Residence Life

In Residence Life, we work with you to help develop the skills needed to become an independent and strong individual.

By promoting your personal and academic growth, we extend the educational experience beyond the classroom and lecture halls. The best part is, you choose how you wish to be involved!

Getting involved in residence is easy. Whether you enjoy social activities with your friends, helping others with academics, being part of the team or making changes for everyone by being active in student leadership, it’s all here and it’s all for you!

Living in Residence, you will also learn how your contributions help develop a unique and diverse experience. We have students from across the globe that will not only help you learn more about different cultures, languages and histories but will also help you gain a strong sense of how you fit into the global community!

Residence Life is like nothing you have ever experienced before!


Our Residence Community

Our Residence staff are available to help residents adjust to all of the new experiences that come with post-secondary education, including the Residence Life Program, Building Services (Housekeeping and Maintenance), Safety and Security of Residents, Staff and Guests and Facilities management. They are committed to making your time in Residence a positive and memorable experience that will benefit you for life.

Operations Manager (OM)
Operations Manager is responsible for the operation of all facets of the Residence Experience. The OM is committed to ensuring that your overall experience in residence is a safe, enjoyable and successful one.

Residence Life Manager
The Residence Life Manager (RLM) is responsible for overall operations of the Residence Life Department. In conjunction with the Residence Life Coordinators, the Residence Life Manager ensures that our mission statement and principles are met in a fair and consistent manner.

Residence Life Coordinators
The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) provides direct leadership to the Residence Life Staff. The RLC also participates in an on-call rotation, takes a leadership stance with emergency and crisis intervention, room assignments and general direction of the Residence Life Team.

Resident Advisors (RA)
Your Resident Advisor is here to help you transition into your new community. Their role in the community is to plan academic and social programs, assist you with academic and personal concerns, and ensure the safety and security of the building. They are here for you to make your residence experience the best that is can be.

Residence Council
The Residence Council is an extension of the Resident Advisors. They serve a number of purposes in Residence and are committed to ensuring a successful Residence Life program. As volunteers, Residence Council members give back to the Residence community through continual programming, being active committee participants, floor representatives, community leaders, and community builders. Forming a committee, Residence Council elects an executive and has voting rights for the Residence Social Fund. All students are welcome to apply to be a Residence Council member. During a Residence Council meeting, all students within the Residence are welcome to attend and provide input regarding Residence operations and activities.

Residence Services Representatives (RSR)
RSRs are here to help you with any questions you may have about the Residence and the surrounding area. You can find the RSRs at the Front Desk or at extension 6000.

Housekeeping and Maintenance Staff
Housekeeping staff are responsible for the upkeep of all common areas in Residence. Housekeepers access suites on a bi-weekly basis to complete a regularly scheduled supplementary cleaning of the kitchen surfaces and bathroom area and report any concerns that require attention from the management team. The Maintenance team assesses work requests and performs repairs as required. Maintenance staff also conduct preventative maintenance on Residence facilities to reduce the probability of deficiencies that may cause inconveniences to our residents, staff and guests. Questions or concerns about these services can be directed to the Front Desk, at extension 6000. If you require maintenance in your suite, log onto MyHousingPortal to submit a maintenance request

Residence Community

When moving to residence you are offered the opportunity to be part of a community that welcomes a variety of students, in different programs, with a range of interests! Resident Advisors will plan numerous events, ranging from academic to social focuses, to support a student’s transition and growth.

What is Residence Orientation?

Our Residence Orientation is designed to assist you in your transition to Seneca and prepare you for success. Transitioning to life at college means more independence and more responsibility and, if you’re like most students, you are probably looking forward to the adventure, but it can also a bit scary! Residence Orientation aims to calm your nerves and help orient you to the campus and your college community. Orientation begins with your move into residence, and a number of social and support programs including an introduction to all of Seneca College’s Student Services and academic support programs; this is the information that makes the difference between just getting by and excelling at college life. In addition to the educational sessions, we also include many social events and activities both on and off campus. You’ll feel confident starting your first day of college when you already know where all your classrooms are located, walking to classes with new friends.

Welcome to Seneca College Residence. The Residence Life staff at the Seneca College Residence is here to provide Programming and to ensure you are supported in this transition to residence so that you have the opportunity to live in an environment that supports academic and personal growth.

Your stay in residence will be one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of your College career. Residence is more than just a place to study, eat, and sleep. It is an opportunity for students to build a community with each other through involvement in
various academic, social, and recreational activities. In residence you will learn a lot about yourself and relationships with others. The residence experience is intended to provide an environment where you gain academic support and an opportunity to establish new and long lasting friendships.

We are committed to providing a safe environment that is supportive and responsive to your needs. We are looking forward to meeting you and hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities we offer in residence.

Helping Your Student Transition to College

As a parent or guardian, you will want to ensure you go over the acceptance package with your child. This will make sure that you are all aware of the payment schedules, deadlines and the rules and regulations of residence.

We treat each student as an adult and for most students, the experience of living in residence will be the first time they will be on their own. The residence staff are here to help with the transition into their educational careers and provide as much support and assistance as possible to each of our residents.

Making the Adjustment to College Life

Living away from home for the first time can be an intimidating and lonely experience for some students. Send your child a card or care package whenever you have a chance. This special little something makes all the difference when they are dealing with the stress of academics and living away from home.

When your child starts college, they will be extremely busy over the first few weeks. Social activities, academics and settling into a new home and community will take up a lot of their time. We remind you that you may not always be able to get a hold of your child when you call and that this is an expected result of joining a college community.


All statements, invoices, and refunds are delivered to the student and we are unable to give out information regarding a student without their permission. In regards to refunds; cheques are made payable in the student’s name and therefore it becomes their responsibly to ensure all deadlines are met. By placing this responsibly on the students, it is our hope that it helps them develop a better sense of personal financial management.

Come Visit Us

If possible, we recommend that all parents or guardians take a tour of the residence to better understand where your child will be staying. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to stop by and visit. We offer tours at any time; feel free to stop in or contact or housing office at to book an appointment.

If your child is having any challenges or concerns in the residence, please encourage him or her to speak with the staff. Our staff is fully trained in dealing with all circumstances that may arise and will work with every student to ensure they are satisfied with their residence experience.


Being an RA is a life changing experience. The skills and experiences gained from this position prepare student leaders for careers in almost every field.