Accommodation Requests

West Residence Accommodation Request


Generally speaking, residence and room assignments are based on a randomized lottery system that takes into consideration your building and room type preferences. However, we recognize that some students have unique circumstances that require special consideration. If this describes you, here’s what you need to know:

  • We can’t guarantee that all requests will be accommodated, but we will work with you in finding a living situation that best meets your needs. Most of our residences can accommodate a variety of accommodation situations. For a list of the most common requests and associated residence locations, consult the summary outlined below.

  • If you are requesting an accommodation request because of medical, mental health issues or disabilities, we ask that you have a professional who is working with you directly to provide confirmation on the request form that can be downloaded below. If citing lifestyle, cultural or religious reasons, an attesting professional's supporting document/signature is not always necessary. We will contact you if we require additional information.

  • You will need to complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form with supporting documentation. We will keep the information you share confidential, but may need to consult with others within the university (ie. Student Accessibility Services) in order to provide you with the most suitable accommodation.

  • When you have completed the Accommodation Request Form, including the section completed by the professional, submit it to Residence Admissions by email or fax.

Medical Marijuana

In consideration of revised legislation around the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Student Housing Services, in consultation with campus stakeholders, has developed a Medical Marijuana Policy for accommodating authorized individuals. This Policy is intended to balance the need to accommodate the medical needs of an individual with the potential impact on the health and safety of the surrounding residence community, as well as meeting any legal obligations that may exist.

Service Animals photo of students and dog

Service animals are permitted in residence in two locations (East Village Townhouses and West Residence), subject to conditions and appropriate documentation. Students requesting permission to bring a service animal to residence must meet with the Director of Housing prior to approval being granted.

How We Assign

We are able to accommodate most disabilities and special needs in a variety of different residence communities. Your assignment will be based on several factors, as follows: a) your preferences as listed on your Residence Application, b) your accommodation needs as outlined by your supporting documentation, c) our availability of specific room type and facilities, and d) your lottery number.

Here is a list of the types of accommodations and potential residence locations:


Housing Request



Single room, low-washroom ratio

East Village


South apartment

East Residence 6 person apt

Mobility requiring motorized equipment (wheelchair or scooter)

Accessible doorways, ramps, walk-in shower, grab bars


East Village

L/A first floor commons

Mobility requiring no stairs, and no motorized equipment First floor location




East Residence

East Village

Hearing impaired, any level


All residences, except Mills and Lambton Halls

Visually impaired, any level

Natural light

Any residence

Visually impaired with service animal

Service animal must be approved by Director

East Village

West Residence

Cultural/religious - Kosher or Halal

Kosher/Halal kitchen

Exemption from meal plan

No guarantee, but we will put similar requests together if possible

Kosher/Halal can be accommodated on meal plan

Cultural/religious - single gender

Choice of residence determined by lottery

All residences have a single gender rooms.  Single gendered floors, or suites in East Village, East Residence, Watson Hall (female) and Lennox C.  Single gender alcoves in South Residence.

Cultural/religious - same faith or ethnicity


We do not collect this information on the residence application


Request for quiet area and single room OR

Request for multi-occupancy for social stimulation

Location of residence determined by lottery

Learning Disability - Dyslexia/cognitive processing disorder

Single room, quiet area

East Village Study Intensive area

Lennox C Study Intensive area

All residences

Vegan, gluten free or vegetarian diet

Access to kitchen, exemption from meal plan

All residences.

Dietary needs can be accommodated on meal plan.

Anxiety or Panic Disorder


Single room 

OR Double room with specified support roommate

All residences.

Location based on random lottery.  Manual assignment check to ensure roommate is assigned.

Support animal or registered Service Animal

Must be approved by Director of Housing 

East Village 

West Residence


      To apply for an accommodation to your housing assignment, download the following:

       Accommodation Request Form