Residence FAQs

FAQs for the SMC Residence  

Please also see the Office of the Vice Provost’s FAQs page here.


Will first year students be expected to have a roommate next year?  

We’re reducing our capacity so that we can assign single rooms to all incoming students for at least the first semester, in consultation with our local public health unit. Requests from siblings and close friends who wish to share a double room will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  This means many students will be placed in rooms that would normally be occupied by two people.  

If I’m in a room that is usually occupied by two people, can I have the extra furniture removed?  

Unfortunately, the College does not have storage space to hold all the extra furniture from double rooms, so we ask that this furniture remain in your room.  If you do choose to rearrange the furniture in your room, you must ensure that it is back to its original positioning before you move out at the end of the Winter term. 

When will I know my building and room assignment?  

While we know you’re excited to know your placement, we ask that you do not email our office to request room spaces, or to inquire about your assignment.  Building and room assignments will be communicated to all students over the week of August 17.  For late arrivals, you will receive your placement approximately 1 week prior to your arrival.

What if I cannot come to campus in Fall? Can I defer my room space to Winter? 

Unfortunately, we’re not able to hold a room space until the Winter 2021 term. We would encourage students who are unable to come to campus in September to apply to the St. George Waitlist, and list their top residence preference as St. Michael’s College. If we have spaces available throughout the year, we will offer to students on the waitlist. 

What should I bring to residence?

For a full list of what to bring (and not to bring!) to residence can be found here. You can also take a look at a video that one of our upper-year students, Simran, made for students. Simran talks about what items were helpful for her to have, and what could have stayed at home!


Will common rooms be open?  

We plan to start the year with our common rooms open but with reduced seating to facilitate physical distancing.  A maximum occupancy will be posted on all our shared spaces that students will need to abide by.    

Now that the Toronto has moved into Stage 3 of its reopening, will the SMC gym in Alumni Hall be re-open?  

The expectation for gyms reopening in the GTA is that they will implement enhanced cleaning protocols and enforce physical distancing.  Since the SMC gym is an unsupervised facility, we don’t anticipate being able to implement the enhanced cleaning that will be necessary to ensure student safety.  We are exploring ways to potentially facilitate this in the future but for now, the gym will unfortunately have to remain closed.   

If I am placed in a building with an elevator, what is the maximum occupancy?  

The maximum occupancy of any elevator on campus is three (3) people, and signs will posted on each floor. Masks will be mandatory in elevators. Given that none of our buildings have more than four (4) floors, students are encouraged to use the stairs instead of the elevator if they are able to.  

Will the Public Student spaces be open? 

We plan to start the year with our public student spaces open but with reduced seating to facilitate physical distancing. A maximum occupancy will be posted on all our shared spaces that students will need to abide by. Resources like pool table equipment and rental sports equipment will not be available for student use.  

What will Campus Life be like? 

In accordance with government health guidelines and recommendations of the Vice Provost’s office at UofT, all non-essential student events and programming will be held entirely online in the fall. You can learn more about opportunities and ways to get involved by following @uStMikesStudents on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.  


I’ve heard that high touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.  What are the high touch surfaces in the residence and how often will they be cleaned?  

High touch surfaces include doors and door handles, faucets, elevator buttons, intercom buttons, surfaces in shared spaces, and more. Our housekeeping team are committed to sanitizing these surfaces at least twice per day, 7 days a week. We also encourage students to take necessary precautions and wash or sanitize their hands after touching any shared surface. 

Will I be able to bring guests into the residence building?  

Until further notice, all UofT residences will be closed to visitors, except for on Move In Days, when a maximum of two (2) helpers will be allowed to enter the residence to assist students.  These helpers will be required to wear masks in all common areas of the residence and will only be permitted to enter their student’s room.    

When is Move In Day and how will it work this year?  

We’re currently planning to hold staggered and physically distanced move in days between September 4 and 6. Students will receive communication from the Dean’s Office in the coming weeks with room assignments, move in information and a link to choose their move in time slot.  

Will I be required to wear a mask in residence?  

As per UofT’s new mask policy, and the City of Toronto bylaw, all residents are required to wear a mask when visiting common areas of the residence and/or entering and exiting buildings.  This includes in hallways, foyers, laundry rooms, common rooms and washrooms (with the exception of showering, washing your face or brushing your teeth).   

What responsibility will I have for cleaning?  

Although enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented by our housekeeping team, it is not reasonable to expect staff to be able to clean the hundreds of common touch-points on our campus in between each use.  With this in mind, we are encouraging residents to bring their own cleaning supplies so they can sanitize surfaces when needed.  We’re all in this together!     

How often will the common washrooms be cleaned?  

Washrooms will be cleaned at least twice per day, 7 days a week. 


Do I have to quarantine before moving into residence? 

If you are arriving from outside of Canada, a 14-day quarantine is required. The Government of Canada has outlined the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers to Canada. This applies to all travellers to Canada regardless of the country of origin. 

The current emergency order is set to expire on August 31 but has been extended several times and we do not know if it will be extended again.  As part of our caring community approach, UofT is offering spaces for students to fulfill the mandatory quarantine requirements set up by the Government of Canada and to support students’ overall health and safety. 

How do I apply for quarantine space? 

An application form is available at (students will need to login using their JOIN/UTORid). 

If someone experiencing cold or flu like symptoms in residence, what happens?   

Students who experience cold or flu-like symptoms will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, and/or to visit a testing centre and be tested for Covid-19. Students are expected to isolate after being tested until they receive a negative result.  

Should I download the Covid-19 Application to my cell phone? 

The Government of Ontario recently released a Covid-19 application for iPhones and Androids in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. You can learn more about the application here.   

Will someone who comes down with symptoms and needs to selfisolate be required to move rooms?  

While many of our students share common washrooms, we have designated rooms with en-suite washrooms throughout the residences. If a student is self-isolating, we will assign them a private washroom and shower to avoid any potential spread.   

How will food be delivered for someone who is selfisolating?  

With the help of our don team and food service provider, students in self-isolation will have meals from the Canada Room delivered to their door. Any food restrictions will be accommodated with delivered meals.  

What happens if someone who is selfisolating, requires medical care?  

If you are self-isolating and require medical care, please contact Residence Office at 416-926-7127 or If you require medical care after hours, please contact your residence don or Security at 416-925-2099.  


Will you still have dons living in residence this year?  

Yes, a don will be assigned to each house.  

How will interaction with my don by different this year?  

This year we expect that many of your interactions with your don will occur virtually rather than in-person.  Although this will be different, we’ve already had some practice with this model from the students who are currently living on campus this summer and interacting with our summer don team.  

How will floor meetings be arranged? 

Floor meetings and one-on-one meetings will also be virtual rather than in person. This ensures the safety of our students and dons. 


How will key cards be replaced?  

If you misplace or forget your key card, you can sign out a new card from the Porter’s Desk in Elmsley Hall (dons will not be able to open doors for residents). The lobby has been altered to encourage physical distancing. Please respect the Porters and wear your mask while in the lobby and abide by the marking on the floor. Key cards will be sanitized when they are returned to the Porter’s Desk so they’re ready for you the next time you need them!  


We have prepared a list of Canada Room FAQs to update students on how the Canada Room dining hall will be operating for the upcoming year.