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 placed in double rooms, allowing them the opportunity to connect with a peer and build relationships in residence. 

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. After all first year students with the housing guarantee have been made an offer, we will be happy to accommodate any U of T students who are registered full-time and are in good academic standing. In order to be considered, students are expected to have had no past behavioural or conduct issues and must not have any outstanding financial balance with the University of Toronto.

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.

Although the University of Toronto has a housing guarantee for first year students only, for the 2021-22 academic year, we are prepared to offer students who are current residents an opportunity to secure a space at Chestnut for the fall.

To qualify, students would need to sign up to stay for the whole summer by March 31st and secure the early bird discounted rate. By continuing with your residency at Chestnut through the summer, you can benefit from an added bonus of a space at Chestnut for the Academic Year 2021-22. Please note that we have limited availability and it will therefore be offered on a first-come, first-served basis pending eligibility. You will need to complete both the summer and academic year application before March 31, 2021. Students are expected to have had no past behaviour or conduct issues at Chestnut Residence and must not have any outstanding financial balance with the University of Toronto.

Additional spots for non summer students will also be allocated based on availability.

For more please contact the Residence Life Office.

Please Note:

For the 2021-22 academic year we will not be accepting applications from OCADU students.

Our priority continues to focus on accommodating 1st year University of Toronto students who have a residence guarantee. However, once all guaranteed students have been accommodated, we welcome applications from OCADU students, depending on availability. Applications can be submitted 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

  • Sent by email
  • Guaranteed 1st year students beginning in June 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 April
  • Sent to upper year students when final grades are released* (*on a rolling basis throughout the Spring/Summer as space permits)

PLEASE NOTE: The Early Arrival process is for students who are arriving to Chestnut Residence prior to August 27, 2021 and who do not need to or have already completed quarantine. Students arriving early may experience a *PTAC installation.

For students arriving from outside of Canada who are required to quarantine for 14 days, please login to StarPortal and register under the ‘Mandatory Quarantine’ tab.

Regular Move-In Dates for the 2021-22 academic year are August 28th to September 12th. If you are planning to arrive during these dates, please log in to StarPortal and select a move-in timeslot under the ‘Manage My Housing’ tab.

Students arriving prior to August 27th are expected to fill out the summer application on StarPortal. On the ‘Booking Term’ page, please add, “Early Arrival,” in the booking code box.


  • Weekly Rate is: $352.80, additional days are $50.40
  • There is a one week minimum stay
  • The rate does not include meals**
  • All applicable charges will be processed via ACORN

*PTAC Installation

We are currently working on replacing the individual Air Conditioner/Heater (PTAC) units in all rooms located on Floors 12 through to Floor 20. This project will provide students with a brand new updated PTAC unit for cooling/heating purposes throughout the year. The estimated completion date of the project is September 3rd, 2021.

For students arriving to rooms on Floors 12-20 prior to September 3rd, there is a chance that your PTAC unit will not yet have been installed. The installation process is relatively quick (under an hour) and can take place after a student has already moved into their room. However, if you wish to avoid this possibility, we encourage you to select a room on floors other than 12 through 20 -OR- plan to move in after September 3rd, 2021.

**Depending on the number of students in house, Food Services may be able to re-commence service, but it is closed at this time.

The University will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 22, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022 (Chestnut Residence reopens at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 2, 2022).

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. 22 – Jan. 2) 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, 2021Applications 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.

Please check back regularly for more information or email us at


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

Early Withdrawal from Occupancy

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