Housing information

OCAD University does not have its own student residence. The information here has been provided to help you with your housing search within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 

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OCAD U staff do not inspect any of the following listed homes or housing options, and do not guarantee the accuracy or availability of any information provided by third-party websites. It is your responsibility to judge their suitability and location. OCAD U cannot and does not accept responsibility for housing arrangements made by persons using any of these services.


Housing events

OPEN HOUSE: PARKSIDE STUDENT RESIDENCE
Interested in finding out more about Parkside?
Don't miss their open house. Prizes! Snacks!

TBA
111 Carlton St., Toronto

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

OCAD U HOUSING FAIR
Finding appropriate student housing takes dedication and time. In the ongoing effort to make this process as easy as possible, a variety of housing information services/partners will be on campus. 

Wednesday, November 30
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Stop by! Get helpful tips! Find out how to search for roommates!
Helpful housing info!

Summer accommodation

Coming to Toronto during the summer and looking for temporary housing while visiting?

RYERSON UNIVERSITY
In the summer, Ryerson offers short-term accommodation mid-May 16 to mid-August in their International Living Learning Centre Residence. This property offers 263 guest rooms, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 240 Jarvis Street (distance from OCAD U: 1.4 km). Amenities include a restaurant serving breakfast, floor kitchen, laundry facilities and lounges. The front desk is staffed 24 hours and underground parking is available at a cost. This residence building features room type with queen size bed with en-suite private bathroom. All rooms in the building are smoke free and air-conditioned. Find out more about pricing and availability.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Looking for a place to live for the summer? Check out what we have to offer at U of T! Living in residence over the summer lets you enjoy the convenience of living on campus at a reduced cost, while getting to know Toronto and meeting new people from all over the world.


U of T Student Housing

While OCAD U students do not have access to University of Toronto (U of T) residence-style accommodation during the fall and winter terms, you can access the U of T Housing Services Off-campus Housing Finder by purchasing a guest membership ($20 for eight weeks of access) online at off-campus housing.utoronto.ca.

Koffler Student Centre, U of T
LOCATION
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College St., Suite 203
Toronto, ON  M5T 3A1
Tel: 416-978-8045

HOURS OF OPERATION

September to June: 
8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

July and August: 
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HOUSING SUPPORT
U of T Student Housing hosts various workshops and information sessions throughout the year, including:

  • Education about tenant rights
  • Assistance with both the housing and room mate search
  • Coaching on conflict mediation, and much more!
  • Check out the U of T Housing Events page.

Other housing resources

OCAD U HOUSING ON FACEBOOK

Photo of Victorian-style housing on Queen Street West, Toronto
OCAD U Housing is a student-run community group page where
OCAD U students can seek or list housing options and all related information. 

International students or exchange students may find this group helpful. All spam that does not relate to housing is removed by the moderators.

HOME STAY

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A popular choice of accommodation if you are from outside Toronto — or Canada — Home Stay users enjoy the hospitality of a host family and often get help adjusting to a new lifestyle, a new neighbourhood, transit system and more.

TORONTO APARTMENT RENTALS ON FACEBOOK

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Though not OCAD U student specific, Toronto Apartment Rentals is another community page on Facebook that may assist in your search.

YWCA ELM CENTRE

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In the heart of downtown Toronto at 87 Elm Street, the YWCA Elm Centre offers affordable, new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for single women and women with children in a safe and beautiful environment.

  • On-site playground
  • Green roof and gardens
  • Community spaces, including a Yoga Room
  • Close to shopping, schools and hospitals
  • Walking distance to subway and regional buses
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Distance from OCAD U: 650 m

Information: intakecoordinator@ywcatoronto.org or telephone
416-961-8100, Ext. 508.

NOTE
If you have found ocadhousing.com in your search, please know that it is not OCAD University-run and has no formal relationship with the University. It is independently operated and does not have approval to use OCAD U's name or imagery. The university does not guarantee the quality of its listings or the accuracy of its information.


Housing-related services

ONTARIO TENANTS LIST
This is a helpful list for renters those who are living in or moving to Toronto, having both Toronto apartment search sites but also government resources, social services, legal, health and even emergency housing.

STORAGE
Need a place to store your belongings? FindStorageFast is a free resource that makes it easy to compare prices and specials at nearby storage facilities.


Housing tips

OCAD U does not have its own student residences. The information below has been compiled to support you in your housing search.

The information below has been provided to help you with your housing search. OCAD University does not guarantee the accuracy or availability of any information provided by third-party websites. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/CM/WebUI/PageTypes/GeneralContent2/GeneralContent2.aspx?PageID=157&PageMode=Preview#sthash.J0ghKPom.dpuf
The information below has been provided to help you with your housing search. OCAD University does not guarantee the accuracy or availability of any information provided by third-party websites. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/CM/WebUI/PageTypes/GeneralContent2/GeneralContent2.aspx?PageID=157&PageMode=Preview#sthash.J0ghKPom.dpufOCAD University does not have its own student residences. The information below has been compiled to support you in your housing search.

When to start looking

  • Are you planning on moving in August/September?
  • If you are looking to rent a house or apartment or share accommodation with other students, you should likely start your search safely in late June/early July.
  • Landlords normally advertise accommodation four to six weeks prior to the intended move-in date.
  • Tenants are required to give 60 days notice of move-out.
  • If you are looking for residence-style accommodation, please note that some of them may offer a waiting list up to a year in advance, which will limit immediate availability.

How to start your search

  • Determine your price range.
  • Decide where you want to live.
  • Map it out. Consider transportation, shopping and other nearby amenities.
  • Decide how you want to live (shared, residence-style experience, room and board).
  • Set aside two or three days to come to Toronto to look.
  • NEVER rent a space without seeing it first.

What to do next

  • Make a list of questions to ask (about rent, services, amenities), either on the phone or in-person.
  • Make appointments with landlords to view the space.
  • If the space meets your needs, submit rental/lease application and first and last month's rent.
  • Upon renting a space, don't be afraid to ask for receipts for rent/utility payments.

Shared accommodation

Sharing can make your costs more affordable, offers security and can lead to opportunities for socializing and making new friends. If you don't know anyone, or don't have a room mate in mind, some places (such as U of T Housing Services or places4students.com) offer free matching services. Things to keep in mind:

  • What are the house rules?
  • Who will take care of collecting money from all room mates for rent, bills, utilities, phone, cable?
  • Communicate/ask about living arrangements and expectations.
  • How do your room mates/landlord view additional room mates, overnight guests, smoking, food, sharing internet?
  • Whose name(s) is/are on the lease?

Places4Students.com

Finding appropriate housing often takes dedication and time. To help make the process as easy as possible, OCAD U is pleased to partner with Places4Students.com!

places4students.jpgPlaces4Students provides abundant information about available housing, a real-time database of vacancies in close proximity to OCAD U and detailed property features, photos and contact information.

Places4Students has gone mobile...
Find out more and download their new housing app for iPhone and Android

Find the place that is right for you, post a profile and find potential OCAD U roommates or search listings posted by your fellow students.

If you are an OCAD U student...

If you are a landlord...

Are you a student planning on subletting?


Residence-style

If you are interested in residence or dorm-style accommodations, contact the following places directly at your earliest convenience. Some may offer a waiting list up to a year in advance which will limit immediate availability. This is beyond OCAD U's control.

CAMPUS COMMON
50 Gerrard St. E.
Toronto, ON M5B 1J6 
Tel: 416-593-1800   Fax: 416-593-1850

Distance from OCAD U: 1.3 km

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  • High-speed internet, cable television and telephone connections (you are responsible for making the necessary arrangements with a provider and for the cost of the service[s] you require)
  • Secure underground parking served by elevator directly to your floor. Cost from $145.00 + HST per month/space (subject to availability)
  • Secure resident bicycle parking and lock-up on the ground-floor and in the parking garage
  • Dedicated visitor bicycle parking and lock-up
  • Ground-floor laundry room equipped with the latest machines
  • Ground-floor lounge/meeting room
  • Mailroom
  • Storage lockers $25.00/month/locker + HST. (Subject to availability)
  • Extensive landscaped garden and outdoor patio areas
  • Dedicated loading dock serviced by elevator makes moving-in convenient

NEILL-WYCIK STUDENT CO-OP AND SUMMER HOTEL
96 Gerrard St. E.
Toronto, ON M5B 1G7
Tel: 416-977-2320
Toll Free (North America): 1-800-268-4358   Fax: 416-977-2809

Distance from OCAD U: 1.4 km

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Neill-Wycik is a 700+ room co-operative in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are not affiliated with any one particular school, so students attending any College or University in the city can become a member. During the months of May through August we also operate as a summer hotel, offering affordable accommodation to budget conscious travellers from around the world.

Life as a member of the Neill-Wycik Co-op means having fun and getting involved. Neill-Wycik encourages its members to make their mark and leave a lasting impression. By joining one of the Co-op's many committees, members can participate in such diverse tasks as planning social events or developing the building's long term financial goals. Not interested in any of Neill-Wycik’s existing committees? You can always attend a Social Activity Committee meeting and propose your own! In short, there are many opportunities that Neill-Wycik offers its members to get the most out of their time here.

  • Roof decks
  • Hanke Lounge
  • Games Room
  • Sauna
  • Party Room
  • TV Room
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Photo lab
  • Sewing Room
  • Weight Room

PARKSIDE STUDENT RESIDENCE
111 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2G3
Tel: 437-800-1490 
E-mail Parkside Student Residence

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

Photo of Parkside Student Residence at duskCommunity features

  • New all-day, unlimited dining program
  • 24-hour fitness centre with private yoga space
  • Dramatic study and social space overlooking Carlton Street
  • Social lounge with fireplace
  • Gaming space with billiards, video games
  • 24-hour secure entry, electronic key-fob controls
  • Secured bicycle storage and on-site repair station
  • Community kitchens
  • New card-operated laundry centre
  • Outdoor activity space
  • Across from Allan Gardens
  • Private meeting and study rooms
  • Social events for residents and friends
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • 24-hour on-site management
  • Underground in-building parking available
  • TTC streetcar stops outside the front door

Residence features

  • All newly renovated suites
  • Single and double occupancy room options
  • Great views of downtown Toronto
  • Luxury penthouse suites available
  • Fully furnished
  • Wi-Fi internet and satellite TV signal included
  • In-suite heating and air-conditioning controls
  • Electronic locks and locking bedrooms
  • Monitored fire alarms and sprinklers
  • Per-person contracts, roommate matching
  • Rates starting at $999/month plus meals

CAMPUS CO-OPERATIVE RESIDENCES
395 Huron St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2G5 
Tel: 416-979-2161  Fax: 416-979-5561

Distance from OCAD U: 1.8 km

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Campus Co-op is a self-funded, student led housing co-operative located in the heart of downtown Toronto, with a variety of accommodation within walking distance of George Brown College, OCAD U, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto (St. George Campus).

We provide students not only with a place to live, but with the opportunity to create and sustain a non-profit organization that upholds values of community, responsibility and awareness. Although our focus is and will remain supplying students with affordable housing, there is much more to a Co-op than paying rent on time. In essence, the Co-op is what we make of it: it gives us the opportunity to actually make a difference in the way we live.

While we normally provide rooms only to post-secondary students, in the summer time, we open our doors to short and long-term visitors, in our detached and semi-detached, historic houses.  

CLICK HERE to find out how Co-ops work. The difference with CCRI is that we are self-sufficient and receive no government funding. Therefore, all of our rooms are offered at market rates and there is no subsidy.  


Housing assistance

Tenant rights

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
CERA is the only organization in Canada dedicated to promoting human rights in housing and ending housing discrimination. 

Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations
The FMTA is a non-profit organization which advocates for better rights for tenants. Find a wealth of housing information and a housing hotline phone number which offers free housing information and referrals in 150 different languages.

Ontario Tenants Rights
A web guide to Ontario's Landlord and Tenant Act, the Residential Tenancies Act, tenants' rights, social justice, rental housing issues and more.

Emergency shelters

The City of Toronto's Housing & Homelessness Services ensures that people have shelter and affordable housing options, and assists with emergency shelter during critical incidents. 

Single adults, youth and couples can call the Assessment and Referral Centre: 416-338-4766 or 1-877-338-3398 (toll free from a payphone). 

Families with children can call Central Family Intake: 416-397-5637. 

The Shelter, Support and Housing Administration division also helps people avoid homelessness through a number of eviction prevention programs and by providing support to tenants in Toronto.

Bed bugs

In the past, bed bugs have been a problem in Toronto and cities across the country. It is possible for anyone to become infested with bed bugs, which are small biting insects that multiply quickly and travel easily. An infestation can cause anxiety and a feeling of shame. They can also cause secondary infections, allergic reactions and financial hardship. 

When looking for housing, it is important to understand how bed bugs could affect communities locally and around the world. While bed bugs do not have a history of transmitting infectious diseases, they are a pest that that both landlords and residents should know about, treat and eliminate:

  • Be aware
  • Know what to look for
  • Learn how to inspect
  • Learn how to prevent transport and/or infestation

Information and fact sheets (available in many languages) can be found on the City of Toronto's website. For additional assistance, contact Toronto Health Connection, 416-338-7600.