StudentDwellTO looking for research participants

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:45am

Be a part of Toronto’s first student housing research study.
Post-secondary students from York University, OCAD University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto are eligibile.

Compensation will be provided.

Sign up at!

Poster recruiting participants for research study

Housing Info Fair: fall term 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

Finding appropriate student housing takes dedication and time.
In an ongoing effort to make this process as easy as possible, a variety of housing information services will be on campus to answer your questions.

Connect with the friendly faces from:

  • CampusOne
  • Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
  • Chestnut Residence
  • Harrington Housing
  • Hoem on Jarvis
  • Parkside Student Residence
  • Toronto HomeShare
  • U of T Student Housing

More information:

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
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StudentDwellTO: OCAD U, U of T, York, Ryerson take on affordable housing

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The presidents of Toronto’s four universities – OCAD University, the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University – have teamed up for a new initiative called StudentDwellTO to tackle one of the biggest issues facing post-secondary students in the Greater Toronto area: affordable housing.

The initiative brings together nearly 100 faculty and students from the four universities to take an in-depth look at student housing in the GTA.

This follows a previous collaboration between the four universities: a massive survey of student travel behaviour, called StudentMoveTO, which revealed that long daily commutes for students – many of whom live far away where housing is more affordable – were leading to lower campus engagement and in some cases limiting students’ class choices.

StudentMoveTO and StudentDwellTO are parts of an initiative by the presidents of the four universities aimed at improving the state of the city-region – and, in turn, the experiences for university students in the GTA.

“Student housing is directly connected to the lack of affordable housing for many communities,” says Min Sook Lee, Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change, OCAD U. “This project allows us to bring forward student advocacy on housing issues and link it with the broader movement across this city. We don’t just need research on student housing, we need to mobilize it.”

Professor Jeremy Bowes is running a housing studio at OCAD U in Environmental design, exploring case studies and prototypes of student housing for the project. 

StudentDwellTO will look at housing affordability from a range of perspectives, bringing together disciplines including architecture, art, education, engineering, environmental studies and design, geography, psychology, real estate management and urban development and planning.

The two-year initiative will have heavy research and advocacy components, and the researchers will collect data using a variety of research methods that include:

  • wide-scale focus groups and accompanying surveys to draw out narratives surrounding students’ lived experiences,
  • interactive website and community arts programming and communication tools, and
  • interactive maps to develop affordable housing strategies.

The subject matter will also be incorporated into experiential learning courses, across all four universities and various disciplines, to propose and test solutions to the student housing experience and crisis.

Along the way, researchers will collaborate with government, non-profit, private sector and community partners in the GTA.  Each university will hold public events, including affordable housing charrettes, to get a wide range of input on solutions.

Critical Engagements – Housing is a Right not a Luxury!

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Critical Engagements – Housing is a Right not a Luxury!

An artist/community talk that looks at the housing crisis in Toronto, featuring the work of artist Rebecca Garrett


Friday March 17, 2017

7pm, Room 190

100 McCaul Street

OCAD University

Artist talk by Rebecca Garrett followed by community panel.


Panel Moderator: Emily Mathieu, Housing Reporter, Toronto Star


  • Rebeca Garrett, artist/activist
  • City Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Toronto's Housing Advocate and City Council's lead to the National Housing Strategy consultations.
  • Randy McLin, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • MP Adam Vaughan,  (Spadina/Fort York)


 Critical Engagements functions in-between an artist talk/screening, and a workshop to combine these elements to engage the OCAD U student body/faculty and surrounding community on housing issues. The housing crisis and increasing levels of poverty affect all of us. Critical Engagement is a concrete example of artist working with community, for the community. 


This event is organized by the OCAD University Art & Social Change Student Committee with the support of the OCAD Student Union, Culture Shifts and Art & Social Change.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON Room 190
Line drawings of housing structures, text with event details

Sukkahville 2016 - Reimagining Afoordable Housing

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:00pm

See the work of the team from OCAD University that will be part of the 3 Sukkahs designed for this edition of Sukkahville!

The Sukkahville 2016 Awards Ceremony 
Jury: Shauna Levy of the Design Exchange, Paul Rowan, Umbra & John Bentley-Mays, Architectural Critic 

A panel discussion in partnership with UJA’s Genesis
Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Adam Vaughan, MP
Ken Greenberg, Urban Designer, Greenberg Consultants 
Steve Diamond, President & CEO, Diamondcorp 
Moderated by Senator Linda Frum 

Early Bird Ticket price: $36; includes refreshments at the reception following the panel discussion. 

Ticket prices go up to $54 after September 12th. 

Sukkahs will be on display in the Design Exchange Lobby from Thursday September 22nd at 6:00pm to Sunday September 25th at 4:30pm.

Talks & Tours to be scheduled on the weekend. 

For more information please visit or call 416 932 1212.

via eventbrite

Venue & Address: 
Design Exchange. 234 Bay Street. Toronto

Housing Fair

Colourful map of the Greater Toronto Area
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Stop by! Get helpful tips! Find Roommates! Important info!

Finding appropriate student housing takes dedication and time.

In an effort to make this process as easy as possible, a variety of housing information services will be on campus.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario


Active design in action, image provided by Gayle Nicoll.
Gayle Nicoll. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. Image provided by Gayle Nicoll

Good design can improve health by encouraging physical activity. Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD U, co-authored an important new publication research study, Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. The study looks at cost-effective strategies for incorporating active design principles in affordable housing developments, and these strategies are aimed primarily at increasing physical activity among children aged 3-18. 

The study builds on the award-winning Active Design Guidelines published by New York City in 2010, which Dr. Nicoll also co-authored.  

Gayle Nicoll. Photo by Christina Gapic.“Active design is an environmental design practice that aims to provide opportunities for people to achieve recommended levels of physical activity to promote health and avoid chronic disease within their daily lifestyle,” explains Nicoll. “Active design helps to address the critical health epidemic of our current time — obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.”

As a result of advancements in technology and lifestyle changes in work and entertainment North Americans have become increasingly sedentary, leading to higher rates of chronic diseases. But this surge does not affect everyone equally: research shows affluent people are less likely to be overweight or obese than people living in low-income households, in part due to the costs related to access to fresh produce, recreational facilities and programming. Nicoll’s research shows that active design strategies can be economically incorporated into urban, site and building design.

“It’s one of the rising issues of our times,” says Nicoll. “The next generation will likely be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents. It’s so important for us to incorporate opportunities within our public spaces, workplaces and home environments for people to achieve recommended levels of physical activity in our daily lives. This includes physically active recreation and active transportation, such as walking, cycling or using the stairs instead of the elevator.”

In her scholarship Nicoll works directly with health providers and architects. Her focus is on translating the substantial evidence from academic research and best practices related to influence of environment on human behaviour into design practice and public policy. Her new publication has the potential to become one of the most important references for affordable housing providers and designers across North America interested in the active design movement. 

Nicoll and her colleagues hope to continue developing this series of reference publications, delving further into how active design can be incorporated into suburban developments and across diverse populations, including the elderly and those with mobility issues.

Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. Image provided by Gayle Nicoll.
Nicoll co-authored the publication with Dr. Karen K. Lee of the Built Environment and Healthy Housing Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Jennifer Du Bose at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture. OCAD U played an important role in the production of the book: Environmental Design student Parham Karimi produced the graphics; and Graphic Design student Ansel Schmidt provided the graphic layout and production, under the supervision of the Graphic Design Co-chair, Roderick Grant. 

Nicoll and Lee will be conducting a workshop on Active Design as part of the Urban Ecologies Conference at OCAD U in Toronto, June 20-21, 2013.

Download the publication:

Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. 

Read more:

News release 

Active Design Guidelines

Housing Information

Housing Information
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 1:00pm to Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 3:45am

Are you looking to sublet a room or find a roommate?

Are you starting to give some thought to where you might live next semester?

Campus Life recently partnered with Use your OCAD U email to post your listing and access this FREE Off-Campus Housing Service.

POST a free roommate or sublet advertisement:

SEARCH (free) for listings and roommates:

Check out the Campus Life "Housing Information" page for other information and options.




Venue & Address: 
Campus Life 51 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario