Upper-Year Application Process

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Before You Get Started

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Applications open February 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM (Noon) EST!

There is some important information you should know before you get started. Please take the time to review and understand:


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Application Process | Undergraduate Upper Year, Transfer, or Exchange Students

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1. Complete the UTM Upper Year Returner Application on StarRez

  1. The application opens on February 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST
  2. Visit StarRez Application Portal
  3. Enter using your UTORid and password
  4. Select: "Upper-Year Returner" Application
  5. Pay the $350 non-refundable application fee
  6. Ensure you hit 'Save and Continue' and/or 'Submit' at the bottom of each page
  7. Application Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST 

Please contact us if you are having issues. 

To be considered for housing in the upcoming academic year, the UTM Upper Year Returner Application on StarRez and the non-refundable application fee must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (EST), on Monday, March 6, 2023.

2.  Accepting your UY Offer at UTM

  • If your UTM housing application and application fee requirements have been received by the March 6 2023 deadline, UTM Student Housing & Residence Life will send housing confirmations to those who are eligible to the email address you have registered with ACORN on March 27, 2023

  • If you don’t receive a housing status update by April 3, 2023, please contact UTM Student Housing & Residence Life.

  • You will have until April 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. to accept your offer and submit your $1,650 non-refundable acceptance deposit

    • The acceptance deposit is applied towards the total cost of living in residence. Residence fees are applied to the students ACORN in two instalments with the first installment due by September 30, 2023 and the second installment due by November 30, 2023. The acceptance deposit (due at the time of accepting your offer of residence) is a deposit that will be applied to these charges, subject to the cancellation policy. All residence fees are subject to cancellation policy.

Please contact the Residence Services Desk by email resdesk.utm@utoronto.ca, phone 905-828-5286, or visit us in person during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-12am) if you have any questions or concerns.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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  1. What happens to the $1650 after I pay? 
    After you pay the $1650 acceptance fee, you will be guaranteed your space in residence. The $1650 will be added as a credit to your ACORN account and you will receive further communication regarding room & roommate information in July 

  2. Can I get my $1650 back if I decide not to come to residence? 
    If you choose not to live in residence and decide to cancel after you have accepted, the $1650 is non-refundable and non-transferable. We can anticipate that some classes may be online, so before you choose to accept your offer, please consider this in your planning as refunds will not be provided because classes are online. 

  3. Due to uncertainties for international travel and international documentation, I am unsure if I will be able to come to Canada in the Fall. Should I pay the $1650 and accept my offer?
    The $1650 is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you would like your guaranteed Upper Year Housing, you will be required to pay the $1650 non-refundable acceptance deposit. You can also decide not to pay, which will officially cancel your offer. You can then request from residence to un-cancel your application at a later date. However, you will no longer have a residence guarantee and/or offer and will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist. You will be given a spot when one becomes available.

  4. What happens if I do not pay the $1650 acceptance deposit? 
    If you do not pay the $1650 acceptance deposit, the residence will take this as you are declining your offer and your application will be cancelled. Your spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist. If you decide later that you would like to “uncancel” your application, UTM Residence can re-instate your application. However, you will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and will be offered a space when one becomes available. 
  5. If I pay my $1650 acceptance deposit and want to cancel later, when should I cancel?
    The $350 application fee and the $1650 acceptance deposit are non-refundable and non-transferable. Additionally, if you do not cancel by August 3, 2023 you will also be held financially responsible for your unit as referenced in the 2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Occupancy Housing Agreement.  
  6. Can I appeal decisions regarding the $1650 acceptance deposit?

    Appeals regarding extenuating circumstances will be considered. However, please note that as stated in the Occupancy Agreement:

    "The Resident acknowledge and agrees to be bound by all terms, conditions, rules and regulations stated in this agreement (including section 6.0-6.5) regardless of the University of Toronto's decision to deliver courses in-person or through an online learning environment."

    Therefore, requests for refunds on the basis of classes being online will not be granted. The $350 application fee and $1650 application deposit, once made, are non-refundable and non-transferrable. We strongly encourage you to consider this in your planning before you accept your offer as appeals regarding these fees will also be denied. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our Residence Services Desk via email (resdesk.utm@utoronto.ca), phone (905-828-5286), and LiveChat (www.utm.utoronto.ca/housing/). 

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