Residence: Which One Is the Best Fit?

Posted by Kira on March 6, 2014

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Three young people holding up a handmade placard inviting others to join Residence Council.


If you have decided that living in residence is the right choice, then it’s time to look at all of the different residences York University has! There are a number of different styles, locations and college affiliations, and all of these have to be taken into account when making your decision.

College Affiliation

I chose to live in Winters Residence, just because I knew that as a Fine Arts student I was going to be affiliated with Winters College. I figured it would be a good way to meet people in my program and Faculty, and was happy with the idea of a traditional-style dorm room.


Take a look at the campus map to see where you will be taking your classes. Living close to them is a huge perk, so this might be a deciding factor for you.


There are a number of different styles of residence here at York University. There a pros and cons to each one, and you’ll have to decide for yourself which one meets your needs best.

Traditional-Style Res Rooms: These are your classic dorm rooms, with a bed, desk, dresser and closet. There are single and double rooms. Of these we have Tatham (McLaughlin College), Vanier, Winters, Stong and Bethune on the Keele Campus. And Hilliard and Wood Residences at Glendon.

Suite-Style Res Rooms: In these you get your own room, along with a kitchen/seating area! You will usually have some suite-mates as well. This is a great option if you want to do your own cooking. On the Keele Campus, Calumet and Pond (New College) residences are suite style, and Winters and Bethune have a few suites available too.

Typically, first-year students will be placed in traditional residences, while upper-year students receive priority placement in the suite-style res rooms. Check out the York U Housing Website for more information, as well as virtual tours of each building!


Note: This post was revised and updated on April 12, 2016.