Residence Applications



Admission Information

New 1st Year StudentsNew Upper Year StudentsOCAD StudentsReturning Chestnut StudentsTrans AccommodationResidence OffersEarly ArrivalWinter Break Residence
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 application, MyRes by March 31st, 2019Students 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 when you rank your residence choices in MyRes.


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 and MyRes ranking.

Please complete your application on the University of Toronto Housing Portal

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.

The residence typically only accommodates U of T students, however, space permitting, we sometimes also consider OCADU students.

Unfortunately, we will not know of the availability of Fall/Winter 2019-20 spaces to accommodate OCAD students until very late in the summer (typically August). As such, we encourage you to check back with us at that point if still interested:

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 returning student application for the 2019-20 academic year will open early March 2019. You will receive an email with a deadline to apply. If you have missed this deadline, you are welcome to still apply – your application will still be considered should space continue to be available. 

Please note residence offers for returners for the 2019-20 academic year are currently scheduled to be sent out in late April at the earliest.

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 May 2019 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 May 2019
  • 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.

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.


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