HOUSING IN THE CITY

Partners & Providers

This page features links to several housing service providers, including independent residence-style student residences, co-op options, opportunities to connect with potential OCAD U roommates, and tips, rights, responsibilities and resources to help you with your housing search within the Greater Toronto Area.

Note: OCAD U staff do not inspect any of the listed homes or housing options, and do not guarantee the accuracy or availability of any information provided by third-party websites. It is your responsibility to judge their suitability and location. OCAD U cannot and does not accept responsibility for housing arrangements made by persons using any of these services.

Housing Options

Residence or dorm-style accommodations provide the most support for students. These types of housing will usually have all students, potential meal-plans, and more supported community.

If you are interested in this type of housing, reach out directly at your earliest convenience. Some may offer a waiting list up to a year in advance which will limit immediate availability. This is beyond OCAD U's control.

 

Chestnut Residence

89 Chestnut St.
Toronto, ON M5G 1R1
Apply / inquire online...

Distance from OCAD U : 800 m

The University of Toronto (U of T) Chestnut Residence is a great option for OCAD U students. Although priority focuses on accommodating first-year U of T students who have a residence guarantee, once all guaranteed students have been accommodated, OCAD U student applications will be welcomed starting July 2021. At that time, students are encouraged to apply by completing the application directly on StarPortal.

  • Single rooms with en-suite washrooms
  • Central location in downtown Toronto
  • Five-minute walk to OCAD U
  • A full meal plan (mandatory)
  • On-site laundry room
  • Indoor bike storage
  • Music rooms
  • Study rooms
  • Weekly room cleaning
  • Wellness room
  • And more!

See photos on Chestnut Residence Instagram

 

Campus One 

253 College St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1R5
Tel: 647-288-0827
E-mail: campusone [at] studenthousing.com

Info Session Recording: Part One & Part Two

Distance from OCAD U: 1.2 km

Located at College and Spadina in the heart of downtown Toronto—steps away from OCAD University—CampusOne offers spacious urban living and state-of-the-art amenities in a safe and secure environment.

Featuring optimal suite layouts and incredible amenity spaces from a Penthouse Level Skylounge, Yoga/Dance Studio, Innovation Lounge, Arcade Room, Movie Theatres and much more, CampusOne is the ultimate student residence experience. 

With professional on-site management and 24/7 security, we strive to offer you the peace of mind you need so your academics can remain a priority!

Community features

  • Movie Theatres
  • Ping-Pong Lounges
  • Fitness Centre
  • Innovation Lounge
  • Arcade Lounge
  • Arts and Crafts Studio
  • Yoga/Dance Studio
  • Fitness-on-Demand Studio
  • Fireplace Lounge
  • Communal and Quiet Study Rooms
  • Video Game Lounge
  • Penthouse Level SkyLounge

Peace-of-Mind Included

  • Fully-furnished suites
  • Individual locking bedroom doors
  • Professional, on-site management
  • 24-hour, card-controlled access
  • Bike storage with on-site repair station
  • Individual liability leases
  • Roommate matching available
  • 9,000 sf 3-meal Food Program operated by UofT
  • Card operated laundry centre
  • Best in class WiFi included
  • 24/7 on-site security

 

Avant Toronto

(Formerly Campus Common)
50 Gerrard St. E.
Toronto, ON M5B 1J6 
Tel: 416-593-1800   Fax: 416-593-1850

Info Session Recording

Distance from OCAD U: 1.3 km

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our building is made up over 188 furnished student apartments. We offer an inclusive living experience that is perfect for students looking for a little more independence while still living close to campus.

We keep things simple:
Affordable rent, modern appliances and a welcoming community. With private kitchens and bathrooms in each unit, you'll find the comfort and privacy that's missing in most student residences. Our on-site laundry room, lounge, gym and recreational rooms gives our residents everything they need to thrive in their daily life.  Add in state-of-the-art safety, security and eco-friendly features, and you've got the ideal student experience. Take a 3D Virtual Tour!

We’re really excited to lease out our newly renovated units for the fall 2021 semester! You can expect photos and virtual tours as they become available in our weekly VIP Newsletter.

We’re also super stoked about our plans to create the best student living experience in Toronto. You can expect events, contests, social gatherings and support from your Campus Common community when you stay with us!

Renovated Units:

  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • New furniture (bed, desk, kitchen table/seating, etc.)
  • Newly painted walls, flooring and bathroom vanities
  • New kitchen counter tops, cabinets & appliances (dishwasher, fridge, microwave)

Community Features:

  • Newly renovated common areas (lounge, gym, outdoor space)
  • Laundry Room on site
  • Smartphone operated intercom system
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Package lockers for secure deliveries
  • Keyless entry to building and parking garage
  • CCTV surveillance cameras in all hallways and common areas
  • Security guards on duty during evenings and weekends

HOEM

186 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2B7
Tel: 416-512-2273
Email: jarvis [at] hoem.ca

Info Session Recording

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

HOEM is more than just a building, it's a feeling. HOEM was designed to encompass the modern student lifestyle of comfort, community, and education. There are no limits to your creativity in our Maker Space - equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, work benches and more, it’s the perfect place to work on your academic and personal projects! Living here comes with a foundation of support, a hub to connect with others, built-in network of resources and opportunities to get involved, how and when you want. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto and a playlist away from OCAD U, you’ll never feel out of place in this diverse post-secondary community.

Click here to learn more about your HOEM away from home or to book a tour!

Amenities:

  • 24/7 Security
  • Maker space (3D printers, laser cutters and more)
  • In-suite cleaning
  • Fully furnished
  • Fully equipped kitchen with crockery
  • High Speed Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Common lounge areas
  • Gym/yoga studio
  • Complimentary fitness classes and daily programming
  • Smart mail delivery
  • Underground Bike racks
  • Underground Parking / Electric Car Chargers
  • Steps to TTC/Eaton Centre

 

Parkside Student Residence

111 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2G3 
Tel: 416-977-8000 
Email: parkside [at] studenthousing.com

Info Session Recording

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

Parkside Student Residence redefines downtown Toronto student housing. Desinged around students of OCAD, Ryerson, U of T, George Brown College, Toronto Film School, CMU and other nearby schools, Parkside is just steps from campus.

Parkside's modern living spaces feature enhanced privacy for comfort and study, and amenities promoting health, fitness, academic achievement, and socialization. #homeisparkside

Community features

  • New all-day, unlimited dining program
  • 24-hour fitness centre with private yoga space
  • Dramatic study and social space overlooking Carlton Street
  • Social lounge with fireplace
  • Recreation center with billiards and ping pong
  • 24-hour secure entry, electronic key-fob controls
  • Secured bicycle storage and on-site repair station
  • Community kitchens
  • Specialty Lounges: Lego room, Create room, Dance studio
  • Multimedia room with available gaming consoles
  • New card-operated laundry center
  • Outdoor activity space
  • Across from Allan Gardens
  • Private meeting and study rooms
  • Social events for residents and friends
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • 24-hour on-site management
  • Underground in-building parking available
  • TTC streetcar stops outside the front door

Residence features

  • Single and double occupancy room options
  • Luxury penthouse suites available
  • Great views of downtown Toronto
  • Fully furnished
  • High speed Wi-Fi internet
  • Hydro and water included
  • In-suite heating and air-conditioning controls
  • Electronic locks and locking bedrooms
  • Monitored fire alarms and sprinklers
  • Per-person contracts
  • Roommate matching system

Co-operative (co-op) housing is similar to residence but the buildings are typically smaller or medium-sized apartment buildings or townhouses and also tend to offer more affordable rates. Residents will get to share spaces with students from various post-secondary schools in Toronto. While there is community and security, things like meal-plans will not be included. 

If you are interested in co-operative-style accommodations, contact the following places directly at your earliest convenience. Some may offer a waiting list up to a year in advance which will limit immediate availability. This is beyond OCAD U's control.

 

Neill-Wycik Cooperative

96 Gerrard St. E.
Toronto, ON M5B 1G7 
Tel: 416-977-2320 
Toll Free (North America): 1-800-268-4358   Fax: 416-977-2809

Info Session Recordings

Distance from OCAD U: 1.4 km

Neill-Wycik is a 700+ room co-operative in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are not affiliated with any one particular school, so students attending any College or University in the city can become a member. During the months of May through August we also operate as a summer hotel, offering affordable accommodation to budget conscious travellers from around the world.

Life as a member of the Neill-Wycik Co-op means having fun and getting involved. Neill-Wycik encourages its members to make their mark and leave a lasting impression. By joining one of the Co-op's many committees, members can participate in such diverse tasks as planning social events or developing the building's long term financial goals. Not interested in any of Neill-Wycik’s existing committees? You can always attend a Social Activity Committee meeting and propose your own! In short, there are many opportunities that Neill-Wycik offers its members to get the most out of their time here.

  • Roof decks
  • Hanke Lounge
  • Games Room
  • Sauna
  • Party Room
  • TV Room
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Photo lab
  • Sewing Room
  • Weight Room

 

Campus Co-op

395 Huron St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2G5 
Tel: 416-979-2161  Fax: 416-979-5561

Distance from OCAD U: 1.8 km

Campus Co-op is a self-funded, student led housing co-operative located in the heart of downtown Toronto, with a variety of accommodation within walking distance of George Brown College, OCAD U, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto (St. George Campus).

We provide students not only with a place to live, but with the opportunity to create and sustain a non-profit organization that upholds values of community, responsibility and awareness. Although our focus is and will remain supplying students with affordable housing, there is much more to a Co-op than paying rent on time. In essence, the Co-op is what we make of it: it gives us the opportunity to actually make a difference in the way we live.

While we normally provide rooms only to post-secondary students, in the summer time, we open our doors to short and long-term visitors, in our detached and semi-detached, historic houses.  

CLICK HERE to find out how Co-ops work. The difference with CCRI is that we are self-sufficient and receive no government funding. Therefore, all of our rooms are offered at market rates and there is no subsidy. 

Home sharing options allow you to stay within someone's house during your studies. Staying with a family or an older adult will provide you with companionship and are usually quite affordable. 

 

Canada HomeShare

Are you a student looking for affordable housing? Canada HomeShare is a program run by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) that matches older adults (55+) with a spare room in their home who would benefit from receiving additional income and/or help around the home with university and college students seeking affordable housing.

In exchange for reduced rent of $400 to $600 per month, the student provides up to 7 hours per week of companionship and/or assistance with completing light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing meals, tidying up, carrying groceries, or walking a pet.

INFORMATION OR APPLICATIONS
Call 416-978-4706 or info [at] canadahomeshare.com (send an email).

 

Home Stay Services

CHN Domestic Info Session

CHN International Info Session

A popular choice of accommodation if you are from outside Toronto — or Canada — Home Stay users enjoy the hospitality of a host family and often get help adjusting to a new lifestyle, a new neighbourhood, transit system and more.

 

OAKWOOD - Studio on Richmond
199 Richmond St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 0H4
Email: oakwoodamericas [at] oakwood.com
Telephone: 866-730-8916

Distance from OCAD U: 800 m

 

Studio on Richmond doesn't only offer space and comfort, but also practicality. This conveniently located building prides itself on offering maximum usable space for today's living routine along with in suite laundry facilities and gourmet kitchens.

IN UNIT

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • In-unit washer and dryer

COMMUNITY

  • Fitness centre/gym
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor grilling/BBQ area
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

Looking for More Options?

Online Housing Resources

The following are online community pages where students can seek or list housing options and all related information:

Zoeken Canada
Hundreds of thousands of homes from over 1000 property managers, classifieds and apartment complexes. Search for free.

Point2 Homes Toronto
Point2 Homes is one of the largest real estate websites in Canada, with thousands of homes for rent in Toronto. Simply click on the "For Rent" button at the top of the landing page to see options.

 

Housing Support

Sharing Accomodations

Sharing can make your costs more affordable, offers security and can lead to opportunities for socializing and making new friends. If you don't know anyone, or don't have a room mate in mind, some places (such as U of T Housing Services or places4students.com) offer free matching services. Things to keep in mind:

  • What are the house rules?
  • Who will take care of collecting money from all room mates for rent, bills, utilities, phone, cable?
  • Communicate/ask about living arrangements and expectations.
  • How do your room mates/landlord view additional room mates, overnight guests, smoking, food, sharing internet?
  • Whose name(s) is/are on the lease?

Info Session Recording

Finding appropriate housing often takes dedication and time. To help make the process as easy as possible, OCAD U is pleased to partner with Places4Students.com! Places4Students provides abundant information about available housing, a real-time database of vacancies in close proximity to OCAD U and detailed property features, photos and contact information.

Places4Students is also available as an app (available for iPhone and Android): 

Find the place that is right for you, post a profile and find potential OCAD U roommates or search listings posted by your fellow students.

If you are an OCAD U student...

If you are a landlord...

Are you a student planning on subletting? 

Info Session Recordings

OCAD U students can access the services of University of Toronto (U of T) Housing and search for student housing*. For more information, contact Housing Services directly, or visit them online.

LOCATION
Student Success Centre
214 College St., Main Floor
Toronto, ON  M5T 3A1
Tel: 416-978-8045

HOURS OF OPERATION
September to June:
8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

July and August: 
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Housing Education
U of T Student Housing has developed a series of interactive eLearning Modules for students to learn about renting and finding your next place. This covers everything from budgeting to searching to signing a lease! (No sign-in is required to use the Modules as OCAD U students). You can also view the URent: Finding A Place video for a step-by-step guide to a housing search.

*OCAD U students do not have access to U of T residence accommodation
during the fall and winter terms.

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HOUSING RESOURCES

Indigenous Student Support

Native Youth Resource Centre - Info Session
The NYRC supports Indigenous community members aged 16-29 with housing advocacy, viewings, first/last month’s rent supports, acquiring furniture, viewings, tenant rights and more!
Native Youth Resource Centre - Info Session

Moving to Toronto or living outside of the city? If you would like assistance with locating a housing coordinator or resources in your area, please contact the ISC's Student Success Coordinator Reagan Kennedy (rkennedy [at] ocadu.ca) to set up a virtual appointment.

Indigenous Student Centre Supports

Indigenous community members ages 25+ can receive support with housing, holistic wellness, service navigation and financial support. 

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Wigwamen is a non-profit and charitable organization, is Ontario’s oldest and largest urban Aboriginal housing provider. 

Wigwamen
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