Throughout the academic year students living at Chestnut Residence are part of a vibrant and diverse community of students. Our building population is made up of approximately 75% first year students, making it an excellent place to make new friends during your first year of your undergraduate career. We also house the highest number of international students, as well as the highest number of Engineering students.
Each floor has a Residence Don who is a full-time upper year student employed by the Residence Life Office to provide support, programming, and community building. Our building also features a number of Themed Floor Communities which help bring together students with similar academic and extracurricular interests.
1st year students are only offered double rooms unless there is a documented medical or accessibility need for a single room.
Once you have been accepted to residence we encourage you to begin your search for a roommate.
Join our 2022-23 Chestnut Residents Facebook Group where you can connect with other incoming students, find a roommate, and stay updated on important Chestnut news and information. Our Facebook group is for 2022-23 Chestnut residents only, therefore you will need to provide your student number in order to be accepted into the group.
The best starting point for a successful roommate match is to establish good and regular communication. We have put together some questions to help facilitate these initial conversations with potential roommates:
What kind of music do you like? Hobbies? Sports? Books? Movies?
What courses are you thinking about taking?
What kind of food do you like to eat?
What do you want out of the residence experience?
Are you a night owl? Early riser? Both?
Absolutely, if you are both accepted to Chestnut Residence and follow all the application steps by the deadlines, you will be able to request each other on StarPortal roommate matching module.
It will make it easier if you know each other’s student number, in order to search for each other and select the correct profile.
1 Double size bed per student
1 Pillow per bed
1 Desk per student
Waste & recycle bins
1 Chair per student
Smoke detector & battery
1 Dresser per room
1 armoire in double rooms
1 Closet per room
Community safety is the shared commitment and responsibility of all staff and students at Chestnut Residence. The following systems are in place to keep our residence as safe as possible:
Two security guards are on duty 24/7
You can contact security anytime at 416.585.3155
You can always find at least 1 security guard at the kiosk in the lobby of Chestnut
Security guards patrol common areas, floors, and the exterior of the building
Residents are asked to show their room key each time they pass security in the lobby
Don on Duty
You can connect with the Don-on-Duty (DOD) – current residents can find the Don-on-Duty phone number posted on their floor, or ask your don!
There are 2 Dons on duty each night from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
DOD’s do rounds of the building to ensure quiet hours are respected
DOD’s wear red vests to be easily visible to residents
DOD’s carry a cell phone and respond to student emergencies and concerns
Available 7 Days a week/365 from dusk until dawn.
Call 416.978.SAFE (7233) any time to arrange for patrollers to come to your location during service hours. It is also possible to arrange for regular walks with the same pick up location and time each week. For prompt service calling in advance is recommended. WalkSmart will escort students to any building on the St. George Campus, including Chestnut Residence, as well as surrounding TTC locations
Housekeeping staff will enter your room weekly
Your housekeeping schedule will be given to you at the beginning of the year
Dons will communicate the weekly cleaning schedule to all students on each floor
The weekly cleaning service entails vacuuming and bathroom cleaning
Residents are responsible for ensuring that their floors are free of any clothing or other items, prior to vacuuming (cleaning staff will Not move personal items left on the floor)
Residents must clear the counter tops in the bathroom.
Your bathroom tub, toilet, and sink will be cleaned, and the available counter spaced will be cleaned as well, so long as housekeeping does not have to move any items
Toilet paper replenished each week, 1 roll per person/per week (students are responsible for providing their own soap and other toiletries)
Students are responsible for removing garbage, recycling, and dusting
Students are not permitted to refuse cleaning service from housekeeping staff for 2 or more weeks in a row
If you have any questions about cleaning please speak to your regular cleaning staff or to your Residence Don
Operating through the day in conjunction with a 24 hour security team
Open 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM weekdays (Sunday – Thursday), open until midnight on Friday and Saturday
Staff assist with reservations, registration, and check out
Other assistance includes:
Parcel/pizza pick up
Guest sign in
Bike room key set up
Iron/drying rack sign out
Board game sign out (Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble etc)
Contact info: 416.977.0707, Ext. 0
Urban Lounge (located on the first floor) – Watch tv, socialize, play foosball or pool. This space is used for social activities and events for students
The Lookout (located on the 27th floor) – Watch tv, study, grab a snack or take in the amazing views
Study Commons (located on the 28th floor) – Offering quiet 24 hour study space to students. This space is proctored by upper year students for six weeks prior to both the fall and winter exam periods
Laundry Room (located on the concourse level) – Open 24/7 with pay-per-use washers and dryers. Machines are operated with a loadable laundry card
Gym (located on the concourse level) – Basic workout facility with cardio machines, free weights and universal machines
Fitness Studio (located on the concourse level) – Moderately sized studio with hardwood floors, mirrors, and balance bars
Music Rooms (located on the concourse level) – 5 music rooms for student use, with 2 pianos and 1 drum set available
Wellness Room (located on the 28th floor) – Intended as a space for residents to relax, meditate or do yoga.