Everything you need to know about living in residence

Huron Residence Applications for the 2024-2025 year open on March 4th 2024 at 12:00PM (EST). All applicants should continue to monitor their Western emails for updates related to Huron’s Residences.

For Huron Residence and application related questions, please contact

Huron offers students unique opportunities to grow, learn, expand their awareness and understanding of others, create friendships and develop their own potential. The residence experience at Huron is unique because the living environment is closely connected to the academic environment. The result is a feeling of home away from home, focused on academic success.

Huron guarantees Residence for applicants applying directly from high school, who receive an offer of admission before May 2024, and complete the following by the deadline stated in their Letter of Acceptance via the Huron Connect Portal:

  • Accept their offer of admission (Please note that, to access the residence application, a student’s offer must have been officially received by Huron University. Be mindful that it takes a few days for OUAC to process your offer confirmation before Huron receives it.)
  • Pay the residence and/or admissions deposit
  • Complete the residence application form

Huron offers various room styles including single rooms, suite style rooms, ‘pod’ style rooms, double rooms, and our new single rooms with an adjoined ensuite washroom option. Room assignments and move-in details will be made available to students during the summer months.

Living in residence gives students countless opportunities to develop lifelong friendships, explore their independence and immerse themselves fully in the unique experiences offered within Huron’s close-knit community. Our university is committed to fostering a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all our Leaders with Heart, and part of living that promise means ensuring you and your families know exactly what to expect when it comes to living on campus. Below, we’ve tried our best to provide all the information and resources you should need to better understand what it’s like to eat, breathe and sleep Huron. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home!

To view Frequently Asked Questions about Residence, please visit our FAQ page.

For more information about Huron’s Residence, please review the PDF documents below:


  • Being a part of the residence community at Huron is an exceptional experience! The Housing Team works to ensure that each student in residence feels safe and welcome. My favourite thing about being a member of the residence community is the special friendships I have made on the Housing Team. I have also loved watching the students I work with form deep connections in our community along the way!
    Soleil Merritt
    Residence Don
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  • I was initially hesitant about living in residence, but it proved one of the best decisions I've made. Surrounded by friends, socializing for hours became part of my routine. The convenience of residence also made it possible to engage with more activities on campus and take full advantage of the resources at Huron.
    Michael Haas
    Residence Don
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  • Someone once said being a Don is like having 30 younger siblings and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to expand on what it means to be a leader, mentor and friend. These are certainly big shoes to fill, but correspondently, we leave a big footprint for those to come.
    Allison Karabu
    Residence Don
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Residence Life

Living on campus puts you in the heart of all the action at Huron. With hundreds of Huron’s first-year students choosing to live on-campus, it’s easy to meet new friends and get involved.

  • Huron’s Residences are a short two-minute walk to the Western Community Centre and The Weldon Library, as well as all buildings on the Huron campus.
  • Various room styles including a large offering of single rooms, double rooms, and suite style living options.
  • Both Hellmuth and Presidential Scholarship holders get their preference in building and room style choice.
  • Our highly trained upper year student staff called “Dons” organize programming and show you the ropes.
  • Residence community events are planned throughout the year and cover topics like academic readiness, diversity and inclusivity, leadership development, community building, etc.
  • Easily hang out in one of the many lounges, play ping pong, watch a movie and chill with friends, all while living on-campus.
O'Neil/Ridley Hall
Hellmuth Hall
Southwest Residence
Burnlea Hall

Capacity: 187 single rooms.

Dormitory: Single, and single ‘pod’ style rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Co-ed: O’Neil/Ridley residence has separate washrooms for men and for women, as well as private gender neutral washrooms located on each floor.

Single Room



  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

O'Neil/ Ridley Hall O’Neil/ Ridley Hall

Capacity: 37 single rooms and 25 double rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Dormitory: Single rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Co-ed: Hellmuth Residence has separate gender specific washrooms for men and for women.

Single rooms

Double Pod Style Room


  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

Hellmuth Hall Hellmuth Hall

Double Room

Capacity: 56 single rooms.

Dormitory: Suite style room with four single bedrooms sharing a semi-private kitchenette, living room and two washrooms.

Co-ed: Southwest Residence has individual washrooms in suite with a single gender neutral washroom available on the main floor.



  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

SouthwestSouthwest Residence

Capacity: Approximately 300 single-style rooms with shared adjoined ensuite washrooms

Dormitory: Single bedrooms with an adjoining ensuite washroom.

Co-ed: Burnlea, Huron’s newest residence, has one semi-private ensuite washroom located between every two single bedrooms. Students in neighboring rooms will share a washroom at a 1:2 person ratio. Each residence floor also has one additional common, gender-neutral washroom.


Residence Rooms Are Equipped with the Following:

  • Bed frame and mattress (single XL – Burnlea only)
  • Desk and chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelf
  • Mirror
  • Blinds


Residence Application

Huron Residence Applications for the 2024-2025 year open on March 4th 2024 at 12:00PM (EST).

The deadline to apply for residence for students studying at a school outside of Ontario (both within Canada and internationally) is May 1, 2024. The deadline to apply for residence for Ontario students is June 3, 2024 by 4:00PM (EST).

To accept your offer and apply for Huron’s Residence, access the Huron Connect Portal here.

All eligible applicants can expect to hear about their residence application status to their Western email by mid-June 2024.

For Huron Residence and application related questions, please contact



To Apply For Residence, You Will Need


To be eligible to apply for Residence at Huron, you must first accept your offer of admission from Huron in the Huron Connect Portal.


Before receiving access to the Huron Residence application, students must pay the residence deposit payment in the Huron Connect Portal.


Your Western Identity is what you will use while at Huron to access many services including applying to residence, logging into email, accessing online courses, registering for courses, and many other things. Activate your Western Identity (Western ID) and choose your password.


Your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Reference Number is generated and sent to you by the OUAC when you apply for admission to Huron. Your OUAC Reference Number is ten-digits long and begins with 2024. If you cannot find your OUAC Reference Number, please check your emails from OUAC or contact them directly. If you did not apply to Huron through the OUAC, please email and request your Access Code.


The Student Number is a student identification number that is assigned to a student upon first applying to Huron. The number, which is unique to every student, will be used as the key identifier on a student’s record at Huron. The Student Number is nine-digits long, randomly assigned, and begins with either 250 or 251. You would have received your Student Number on your offer of admission letter and you may also locate it in your Huron Admissions Self-Service Account where you check your application. If you cannot locate or remember your Student Number, please email


Your Access Code is an identification number generated through the Access Code Retrieval process. Your Access Code is needed to activate your Western Identity.
Your OUAC Reference Number, Student Number and date of birth will be required to generate your Access Code.


Quick Steps






Note: If you did not apply through the OUAC please contact Huron to get your access code at 519.438.7224, extension 233 or


Huron Residence Tenant Insurance Program

Huron University College is pleased to offer a Tenants Insurance Program to students who are living in residence that covers your belongings and protects you against loss or damage that you may be liable for. The total cost is $80 + tax for the year and has already been included in your overall residence fees statement.

If you wish to opt out of the Tenant Insurance Program, you may do so at the link below by no later than September 15th. To opt out, you must submit proof of another form of insurance here. Please contact with any questions.

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Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is located on the Huron campus, steps from Western. It offers a unique dining experience, varied cuisine and top quality service, in air-conditioned, smoke-free, spacious dining rooms. Brown’s Dining Solutions is Canada’s largest independently owned dining solutions company and operates exclusively as a dining services provider in over 140 sites in Canada. In support of the commitment to providing the best service, products, and value possible, Brown’s will establish a committee of students, and staff to continually review a range of subjects that impact users daily, including operating hours, menus, and value.

If you have special dietary needs you should speak to our Food Service Manager to make sure your needs are met as effectively as possible. Brown’s can suggest the proper meal plan. Email for more details.

Meal Plan

Students in Residence: All students living in residence must participate in the food plan. Students dine in the Huron Dining Hall, located on Huron’s campus just a short walk from the residences. The meal plan is based on an “all you care to eat” system. The set price covers all meals, every day, for the entire academic year.

Flex dollars are included in your meal plan purchase and can be topped up at any time. There are Huron and Western Flex dollars. Huron flex dollars can be used to purchase at the Retail Kiosk in Huron’s Dining Hall.  Western Flex dollars can be used at any food service location at Western and some off campus restaurants. Western Flex dollars can be topped up at Western.  More information on Western Flex dollars can be found here.

Non-Resident Students: Non-Resident Students have a few options open to them. You can purchase the full year meal plan, one of the bulk meal plan purchase options or just pay as you go. Any option purchased will allow you to access the Huron Dining Hall for an All You Care to Eat experience.

Retail Kiosk: There is a retail kiosk at the entrance to the Dining Hall where students can pick up Starbucks Coffee drinks, sandwiches, and other ‘Grab and Go’ options. These can be paid for with debit, credit, cash or Huron flex dollars.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply For Residence?

Those students applying directly from high school, who have received and accepted their offer to attend Huron, may apply for a spot in residence. Applicants must pay a non-refundable deposit to access the residence application, which opens at the beginning of March. Specific application instructions can be found in the Huron Connect Portal. Any questions about the application process can be directed to

What does ‘First-Come, First-Serve’ mean with regards to residence placements?

Residence building/room placements will occur on a first-come first-served basis. This means that the earlier a student applies for residence, the more likely they will receive one of their top building/room choice preferences.

After applying, students will hear back about their application status in mid-June after the application is officially closed. Students will hear back about their specific room placement in July.

When is the Deadline to Apply for Residence?

Residence applications will open beginning March 4th at 12:00PM (EST).

The official deadline to apply for residence for students studying at a school outside of Ontario (both within Canada and internationally) is May 1, 2024. The deadline to apply for residence for Ontario students is June 3, 2024 by 4:00PM (EST).

How does the waitlist process work?

If you are an applicant who has not met the guaranteed residence requirements, you may be placed on a waitlist. Refunds of the residence deposit may be given in the following circumstances:

  • A student is on the waitlist and withdrawals the application before being offered a space in a residence;
  • A student is on the waitlist and is not offered a space in residence;
  • A student has a declined study permit application.

If you are an applicant who is placed on a waitlist and you decline the space offered to you, your name will go to the bottom of the waitlist where you will remain until we reach that point in the waitlist.

What Is the Difference Between Each Building?

Each of the residence buildings have some unique and distinctive aspects about them in terms of size, style, and types of rooms, as well as the placement of students to create specific communities within them.

Southwest is made up of suite-style rooms that include 4 private bedrooms, 2 shared washrooms, a common seating area. Southwest is reserved for students with a high admission average and an interest in living in an Academic Learning Community. Students will be selected based upon their interest and entrance average, but placement in Southwest is a random lottery system through the online application program. Suitemate requests cannot be accommodated for Southwest.

Hellmuth Hall contains single and double rooms. If you prefer to live with a roommate, you can request this on your application. Common areas are located on each of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors, with a larger common area located on the ground floor. The Hellmuth residence is attached to one wing of the main campus building.

O’Neil/Ridley is made up of three floors, two wings per floor, and entirely single rooms. Students may wish to live in a “pod”, which is a cluster of single rooms with a shared washroom (between 4-7 students in each pod), accessible only to those students located in the pod area. Shared gender-specific washrooms are located on each floor in each wing, with a number of single gender-neutral washrooms also available for use.

Burnlea Hall will be Huron’s largest residence on campus. It is made up of five residence floors, two wings per floor, and is entirely single-style rooms with a shared adjoined ensuite washroom. It has two lounges per floor, a large ground floor lounge, laundry facilities and classrooms within the building. The residence will also be home to Huron’s new Dining Hall facility, scheduled to open in 2025.

Do I Need to Pay for a Meal Plan if I am Living in Residence?

Yes. It is a requirement for all students who live in residence to purchase a full meal plan.

Can I Choose My Roomate?

You may select a roommate (known to you) for placement in our double rooms in Hellmuth. Your selected roommate must also select your name to be matched as a roommate. All other requests (for instance, to live close to friends within the same residence) may be considered with the exception of Southwest. Due to the high demand and low number of rooms, placement in Southwest is a random allocation determined by the online application system. Suitemate requests will not be considered for the Southwest residence.

What Living Learning Communities Does Huron Residence Offer?

Huron currently has two Academic Learning communities available for students.

The Academic Learning Community, located in both Southwest and Hellmuth, is ideal for students who desire living arrangements that are most conducive to focus and quiet studying, as well as programming and floor events that promote academic success.

The Leadership Learning Community is ideal for students interested in student leadership opportunities and who plan to get involved in various clubs or student government while at Huron. In addition to our Learning Communities, students may also indicate an interest in living amongst non-drinking students (alcohol-free community), with students interested in volunteering or community engagement, or be placed amongst students that identify as allies of the LGBTQ2+ community.

We will do our best to place students in close proximity to one another who have identified any of these areas as preferable for living arrangements, in order to facilitate community development, or to giving priority to placement within requested Learning Communities.

How early will I know if I have a space in residence?

Huron Residence applicants will receive a status update on their applications in mid-June.

What Do I Need To Do After Getting Accepted Into Residence At Huron?

Once your application has been received in full (residence deposit received and all questions answered) you will be sent a series of documents to read, sign electronically, and return to us in mid-June. Confirmation of your placement in residence will not be sent out until these documents have been returned via email.

The documents for review include the Residence Contract, Residence Handbook, Residence Discipline Code, and the Huron Promise, a pledge we have developed highlighting our expectations around behaviour and attitudes that reflect our commitment to diversity, acceptance, integrity, and community.

Room assignments will be communicated in mid- to late July. We do our best to accommodate students in one of their top three room choices, but with limited rooms in some buildings, this is not always possible.  After submitting your application, if you wish to change your room preferences, please contact prior to June 3rd.

The Residence Handbook will include all the details you need to know about what you can and cannot bring with you into the Residence, and the most important information you need to be successful while living on campus. Throughout the summer, you will also receive various emails and notifications related to Move-In Day and O-Week. Please continue to check your Western email as this will be the only form of communication from Housing moving forward.

How many rooms are in Huron’s residence?

As of September 2024, Huron will have approximately 600 beds available on-campus.

Can I apply to Western’s residences?

Western University does not typically accept first-year students from affiliate campus in their residences. King’s University College has accepted Huron students into their residences in the past on a case by case basis.

What is the move-in date? Can I move-in early?

The official move-in date for Huron’s Residence is scheduled for Sunday, September 1st. Additional information on this day will be communicated in the coming months. We encourage students to make arrangements to move-in on this date as we have the support of many student leaders and staff to assist with your move-in, as well as make for a memorable move-in day! Students moving to Huron from outside of Canada will receive additional information on Huron’s Welcome Week program, which occurs before this date.



The residence deposit will only be refunded to students if Huron is not able to provide a space on campus. Refunds will be processed at the end of September. After move-in, the deposit will be returned at the end of the academic year. If room damage or lost keys are identified during the move-out inspection, the cost will be deducted from the deposit.

Residence Deposit Policy 

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