Housing Information

OCAD U has several housing partners including co-ops, independent student residences and online housing service providers. The information here has been provided to help you with your housing search within the Greater Toronto Area. 

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About this page:
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.

 


Toronto Neighbourhoods

Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods. On this blogTO site you can discover the restaurants, stores and other local businesses that make each one unique.

 


Housing Events

HOUSING INFO FAIR at OCAD U

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 20, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Stop by for helpful tips. Find out how to search for roommates.
Get important housing information such as tenant rights!

 


Summer Accommodation

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

PARKSIDE STUDENT RESIDENCE
Tired of commuting? Need to be downtown for co-op, conferences, summer internships, summer school, or just to stay a night or two? Parkside Student Residence is now offering short term summer accommodations to all! With a convenient location near all downtown Toronto has to offer and public transportation right at our door! All our rooms will also include, furniture, utilities, Internet and an all you can eat breakfast. Reserve your spot today

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.

HOEM on Jarvis
HOEM provides a comfortable, modern, secure and lowmaintenance living space that feels like home. Determine how you want to live with a pad that fits your needs – double, triple, or ‘barrier free’ units (all with locks on individual rooms). You can visit our website to take a VR tour of all the rooms and other property amenities.

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.

 


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? 

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U of T Housing Services

OCAD U students can access the services of University of Toronto (U of T) Housing and search for student housing* by purchasing an eight-week guest membership ($20). For more information, contact Housing Services directly,
or visit them online.

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Student Success Centre
214 College St., Main Floor
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 housing search
  • Coaching on conflict mediation, and much more!

Check out the U of T Housing Event Highlights page for upcoming
workshops and programs.

*OCAD U students do not have access to U of T residence accommodation
during the fall and winter terms.

 


 

Residence-style Housing

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.

The following student housing options are listed by distance from OCAD U:

CHESTNUT RESIDENCE
89 Chestnut St.
Toronto, ON M5G 1R1
Email Emily at chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca

Distance from OCAD U: 800 m

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U of T Chestnut Residence has some availability right now — both single rooms and double rooms. Email Emily for further details.

CAMPUS ONE STUDENT RESIDENCE
253 College St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1R5
Tel: 647-288-0827
E-mail: campusone@studenthousing.com

Distance from OCAD U: 1.2 km

Scenic view looking towards Toronto's CN Tower as seen from upper floor lounge, CampusOne Student Residence
Located at College and Spadina in the heart of downtown Toronto—steps away from OCAD University—CampusOne offers spacious urban living and state-of-the-art amenities in a safe and secure environment.

Featuring optimal suite layouts and incredible amenity spaces from a Penthouse Level Skylounge, Yoga/Dance Studio, Innovation Lounge, Arcade Room, Movie Theatres and much more, CampusOne is the ultimate student residence experience. 

With professional on-site management and 24/7 security, we strive to offer you the peace of mind you need so your academics can remain a priority!

Community features

  • Movie Theatres
  • Ping-Pong Lounges
  • Fitness Centre
  • Innovation Lounge
  • Arcade Lounge
  • Arts and Crafts Studio
  • Yoga/Dance Studio
  • Fitness-on-Demand Studio
  • Fireplace Lounge
  • Communal and Quiet Study Rooms
  • Video Game Lounge
  • Penthouse Level SkyLounge

Peace-of-Mind Included

  • Fully-furnished suites
  • Individual locking bedroom doors
  • Professional, on-site management
  • 24-hour, card-controlled access
  • Bike storage with on-site repair station
  • Individual liability leases
  • Roommate matching available
  • 9,000 sf 3-meal Food Program operated by UofT
  • Card operated laundry centre
  • Best in class WiFi included
  • 24/7 on-site security

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 (subject to fee and 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 (subject to fee and availability)
  • Extensive landscaped garden and outdoor patio areas
  • Dedicated loading dock serviced by elevator makes moving-in convenient

HOEM on Jarvis
186 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2B7
Tel: 844-497-4636
Email: online email form

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

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HOEM is for students, and this space is intentionally designed to create spaces for all types of studying and learning. Comfort, community and kicking back is important, but we understand your education comes first.

HOEM life fosters a solid sense of community. Living here comes with a foundation of support, as a place to connect with others, and built-in network of resources and opportunities to get involved – how and when you want.

Click here to apply to live at HOEM, and then:

  1. Register as a new user
  2. Click the "Housing Applications" tab
  3. Click "Contract Academic" and follow the application steps

Amenities:

  • Laundry room on main floor
  • Wifi
  • Apple TVs
  • In-suite cleaning
  • Fully furnished
  • Fully equipped kitchen with crockery
  • 24/7 security
  • Bike racks
  • Parking / electric car chargers
  • Gym / yoga studio
  • Maker space
  • Common lounge areas
  • Close to TTC / Eaton Centre 
  • Smart mail delivery 
  • Complimentary fitness classes and daily programming 

PARKSIDE STUDENT RESIDENCE
111 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2G3 
Tel: 416-977-8000 
E-mail Parkside Student Residence

Distance from OCAD U: 1.6 km

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Parkside Student Residence redefines downtown Toronto student housing. Desinged around students of OCAD, Ryerson, U of T, George Brown College, Toronto Film School, CMU and other nearby schools, Parkside is just steps from campus.

Parkside's modern living spaces feature enhanced privacy for comfort and study, and amenities promoting health, fitness, academic achievement, and socialization. #homeisparkside

Community 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
  • Recreation center with billiards and ping pong
  • 24-hour secure entry, electronic key-fob controls
  • Secured bicycle storage and on-site repair station
  • Community kitchens
  • Specialty Lounges: Lego room, Create room, Dance studio
  • Multimedia room with available gaming consoles
  • New card-operated laundry center
  • 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

  • Single and double occupancy room options
  • Luxury penthouse suites available
  • Great views of downtown Toronto
  • Fully furnished
  • High speed Wi-Fi internet
  • Hydro and water included
  • In-suite heating and air-conditioning controls
  • Electronic locks and locking bedrooms
  • Monitored fire alarms and sprinklers
  • Per-person contracts
  • Roommate matching system

Toronto HomeShare Program

NEW OPTION!
Are you a student looking for affordable housing? Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program that matches older adults (55 and over, with a spare room in their home) with a post-secondary student* seeking affordable housing.

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In exchange for reduced rent ($400 to $600 per month), the student provides up to 10 hours per week of companionship and light help with household tasks, such as preparing and sharing a meal, tidying up, or walking a pet. Toronto HomeShare is currently seeking both students and homeowners, with move-ins starting in September 2019.

Social workers match participants based on a variety of characteristics and preferences, ensure all participants receive a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and are available for mediation and support—for both homeowner and student—throughout the entire HomeShare experience.

*International students are welcome to apply but must be in Canada for a year, as this is necessary to perform Vulnerable Sector Screening.

INFORMATION OR APPLICATIONS
Call 416-978-4706 or send an email.

 


 

Co-operative Housing

If you are interested in co-operative-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.

The following student housing options are listed by distance from OCAD U:

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

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.  

 


Furnished Accommodation

HARRINGTON HOUSING
561 Sherbourne St.
Toronto, ON M4X 0A1
Email: reservation@harringtonhousing.com
Telephone: 416-434-2277

Distance from OCAD U: 2.1 km

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Harrington Housing offers fully furnished rooms for students and interns in high-rise apartments at central locations. If you are looking for an independent and modern accommodation at affordable rates, Harrington can be a good match for you.

The Residence is a 43 storey brand new skyrise building only two minutes away from Sherbourne Subway Station. It is equipped with a gym, library, lounge, theatre room, games room, outdoor terrace and yoga area. Each room offers a large-size Smart TV, streaming device and a free Netflix subscription.

NOTE:
Students are required to make a deposit payment of $500 to book the room. A $400 portion of the deposit is returned at the end of their stay while $100 portion of it is deducted in compensation for the move-out cleaning, new bed linens and furniture depreciation.

Find prices for each room type online. OCAD U students will receive up to 15% discount on the rent when they use the Promo Code “OCAD007” on their online applications.

 

OAKWOOD - STUDIO ON RICHMOND
199 Richmond St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 0H4
Email: oakwoodamericas@oakwood.com
Telephone: 866-730-8916

Distance from OCAD U: 800 m

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Studio on Richmond doesn't only offer space and comfort, but also practicality. This conveniently located building prides itself on offering maximum usable space for today's living routine along with in suite laundry facilities and gourmet kitchens.

IN UNIT

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • In-unit washer and dryer

COMMUNITY

  • Fitness centre/gym
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor grilling/BBQ area

 


Other Housing Resources

ADDITIONAL ONLINE HOUSING SEARCH RESOURCES

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The following are online community pages where students can seek or list housing options and all related information:

Zoeken Canada
Hundreds of thousands of homes from over 1000 property managers, classifieds and apartment complexes. Search for free.

Point2 Homes Toronto
Point2 Homes is one of the largest real estate websites in Canada, with thousands of homes for rent in Toronto. Simply click on the "For Rent" button at the top of the landing page to see options.

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
87 Elm Street
Toronto, ON M5G 0A8
416-961-8100, Ext. 508
Email: intakecoordinator@ywcatoronto.org

Distance from OCAD U: 650 m

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For single women or women with children: In the heart of downtown Toronto at 87 Elm Street, the YWCA Elm Centre offers affordable, new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments 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

EBBIS HALL
180 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2R7
416-368-3600
Email: info@ebbishall.com


Photo of Ebbis Hall Student Residence
Female-only shared student residence:
Ebbis Hall is a large Victorian mansion that was built in the 1800’s as a private residence. We promote a quiet, comfortable and safe study and living environment in a convenient downtown location.

  • 19 furnished bedrooms
  • 10 bathrooms
  • 3 new and fully-equipped kitchens
  • TV lounge
  • on-site laundry
  • a rooftop deck
  • daily cleaning
  • security system

 


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?

REASONABLE DOUBT:
10 important tips for tenants - NOW Magazine

How to avoid misleading language and misunderstandings about rules that lead to landlords taking advantage of you (March 2016)

ONLINE RENTAL SCAMS
How to avoid being conned out of your cash (CBC, March 2016)

 


Housing Assistance

TENANT RIGHTS
City of Toronto: Tenant Rights & Responsibilities
What you need to know as a renter in the private market.

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
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.