First Year Applicants

Residence Guarantee for First-Year Applicants

Residence is guaranteed* for all new full-time students entering their first year of university in an undergraduate program, provided they meet the following criteria and all deadlines. To be eligible, students must accept an offer of admission from the University by June 1.

*The health and safety of the U of T community is our top priority. The University is looking toward Fall 2021 with optimism, and we are hopeful that public health conditions will allow us to house all eligible first-year students. However, provincial health regulations continue to guide our work and will determine the total number of spaces in residence as well as our ability to honour the first-year residence guarantee.  

Please be assured that we will continue to update students on residence accommodations as information becomes available. 


How to Apply

  1. Enable your JOINid.
    This provides access to the application through the StarRez Portal. Have your U of T applicant number and JOINid ready and visit to get set up.
  2. Submit your Residence Guarantee application on the StarRez Portal by March 31.
    Log in to the StarRez Portal and complete the Residence Guarantee application to confirm your interest in residence.
  3. Respond to your UTSC residence offer and pay deposit(s) by the deadlines.
    Eligible students who accept a University offer of admission by June 1 will receive a residence offer by email and on the StarRez Portal under the "My Applications" tab in early June. When you receive a residence offer, follow the instructions and be mindful of required deposits and deadlines.The deposits are required to maintain your Residence Guarantee.

Deposits are submitted online through your StarRez Portal application.  Do not submit your deposits in ACORN.


Wait List

New students who do not meet criteria for or lose their First Year Guarantee due to previous post-secondary experience or missing a deadline may submit an application for consideration. Your application may be submitted directly to the wait list. You must monitor the StarRez Portal and your email on file with the University frequently to check the status of your residence application.  Due to a high demand for residence, wait list offers will only be sent after offers have been sent to students with the residence guarantee. First year students can begin submitting an application for the wait list in early April.


Housemate Requests

Learn how to request housemates before the housing assignment process takes place.