FAQs

This space is dedicated to the frequently asked questions that are asked by prospective and current residence students.

Living in Residence has been the best choice I ever made. I met my best friends on the planet in first year, and in my upper years I got to watch new girls come in and meet their new best friends. Residence is ever-changing, but always caring.– Emma

If a question you have is not answered here, please contact the Residence Manager at brescia-res@uwo.ca.

Residence Fees

  • What are the residence fees for the current academic year?
  • What is included in the residence fees?
  • What if a student is receiving OSAP?

Living in Residence

  • When will students be allowed to move into residence and where will they check in?
  • What can be expected on move-in day?
  • Can I find out my roommate’s name before I move in?
  • What do the rooms look like?
  • May a student bring her own furniture to residence?
  • Can I have cable TV?
  • Are there phones in the room?
  • What should not be brought for my room?
  • Are internet charges included in my room?
  • Can I share a suite with someone I know?
  • Will my parents be notified of any changes, personal information or things that go on in residence?
  • What if a student wants to move off-campus for the winter semester?
  • What are the rules in residence?
  • What services does reception provide?
  • Where do I pick up my mail?
  • How are the facilities maintained?
  • What about safety?
  • Can I get insurance for what is brought to residence?
  • How does one get around London?

Applying for Residence

  • How does one apply for residence?
  • How do I find out if my application has been received?
  • What if I want to change my information on my application?
  • How will I be contacted by Brescia University College Residence?
  • If I decide that I do not want to live in Residence at Brescia University College, how do I get my deposit back?
  • How does one withdraw from residence?
  • Can students apply to return to residence for next year?
  • Are students guaranteed a place in residence if they apply to return?

Questions from Parents

  • How involved should I be during the academic school year?
  • What if my student has special needs?
  • Will I be notified of any changes, personal information or things that go on in residence?

Residence Fees

What are the residence fees for the current academic year?  The residence fees for the current academic year are posted on our Fees page.  Fees are typically posted by the end of May for the Fall Winter session.

Residence Room Fees for
Double Room*
Shared room and bathroom with one other student
Cost $6,170 

Shared en suite*
Single room and shared bathroom with one other student
Cost $ 7,720

Premium Single*
Single room and personal bathroom
Cost $ 8,420

Meal Plan Cost
Meal Plan A – $3,880 – not included in room fees.

Meal Plan B – $4,080 – not included in room fees.

What is included in the residence fees?
Fees include a residence room, a mandatory meal plan, Reznet (internet access), access to various residence activities and leadership experiences, and caretaking of common spaces.

What if a student is receiving OSAP?
All payments and other financial arrangements are made through the HIVE, located in the Mother St. James Building. For more details on paying your fees, deadlines and OSAP release, please refer to Tuition and Scholarships info or visit the HIVE.

Living in Residence

Living in residence has been an amazing experience because it truly feels like home. Your floormates become your family and I met my closest friends in residence. The staff take the time to get to know you personally and often make the transition from being away from home easier. Plus living less than 2 minutes away from classes and a short walk to main campus is a bonus – Felicity

When will students be allowed to move into residence and where will they check in?
Move-in will occur between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sunday September 3rd. All residents will receive an email with information about their specific move-in time and location. International and out of province students needing an alternate move-in date should contact the Residence Manager at Brescia-res@uwo.ca.  While we will have extra hands to assist on Sunday September 3rd, we ask that you wear comfortable shoes!

What can be expected on Move-In day?
Once you arrive in the vicinity of the campus, there will be signs, student staff, and volunteers providing directions to specific parking areas for the residence. Students will access Clare Hall via Sarnia Road (not Western Road). Sophs, or upper year students, will help you unload the car and assist with carrying baggage to the room. There will be Residence Life Staff in the building to give directions to the room and welcome you to the building.

Can I find out my neighbour’s name before I move in?
Due to the Privacy Act, we are not allowed to give out names of residents.

What do the rooms look like?
Each room has a queen-sized bed, a refrigerator, an extra large closet with modular storage, a built-in desk, a desk chair, a window seat, wired Internet access, your own sink, and a door into the washroom (shower and toilet) you share with the student next door. Each resident is responsible for the cleanliness of their own room; cleaning staff look after corridors, public washrooms and areas of the building.

May a student bring their own furniture to residence?
Furniture is provided and must remain in the room. If something is required for medical reasons, special consideration may apply. In such an instance, please contact the Residence Manager at brescia-res@uwo.ca.

Can I have cable TV?
There is TV in the lounges. Cable TV may be purchased through separate contract via Rogers. Information will be available at Clare Hall reception.

Are there phones in the room?
No. Students will be asked to provide a contact cell number at move-in day in case we need to contact you in an emergency.

What should not be brought for my room?

  • Cooking appliances
  • Kettles
  • Keurigs, Tassimo or Coffee Makers
  • Halogen lamps including lava lamps (sorry, they pose a fire hazard)
  • Pets
  • Candles & incense (Again, fire hazard)
  • Extra furniture

Are internet charges included in my room?
Internet charges are included in the cost of your room.

Can I share a suite with someone I know?
Students may pre-select a suite-mate if they know someone else who is going to be living in residence at Brescia.

Will my parents be notified of any changes, personal information or things that go on in residence?Parents will not be notified of any changes or a student’s personal information. Unless we receive written permission, we are unable to discuss anything with parents. Parents will only be contacted if they are listed as the emergency contact and the student is determined to be at risk.

What if a student wants to move off-campus for the winter semester?
Students can move off-campus at any point throughout the school year. However, students are responsible for all residence fees for the whole academic year.

What are the rules in residence?
Detailed information on rules regarding quiet hours, alcohol, guests, etc. can be found under the Handbook section on the website.

What services does reception provide?
The desk is open 24 hours a day. The Front Desk Staff are responsible for various administrative functions; they call for emergency assistance when needed and can help you if you get locked out of your room.

Where do I pick up my mail?
Your mail will arrive at reception and be sorted into mailboxes located near the Front Desk. Mailbox keys will be available on move-in day.

How are the facilities maintained?
Housekeeping is responsible for maintaining the halls, lounges and public washrooms, but students are required to clean their own washrooms and clean/vacuum their own rooms during the semester.

What about safety?
All outside doors are locked except for the main door at the front of the residence building. For the student’s safety, a uniformed security officer is on duty in the late evenings and overnight. There is a Front Desk Staff Member 24 hours a day. At night, Foot Patrol provides safe escorts on the main and affiliated college campuses. Foot Patrol (male and female team) will pick up/wait with students at bus stops and pick up/drop off students at their vehicles in parking lots and residence.

Can I get insurance for what is brought to residence?
Usually, if the parents have home insurance the students can claim their belongings under their parent’s insurance. Please consult your insurance provider for further information.

How does one get around London?
Every full-time student is issued a city bus pass which is good for unlimited use of London Transit. The cost of the bus pass is included in tuition fees. There is also a King’s/ Brescia bus which has drop-off and pick-up sites on main campus and at both colleges. Parents using London Transit can expect to pay the regular fees.

 

Applying for Residence

How does one apply for residence?
Brescia students will receive a Residence Offer as part of the Offer of Admission. Follow the steps in the Application Process located on the Apply to Residence page to confirm your Residence acceptance. After June 8th space is first come first serve. If you have an Offer of Residence you need to confirm your acceptance within 7 days.

How do I find out if my application has been received?
Once a student has applied and submitted the residence deposit she will receive an email notifying them when their residence application is received. If 10-14 days go by without receiving a “Residence Confirmation” email, please contact the Residence Manager.

What if I want to change my information on my application?
In order to change your preferences on your application, please email us at brescia-res@uwo.ca. We will not accept phone calls or emails from parents/guardians wishing to change preferences for their student without prior written permission from the student.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into Residence?
All first year Brescia students are guaranteed a space in residence if residence deposits and fees are paid on time. After the application and deposit have been received, an email will be sent out confirming receipt of application. All residence correspondence is done through email and residence details will be sent out to students throughout the summer. Please ensure your email accounts have “uwo.ca” on the safe list so communications are not disposed of by email filters.

If I decide that I do not want to live in Residence at Brescia University College. Can I get my deposit back?  Once a Confirmation of Residence has been sent, the deposit is non-refundable. If you pay a deposit and for some reason, Brescia is not able to offer you a space in residence, you may get your deposit back.

How does one withdraw from residence?
After move-in, no refund is provided for a residence withdrawal. If the student wants to withdraw, they should contact the Residence Manager at 519 432 8353 ext 28156.

Can students apply to return to residence for next year?
Yes. The returning student application process begins in January. Students are notified via the website, posters and meetings with instructions as to how and when to apply.

Are students guaranteed a place in residence if they apply to return?
Residence is guaranteed for returning students if they apply before May 1.

Questions from Parents

How involved should I be during the academic school year?

This is something that has to be decided by you and the student. Although it is very appropriate for parents to be interested in the student’s experiences at University, we encourage parents to allow their student to own these experiences. This means that the student is expected to take responsibility for their decision-making and conduct while living in residence and attending university. If the student has a concern, it is appropriate for the student to seek resolution for it. Many times when a parent contacts us, with completely good intentions, to attempt to resolve an issue of their student’s, we must ask them to have the student contact us instead. It is expected that the student will act on their own behalf wherever possible, and regardless of who is “paying the bills”, please understand that for all intents and purposes our client is the student.

What if the student has special needs?

If special living requirements are required (i.e. larger room for support equipment) please have the student contact the Residence Manager at 519 432 8353 ext 28156. Any request for special accommodation needs to be accompanied by signed supporting documentation from a certified authority (doctor, nutritionist, etc.). Accommodations may not be able to be made after August 1.

Will I be notified of any changes, personal information or things that go on in residence?                  

Parents will not be notified of any changes or personal information. Unless we receive written permission from the student, we are unable to discuss anything with parents. Parents will only be contacted if they are listed as the emergency contact and the student is determined to be at risk.