New Student Residence

Harmony Commons

Our new student residence located on Ellesmere Road, Harmony Commons, welcomed 746 students as of September 1, 2023! Built to Passive house standard, showcasing U of T’s commitment to advanced sustainability and reducing our ecological footprint.

Unique, flexible, energy efficient design, built for healthy sustainable living

New Student Residence
Learn more about our new student residence.
Groundbreaking message from Wisdom J. Tettey
Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough

The building includes 746 beds with single and double occupancy, separated into unique communities, an integrated dining facility and server, mixed-use spaces for workshops style learning and lounges, and an outdoor roof garden and terrace.


Key Building Features

746 beds, separated into unique communities.
Integrated dining facilities and servery.
Mixed-use spaces for workshop style learning & lounges.
Future home of student housing and residence life offices.
A rooftop garden and terrace are planned for future development.
Contemporary design incorporating single and double occupancy bedrooms.

One of the largest Passive House projects in North America

Messages of Congratulations

Meric Gertler
President, University of Toronto
Claire Kennedy
Governing Council Chair, University of Toronto

Dr. Rose M. Patten
Chancellor, University of Toronto

In any year, the groundbreaking of a new building is a remarkable feat, and this is a year unlike any other. As the first virtual celebration of its kind in the history of the University of Toronto, it is certain to be one we remember. It is my pleasure to extend warmest congratulations as we mark a wonderful milestone at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and break ground on the new student residence building. As U of T Scarborough continues to grow, the addition of a residence building will not only enhance the student experience, but will foster a sense of community and provide a space where students can thrive. This cutting-edge building underscores the University’s commitment to sustainable, eco-efficient and healthy living, and will allow UTSC’s physical environment to match the quality of its world class education and flagship experience. I am honoured to join the Scarborough community in celebrating this new beginning. Congratulations one and all.

Elder Josh Eshkawkogan
Miskii adzowin enagadong (Medicine life keeper)

Aanii Kina Wiya, I would like to express my congratulations on the ground breaking of the new residence! It is exciting to see all the areas of expansion at UTSC. I look forward to the day that I can see the building in person.

Sending good thoughts for a successful ground breaking.


Stephanie Enebeli
Scarborough Campus Resident Council President

As the President of the Scarborough Campus Residents Council, I am excited that the University of Toronto has taken this bold, intuitive step to build a new student residence. I see this as a celebration and a triumph of vision, despite the challenges that the pandemic has presented, the University has remained undaunted. The resilient spirit of the University of Toronto is a celebration of the students of this great institution who will occupy the building on completion. If we must defeat the global challenges facing the human race, we must continue making significant investments and commitments to education.

This building is a testament to this commitment. Thank you!

Designed by Handel Architects and Core Architects
Constructed by Pomerleau

Another integral part of our Strategic Plan

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