The College Street Residence in downtown Toronto will serve the fast-growing University of Toronto student population with accommodation and amenities not typically associated with student life in a dormitory. The privately funded and operated model of student residence addresses both a need for improved and affordable living standards for students as well as removes the burden from post-secondary institutions of managing their operation.
The building design accommodates 24 to 36 students per floor where each level operates as a house. A don is present on each floor and is a mentor and resource for students. Private student rooms are organized into two- and four-bed apartments with living rooms and one shared washroom per two bedrooms. Dining services are provided on the fifth floor in two separate venues where a full-service kitchen supports preparation of food on site.
The building will accommodate approximately 900 residents. This population allows the delivery of a very high standard of residence, amenity and floor service while allowing a very economical rental rate. The building will accommodate a significant percentage of apartments available for staff who support the operations of the residence.
At grade, the design is developed to extend the street frontage of retail along College Street that will further activate the precinct with new services for the resident population. The facility opens in 2017.