Last Updated: January 3, 2022

Along with the University of Toronto, Chestnut Residence is proactively planning and responding to the global progression of the COVID-19 virus. On this page you will find current and ongoing updates to this extraordinary situation and our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community.
We strongly encourage you to review the information below, which we are updating regularly. Should you still have questions, the best way to reach us is by email: We are working to respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible – thank you in advance for your patience.
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Keeping our Residents Safe!

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents.

As such, we have implemented a number of  measures and guidelines within residence.

Temporarily suspending our guest policy to limit the amount of traffic in the building; the only exception to this is during move-in, where students will be permitted to have a maximum of 2 family members/helpers for the duration of their move-in only. All students, including helpers, must wear mask at all times (except within your own room).  Helpers must not have been outside the country within the past 14 days, be experiencing symptoms of illness, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for covid-19 in the past 14 days. Helpers should not come to campus if they have symptoms or answer yes to any of the self-screening questions. Please note that we will need to record the names and phone numbers of any helpers you bring with you to residence for contact tracing purposes.

In accordance with the City of Toronto by-law, we ask that all persons entering or remaining in these premises wear a mask or face covering which covers the nose, mouth and chin when in common spaces (including Lobby, Elevators, Lounges, Laundry Room, etc). Exceptions include people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, or children under two years old, or those who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Proof of a medical condition is not required. 2 masks and 1 touchless safety tool will be provided to residents when they check-in at the Front Desk on their move-in day

Signage that promotes physical distancing, hand washing, and other health and safety reminders.

Additional hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed.

Foot door pulls have been added to decrease the amount of high touch points when opening doors.

Residence staff members have been trained on health and safety measures.

All spaces including high touch areas are cleaned on a more rigorous schedule.

Enhanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting.

Additional physical distancing equipment, such as plexiglass barriers, are in place in high traffic areas following public health guidelines.

Are you feeling sick? Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19?

The University of Toronto, in partnership with Thrive Health, has launched the UCheck self-assessment web portal to support the health & safety of the entire U of T community. Students living in residence are asked to generate a COVID-19 risk status daily by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment. UCheck allows students to complete a symptom check survey and generates a “green status”  if you are safe to attend campus or a “red status” if you may not be safe to attend campus.

IMPORTANT: If you receive a red status result from the assessment, we recommend that you follow the instructions given in the assessment tool and also contact us at to let us know.

ALL students who are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate!
  • You should also record your absence through ACORNPlease remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN. Some Faculties have alternate or supplementary requirements when reporting absences, so please contact your Registrar’s Office if you have questions. Student absences for other illnesses or reasons should continue to be documented through the Verification of Illness (VOI) form and normal Faculty processes.
I am a new incoming student - will I still be able to live at Chestnut throughout the 2021-22 academic year?

Yes, we’re planning to have students in residence this fall. We know that for many students, residence is an important university experience which we continue to maintain. The health and safety of those staying in our residences is a top priority and consequently some services may be adjusted based on public health guidelines.

Students are encouraged to check regularly for updates related to COVID-19 on the main University of Toronto or Join U of T sites.

Are you offering any tours of the residence?

Yes (virtually)! Our in-person residence tours are currently on hold.

Check out what could be (or will be!) your new home away from home. We tour the building, including common spaces, amenities and offer a sneak peek inside a double and single room.

Watch our residence walk-through video.

Are vaccinations mandatory for students living in residence?


All students moving into residence will be required to have their first dose of a vaccine prior to their move-in date. We recommend that students obtain their first dose at least 14 days prior to moving into residence.

Students in Ontario, including international students, looking to book a vaccination appointment can start here.

Any students in residence who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation. Additional information about how to request an exemption will be sent to you by email.

Students in residence who cannot get vaccinated before moving in will have two weeks following their move-in date to get vaccinated. Students who are not fully vaccinated may be subject to additional public health restrictions.

The University will support students and will facilitate vaccines for students who require first and second doses.

Students arriving from outside Canada will be required to meet government quarantine requirements before moving into residence. Please refer to the U of T Quarantine Guide for Students.

More information about the vaccine requirement is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Office of the Vice Provost, Students website.

I'm an international student planning to move into residence - will I need to quarantine when I first arrive?
Depending on your country of origin and whether or not you are fully vaccinated, you may be required to quarantine upon arrival. The Government of Canada has outlined the requirements for Quarantine for Travelers to Canada – please be sure to review these requirements as they continue to change and develop over the summer and fall months.

The University’s Quarantine Accommodation program is available to support students’ arrival to Canada.

Students coming from outside of Canada must register for one of two programs offered: either the Full program or the At Home program. Please refer to the Quarantine Guide for detailed information about both programs and for a step-by-step breakdown of the quarantine process.

IMPORTANT: Students cannot quarantine in residence – The Quarantine Act does not permit quarantines to take place in group living environments.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students website.

I still have questions about residence, where can I find more information?

We are working to keep our website updated as much as possible, however, additional information related to COVID-19 and residence can be found on the following sites:

Is the Front Desk still open?

Yes! The Front Desk is open and operating  7:00 AM – 11:00 PM. 

Is the Residence Life Office still open?


Effective January 4, 2022, the Residence Life Office will be physically closed however we remain OPEN virtually to assist all residents. You are encouraged to connect with us by phone, email, and by attending our virtual drop-in office hours.

Fall/Winter 2021-22 VIRTUAL DROP-IN HOURS:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM and from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • These drop-in sessions will take place on Zoom. Stop by to ask questions about admissions, fees, common spaces, meal plans and much more!
  • To join a drop-in session, go to: Enter the meeting ID 528 940 2310 and passcode 880353.
  • Please note that drop-in sessions are first come, first served and you may have to wait in the virtual ‘waiting room’ while another resident is being assisted.

Connect with us by phone: 416.585.3160; our voicemail is checked several times a day. However, the best way to reach us is by Additionally, the Front Desk and Security Desk are still open and operating in order to assist you on-site.

Are the common spaces/amenities still open?

Following guidance from Public Health, we will continue to assess the reopening and necessary closure of our amenities spaces on a rolling basis, including, but not limited to our study rooms, music rooms, lounge spaces, wellness room, gym and fitness studio.


We will actively work to announce the opening/closure/restrictions to residents via email, newsletter, and our social media accounts. If you are unsure as to the current status, please email us at

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms or experiencing any cold/flu symptoms, please ensure you do not access any of the common spaces. Please note that all students who are feeling sick are asked to self-isolate and self-report using the ‘Students Reporting Illness’ form to report your illness to the Residence Life Office. 

There are a number of resources we’d like to share with you at this time in the hopes that they will be helpful to how you feel. Some are U of T specific resources, and some are simply resources we think could be useful during this time – including links to free exercise classes, meditation, art-based activities, and more.

Kindly keep in mind that things are constantly shifting. We will do our best to keep this information as up to date as possible, but we do advise that you reach out to specific resources to inquire about any service changes.

U of T Resources

These are resources based here at the University. Many of these you have probably already utilized in the past. Take a look through these links for updated service information or interesting articles/pages that you might find useful.

Here you can read about the updated service offerings of various key U of T departments including the Centre for International Experience, Health & Wellness, and Indigenous Student Services. The email contacts for these various departments are also highlighted below. In general, many departments are offering virtual appointments while cancelling in-person meetings and events. Kindly check specific pages for details.

Non-U of T Resources

These are resources not affiliated with the University, but ones that we found and thought might be useful or fun.

If you have any yourself that you’d like us to feature please email and let us know!