Founders Residence

Campus Address:

91 Ottawa Road
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3


The Student Experience in Founders Residence

Founders Residence is home to students from the York University English Language Institute as well as some exchange students. The heart of Founders Residence is in the large first floor common room where students congregate to share stories, smiles and memories. You will find a lot of spirit and support from the Residence Life team here as they strive to celebrate cultures from around the world. Founders is the original residence on Keele campus and has been home to many alumni; with its history comes a sense of pride and excitement.

A Welcome from your Residence Life Coordinator

Hello Founders Residents,

I first want to welcome you to the vibrant community here at Founders. I hope that while you are here you will grow to call Founders your second home.  Residence is where you are encouraged to be yourself and grow as a person.

As the RLC I oversee the residence community and assist you through your development at York. To help me with this are amazing student leaders called Dons. The Dons are here to help you transition into university life and become a strong and independent person, ready for the challenges that university can hold. Together we will work to ensure that Founders is a safe and inclusive space.

Founders is proud to be the home of York University English Language Institute as well as many exchange students from across the world.  Residents will be exposed to a diverse community and participate in events with a global perspective.  By living in this community, you will be able to create strong academic and social relationships that will help you become a successful student.

As the year moves along there will be many opportunities to become involved in the residence and I highly encourage you to make the most of your time with us.  I recommend that you look over the Residence Handbook and the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities as they are key tools in ensuring that your transition into living in residence is a smooth one.

Finally, I hope that you find your time here Founders to be a rewarding and eye-opening experience that helps you discover your true potential.


Melanie Howard
Residence Life Coordinator
416-736-2100 ext. 20065