Residence means opportunities for learning outside the classroom
Living in residence (a.k.a. "rez") is a unique experience.
Getting to know students from different backgrounds, having a roommate or suitemate, discovering new foods are just a few of the learning experiences you'll have in rez.
Learning to live with other people and to respect each other's differences is one of the most valuable parts of the residence experience.
Don't worry, you'll have plenty of help along the way!
Each residence area has an assigned Don — an upper-year student leader who lives within your community. Dons participate in an intensive training program and are ready to answer your questions or refer you to the appropriate campus resources. You'll meet your Don on move-in day.
The role of a Don
Dons are there to help build a strong community based on mutual respect and to foster community spirit. Dons plan activities that help the students get to know each other, have fun, and learn skills important for success at university.
If you have any questions or concerns about university or residence, be sure to let your Don know. They've been through the first-year experience before and understand that moving away from home and starting university can be challenging, exciting, and a bit scary.
Dons also ensure that residents are following residence rules. This is an important part of the Don’s job, as respecting each other is the foundation for a strong community. When necessary, Dons attempt to resolve conflicts which arise within the community.
The quality of your rez experience will depend, to a large extent, on the consideration you demonstrate for your roommates, suitemates and/or neighbours. After you move in, you should talk about a number of issues with your roommate or suitemates.
Some things to discuss:
- Use of personal items, TV, stereo, telephone, computer
- Study time & Sleep schedules
- Guests & Socializing
- Food & Cooking (if applicable)
One of the best things about living in residence is all the events and activities going on. You can choose to participate in as many or as few as you want. Most activities are planned by the Dons or Residence Council, but you can also get involved and help to plan and organize events!
Examples of events planned in the past include social events such as a sundae night or a games night, educational activities such as learning how to cook (in suite-style residences), how to study, and trips such as going to the movies or going to Toronto.
Whichever programs your Don plans, they'll be designed to build relationships between residents, help residents develop skills, or simply to encourage personal growth and understanding in a particular area. If there is a specific activity you'd like your Don to run, or if you want to help your Don plan something, be sure to let them know! Dons love to get feedback from their residents and they love getting their residents involved.