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1st year students are typically placed in double rooms, allowing them the opportunity to connect with a peer and build relationships in residence.  However, given health and safety considerations surrounding the pandemic, we are amending our policy to limit accommodation to 1 student per room

If conditions later change and we are safely able to house students per room, the option will be given to residents who are residing in our double room type to choose a roommate (this will not be an option for students who are residing in a single room type). If students choose to have a roommate, they will be given a discount to reflect the double room type rate.  

All double rooms include: 

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • 1 Double sized bed per student
  • 1 Pillow per bed
  • 1 Desk and Desk Chair per student
  • 1 Dresser
  • 1 Armoire 
  • 1 Closet 
  • Curtains for the room
  • Shower curtain in the bathroom
  • Waste and Recycling Bins
  • Smoke Detector & Battery

All single rooms include:  

  • Ensuite bathroom 
  • 1 Double sized bed  
  • 1 Pillow per bed 
  • 1 Desk and Desk Chair  
  • 1 Dresser  
  • 1 Closet 
  • Curtains for the room 
  • Shower curtain in the bathroom 
  • Waste and Recycling Bins 
  • Smoke Detector & Battery

All furniture that is typically used to accommodate 2 roommates will remain in room. 

*Sample photo of a renovated room. Please note that rooms may vary in size, layout, and furnishings.

*Sample photo of a renovated room. Please note that rooms may vary in size, layout, and furnishings.

The photos below are actual student rooms. Bedding and decorations are not provided by Chestnut Residence.

*Sample photo of a renovated room. Please note that rooms may vary in size, layout, and furnishings.

*Sample photo of a renovated room. Please note that rooms may vary in size, layout, and furnishings.

Have Questions about Student Rooms? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Bedding (Chestnut Residence provides Double sized beds)
  • Pillow case
  • Mattress Cover
  • Favourite books, movies, pictures
  • Hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Decorations – posters, plants, photos, etc.
  • Sticky-tack adhesive or poster tabs for decorations (no nails or tacks!)
  • Storage boxes for your room (there is no extra storage in the residence)
  • Laundry bag and HE (High Efficiency) washing machine detergent

You can pre-order bedding, bath linens, and closet storage from:

You might also want to bring:

  • A small fridge for your room (max. 1 metre in height); you may want to consider renting one from Campus Deliveries
  • Ear plugs or eye masks for sleeping
  • TV (Residence rooms are not equipped with cable)
  • Semi-formal wear
  • Winter clothing

What NOT to bring:

    • Items that promote unsafe alcohol consumption (e.g. drinking games or drinking game tables, funnels, kegs or any other drinking paraphernalia).
    • Any illegal substances, non-prescribed drugs/narcotics, or drug paraphernalia (including hookahs, bongs, pipes, e-cigarettes and vaporizers etc.)
    • Candles, incense, potpourri etc.
    • Large stereos, sub-woofers or DJ equipment.
    • Valuables  (Chestnut does not have storage safes so valuables are kept at one’s own risk.)
    • Extra Furniture (Students are also not permitted to add or remove any furniture from rooms.)
    • Any cooking appliances including hot plates, rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, kettles, coffee makers, etc. (there is a communal fridge and microwave on each floor).
    • Weapons are restricted. Items worn for religious purposes or used for extracurricular activities such as martial arts require advanced permission from the Residence Office.
    • Pets (dogs, cats, fish, lizards, hamsters etc.).

Standard Floor Layout

Main Floor

This maps is not to scale and is intended only to provide a general overview of the space; layout and furnishings may vary.

Concourse Level

This maps is not to scale and is intended only to provide a general overview of the space; layout and furnishings may vary.

In 2020-2021 we’ll be offering the following themed floors:

Intercultural Experience (9th Floor)
Are you looking to engage with other students interested in international experiences and learning about various cultures? The Intercultural Experience floor is designed to have an emphasis on intercultural understanding and is a great place for you to engage in conversations and experiences with like-minded students and to learn about resources on campus relating to intercultural experience through offices like the Centre for International Experience and the Multi-faith CentreThis floor has a departmental partnership with the Centre for International Experience 


Open to: all students 

Architecture Community (Floor 10)


Our newest themed floor, the Daniels Faculty floor was created to meet the needs of the large population of Architecture, Landscape, & Design students who live at Chestnut each year. As a partnership with the Daniels’ Office of the Registrar and Student Services we are pleased to welcome you to this community if you’re a Daniels Faculty student looking to live and connect with other architects and designers to-be! We’ll be infusing elements and past programs of the former Chestnut Architecture Club to enhance the learning opportunities of students on this floor. Programs can include software workshops, city walking tours, and project pre-reviews with peers. 


Open to: Daniels Faculty students only 

Engineering Communities (11th, 14th, and 18th* Floors)

*18th floor move-in restriction: please note that if you select a room on the 18th floor, you will not be able to move-in prior to September 1st.

Did you know that more than 50% of Chestnut is comprised of Engineering students? If you’re a student in the ASPC Faculty looking to live with other students in the same program as you this is the floor for you! Students have the ability to study together, learn from one another, and build lasting friendships that carry them through their entire undergraduate degree. Our three APSC floors are supported whenever possible by Dons in the same faculty, and in the 2020-2021 year we’re excited to link these floors more closely with our specialized Faculty in Residence program that has a professor from the faculty living in residence, Dr. Chirag Variawa. Program opportunities can include study sessions, midterm reviews, casual dinners with your professors, and industry nights. 


Open to: APSC Faculty students only 

Health and Wellness Community (15th Floor) Are you passionate about wellness and supporting optimal health – whether that be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or other? This could be the floor for you! Students living on this floor often bond over their common interests and find ways as a community to support wellness. This floor is designed to inspire and support students’ passions for health and wellness through programming and resource-sharing. Programs can include things like workout sessions in the residence gym, intramural team involvement, and connecting with resources like Hart House or the Health & Wellness Centre on campus. 


Open to: all students 

Arts and Culture Community (16th Floor) Not exclusive to students studying the arts, the Arts & Culture floor is designed to inspire students from various academic programs who share a passion for the arts. The creative energy of this community could be the one for you if you’re looking to connect with others who appreciate arts of various forms. This floor is ideal for students who wish to explore creativity through conversation, casual connection with peers, and programming opportunities. Programs can include art therapy, trips to local galleries and museums, and learning about resources on campus like Hart House’s Get Crafty club. 


Open to: all students 

Female-Identifying only

(17th Floor)


If you’re a female-identifying individual looking to live with other females this is the floor for you. Note that male-identifying individuals are allowed on the floor as guests.  


Open to: all students who identify as female

Quiet Community (26th and 27th Floor) At Chestnut we have guiding policies and community standards that outline expectations of noise and quiet hours. Quiet hours are from 11AM to 8AM on week days and 1AM to 8AM on weekends, but if you’re looking for a living environment with 24hr quiet hours this floor might be a good fit for you. Students on this floor have made an affirmative commitment to maintain quiet hours at all times and ensure that their guests do the same.  


Open to: all students 

* Please note that the 27th floor is only accessible by a set of stairs from the 26th floor and is not directly accessible by elevator.

At Chestnut Residence we offer the unique opportunity to live on what we call themed floors. Themed floors are designed to provide a unique residence experience by enhancing your interaction with other students and your learning experience outside of the classroom. This is done by bringing you together with other students who share similar values, interests, or academic backgrounds.  

Themed floors provide students with opportunities to:

  • meet like-minded individuals
  • form long-lasting friendships
  • share goals and projects
  • support each other through common challenges
  • connect with faculty members outside of the classroom
  • be exposed to and benefit from new experiences and ideas through programming

Events in residence (also known as “programs”) are thoughtfully planned and delivered by various staff in the Residence Life Office, and most commonly by your assigned Residence Don who is an upper year student on your floor there to provide you with support, advice, resources, referrals, and programming. You’ll find that your Don is central to your experience in residence because they’ll help to foster a sense of community on your floor. On themed floors Dons are required to ensure that a portion of their programming is centered on the theme of their specific floor so as to provide a holistic offering of out-of-classroom learning experiences for students. Students are also welcome to bring forward programming and social ideas that they want to see and are encouraged to take initiative within their community.