Once you've settled into your residence room and bid farewell to your parents and family,it's time to start your university experience. Join us for Residence Orientation on September 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th where you will have the opportunity to:
We are hard at work planning for September 2022 and are hopeful that we will be able to offer a largely in-person orientation experience. We will be in contact with our 2022-23 residents over the course of the summer with updates about programming, but to give you an idea of what orientation looked like in 2021-22, see the schedule at a glance below.
Once you've moved in, your Residence Advisor (RA) will conduct a house meeting with both you and your new housemates. This opportunity will allow residents to create a Roomate Agreement that will include aspects such as a house cleaning schedule, preferrences in communication styles, quiet study times, and living prefrences that will foster a healthy communicative living environemnt. In short - how will you function living together for the year!
Each member of the house will sign the agreed upon residence agreement with your RA supervision, and throughout the year you can request for your RA to evaluate the agreement, if needed.
It is mandatory that all housemates attend this meeting.
There will be times when a conflict between housemates cannot be easily resolved and that is an area where your Residence Advisor can help.
The RA’s have been trained in communication, mediation and active listening skills and can approach the situation objectively to help all parties involved. It’s best to ask for help as early as possible since tension can build if you wait too long. Room changes will only be considered after housemates have gone through a mediation process facilitated by an RA, as per the process outlined below. In the event that the Residence Life Coordinator approves a room change, the resident will be charged a $150 administrative fee. Prior to a room change request being granted by the Residence Life Coordinator, residents must proceed through the following process/steps:
The earlier you start working through a problem, the easier it is to solve. Reach out for support at the earliest that you can!
Time management is critical to ensure that you can complete all of your responsibilities on time and one strategy to help with this is to plan your week in advance. When planning for your week, be sure to:
Utilizing a semester planner may be an efficient way to keep track of projects, appointments, etc., for the entire semester. The Scarborough Campus Students Union gives out free planners to all students in September so be sure to grab one from their office during the first week of classes.
In addition, it is often helpful to make to-do lists. Writing down the tasks that you want to complete achieves three critical goals:
While planning is essential, following through on your tasks is equally as important. To help motivate you to complete your tasks, it is good to reward yourself for your accomplishments. This could look like giving yourself a half-hour of guilt-free TV-watching or giving yourself some time to call friends/family.
If you have worked through these strategies and are still having difficulty balancing your responsibilities, please reach out to your Residence Advisor. Your RA will then connect you with the Academic Advising & Career Centre for further support.
In the unlikely event of a fire, please:
North Residence (Townhouses J-M): Science Wing Plaza
South Residence (Joan Foley Hall and Townhouses A - I): H Wing Patio
Fires have the potential to significantly impact you, your fellow residents, and our residence community. A common cause of fires in residence is due to unsafe cooking practices. With this in mind, we’ve prepared the following list of tips to help ensure that you’re keeping yourself safe while cooking in residence: