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. 

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.

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 from OCADU students for the 2021-22  academic year will open in July 2021. At that time, 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

  • Sent by email
  • Guaranteed 1st year students beginning in June 2021 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 2021
  • 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

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


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

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