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Residence Student Life in the Fall

Website Disclaimer:  Due to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information stated herein is subject to change in response to a change in government regulation and/or Public Health guidelines.

A:  We are in consultation with our Public Health unit to ensure that we are operating within their guidelines.  We are also working with the University’s Pandemic Planning Committee to determine what physical restrictions are required within residence to ensure the health and safety of our students.

A:  You are required to follow the same provincial regulations as everyone, which includes physical distancing whenever possible.  Due to the community nature of a residence building it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask when you are in the common spaces such as the lounges, lobbies, hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms and elevators.  Following these guidelines helps to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you.  

A:  If there is a resurgence of the virus during the fall semester, the University will continue to adhere by the requirements of Government and Public Health guidance to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  If students are required to leave residence and move home, the University will review an appropriate refund at that time based on a pro-rated calculation.  Should students not have alternative places to stay or inability to travel, exceptional circumstance requests will be reviewed.

A:  We will only be offering single room accommodation during the fall semester in residence.  Moving to a double room with your preferred roommate may be an option if Public Health restrictions are relaxed through the fall semester.

A:  The Residence Deposit is a commitment that you are proceeding with your residence application and assignment.  Please contact to and we will try to work with you. 

A:  We will have Residence Life staff and support services in residences for students living with us.  We are currently working to ensure that your campus residence experience is safe, supportive and fun. We are determining what programs we can offer based on restrictions within residence or on campus.

A:  Our Residence Life Team is working hard to ensure that you can still meet other people, make friends and have a great time this fall!  Although the majority of our events and supports will take place online, we know that we'll be building a community of Lancers that will connect in new and creative ways.  

A:  You can apply to residence at any time but room assignments will be based on availability.

A:  Building assignment locations have not been determined at this time.  As we determine occupancy requirements, we will be following the guidance of our Public Health unit to determine the most appropriate location for our residence students this fall.


Residence assignments are being processed now for the Fall 2020 semester.  Depending on occupancy, students will likely be living in Alumni or Cartier Halls.

The Bru food outlet located in the lobby of Alumni Hall will be open daily serving a modified breakfast program, hot meals at lunch and dinner, plus made to order pizza and subs. We are committed to providing the best meal program that we can under conditions where we have fewer students and fewer food outlets open.  We will strive to provide a variety of meal options and hope that students will enjoy the convenience of having their meals available within their residence or in walking distance.

There will be at least one branded coffee shop open on campus, either a Tim Hortons or Starbucks. The Croc and University Club in Vanier will not be operating as per our normal operations, nor will food outlets be open in the CAW Student Centre.

Student meal plans can also be used at some local restaurants who have partnered with Food Services.  The current line-up of partners include, Pizza Pizza, Harveys/Swiss Chalet, Green Bean Café, Mare Nostrum.

Food Services is committed to opening additional services as students, staff and faculty gradually return to campus. 

When selecting a meal plan for Fall 2020 we are recommending the Minimum or Light plan.    

A:  To allow for late arrivals and students to transition to new living environments, room switch requests will be reviewed at the end of September. 

A:  Your Resident Assistant will be running online programs to introduce you to other people living on your floor and when possible they will host in-person activities.  This whole online world might mean that you have to put in a little extra effort to meet people and our residence life team is right here with you to help!

A:  At this time, guests from outside of residence will not be permitted.  Your safety and the safety of your fellow residents is our primary concern and therefore we need to limit the number of outside people gathering in our buildings. You will be permitted to have guests from other residence buildings.  

A:  We do have some additional temporary standards in place that you should be aware of at These standards will be regularly reviewed, and altered as the situation changes.