Residence Life

Find a place to call home in one of our residences—three located on our upper campus (Harrington Hall, Vanier Hall, and Holy Cross House), and one located on our lower campus on Forest Hill Road, only a 12-minute walk away. Forest Hill housing offers larger rooms and private bathrooms. Plus, when you don’t feel like walking, hop on the bus with your STU Bus Pass (included with tuition) and be home in 5 minutes!


Applying For Residence

You can apply to live in Residence through the online application portal—make sure you're signed in first. If you apply before April 15 you are guaranteed a room in one of our four Residences. 


4 Reasons to Live in Residence

1. You will be part of the fabric of our campus community
Our small size encourages a close-knit, involved university community, but you have to be here to fully experience it. Students who live on campus are more likely to join clubs, attend events, and meet new people.
2. Your grades will benefit
Studies have shown that students who live in residence often achieve higher grade point averages—it's hard to be late for class when you live five minutes away. Plus, you'll be steps away from helpful resources like the Writing Centre, Peer Mentoring, Learning Strategy Services, and more!
3. You will make friends from around the world
Our 1,800 students come from more than 40 countries. While you share with your housemates what it's like coming from your hometown, they'll teach you about theirs! You may find yourself learning a new language or spending a school break visiting another city or country.
4. You will have an unforgettable university experience
Your university years will be some of the best of your life, and it's important to make the most of them. Living in residence—just a few doors down from your closest friends—makes it that much easier to stay involved and connected to what's happening on campus.


Moving Into Residence

Every year St. Thomas welcomes approximately 500 students into their residence community and we want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you know what to expect, where to go, what to bring, and what those first weeks look like living on campus.

When you arrive

Please stop by your Residence Check-in table and provide them with your name. A Residence Advisor will show you to your room. In your room you will be asked to sign your Residence Agreement, complete your medical information form where you input your provincial health card number, complete the room check form (that lists the condition of the room) and sign for your keys. (Please note: Roommate Agreements are to be completed within 7 days of moving in. They are completed online using the online form emailed to your email address. Only one agreement needs to be submitted per room. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask your RA for assistance.)


In your room

An extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe. (Please note: Chatham Hall beds are twin XL) Depending on your room and roommate situation, you may find that space is limited. We recommend speaking with your roommate to coordinate what each of you will contribute to your new living space.


Rights and Responsibilities

Please review the Residence Guide and our Residence Agreement. It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of the residence community at St. Thomas University.