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Prospective Residents

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.


DOUBLES AND SINGLES

Our Room types

All 1st year students are placed in double rooms, allowing them the opportunity to connect with a peer and build relationships in residence by having a roommate.

Upper year and returning Chestnut residents are typically placed in a single room, but also have the option of a double if the preference is to live with a roommate. 

double rooms

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

single rooms

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

Double Rooms

Single Rooms


COMPREHENSIVE ACCOMMODATION

What’s included in my fees?

Chestnut Residence accommodation is comprehensive. Included in your fees are the following:

Accommodation

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A meal plan

Utilities

Internet

Quality Meals

Dining at Chestnut

The Chestnut Tree Dining Hall is open to all residents of Chestnut Residence.

Access is available on the main floor next to the Front Desk.

Why Chestnut Residence

Spacious rooms, high quality meals, and a vibrant residence life program. Located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, Chestnut Residence is a great place to call home!

Themed Floors & Communities

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On-Location Dining Hall

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Housekeeping

Hotel-Style Rooms


FAQs for

Prospective Students

1syear 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.
  • Find a roommate using our StarPortal Roommate Matching module. Fill out your profile with as much detail as possible so other students can learn more about you.

HELPFUL TIPS

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
  • Shower curtain
  • Curtains
  • 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:

Security Personnel

  • 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

WalkSmart Service

  • 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:
    • Mail sorting
    • Answering/transferring calls
    • Parcel/pizza pick up
    • Guest sign in
    • General inquiries
    • 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.

STAY AT U OF T

Stay with us over the summer!

Looking to stay over the summer? Chestnut Residence is open.