Returning to Residence

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Residence is the place to be no matter what year you are in!  We have spaces reserved for upper-year students.

How it works:

  • First priority goes to our “returning students” – those currently living in residence.
  • If you were in residence previously, but left the campus for a co-op work term or a Study Abroad semester, you will also qualify as a returning student.
  • If you have been living off-campus but would like to apply for residence, you are welcome to apply. However, priority will go to returning students.

When should I apply?

The Returning Student Residence Application for Fall 2020 - Winter 2021  opened on November 15, 2019. You can access the application through your Housing Portal

Once you complete the Residence Application for Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 you will also need to submit a $750 residence deposit, $250 is due at the time of the application and the remaining $500 is due by May 1.  Once we have received the first $250 installment of your residence deposit, your application is deemed complete.  For instructions on how to pay the residence deposit, see our website.

Upper year students can apply to live in either the East Village or West Residence communities.  Returning Graduate Students may also self-select our Graduate Houses.  If there are specific reasons why you would like to live in another residence, you may submit your request in writing by emailing our Residence Admissions staff at  After June 1, additional space will be assigned to upper year students according to availability.  Once we are full, a waiting list will be started according to the date the application was completed, and assignments will be made throughout the spring and summer according to availability of space.

One Semester or Two?

When you apply, you are automatically entering a two-semester (F20 and W21) contract.  However, if you are graduating or going on exchange or a co-op work term in W21 you will be eligible for a one-semester contract and will receive a refund of your $750 residence deposit once we have confirmed your student status.  If you will not be returning for the W21  semester for one of these reasons, you will need to notify us in writing by the first Friday in November.


Picture of OAC students on Johnston Green by Richard Bain


November 15, 2019 - Returning Student Residence Application Opens on the Housing Portal

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Deadline extended to Friday, January 24, 2020 - Application (and Deposit) Deadline to participate in Unit/Room/Housemate Self-Selection

May 1, 2020 -    Remaining $500 of Residence Deposit is due

July 15, 2020  -  Deadline to cancel application in order to receive a $500 deposit refund of your $750 deposit