Housing offers customized housing education for University of Toronto students and recent alumni, as well as staff and faculty.
We present to students, staff, and faculty within departmental groups, faculties, residences, and recognized clubs and organizations.
URent: Finding A Place
This is our most comprehensive presentation for off-campus housing information. The runtime is approximately 1 hour with an additional 15 minutes for questions. We take students step-by-step through the process of finding safe and affordable rentals. As we regularly offer these sessions in-house, we commit to a limited number of external URent presentations a year to large groups.
We encourage most groups to consider booking us for the Finding A Place Q&A workshop instead, and to send out the recording of this session to watch in advance.
Finding A Place Q&A
Most groups find this to be our ideal workshop. We offer up to 1 hour of “ask anything” time with our housing educator. All participants are asked to watch the recording of our URent: Finding A Place presentation in advance so they can join this session with detailed questions.
Prospective Graduate Students
In this session, we briefly review the two on-campus residence options for graduate students, and offer a high-level overview of the off-campus rental market. For a more extensive presentation about renting off-campus, please review our URent: Finding A Place and Finding A Place Q &A workshops.
Prospective Undergraduate Students
In this session, we briefly review the on-campus residence options for undergraduate students and offer a high-level overview of the off-campus rental market. For a more extensive presentation about renting off-campus, please see our URent: Finding A Place and Finding A Place Q &A workshops.
Inbound Exchange Students
This session is tailored to inbound exchange students, including setting expectations for Toronto’s rental market, pricing, search tips and suggestions for short-term rental options.
This customizable session can broadly cover key tenants’ rights or deep-dive into a specific aspect of tenants’ rights. Please note, we require an advance request of 4 weeks minimum in the event that we need to bring in a legal advisor from Downtown Legal Services.
Housing Conflict Coaching
This session is hosted in partnership with the mediation team at St. Stephen’s Community House. Trained mediators can offer sessions on managing conflict communication, de-escalating conflict situations or create a customize session for your group. For customized requests, we require an advance request of 4 weeks minimum.
We are open to working with you on a unique workshop! Please use our request form to detail your ideas. Please note, depending on the event we may require up to 4 weeks advance notice to develop the session.
Booking & Documentation
Complete the Housing Workshop Request Form.
We must receive your request at minimum 2 weeks prior to the event date. Requests are prioritized based on the alignment of goals, strategy and staff availability. Our busiest times are January, August and September.
- communications and promotions to ensure minimum 20 U of T students or recent graduates in attendance
- coordinate appropriate technology for delivery (e.g. Zoom, MS Teams, etc.) and arrange for a recording
- book suitable space for in-person events
- provide a point-person for day-of support for virtual and live events