How is acceptance into Residence determined?

Residence is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a number of beds in Residence that are assigned to several groups of students (first year students, international students, returning students, etc). Each group will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Following the initial assignments, a waitlist will be generated also by the order in which applications were received. First year students who apply and pay their Residence application fee before April 13, 2018 are guaranteed a place in Residence.

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, 2018 (for the September 2018 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!

I'm a new International Student, how do I apply?

International students have a different application from domestic students.  If you hold citizenship outside of Canada, please contact the Housing coordinator at

Please see the Fanshawe International website for more information:

When will I find out if I have been accepted into Residence?

Once you have completed your online Residence application and have paid your $500 non-refundable Residence application fee (within five days of your application), you will receive a confirmation email from Fanshawe Residence. 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 telephone and you will have 48 hours to claim it.

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 fill in the name and the student number of any friend you would like to room with. You must both request each other before you will be considered for placement together. Please note that there are no co-ed units.

How many spaces are there in Residence?

There are 1,220 traditional-style Residence bedrooms, and 396 townhouse-style Residence bedrooms.

Can I visit Residence for a tour?

We would be happy to have you visit the Residence over the summer months for a tour of the units and facilities. You can come to the front desk of Falcon House Residence (R1 building) for a summer tour. Also look for information regarding our Spring Open House. During the school year you can arrange a tour here.

Can I stay in Residence over the summer?

The 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.

Does Residence have security features?

The 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 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.

What is the Residence Acceptance Package?

All students who have been accepted into Residence, and have paid their $500 non-refundable Residence application fee within the timeline given, should receive a Residence Acceptance Package. This package will be sent out by regular mail to the address you provided on your application. It contains information about paying your Residence fees, your payment due dates, move in day information, order forms for extra items, and paperwork for you to fill out and return to us. These forms are due back to the Residence office on or before June 18, 2018. The Residence Acceptance Package will be mailed out in late spring.

If you have any questions regarding this package, please contact the Residence Office. Reminder that the Student Residence Agreement must be signed by your guarantor.

How do I submit my Residence Acceptance Package and fees?

You can mail us your completed Residence Acceptance Package to the address provided in the paperwork or on our website, or use a courier service like Purolator, FedEx or UPS. We are also open 24/7, so if you're in the area, you are welcome to drop your Residence Acceptance Package off in person to the front desk of Falcon House Residence (R1 building). We do not accept faxed paperwork. If paperwork is being scanned, original documents must also be promptly submitted

Before you submit your Residence Acceptance Package, please review the rates, options and payment due dates carefully. All payments must be made on or before those dates. Failure to meet payment deadlines will result in cancellation of your place in Residence without warning. Please be aware that we do not accept OSAP deferrals, or receive money from OSAP directly.

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. 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 will result in the loss of your place in Residence.

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.

Is Fanshawe Residence wheelchair accessible?

Our three traditional-style Residence buildings are all 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 filing 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.

Is smoking permitted in Residence?

No, Fanshawe Residence is a smoke-free environment. Smoking on campus is only permitted outside in 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.

Why is there a limit on overnight guests?

In order to help sustain a strong Residence community, we limit the number of overnight guests for each resident to ten a month. Having guests stay on a continual basis often leads to tension or conflict between roommates and other members of the Residence community.

Can I move in early?

You can move into Residence up to one week early at an additional cost of $35 per day. You will receive an Early Move In form within the Residence Acceptance Package.

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 refundfor your second semester Residence fees.

Can I bring additional cooking devices?

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 buildings are safe, clean and energy-efficient. Place your order with Coldex, and your fridge will be delivered to your Residence bedroom when you arrive.

Can I stay in Residence over the winter break?

Yes, you can! You will need to go to your front desk and ask for an Extended Stay Request Form to let us know that you will be staying in Residence for part or all the winter break. If you are not staying in Residence for academic reasons, there is a $30 per night charge as this period of time is not covered by your Residence fees under the Student Residence Agreement.

Does the Residence fall under the Residential Tenancies Act?

No, the Residential Tenancies Act does not apply to students living in a college or university Residence. You can learn more about the Residential Tenancies Act here.

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.

I'm visiting London this summer. Where can I stay?

If you're in London to check out campus, house hunt, try the Residence accommodations, or getting a feel for the city, you and your family are welcome to stay with us. Visit our summer accommodations page for more information.

Are there any resources to help me prepare for moving into Residence?

Find out everything you need to know about what to pack, how to move into Residence, and more by checking out the links below.

If you have any questions that you did not see answered above, please contact us.