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Message from the Dean of Students: Residence Closure - March 17, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

To: All students in residence at Victoria University 
From: Dean of Students, Kelley Castle
March 17, 2020

Victoria University in the University of Toronto is committed to the health and safety of the students in our residences, and the staff who administer and work within them. In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have had to make some difficult decisions. 

Victoria University is requiring all students to move out of Victoria residences by Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise approved by the Office of the Dean of Students.

We appreciate how difficult a time of year this is for students even under normal circumstances, and these are certainly not normal circumstances. We are committed to supporting you through this process. We also recognize that some of you will be unable to move out, and for those who have clear exceptional circumstances (outlined below), you may be permitted to stay on a case-by-case basis.

The information below will guide you through the check-out procedure.


Only under exceptional circumstances are students permitted to remain in residence beyond Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. Students who may be able to remain in residence include:

  • International students;
  • Students with travel restrictions;
  • Out-of-province students who need extra time to move out;
  • Students who are currently self-isolating; and
  • Students with other complex personal circumstances.

To inquire whether your situation warrants an exception, or if you require additional assistance, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at

If you are an international student staying and cannot return home by Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m., the Assistant Dean, International Students, Bergita Petro and her staff are available for consultation and support at


  1. E-mail Wanda Hughes at and indicate your departure date.
  2. Please take all belongings you can.  We do not provide storage, but will communicate with you at a later date about significant belongings left in rooms.
  3. Leave your keys at the front desk of Margaret Addison Hall.
  4. Confirm via e-mail ( when you have left your room.  
    If you have questions or concerns please contact the front desk (416-585-4494) and we will return your call.


Students who have already moved out of residence, please notify Wanda Hughes at immediately if you have not already done so, and your refund will be processed accordingly.  


In order to help expedite the goal of getting residence students home where possible with no financial barriers, all students who leave Victoria University residences by Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. will receive a partial refund of their room and meal plans. This includes students who have already properly checked-out of residence. Details about refunds will follow later this week.


Food Services in Burwash Hall are pick-up-and-go only. Dining and congregating in Burwash Hall is not permitted. Further information about Food Services will follow in a separate message.


Until the move-out deadline, and to further keep our community safe and support social distancing, the following changes have come into effect:

  • There will be a No External Guest / Visitor Policy for all students (short-term guests assisting with moving out are exempt from this policy).
  • Common rooms and other large residence spaces will be closed to discourage group gatherings. 


Please treat each other with kindness and respect during this time of constant change and increased stress. Vic is a caring community and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We will do our best to support you in this transition. 

Kelley Castle
Dean of Students
Victoria University in the University of Toronto 

Student Residence Information

If you are a student who requires accommodation related to accessibility, it is important that you register with Accessibility Services as soon as possible.

First-year students

Most first years are assigned to a shared double room. We make every effort to accommodate a preference for a specific roommate. Both applicants must indicate the other on their applications. To find a compatible roommate, we consider the lifestyle information section of your application. Our priority is first-year students who receive the housing guarantee. 65% of our beds are allocated to first-year students.
Room assignments are emailed mid July.
Residence and Meal plan fees are posted to ACORN mid August.

Upper-year students

As a returning residence student you will have the option of self selecting your room. If you are requesting a double room you will need to find your own roommate. A 10% discount is offered to eligible upper-year students.
Please be aware that space is not always available in the residence or floor of your choice. You must have an AGPA of at least 2.0 for the 2019–2020 academic year and the balance on your ACORN must be paid in full by the end of classes in April.

Meal Plans

All students who decide to live in residence are required to purchase a meal plan from the following selection.

Meal Plan Options and Availability:

First-year Students may choose from (A and B)
Second-, Third- and Fourth-year Students may choose from (A, B and C)

Meal Plan A (Minimum): Cost $5,074.00 - 315 meals, 10 Guest Passes,
375.00 Vic Dollars (taxable)

Meal Plan B (Regular): Cost $5,600.00 - 355 meals, 10 Guest Passes,
375.00 Vic Dollars (taxable)

Meal Plan C (Upper):** Cost $4,415.00 - 261 meals, 500 Ned’s Meal Dollars,
200 Vic Dollars (taxable)
**No substitutions allowed between Ned’s and Vic dollars

There are no refunds for unused meals, Ned’s Meal Dollars and Vic Dollars. Unused meals cannot be converted to Vic Dollars or Ned’s Meal Dollars. There is no carryover of meals and Ned’s Meal Dollars at the end of your residence contract; however, remaining Vic Dollars may be spent throughout the summer months and can be carried over until the end of the calendar year (December 2020), provided that you are a registered student. Carried over Vic Dollars are taxable.

Students are not able to switch meal plans after September 15, 2019.
Victoria serves 19 meals a week: three meals are served on weekdays; brunch and dinner are served on weekends, holidays and during Reading Weeks (November 4-8, 2019), (February 17-21, 2020). Regular meal service begins at dinner on September 1, 2019. The last meal in December is dinner on December 20, 2019 and the first meal back after the winter break is dinner on January 5, 2020. No meal service is provided during the winter break. The last meal in second term is dinner on April 25, 2020.

Total Room Cost + Meal Plan Cost+ Additional fees = Total

Residence Buildings

Annesley Hall

When it opened in 1903, Annesley Hall was the first residence built specifically for women in Canada. It was renovated in 1988 and houses female students in single, double and triple rooms. Annesley is known for its close-knit community and for the fact that no two rooms are the same.

Margaret Addison Hall

This co-ed residence for both first-year and upper-year students has double and single rooms. It features music practice rooms, study areas, kitchenettes and six common rooms.

Rowell Jackman Hall

Due to their architecture and age, our residences can be challenging living environments for students with accessibility needs. In 1993 Rowell Jackman Hall was built in accordance with the accessibility standards of the time, but even it no longer meets some current accessibility requirements.

Our suite-style residence offers single-sex and co-ed housing options. Each suite houses three to seven students in single and double rooms. The suites have common rooms, one or two washrooms, shared kitchen facilities and a living room. This residence is home to primarily upper-year students, although some first-year students are also housed in double rooms.

Some suites are designed to accommodate residents with accessibility needs, and the building is wheelchair-accessible from the parkade level.

Upper Burwash Hall

The Upper Houses of Burwash Hall (North, Middle, South and Gate) are co-ed and house first-year and upper- year students in single and double rooms. Each floor has a kitchenette and small eating area. Each floor has a common room with cable TV. Washrooms are co-ed.

Lower Burwash Hall

The Lower Houses of Burwash Hall (Ryerson, Nelles, Caven, and Bowles-Gandier) were constructed in 1931, and renovations were completed in November of 1995. Students are housed in single, double, and triple rooms with semi-private washrooms. Rooms on the first three floors of each house have individual sleeping alcoves with adjoining study/sitting rooms. Each floor has a kitchenette. Each house has a common room with cable TV. 

Maintenance Request & Light Bulb Changes

To address any maintenance issues please use this form with a detailed description of work required and a time window for staff to enter your room/suite.

If you require a light bulb change please send form with room or suite number and a time window for staff to enter your space.