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Living Away From Home

At the same time they are starting university, many students are also moving away from home for the first time. This can be a significant change in your life and the life of your student. It is also an important milestone in your and your student’s lives. Your student may choose to live in one of the residence buildings on campus, or one of the many housing options available off campus.

Students may choose to live away from home in housing located off (and often near) campus. There are a wide variety of housing options available to students. The university offers numerous resources to help your students find housing and live successfully off-campus. The service provides general housing information and advice. The Off-campus living website includes a wealth of resources to assist and educate your student, including:

  • information about health and safety
  • interactive housing videos and games
  • off-campus handbook
  • rental listings
  • roommate finder tool
  • sublet listings
  • virtual interactive house

Please direct your student to the Off-campus living website for more information.

On campus at the university, both traditional suite and apartment-style residence options are available. Simcoe Village and South Village residences offer accommodations to all incoming students meeting certain criteria. Students living in residence are often living away from home for the first time. Residence life is full of new experiences as well as new challenges as students become accustomed to living on their own.

The Residence Life staff will assist your students with their transition to the residence, offering a variety of academic and social programming in this community setting, with an emphasis on personal growth and development. Resident advisors, residence academic leaders and community advisors are all part of the Resident Advisor team, promoting a safe and supportive community for your student. 

The apartment-style residence, South Village residence, is ideal for students who would prefer the independence of apartment living while maintaining the convenience of living on campus. It offers three- and six-bedroom units with convenient features such as in-suite laundry machines and parking. During the summer months, students and their families have the opportunity to test drive Residence for a minimal cost, and experience what living in residence is like. 

Learn more about on-campus housing options for students.

Read tips for Parents and Guardians of students living in residence.