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Type of University Residences in Canada

Canadian Universities offer a variety of styles of university residences to suit the diverse needs of students. In general, residences types are categorized as being traditional dormitory, suite, apartment, townhouse, or shared house style.


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Canadian Universities offer a variety of styles of residence to suit the diverse needs of students. In general, residences types are categorized as being:

  • traditional dormitory
  • suite
  • apartment
  • townhouse
  • shared house style


Traditional dormitory

Traditional dormitory is the most common type of Canadian University residence and is often the form of residence assigned to first year students. This style of residence is typically made up of a many single or shared dorm rooms grouped around common facilities. Shared facilities often include washrooms, lounges, and kitchenettes.

Most traditional residences provide basic furnishings such as a bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, study lamp, shelving space, and dresser or closet space. Depending on the residence, there may also be additional fittings like easy chairs, sinks, mirrors, corkboards, armoires, night tables, or mini-refrigerators.


Suite style

Suite style residence offers more privacy while maintaining the community vibe of traditional residence. This style of residence typically offers single or shared rooms grouped into suites with en-suite washrooms. Suite style residences can also contain a living or kitchenette area for suitemates to share. Buildings with this type of residence contain common building lounges and shared areas for all suites to share.

Most suite style residences provide basic furnishings. Bedroom furniture regularly includes a bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, study lamp, shelving space, and dresser or closet space. Depending on the residence, there may also be additional bedroom fittings such as like easy chairs, mirrors, corkboards, armoires, night or night tables. Kitchens are usually equipped with basic appliances such as refrigerators, cooking surfaces, and microwaves. Other common suite furnishings often include a table and chairs, sofa, and coffee table.


Apartment

Apartment style residences offer an independent lifestyle while maintaining many of the benefits of residence such as close proximity to class and campus resources and living with other students. Apartment residences are often reserved for upper year undergraduate students, graduate students, or students with spouses or families. This type of residence typically consists of single or shared bedrooms within an independent, self-contained apartment unit. Apartment units include washroom, living/dining, and kitchen facilities.

While the majority of apartment style residences are equipped with basic furniture, it is also common for apartment style residences to be unfurnished. If furnished, apartments often include a bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, study lamp, shelving space, dresser or closet space, basic kitchen appliances (refrigerator, cooking surface, microwave), and living room furniture (sofa, coffee table, etc).


Townhouse

Townhouse style residences offer lots of space and independent living while maintaining many of the benefits of residence such as close proximity to class and campus resources and living with other students. Townhouses are often reserved for upper year undergraduate students, graduate students, or students with spouses or families. This type of residence is made up of several single or shared bedrooms within a self-contained townhouse unit. Townhouse units include washrooms, kitchens, and living/dining areas.

While the majority of townhouse style residences are equipped with basic furniture, it is also common for townhouse style residences to be unfurnished. If furnished, townhouses often include a bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, study lamp, shelving space, dresser or closet space, basic kitchen appliances (refrigerator, cooking surface, microwave), and living room furniture (sofa, coffee table, etc).


Shared house

Shared house residences offer students bedrooms within a private house, combining the communal feeling of a traditional dorm room within the more intimate and independent environment of a detached house. This type of residence offers single or shared rooms within a house. Residents share washroom, kitchen, and living spaces.

Most shared house residences are equipped with basic furnishings such as bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, study lamp, shelving space, dresser or closet space, basic kitchen appliances (refrigerator, cooking surface, microwave), and living room furniture (sofa, coffee table, etc).




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