Residence Applications



Admission Information

New 1st Year StudentsNew Upper Year StudentsReturning Chestnut StudentsOCAD StudentsTrans AccommodationResidence OffersEarly ArrivalWinter Break ResidenceWinter Term OnlySummer
Chestnut Residence houses first year students from many faculties and colleges. 75% of our spaces are occupied by first year students! First year students are only eligible for double rooms. 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 Spring & 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.

Students living at Chestnut Residence during the academic year will be invited to reapply to live at Chestnut for the following year. We have a limited number of upper year spaces, so students interested in living at Chestnut again are recommended to apply early.

The  application for the 2020-21 academic year will open on January 17th, 2020

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 for returners for the 2020-21 academic year are currently scheduled to be sent out in LATE MARCH at the earliest.

We are now welcoming OCAD students for this academic year. Students are encouraged to apply by completing the application directly on StarPortal.

We have rooms available ($16,699.62- 19,577.62)* and this covers a contract for the 8-month term (from September 1st, 2019 to April 29th, 2020). This fee includes unlimited access to the Chestnut dining Hall, open 7 days a week.

*Rates will be pro-rated based on the date of arrival.

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

Trans – an umbrella term used to describe individuals who, to varying degrees, do not conform to what society usually defines as a man or a woman. 

Diversity is an important part of the cultural landscape at the University of Toronto, and we consider gender diversity to be an important aspect of this. We believe that students have a right to live in a housing arrangement that is inclusive of their gender identity. In the interest of creating such an equitable and inclusive community, Chestnut Residence is happy to offer housing accommodations to those students who identify as trans, or for any students who feel that their gender identity or gender expression is not represented in the traditional male and female housing arrangements that are typical of most campuses. If you identify as trans, we’d like you to contact our office, so that we may initiate a dialogue with you concerning what you see as your specific needs and interests in terms of your housing arrangement.

Please contact

To learn more about gender diversity programs and support services on campus, please visit the website of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office.

  • 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)

Students may apply for early arrival to residence by filling in the following forms and sending them to

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

Fees will be posted to your Acorn account once processed.

The University will be closed from Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020 inclusive. 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. 21 – Jan. 5) students must fill out a winter break application and submit it to the Residence Life Office for consideration. They will receive an email if their application has been approved.

The submission deadline is December 10, 2019.  

Fee: $400 (charged to your ACORN account)

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 card and you must sign in and out 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.

We are still accepting applications for Winter term only (Jan- April 29, 2020). If you are interested, please email us at

**FULL details coming soon!**

Summer 2020 Applications open February 3, 2020.   

The deadline to apply is: February 21, 2020.  

Receive an early bird discount if you apply by February 7, 2020. 

Academic Fees 2019-2020

Chestnut Residence accommodation is comprehensive – including a full meal plan, utilities, phone with voicemail, internet, and residence council fees. Meal Plans are mandatory as there are no cooking facilities available to students.

Please read our 2019-20 Fees Brochure for detailed fees information.

*COMING SOON* Fees information for the 2020-21 Academic Year


Have Questions about Admissions & Fees? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions