Requests & Agreements
The Residence Agreement is a legal document that you must read and sign before moving into residence. It covers important information about residence such as move-in, mid-year and move-out dates, application deadlines and instructions, and fee deadlines.
At Ryerson, we respect a person’s right to choose whether or not to disclose their gender identity and, subsequently, do not feel that it is a required part of our residence admissions process. All residence room styles are open to all gender identities. Residents may be assigned to a room style that includes roommates (sharing an apartment, paired, or double/triple room) of a different gender identity than their own.
- Cis Female
- Cis Male
- Trans Female
- Trans Male
- Two Spirit
Cisgender: Often referred to as simply ‘Cis’, a cisgender person is someone whose gender identity is the same as their assigned sex at birth. For example, a cisgender woman is a woman who was assigned female at birth and now identifies as a woman.
Transgender: Often referred to as simply ‘Trans’, a transgender person is someone whose gender identity is different than the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a transgender woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth but now identifies as a woman.
Non-Binary: A non-binary person is someone whose gender identity is neither male nor female, or a mix of the two. For example, a non-binary person might have been assigned male at birth but now identifies as genderqueer.
Two Spirit: An umbrella term that is culturally distinct to some First Nations/Indigenous people. The term may be used to describe a person's gender identity, sexual orientation, spiritual identity, and/or societal role.
Yes! All rooms in residence are open to all gender identities, so you can be assigned to a room with a roommate(s) who may identify as a different gender identity than you.
If you wish to live with someone of the same-gender identity, we ask that you identify your gender in the residence application, so we can match your gender identity if you are placed in a room style that includes roommates.
Please keep in mind that 99% of the rooms in residence are designated as single occupancy bedrooms.
Yes! In the residence application, we ask you if you wish to be placed with someone of the same-gender identity. If you answer yes, we ask you to identify your gender so we can match your gender identity if you are placed in a room style that includes roommates.
No. The gender identity question in the residence application is voluntary. If you do not wish to identify your gender you do not have to.
If you choose not to disclose your gender identity, because this is a voluntary question, please be aware that all other room assignments will be all-gender.
In residence, single occupancy means that you have your own private bedroom. You may need to share some of the other amenities in residence such as the washroom, but you are the only one in your bedroom.
The rooms that are designated single occupancy are:
- DCC Two-Bedroom Apartment
- DCC Four-Bedroom Apartment
- ILC single room with private washroom
- Pitman Hall single room with shared hallway washroom
- Pitman Hall paired room with semi-private washroom
- Pitman Hall apartment room with shared apartment washroom
No. Priority levels help to determine the order in which applicants will be offered a space in residence. The priority levels/system are based solely on two criteria:
- Year of study at Ryerson (top: 1st Year)
- Distance from the University (top: farthest distance away)
Gender identities and application preferences are not factors in the priority system, however they are considered while rooms are assigned.
Yes! Please follow the instructions below
Residents are required to obtain tenant insurance to cover their personal belongings and public liability during the term of the residence agreement and any renewals or extensions thereof, at their own expense. It is recommended that coverage for loss or damage to personal property be on an “All risks” basis. Such insurance shall be subject to the terms, conditions, deductibles and exclusions that are usual and customary for this type of insurance. Housing & Residence Life does not purchase protection for personal property.
Residents are asked to obtain and submit their proof of insurance, external link, opens in new window prior to moving into residence. Residents needing their room assignment will be provided this information at the beginning of August.
For information on how to submit your tenant insurance information, review this quick guide., external link, opens in new window
If you know a person or multiple people who have been accepted to Ryerson whom you would like to request as roommates, you can create a roommate group in the residence application system (eRezLife) by following these instructions:
- Ensure all group members have been accepted to Ryerson
- Ensure all group members complete their application to residence before the application deadline
- Ensure that all group members list the same room preferences on their application
- Once the residence application is completed, the applicant will be able to find an option to create a roommate group in the left-hand navigation of the residence application portal (eRezLife). One applicant from the requested group will create the Roommate Request Group. Ensure all group members request to be a part of the roommate group in the residence application system (eRezLife)
You can request up to three roommates in a roommate group. Note that all members of the requested roommate group must receive an offer of residence in the 1st round of offers in order for the request to be fulfilled. If an individual(s) in a roommate group receives an offer in a later round, we will try to fulfill the roommate group if possible before Move-In Day.
Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities (LLC) are a place to live and to learn! A place where students link their interests and what they have learned in the classroom with the world around them.
Five select floors in residence have been dedicated to living learning communities. They are all gender-inclusive and designed to encourage connection among students by bringing them together based on personal interests and academic pursuits.
Throughout the semester residence staff will facilitate floor social and educational activities promoting their community theme.
*When applying for LLCs on eRez, external link it will take priority over your room and roommate preferences
Themed Living Learning Communities
Typically housed on a Pitman Hall floor with Apartment rooms.
Interested in health and wellness? Students in this LLC will be interested in various aspects of leading active and healthy lifestyles. They will have after-hours access to Ryerson athletics facilities, and programs regarding mental and physical health (such as the Movember campaign and cooking demonstrations). Bring your ideas and passion for a balanced, active lifestyle with the world around you in your new home!
Typically housed on a Pitman Hall floor with Single rooms and Apartments.
Were you involved in a leadership role in your high school? Interested in further developing your leadership skills and getting involved on campus and in the Greater Toronto community? Students in this LLC will be interested in all aspects of leadership. They will have various opportunities to take on leadership roles in Residence and explore volunteering that benefits the community beyond Residence. Come together with other students who feel your passion and create a great year!
Typically housed on a Pitman Hall floor with Single rooms, and on an ILC floor with Single Private rooms.
Are you a student in the School of Fashion or have an interest in the fashion industry? Students in this LLC will have the opportunity to make valuable connections with faculty members in the School of Fashion, upper-year fashion students and industry professionals. In addition to living with other fashion students, they will have drafting tables in a lounge on their floor to help them complete their academic work. Being part of this community is a great way to be grounded in your program and explore the fashion industry!
Typically housed on a Pitman Hall floor with Paired rooms.
Are you a student in the Faculty of Community Services? Come live with a community of students working towards serving and being agents of change in their community! This unique community will bring together students studying Early Childhood Studies, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational and Public Health, and Urban and Regional Planning. There will be opportunities for these students to engage further with the faculty and connect what they are learning in class with experiences in the Greater Toronto community.
Typically housed on an ILC floor with Single Private rooms.
Are you a student in the Ted Rogers School of Management or are interested in innovation and developing your entrepreneurship skills? Ryerson is known for being on the forefront of innovation and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives. Come connect with this culture and live with others interested in being tomorrow's leaders. Students will have the chance to connect with groups on campus such as the Digital media Zone throughout the year.