Information for Future Residents

This page contains information relating to COVID-19 for all future residents who will be living in Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.

If you have a question or inquiry about Residence admissions, applications, or your account, please email us at, and a member of our dedicated administration team will reply to your email. Please include your full name and student number in your email.

Are you an international student and/or arriving to Residence from outside of Canada?

There are important travel regulations that require you to plan ahead and attain prior to your arrival, including arrangements for a 14-day self-isolation upon your arrival to Canada.

Due to the requirement for residence students to be fully vaccinated, students are not required to self-isolate or quarantine upon arrival to the residence. Please ensure you are following all public health measures and travel guidelines when travelling to Canada. Read here for more travel-related information including entry requirements. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not a residence student, you must make alternate accommodation arrangements for your 14-day quarantine.

General FAQs

Q: is there a vaccine requirement for students living at The George?

Yes, George Brown College has mandated a 2021/2022 Vaccination in Residence Policy. This policy requires `full vaccination' of residents no later than October 2, 2021. Residents who do not establish that they have met this requirement and who have not been granted an exemption by this date will be required to move out of the residence. Residence fees will be refunded on a pro rata basis. To read about the proof of vaccination process and exemptions, please read the policy in full detail.

Q: Will I be allowed to have guests?

Guests will not be permitted in Residence until further notice. Individual suites are occupied by two residents, and no more than 4 residents (including occupants) can be gathered within a suite at one time. Therefore, individual students can have one visiting resident per suite at a time. These efforts are to comply with physical distancing recommendations, which may be reviewed should these restrictions be amended by health authority.

IMPORTANT: Some changes have been made to the Residence Life Community Standards (RCLS) to comply with physical distancing and limited face-to-face staff interaction. Click here to view the changes.

Q: Will I have a roommate?

Students should expect to have a roommate while living in Residence. Our suite style residence is composed of two-bedroom suites with a shared bathroom (shared with yourself and your roommate) and kitchenette with meal preparation area.

Q: What happens if I need to self-isolate while in Residence?

A room switch may be required to support health-based physical isolation measures. We are here to support those requiring isolation before or during their time in Residence.

Q: Will I still be able to use common areas in the Residence?

To support physical distancing and reduce density in communal spaces, we have introduced a limit of one person per space in all of our kitchen spaces. Please ensure you are following all signage and physical distancing in laundry rooms and elevators, until further notice. Our lounge and study areas remain closed at this time.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask in Residence?

Yes, except when you are in your suite/bedroom. Masks are to be worn in public spaces of the Residence, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, kitchens and lounges.

If you visit another residence suite or vice versa, we recommend wearing a mask.

REMEMBER: there are rules about how many students can be in a suite at a time – the limit is one visiting resident per roommate. There can be a maximum of 4 people per suite at any one time. No guests (non-residents) are permitted in Residence until further notice.

The best practice is always to wear a mask when within 2 metres (6 feet) of another person.

Q: What if I decide to leave Residence after I move in?

Residence is a contractual commitment, as per the Student Residence Agreement. Please consider the financial obligation of Residence prior to proceeding with your application, including cancellation fees. You may review our cancellation policy here.

Should an extraordinary circumstance occur and your withdrawal is required beyond your control, we have an appeals process in place to review. Click here to view that process.

The Residence will always act in accordance with public health and governmental authority, which may include occupancy guidelines for the Residence.

Q: What if I feel sick when I’m Residence?

If you feel sick while living in Residence, please follow the steps outlined on our Covid-19 information page.

1) Self-isolate immediately.

2) Notify residence staff by dialing ‘0’ from the phone in your room, calling 416-761-8000 from an external telephone line or by emailing  

3) Contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or book a test at a COVID-19 testing location.

4) Fill out the COVID-19 webform  

5) Notify your instructor(s) immediately.

Q. What happens if there’s a COVID-19 case in Residence?

If there is a positive case of COVID-19, the College has measures prepared to assist with contact tracing and ensure full disinfection of any affected, public spaces.

The College is working closely with Toronto Public Health, as needed, for any situation that might arise. A COVID-19 case in Residence would be managed on a case-by-case basis, with guidance from Toronto Public Health and George Brown College's COVID-19 response team.

Q: Will in-room housekeeping services be offered?

In-room housekeeping services are suspended for the 2021-22 academic year. Students are responsible for cleaning their bedroom and common areas of their suite. To minimize the risk of high touchpoints, we will not lend vacuums nor sports equipment.

The residence front desk is selling small vacuums at a set price to our residence students. Please inquire with our front desk to make a purchase.

Our housekeeping resources are diligently focused on heightened standards in all common/public areas of the Residence.

Q: Can I still live in Residence even if my course is online?

If your course is online, you are still welcome to live in Residence as long as you maintain a full-time course load.

Q: When can I move in?

The designated move-in date is September 4th. Students will be emailed with health & safety expectations, as well as arrival instructions and additional details in August.

We are offering a selection of early move-in dates at cost. These early move-in dates can be booked via the housing portal: 

  • Sept 3 - $30
  • Sept 2 - $60
  • Sept 1 - $90
  • August 31 - $120
  • August 30 - $150

If you need accommodations any earlier, you will need to make alternate arrangements until your designated move-in day, as we are unable to accommodate any earlier dates.

Q: My class is online due to COVID-19, can I defer my acceptance for a future term?

No, residence acceptances cannot be deferred. We cannot predict future vacancies, so you must apply for the applicable Term or Academic Year when that respective application opens.

Students studying full-time online are welcome to stay in Residence.

Q: When can I apply for Winter 2022 Residence?

If space for Winter 2022 Residence appears to be available, the Residence application will become available in Fall 2021. Typically, October 1st (TBD).