The University Housing Service on the St. George campus maintains up-to-date information on downtown off-campus residence-style housing such as the Centre for Christian Studies, Ewart, Neill-Wycik, and Tartu Colleges, and the Toronto General Hospital Nurses Residence. It also lists contact offices for the 27 houses of Campus Cooperative Residence Incorporated, and for 14 fraternities. All of those residences and houses are operated independently of the University of Toronto but give priority to post-secondary students. Application for a unit in the Married Student Apartments which are primarily for full-time students with dependent children should be made through the University Housing Service which acts as the admissions office for the complex. Unfurnished apartments are available on a yearly basis up to a maximum of three years. Since the demand for this government-owned non-profit apartment is great, it is necessary to apply several months in advance of when the housing is required.
The housing services include a registry of listings primarily from city landlords advertising available rooms, and occasionally flats, in shared houses located within about 30 minutes travel time from classes. Students refer to these listings in the way they would a newspaper’s “classified” section, making rental arrangements in person while they stay for a few days in temporary accommodation which is also listed at their Housing Service. While the ideal time to use the registries in preparation for the winter academic session is a couple of weeks prior to an occupancy date of August 1 or October 1, many students are successful in arranging to rent from September 1 even though their search in late August coincides with the period of highest demand for student housing throughout the city. Listings in the campus registries change daily as places are rented and new ones advertised, thus information on specific long-term rentals cannot be mailed out.
To gain access to the St. George campus registry, evidence of current or prospective affiliation with the University of Toronto (student I.D. card or offer of admission) is required.
More information can be obtained from:
The University of Toronto Housing Service
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9