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SMC Residence Buildings, Meal Plans, Roomates

Room / House Overview

All houses/floors are same-sex and have:

  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • TV with cable in common rooms
  • Shared washrooms
  • Laundry facilities

All residence rooms come furnished with:

  • Single bed
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Shelving
  • Desk & chair
  • Room phone with voicemail & unlimited local calls
  • Swipe card secure access
  • Garbage bins
  • Cable television wiring (monthly service must be purchased through Rogers)

Sorbara Hall

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Sorbara Hall opened in September 2001 and primarily houses undergraduate students with some rooms reserved for graduate students. In addition to the furnishings listed above, rooms come equipped with a personal sink and air conditioning. Sorbara has a mix of single and double rooms with the average room size being 11' x 14'.

Sorbara is the newest residence on the St. Mike's campus and has a reputation for being a quieter building.

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Elmsley Hall

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Elmsley Hall opened in 1957 and primarily houses freshmen residents with some rooms reserved for upper year students. Most rooms in Elmsley are doubles and all rooms are 17.5' x 10' in size. Also housed here is a 24-hour study room, the campus mailroom, and the 24-hour security desk.

Elmsley is affectionately nicknamed "the bunker" for its infamous 16-inch thick walls and is a favourite for many students, known for its very close-knit freshmen floors

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Queen's Park Building: Teefy, Fisher & More Houses Learn more »

The Queen's Park Buildingopened in 1936 and is built on the model of Oxford and Cambridge. It is divided into three undergraduate houses: Teefy, Fisher & More House. Teefy and Fisher house female students while More houses male students. Most rooms in Queen's Park are doubles with size varying considerably according to location and occupancy of the room.

More and Fisher Houses are known for their extremely close-knit communities and energetic participation in residence life. Both Houses are also known for many long-standing traditions that are maintained every year.

Teefy House is located at the south end of the building on the top floor and consists of only 9 rooms. Teefy offers a scholarly and tranquil environment.

Historic Houses Learn more »

  • McCorkell House House 96
  • Sullivan House House 2
  • Gilson and Maritain Houses Houses 6 & 8



Located on Toronto's first sub-division, these Victorian houses were built between 1890-1910 as private homes at the turn of the century but were gradually acquired by St. Michael's for College use. House 2 and 96 are relatively small, holding about 18 residents each, while house 6&8 is larger and holds about 36. House 96 and 6&8 are male houses, while House 2 is a female house. In addition to the furnishings listed above, rooms are equipped with air conditioning. There is a mix of singles and doubles with size varying considerably according to individual buildings and occupancy of the room. Both freshmen and upper years live in the Historic Houses.

Fun Fact: House 2 was home to former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin during his time at St. Mike's, while House 96 was home to the offices of world-renowned philospher Marshall McLuhan.

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Residence Meal Plan

Meal plans are mandatory. Fees are included in SMC Residence fees and meal plans are loaded onto your T-Card.

All you can eat dining. Your T-Card is swiped upon entry into the Canada Room dining facility and you may choose whatever you wish to eat.

Diverse, nutritious options. Vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free options are always available. Other dietary restrications can be accommodated through Food Services.

Meal Plan Options

SMC offers continuous dining with three meal plan options:

  1. 7 day plan- Monday - Sunday
    * offers the best value and flexibility
  2. 5 day plan - Monday breakfast to Friday dinner
  3. 5 day plan - Sunday 4pm - Friday 2pm

Both 5 day plans cost the same and are a good choice for residents who plan to go home on weekends.

On-The-Go Options

Kelly Café (located in the Kelly Library) and Brennan's Best Coffee (located in the Brennan Hall Student Lounge) serves gourmet artisan sandwiches, flatbread sandwiches, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages, in house gourmet desserts, parfaits and pastries and much more!

Location and hours information for the Canada Room, Brennan's Best Coffee and the Kelly Café

Many students discover that their roommate becomes their best friend and it encourages them to become part of the larger residence community. Having a roommate prevents students from becoming isolated during their transitional year between high school and university.

Room Assignments

At St Mike's, all our freshmen are automatically assigned to double rooms. If space permits, exceptions are made for:

  • Students who have a medical condition that would make sharing a room an undue hardship. Residents must make a written petition to the Dean of Students, and the medical condition needs to be verified by UofT's Accessibility Services;
  • Transfer students who have already done a year at another university;
  • National Scholars. (Students must be officially recognized by the UofT for this distinction. Please see the UofT Admissions and Awards Website for more information about National Scholars).

Residents in their second year of study and beyond (including grads) are given singles.

Choosing Roommates

The Office of the Dean of Students oversees the roommate assignment process to find you a compatible match using the SMC Personal Questionnaire:

  • The Questionnaire includes a variety of subjects ranging from sleeping habits to musical tastes
  • Be honest! The Questionnaire is strictly confidential and honest answers help to ensure your compatibility with your new roommate.
  • If you know someone you would like as a roommate, indicate this on the Questionnaire – as long as the person identified agrees, the request will be granted

Download the Roommate Agreement

Roommate Etiquette: Living with Others

What to Bring

Although few people will feel the need to bring everything on this list, here are some items for your consideration:

  • twin sized bedding including linens, pillowcase, a pillow, quilt or duvet. (Those planning on purchasing these items may want to consider buying them from
  • coat hangers
  • power bar (with a fuse) for your computer and a small extension cord
  • bar fridge (please, no full-size fridges)
  • a sports jacket/blazer and tie (for men) and dress pants or skirt (for women) will also be necessary for your formal house photo which will be organized in the fall
  • towels, bathrobe and ‘shower shoes’ (i.e. flip flops)
  • reading or desk lamp
  • electric kettle / coffee machine
  • basic cleaning supplies for your room (vacuum, brooms and mops are provided)
  • coffee mugs, glasses, cutlery
  • iron and small ironing board
  • throw-rug
  • posters/decorations for your walls (please do not bring blue tacky adhesive)
  • TV/VCR/DVD (for use in your room; all common rooms have TV’s)
  • sports equipment (e.g. hockey stick, baseball glove, cleats, etc.)

What Not To Bring

  • Halogen floor lamps (although inexpensive they are a serious fire hazard)
  • toasters or toaster ovens
  • cooking ranges or open element burners
  • open element heaters
  • large refrigerators (over 5 cubic feet)
  • large furniture or fabric covered furniture (fabric furniture is strictly prohibited to prevent the spread of bed bugs)
  • home stereos that have a booster, amplifier or sub-woofer
  • club speakers
  • pets of any kind
  • an automobile