Toronto is quite common. If you do bring a bike with you to Chestnut: 

  • You can store your bike in 1 of 2 rooms located on the concourse level 
  • Register your bike at the Front Desk and they will program your key card to allow access 
  • Remember to keep your bike locked up, even in the bike room 

You may also want to consider a public bike share program, such as Bike Share Toronto