Check out the sections below for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have more questions or require additional information, contact us!
How many spaces are there in Residence?
We are reducing our occupancy in all room styles limiting the number of roommates to promote physical distancing. There will be 1 person per two bedroom suite, 2 people per traditional quad and 2 people living per townhouse complex.
Can I visit Residence for a tour?
At this time, we are unfortunately unable to provide an in-person tour. However, you can visit us online for a virtual tour!
What about off-campus housing?
If Residence isn't the right option for you, there are lots of resources available to help you find a comfortable home off-campus. You can check out our Off-Campus Housing website for more information.
Does Residence have security features?
Residence offers great security from the moment you pass through the controlled main entrance, until you slide your electronic card into your private bedroom. All of the common areas are video recorded and we have staff on duty 24 hours a day. We believe that your safety is important. To that end, we require that all visitors to Falcon, Merlin or Peregrine sign in at the front desk prior to entry with a valid piece of photo identification and remain with their resident at all times.
Safety and security are also the responsibility of every resident. All of the safeguards and rules put in place by Residence management and the college are for your protection. Circumventing rules by lending key cards or letting visitors in without following procedures leads to problems for everyone. Make sure your unit and bedroom doors are locked at all times and do not leave valuables unattended in common areas.
The Residence and the college are not responsible for missing, lost or stolen items.
Where is parking for Residence?
Limited parking is available to those living in the traditional residences or in Kestrel Court. Students must apply for parking through the parking lottery which occurs each July.
There are a number of metered parking spots available out front of the residence
buildings. Please refer to Fanshawe’s parking website for more detailed information
regarding parking options on campus.
How does Residence support student success?
Residence Life supports student success by promoting a safe and accepting environment that fosters personal and academic development. At Fanshawe Residence, we:
- Provide intentional programming that focuses on community development, healthy living, personal identity and diversity and intellectual experiences;
- Incorporate environmental and sustainable initiatives in all that we do;
- Surround residents with residence staff who are knowledgeable and committed to their success;
- Collaborate with campus and community partners to ensure our residents receive the support they need to succeed;
- Nurture a sense of personal responsibility and accountability through the application of our residence community standards.
To achieve our goals, we all must work together as members of the community to make residence a positive and supportive experience.
The Residence community comprises residents, staff, parents, guests and anyone else who contributes to Residence. All community members that come into the residence environment should know that the standards or rules must exist to ensure enjoyment and a positive experience for all members of our large, diverse community.
Navigating the delicate balance between supporting your student and allowing them the freedom to develop crucial decision-making skills can be challenging. We are committed to providing the support and resources to help you and your student during this transition.
When do I apply to Residence?
In order to apply to Residence, you must first receive an offer of admission from Fanshawe College. The Office of the Registrar will send out their offers by email and regular mail starting February 1 (for the September start). You will need to confirm your offer of admission through Ontario Colleges. Once you have confirmed your offer, you will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar with a link to the online Residence application. Learn more about how to apply here!
When do I apply to Residence as a Collaborative Nursing Student?
In order to apply to Residence, you must first receive an offer of admission from Fanshawe College. Once you have received your offer of admission, you must complete the online Residence application process.
I’m a new international student. How do I apply?
International students have a different application from domestic students. If you hold citizenship from outside Canada, please contact the International Housing Coordinator.
Please see the Fanshawe International website for more information: Accommodation
Can my parents contact you about my Residence application?
Please be aware that privacy laws prohibit us from discussing your application, assignment and account status with anyone, including your parents, unless you give us permission to do so through our residence consent form. The consent form is included in your Residence acceptance package. We encourage you to contact us directly with any questions or concerns you may have regarding residence at Fanshawe College. By asking your own questions, you will begin the transition to independent living and will feel more comfortable asking questions while in Residence.
How is acceptance into Residence determined?
Due to many courses being offered online and with limited occupancy, Residence will be offering spots to students with blended programs first, followed by proximity to Residence.
When will I find out if I have been accepted into Residence?
Once you have completed your online Residence application and have paid your $525 non-refundable Residence application fee (within five days of your application), you will receive a confirmation email from the Residence Acceptance Team. If you are not immediately accepted into Residence, you will be placed on a waitlist for an available spot. Should a spot become available, we will contact you by email and you will have 48 hours to claim it.
What is the Residence Acceptance Package?
There will no longer be Acceptance Packages sent by mail to students.
All students who have been accepted into Residence, and have paid their $525 non-refundable Residence application fee within the timeline given, should receive an acceptance email. This email will direct you on the next steps of the acceptance process.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Residence office. Please note that the Student Residence Agreement must be signed by your guarantor (parent or guardian) regardless of age.
How do I submit my Residence Acceptance Package and fees?
The Residence acceptance process is now fully online and you will no longer be receiving an Acceptance package.
Once you have received your acceptance email and continued through the acceptance process, you will be required to pay your Residence fees.
Before continuing in your acceptance process, please review the rates, options and payment due dates carefully. All payments must be made on or before those dates. Failure to meet the payment deadlines may result in the cancellation of your place in Residence without warning. Please be aware we do not accept OSAP deferrals or receive money from OSAP directly.
How do I know I have completed my acceptance?
Your acceptance is complete once you have logged into the Residence Portal and reached the “Additional Details” step.
When should I expect to receive an invoice from Residence?
Once you have gone into your application to complete the remaining steps in the Residence application, you will receive an invoice. This invoice will be emailed to you 5-7 business days after completing the steps in your application.
When are payments due?
- Full Payment
Due by July 22
- Two Payment Instalment Plan
Due by July 22 and November 1
- Four Payment Instalment Plan
Due by July 22, August 15, October 1 and November 1
How do I make a payment?
Through your Residence portal
- Select "Make a Payment". We accept Interac, Visa or MasterCard.
Through certified cheque or money order
- Please make payable to “Fanshawe Residence” and send to the address below:
Attn: Residence Management
Fanshawe Residence, Falcon Residence - R1
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
Through international wire transfer
- Students sending international wire transfers must use Flywire PeerTransfer (Instructions can be found here). Unfortunately, we cannot accept personal cheques.
What if I plan to use OSAP to pay for my Residence fees?
We do not accept OSAP deferrals for Residence fees or meal plan payments. If you are applying for OSAP to fund your education and housing, there are often wait times and delays as you navigate the process.
Will Residence extend payment deadlines?
Residence does not provide extensions to payment deadlines. If you are unsure if you will be able to meet the payment due dates outlined in your Residence Acceptance Package, we suggest that you look into other funding options that may be available.
Please review the rates and fee deadlines, and consider your funding options before applying.
What will happen if I don’t make my payments on time?
Payment due dates and amounts are listed on the Residence website, and are outlined in the Residence Acceptance Package. Failure to meet any payment deadlines may result in the loss of your place in Residence.
Will Residence remind me about upcoming payments?
All communication regarding reminder notices and invoices will be sent directly to you, the student.
You can also view all payment deadlines for your chosen payment option on our Traditional Residence or Townhouse Residence pages. We will only send an invoice to a student's parent/guardian if repeated attempts to acquire payment from the student directly have been unsuccessful.
How do I get an income tax receipt?
Residence fees cannot be claimed on income tax returns. The only claim that is allowed is $25 for the year as per the Ontario Government.
Becoming a Resident Advisor (R.A.)
- Who can be an R.A.?
Anyone! Whether you are going to be in your first-year at Fanshawe College or your last year, all full-time students students are welcome to apply to become a Resident Advisor.
- Will I get paid as an R.A.?
Yes. All R.A.s are paid an hourly wage.
- What does the R.A. role entail? Can I manage it with my program?
The R.A. role involves being a friend, support and leader among the Residence community. It includes responsibilities such as planning events for the students in Residence, creating informative bulletin boards and conducting rounds in the building to ensure the safety and security of others. The R.A. role requires a high degree of time management. If you are able to manage your time then the R.A. role can be undertaken by anyone regardless of program.
- How do I become an R.A.?
If you are learning more about becoming an R.A. or applying, please contact Jessica Waringer.
Becoming a RESpect Ambassador
- What is a RESpect Ambassador?
A RESpect Ambassador is a student volunteer who is dedicated to promoting respect and inclusion in the Residence community.
- What will I do as a RESpect Ambassador?
As a RESpect Ambassador you will help plan and participate in respect-themed events, awareness campaigns and peer groups. You will also have opportunities to participate in training that provides personal growth and enhances your skills.
- How do I learn more or become a RESpect Ambassador?
For more information on the RESpect Ambassador position and how to get involved, please contact Christine Battson or stop by the front desk of Peregrine House.
Is Residence wheelchair accessible?
Our Falcon and Merlin Residence buildings are wheelchair accessible.
What if I have a medical concern or require special consideration for a Residence room?
If you have a medical condition that would require the use of a barrier-free suite in Residence, you must provide us with this information when you are filling out your application online. Within the Accommodation Preferences section of the application, there is a question related to the requirement of an adapted room. Students requiring special accommodations in Residence are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services to ensure that you have what you need while living in Residence. If you missed this question on your application, please contact us directly.
How do you match up roommates?
The Residence application contains a series of questions about your personality, study habits and personal preferences. Based on your answers, we place you with a roommate of the same gender who has similar interests. If you have a friend who will be living in Residence, there is an option to request them. During the application process, there will be options for you to search for roommates. The application program will compare your profile to other Residence applicants and provide you with suggestions. You can create your roommate group by adding a friend you already know or someone who has been suggested for you. Please note that there are no co-ed units and that placement requests are not guaranteed.
I am transgender or agender. How will I be assigned a room?
Our goal is to provide you with accommodations where you will feel comfortable with your roommates. If you identify as transgender or agender, please contact us so that we can provide you with options to make your Residence environment the most comfortable fit for you.
- Double or Queen bed sheets (Double width and Queen length) for traditional residence
- Double bed sheets for Kestrel Court Standard
- Single bed sheets if assigned Kestral Court Small
- Alarm clock
- Small fan
- Storage bins to fit under your bed
- TV for your bedroom
- Workspace Supplies
- Desk lamp
- Three-hole punch
- Program supplies
- Kitchen Supplies
- Dish towels
- Dish clothes or sponges
- Dish soap
- Dish rack
- Garbage bags
- Cooking utensils
- Microwave-safe dishes
- Storage containers
- Pots and pans
- Bathroom Supplies
- Bath towels
- Hand towels
- Wash cloths
- Shower curtains and rings
- Bath mat
- Personal hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Hand soap
- Laundry Supplies
- Your clothes (for all weather and seasons)
- Laundry basket or hamper
- Laundry soap
- Clothes hangers
- Credit or debit cards to fill your laundry card
Can I bring additional cooking devices?
Residents are only allowed to bring CSA-certified appliances that have self-contained heat sources and an automatic shut-off feature. Items not permitted include hot plates, induction burners or indoor grills.
Can I bring a personal refrigerator into my Residence room?
Residents are not permitted to bring personal refrigerators into the Residence buildings, however, they may rent personal refrigerators from Fanshawe's contractor, Coldex. This policy ensures that all refrigerators entering the Residence building are safe, clean and energy-efficient. Place your order with Coldex and your fridge will be in your Residence bedroom when you arrive.
Can I have candles or incense in Residence?
Please do not bring candles, incense or smoking devices like hookahs or bongs. Burnables are not permitted to be used inside the Residence buildings.
Is alcohol permitted in Residence?
Alcohol is permitted for those of legal drinking age. However, please do not bring single-serve glass alcohol bottles, kegs, mini-kegs or alcohol funnels into our Residence buildings.
Can I get linens for my bedroom from Residence?
Students and their families may wish to take advantage of our partnership with Residence Linens to have linens provided to them.
Can I move in early?
Unfortunately, due to our limited staff, early move-in is not permitted into Residence.
When is Residence move-in?
Fanshawe Residence is developing a staggered move-in procedure to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained during the move-in process. Your move-in day and time will be communicated with you after your acceptance process is complete.
Will there be anyone to help us move in?
To provide you with a safe experience, we will not be offering move-in assistance. The Move-In Crew will not be running this year.
Will there be anyone to help us move out?
We do not have a move-out crew available during move-out.
Rules and regulations
Please review our Residence rules and regulations.
What measures are Fanshawe Residence taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
We are reducing our occupancy in all room styles limiting the number of roommates to promote physical distancing. Additionally, we are increasing the frequency of cleaning high-traffic areas in Residence, limiting common area usage, and erecting new plexiglass shields at our front desk to protect our students. Fanshawe Residence’s cleanliness measures and policies will continue to evolve as the pandemic changes to ensure that students live in a safe environment.
Does the Residence fall under the Residential Tenancies Act?
No, the Residential Tenancies Act does not apply to students living a college or university Residence. You can learn more about the Residential Tenancies Act.
Is smoking permitted in Residence?
No, Fanshawe Residence is a smoke-free environment. Smoking on campus is only permitted outside in the designated smoking areas.
Can I have a pet in Residence?
No, pets are not permitted in Residence, even for visiting. Only registered service animals are permitted in Residence, with appropriate documentation.
I am only 17, are there any different rules for me?
All the rules and regulations outlined in the Student Residence Agreement and Residence Community Standards will apply to students, regardless of age.
Will I be evicted from Residence if I do not do well academically?
A resident must be a registered full-time student to be eligible to live in Residence. Should you be unsuccessful in completing your semester at Fanshawe College, you will be required to leave Residence as well.
I have co-op during my second semester. Can I stay in Residence?
Yes, a student with full-time co-op is permitted to stay in Residence.
What if I am only going to be in school for the first semester?
As per the Student Residence Agreement, all residents are required to pay the full amount of Residence fees. When you arrive at Residence, ask your front desk for a Withdrawal Form, and return it as soon as you know your expected move out date. Once you have returned this form to the front desk, you will be added to our refund waitlist to be considered for a refund for your second semester Residence fees.
Can I stay in Residence over the winter break?
Yes you can! You will need to fill out an extended stay request form at the front desk to let us know what dates you will be requiring to stay in Residence over the break.
Residence fees cover the Fall residency term (September 5, 2020 - December 18, 2020, or 24 hours after the student’s final exam for that term) and the Winter/Spring residency term (January 4, 2021 - April 30, 2021, or 24 hours after the student’s final exam for that term). Accommodation outside of these dates will be subject to an additional per diem charge, which can be found on the extended stay form.
Can I stay in Residence over the summer?
Residence offers accommodations over the summer for both short and long-term stays. Whether you're in school, on a co-op term, or just visiting the city, we offer great rates on summer accommodations. Visit our summer accommodation page for more information.
I need help, who can I talk to?
If you are having challenges or concerns in Residence, we encourage you to speak with one of our Residence Life staff members. Our staff are fully trained to help you with any issue that may arise and will work to help you in any way they can. Resident Advisors live on each floor in Falcon, Peregrine, and Merlin houses and through Kestrel Court. These are students who go through an extensive training program and are equipped to link you to whatever resources you may need (Residence Life Management, Counselling and Accessibility, Sexual Violence and Prevention Advisor, Campus Security Services, etc.). Three full-time professional residence life managers also live on-site and are on an on-call rotation to be available 24/7 in case of emergencies.
I’m having trouble with a roommate, what do I do?
If you are having challenges or concerns in Residence, please speak to one of our Residence Life staff members. Our staff are fully trained to deal with any issue that may arise and will work to help you in any way we can.
If I, as a parent, am concerned about my son/daughter's well-being, who can I contact?
Your student may get caught up in studies and social time and forget to call or email you as often as you would like. Moving to college is a very exciting time and often students will become so wrapped up in this new stage of their lives that it does not occur to them that you may be concerned. If you have any concerns about your student's safety or health, please call and speak with the on-call Residence Life Manager. You can also call at any time to speak with one of our customer service representatives and we will work to pass your message along to your student.
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