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Residence Fees & Other Costs

Coming to university is a big financial investment in your future and there are some costs that you may not have yet planned for. During first-year, you’ll have to budget for everything from textbooks to transportation. Read on for information on some of the costs you can expect while living in residence, as well as the most frequently asked questions we get about these fees!

Residence Fees

Students are responsible for paying the full residence fee for their assigned room. Students approved for exceptional circumstances will be required to pay a $300 residence deposit, submitted with their residence application.

Your residence fee includes:

  • Your accommodations – which vary by residence
  • Access to residence facilities, including study rooms, common area kitchens and laundry facilities
  • Wireless Internet in each residence building (more info)

All students living in residence have the option of purchasing a meal plan. Meal plan costs are not included in the residence fees quoted.

There is also a separate Residence Life Health and Wellbeing fee*. This fee is not included in the residence and meal plan fees quoted.

*To be determined.

How Much Will Residence Cost?*


Single Occupancy Room in Two-Person Apartment $9,350
Single Occupancy Room in 4/6 Bedroom Apartment $9,250
Single Occupancy Room $8,700
Single Occupancy Double Room with Ensuite Washroom $9,025
Single Room with Ensuite Washroom $8,900
Single Occupancy Room with Private Washroom in Shared Suite $9,350
Single Occupancy Double Room with Attached Private Washroom (Twin Bed) $9,000
Single Occupancy Double Room with Attached Private Washroom (Double Bed) $9,185
Single Room with Attached Private Washroom $9,065
Super Single Room with Attached Private Washroom $9,185

* Fees for the 2020-21 academic year are pending Senate approval and subject to change

Meal Plan

Due to the fall term being held online, students with exceptional circumstances living in residence are not required to purchase a meal plan.

If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan, you can choose from two options: the Freedom Plan and the Term Plan. Details are available on the Hospitality Web page.

Have Specific Dietary Needs? Please visit the Dietary Restrictions page on the Hospitality Services website for details on how your dietary needs can be accommodated on campus.

Other Costs to Consider

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Property Tax Credit for Residence

As a residence student, you may claim a property tax credit of $25 when you file your income tax return; this does not require a receipt. This is the only claim you may make for residence expenses. Your residence fees are not deductible; therefore, the University does not issue tax receipts.