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About Us

Welcome to residence at York University – your new home away from home. Your life in residence will provide you with an incredible opportunity to make memories, develop lasting friendships and connections, and get the most out of your York University experience. Residence living will play a role in your learning about yourself and others, help you build connections to York, offer opportunities for leadership and personal development, contribute to your academic success and build on your understanding and compassion for others and the human experience.

The residences at York are more than just a place to live. They are vibrant communities where students can make valuable social and intellectual connections. Each residence is affiliated with a college which plays an integral role in facilitating those connections and ensuring that as a resident, you have the support you need to make the most of your experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Residence Life Staff are eager to work with you to ensure that you have an amazing experience in residence and at York. They will provide you with support, guidance and opportunities to learn, lead and grow. With your assistance, we will endeavour to provide each of our community members with a safe environment to study, meet new people, step outside your comfort zone and succeed. Please take some time to get acquainted with your new home, the staff who work within it and the various people who will share this journey with you. We hope that residence will be the perfect place to start and end each day while experiencing all that York has to offer.

Daryl Nauman 
Assistant Director, Residence Life 
Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) 

Community Living

Living in Residence is a unique experience. It is a great place to meet new people, develop a sense of independence and your role in the community while benefiting from the specialized programs and events created to enrich your experience. Residence is a safe place to explore and learn. It is successful when everyone in the community does their part to respect others and engage in an inclusive dialogue.

Here are some quick stats on students living in Residence at York University compared to commuter/off-campus students:

    • 22% more like to be involved with on-campus activities to the extent they want to be;
    • 46% more likely to be involved with at least one Club or Organization on campus;
    • 2 times more likely to be involved in intramural sports or fitness clubs;
    • 3 times more likely to be involved with  student government

*stats from 2013 New Student Orientation Survey


The critical difference for students living off campus versus those living in Residence is the services that Residence personnel provide. Housing and Residence Life Staff are committed to supporting students making the transition to living in Residence by creating a safe and healthy living and learning community that supports an academic lifestyle by meeting educational and social objectives. The staff also supports students by upholding policies and procedures of community standards.

Residence Life Coordinators

Residence Life Coordinators (RLC) are professional full-time University staff members living in Residence, dedicated to facilitating the day-to- day management of the Residence. The RLCs supervise Residence Life Staff (Dons, Night Porters, etc.) and coordinate programs aimed to complement your academic experience. The RLCs are also responsible for addressing inappropriate conduct in residence and adjudicating complaints under the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Residence Dons

Dons are senior student staff members who strive to create a community environment, who can help you find answers to your questions and who promote awareness of diversity and respect. Dons are empowered to make sure you meet your responsibilities when living in residence while protecting your rights as a resident. Dons will be highly accessible to you and your floor residents.