COVID-19 INFORMATION

Hello Residents,

We are very excited to have you with us this fall and winter As the UTSC campus begins to open back up, we wanted to take moment to share some updated summer residence policies and remind students of the important Covid policies that remain in place.

Face Coverings: The University will continue its requirement to wear masks until June 30, 2022. Every person must wear a mask or face covering when indoors on campus, except when students are in their house/room with members of the household. Exceptions are provided for people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons or those who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Guests: Residence students may once again have guests, including off-campus guests. The rules regarding guests may be modified as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Foley Floor Common Spaces: Effective immediately, common spaces are now open. Residents must adhere to all posted signage and directives.  Common spaces are considered public indoor settings and masks are required in these spaces.

Reporting Illness: If a student is feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of illness, they should remain in their bedroom and immediately notify residence staff. If during business hours, you can call the Residence Office at 416-287-7365 or, if after-hours, you can notify the RLT On-Call at 416-688-3818.

In the case of emergency, students should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Covid Policy Enforcement: Given the serious threat posed by COVID-19 and its variants, Student Housing & Residence Life will enforce all Covid policies in residence. These policies exist to promote safety and to protect individuals, as well as the greater community.

COVID-19 FAQ's

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for students to move in for the fall and winter sessions.  We know that for many students, residence is an important part of the university experience and we look forward to welcoming you.

ALL students who are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate.

  • Immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365 (after hours call the RLT on-call at 416-688-3818). In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. Please do not attend the front desk in person if you feel ill. A staff member will follow-up with you. You can also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) and utilize this Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.
  • If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca immediately and inform Residence.

You should also record your absence through ACORN. Please remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN and please contact the Registrar’s Office.

If you don’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, or you are an unvaccinated foreign national, who is eligible to enter Canada in specific situations, you must quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Canada.

Additionally, if you have symptoms of COvid-19, or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you should self-isolate and should inform Student Housing & Residence Life (residence.utsc@utoronto.ca, 416-287-7365) if you are self-isolating.

Note: Residents who are self-isolating and/or quarantined in their residence room should adhere to the public health directives. For more information about self-isolating, you can view this document on how to self isolate.  Specifically, residents self-isolating or quarantining in their residence rooms are prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, such as laundry rooms and study spaces must remain in their room at all times. Additional information will be provided to residents at the time of self-isolation.

Non-compliance with COVID-19 safety rules in residence may pose a health and safety threat to the community and will be treated as a serious matter. The University will make every effort to resolve these issues and may also impose sanctions where individuals or groups of students are not in compliance with these rules.

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival FAQs

This is a decision that on you and your family can decide. Living in residence offers students numerous opportunities to meet and interact with peers, explore the campus environment, be part of a community, and find enriching experiences that go beyond the classroom. Based on current public health guidelines, we will be providing a mix of virtual and in-person activities. We invite you to explore the various activities we have to offer that will provide memorable experiences only available on campus.

We are working hard to implement several safety measures to help students stay safe and healthy in residence. These measures meet and, in some cases, exceed the recommendation set by public health officials. They include:

All residences have updated signage that promotes physical distancing, hand washing, and other health and safety reminders.

Additional hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed in buildings.

Residence staff members have been trained on health and safety measures.

All spaces including high touch areas are cleaned on a more rigorous schedule.

All residences have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting.

Additional physical distancing equipment, such as plexiglass barriers, are in place in areas following public health guidelines.

We are implementing measures to ensure safe access to residence amenities and spaces. This includes enhanced cleaning, additional signage, limiting capacity, and spacing of furniture. We may be required to limit access to these spaces as per public health guidelines and will be working closely with our residence communities if this does occur.

No, the First Year Guarantee is only for students entering their first year of study at UofT. Residence may have limited spaces for upper year students and you would be eligible to apply for those.

Due to COVID-19, bring personal kitchen items such as cutlery, glasses, bowls, plates, and mugs (sharing with housemates is discouraged). While packing to travel internationally consider packing lightly including toiletries, phone, backpack, clothing, and an additional supply of non-medical masks. Just think of what you would use on a regular basis and chances are you'll need to bring them with you to residence. Click here to see our full list of recommendations.

After arriving to campus, there are local stores and purchasing items such as bedding, linen, posters/pictures, pots & pans, food containers, fan, and food.

You may also pre-order linens from Residence Linens (https://residencelinens.com/)

If you cannot arrive for September we recommend that you cancel your application to receive deposit refunds (click here for the refund timeline). Refunds will not be issued to residents who do not meet the deadlines. If residents choose to pay deposits to hold their space in residence, and later withdraw from residence, they will be held to the withdrawal policy.

For these reasons, if you are unable to arrive in September, we recommend you cancel your application. You may put yourself onto our waitlist and may be offered a space at a later date. Contact our office by email residence.utsc@utoronto.ca for further instructions to be placed on the wait list.

Our residence staff members are working hard to ensure students feel connected, engaged, and academically supported in their residence communities through fun, virtual events and small in-person activities.

Yes, we are currently accepting application for students to move in for the fall and winter sessions. We know that for many students, residence is an important part of the university experience and we look forward to welcoming you. 

If a student is feeling ill or experiences any symptoms of illness, they should remain in their bedroom and do the following:

and immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365. In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

ALL students who are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate.

  • Immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365 (after hours call the RLT on-call at 416-688-3818). In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. Please do not attend the front desk in person if you feel ill. A staff member will follow-up with you. You can also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) and utilize this Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.
  • Complete the Students Reporting Illness form to report your illness to Residence.
  • If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca immediately and inform Residence.
  • You should also record your absence through ACORN. Please remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN and please contact the Registrar’s Office.