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Move-In Information

Welcome to Residence at York University

We are excited you have chosen York Residences to be your “home” for the next year!

We look forward to welcoming you to the safe and exciting residence community at York University’s Keele Campus. Living in residence is an incredible opportunity and we hope that residence becomes your home away from home for the next few months.

We would like to remind you that the Housing & Conference Services and Residence Life teams here to assist your transition into campus life and to connect you with the campus resources to help you succeed.

Before you arrive, there are a few important details we would like you to note to ensure you are move-in ready. Please read the following information carefully and if you have any questions or concerns before you arrive to campus, contact us by phone at 416-736-5152 or email at

You can also connect with Housing & Conference Services, Residence Life, and your peers by liking YorkU Undergraduate Residence on Facebook, following us on Instagram, and by joining the Undergraduate Residence Facebook group.

Move-in Schedule

NEW STUDENTS: Move-in Day for Fall 2023 semester will be Saturday August 26, 2023.

RETURNING STUDENTS: Move-in Day for Fall 2023 semester for returning residents will be Tuesday September 5, 2023.

EARLY ARRIVAL REQUESTS: If you require earlier accommodations due to extenuating reasons, please have your supporting documentation available and complete the Early Arrival Request form by 9am on August 8. Please note that applications will be reviewed but approvals are not guaranteed.

Commonly Asked Questions

Please check our FAQs about move-in and learn more information about our rooms and building features.

Learn more about our Residence Life team.

What To Bring/Not Bring

Storage is limited in residence, so you are encouraged to bring only the essentials. We've compiled lists for your convenience!

Traditional Style List

Suite Style List

For information about what is already provided in your room please visit the Residence Buildings and Gallery Page on the Housing Services website.

Move-In Steps

Step 1: Know your room assignment

Students who have a confirmed room booking for the 2023-2024 Fall/Winter Term will receive an email from Housing & Conference Services including your room assignment and move-in window for those moving in on August 26. Please ensure you have added as a recognized sender.

Step 2: Plan for your move-in day

New Student Move-In on August 26 - You will receive an email with confirmation of your move-in time block (move-in window). We ask that you adhere to the time block as arriving too early or too late may result in delays issuing your keys.

For your safety and security, it is important that you bring valid government-issued photo ID or YU-card with you on Move-in Day. To protect your privacy, we are unable to issue keys to parents, relatives, friends or representatives.

You are permitted to have two (2) guests assisting you with move-in. We ask that only the student checking in visit the Key Pick Up Location.

Late Arrivals - Any incoming resident who does not check into their room by the the first day of classes and has not notified Housing & Conference Services by email of their late arrival, will lose their room reservation and will incur a no-show fee of $500.00 to their student account.

Residence Linens – purchase stylish bedroom, bathroom and kitchen items, at great student-friendly pricing. Take advantage of free shipping and delivery straight to your residence. Residence Linens has a variety of items that will turn your room into your second home! Order your items online at Residence Linens. Order by August 13 to guarantee delivery by move-in day.

Coldex Fridge Rentals – enjoy the convenience of your own fridge in residence! Coldex will deliver your fridge before you move in and pick up your fridge after you leave. Order your fridge rental online at Coldex. Note: community fridges have limited space in traditional style residences. It is strongly recommended that you bring or rent a mini fridge.   

Contents Insurance – we strongly recommend you purchase contents insurance for your personal belongings before moving in. The University does not take responsibility for any personal items that are lost or damaged in residence due to theft, fire, floods or other incidents beyond our control. 

Sign-up for Canada Post Flex Delivery: Pick up your packages when you are ready! Upon moving in this year, residents are highly encouraged to sign up for Canada Post Flex Delivery. Packages ordered from any provider that will ship to a PO Box (including Amazon) can be arranged to be picked up at York Lanes' Canada Post outlet on campus at your most convenient time.

Upon signing up, Canada Post will give you a unique delivery address to be used instead of your residence address and packages then show up to the Canada Post outlet of your choice. When selecting your Flex Delivery location, search for Postal Code M3J 1P3 and then zoom in to click on the location that says, “YORK UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE 4700 KEELE ST NORTH YORK ON”. To sign up, or learn more about this service, please go to the Canada Post Flex Delivery website.

Step 3: Move into Residence

Be sure to follow directional signage at all times.

Arriving to campus- Upon arrival to campus, please make your way to your Key Pick-Up Location. We have both an interactive campus map and a move-in specific campus map to assist you. Only the student checking in should visit the Key Pick-up Location. Please be prepared to show, your YU-card or government issued photo ID. Once your ID has been verified, you will receive your welcome package which will include your residence access card and room keys.

Key Pick Up Locations

Atkinson Suites and Tatham HallSatellite Check-in Desk – McLaughlin College
Housing Services Office - 108 McLaughlin College
Founders Residence Satellite Check-in Desk – Founders Residence
Housing Services Office - 108 McLaughlin College
Vanier Residence Satellite Check-in Desk – Vanier Residence
Housing Services Office - 108 McLaughlin College
Winters Residence Satellite Check-in Desk – Winters Residence
Housing Services Office - 108 McLaughlin College
Pond Residence Satellite Check-in Desk – Pond Residence
Housing Services Office - 101 Bethune College
Bethune, Calumet, & Stong Residence Stong College Dining Hall
Housing Services Office - 101 Bethune College

** Monday to Friday, excluding the statutory holidays.

Arriving at your residence - The time allotted for parking near the residence buildings will be restricted and students should be prepared to unload their belongings quickly and then move their vehicles to a nearby parking lot. A maximum of two (2) persons may help with your move. Additional guests must remain outside of the residence.

After Hours Arrivals - If you need to arrive after 4:30pm, please inform our office of your request to arrive late by emailing at least 48 hours prior your arrival, and we will give you instructions for after-hours move-ins. Please note we cannot accommodate move-ins later than 12am (midnight).

Step 4: Complete and submit your documents

There are important documents that you need to fully understand, complete/sign and submit:

  • The Electronic Lock Operating Instructions contains essential information on your role in maintaining a safe environment in residence and how to properly take care of your keys and room locks. You will be asked to acknowledge this agreement as you receive your keys.
  • The Undergraduate Residence Room Inventory and Condition Report needs to be completed and submitted within 72 hours of your move-in. As you fill out this form, please ensure that it accurately reflects the condition of the room/unit you are moving in to - including small damages (if applicable). At the end of your residence contract, upon move out, this document will serve as Housing & Conference Services basis on whether to charge you for damages found in your room/unit upon move out inspection. It is important that you bring to Housing & Conference Services team attention any other concerns you may have within your room. Failing to submit the Room Inventory may result in charges applied to your account upon on moving out for any unreported damages.

*The above forms will be made available for you on Move-in Day.

Undergraduate Residence Handbook

By signing your Residence Occupancy Agreement, you agree to abide by the Residence Community Standards, Policies and Procedures, and all other regulations in the Residence Handbook. The Handbook contains valuable information pertaining to living in residence from safety procedures to submitting a work order. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all the contents of the Handbook.

Things To Do Before Moving In

Enroll in Courses

Start with YU START!

Register for York 101


Get Your YU-card

YU-card Office.

Sign-up for Canada Post Flex Delivery

Learn more.

Buy Your Books and Texts


Pre-Order Your Mini Fridge

Available through Coldex.