If you’re wondering about where you’re going to live next year consider living on residence! Ryerson has four residence buildings available to their students: Pitman Hall, the International Living and Learning Centre (ILC), HOEM, and the Daphne Cockwell Complex (DCC).
Each building is unique in its own way and picking which one is right for you is a challenge in itself. Each building has a 24/7 front desk, laundry and a theme on each floor (mine is The Office). Hopefully, this will help you think about which buildings and room types to include on your residence application. Remember to keep your options open!
Pitman Hall has double and single rooms with a shared washroom in the hall. I’m in a single room in Pitman this year, and I love having my own room. Sometimes I wish I had my own kitchen to make my own food, but there’s a kitchen in one of the floor common rooms. Staff clean the shared bathroom in the hall. Pitman also has apartment and paired rooms, where you have your own bedroom, three-four roommates (apartment) or one other roommate (paired) with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Each floor has two common rooms available for hanging out, watching TV, and studying. If you’re in Pitman, you need to purchase a meal plan that you can use at the cafeteria in the building.
ILC has two room types available: double and single rooms. Each room has its own bathroom and there’s a common room on each floor. The building used to be an old hotel, so the rooms are spacious. It’s probably the most lowkey and quiet building. This building also requires students to have a meal plan and also has a cafeteria in the building (which is my favourite caf. Sorry Pitman). You don’t need to be an international student to apply to this building!
HOEM and DCC are both apartment based buildings. These are Ryerson’s two newest residences. DCC has the option of two or four-bedroom apartments, while HOEM has the option of two, three, or four-bedroom apartments.
HOEM is the only building that has a gym and yoga studio and the only residence that has no mandatory meal plan. It has study rooms and lounges throughout the building. Rooms have a kitchen, bathroom, and living room. HOEM is also a 52-week commitment instead of 32-week, which is suitable if you’re planning on staying in Toronto for the summer. You also need to pay utilities, which aren’t included in residence fees. HOEM is located a bit farther than the other residences, but it’s also the biggest one Ryerson has to offer!
The first eight floors of DCC are academic spaces and the 19 floors above are residence space. Imagine not having to leave your building to go to class! In DCC, you need a meal plan that’s used at either Pitman or ILC, as there’s no caf in the building. The two-bedroom apartments are equipped with a kitchen, while the four bedrooms aren’t. Each apartment has bedrooms and a lounge area, with study lounges throughout the building. This is Ryerson’s newest building (it opened in August 2019) and has the most amazing views of the campus and the rest of downtown Toronto.
If you’re still looking for more information regarding the residence buildings check out this chart comparing the buildings, as well as the residence website. Come visit the residences at our spring open house on March 21st, 2020 or catch a virtual tour online! You can apply for residence now!