Studying at a campus located in downtown Toronto opens up the doors to several different styles of housing.


Whether you are from overseas, another part of Canada or the Toronto area, residence is a great way to be part of the U of T community. Each year, approximately half of our first‑year Engineering students live in residence. Engineering students lead busy lives, and living on campus gives you full access to academic resources, student services, and plenty of friends.

The Residence Guarantee & How to Apply

Residence is guaranteed for all new full-time students entering their first year of university in an undergraduate program for the first time, provided that they complete the university’s common residence application (StarRez) and accept their offer of admission by the stated deadline. For more information about the Residence Guaranteeresidence options and how to apply, please visit the Housing Services section of the U of T website.

Off-Campus Housing

Many students choose to live in the neighbourhoods that surround the St. George campus. They live in apartments, share a floor of a house, or even rent an entire house with a group of friends.

Housing Services can help you find a place to live that will meet your needs.

  • The St. George campus is surrounded by great neighbourhoods.
  • Living in an apartment or room is usually cheaper than residence.
  • Because you live off campus, you’ll get to know more of the city.
  • Whether you live alone or share with a roommate, you’ll feel independent.
  • You’ll develop a sense of independence and important life skills, like learning to cook for yourself.

Just across the street from many of the U of T Engineering buildings is the recently constructed CampusOne. These U of T affiliated suites include a number of features geared towards students, while providing all the benefits of living off-campus listed above.

Commuting From Your Family Home

If you’re thinking of commuting from your family’s home because your parents (or other relatives) already live in Toronto, you’re definitely not alone. Many of our students live at home and commute to school each day using public transit. It’s especially convenient because streetcars and subway lines serve all the main streets bordering the campus.

Students appreciate being able to commute to campus because:

  • It’s easier on your budget when you live at home and commute to school.
  • You continue to enjoy family life and have the convenience of your own familiar space.
  • You can use your commuting time to read and do schoolwork.