Covid-19 College Closure and the Residence and Campus Life Office
The Residence and Campus Life Office is a designated essential service, and remains open on weekdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm to support residents who are still in residence. We are also working remotely through emails to Residence@kings.uwo.ca. We are also available through Zoom meetings.
The Residence application process for September 2020 admissions continues as usual. If you are a new student you will receive instructions on application. Current students can email the Residence and Campus Life Office if you are interested in residence.
The King’s residence community will be different this year. We are making some changes as a commitment to your health and safety, the health and safety of our entire community in our current Covid-19 environment.
Changes this year:
- All residence rooms will be single occupancy at the single room rate
- Washroom facilities will be assigned to each resident. Approximately 2-3 residents will share each washroom amenity.
- Move-ins will be scheduled and some new physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Physical distancing and capacity limits will be in place in residence and campus common areas (lounges, food service locations, sports areas).
- Residence community building and social events will include virtual events, and, if provincial regulations and recommendations allow, some small group physically distanced events
- A shift to online delivery of many of the services provided by the Residence and Campus Life Office.
Residence planning will evolve and change as campus, municipal, provincial, and federal responses to COVID-19 evolve.
What will not change this year:
- Residence Student Staff support: Residence Assistants and House Coordinators are here to help.
- The Residence and Campus Life Office Professional Staff. While more of our services will be online, the office will remain open as usual.
- Residence Information Desk: students and security staff operate this desk to support you with lockouts, noise concerns and dispatch to the RAs on call.
Residence Food Service
Plans are currently underway to make sure we’re providing exceptional dining service while respecting physical distancing guidelines.
Residence Life Programming
While the restrictions may require us to limit interaction in physical spaces, our team is working hard to adapt our current practices and design an exceptional experience for you. This may mean that we interact more in smaller groups, one-on-one and virtually. We are committed to showing you what a community looks like – even in the most challenging times!
Can King’s help me with my required self-isolation when I arrive in Canada?
King’s has made arrangements for residence and non-resident students to have access to a transportation and self-isolation service through Maple Assist. Residents can also make their own self-isolation plan, with certain requirements for authorization to move into residence. More information can be found here.
I no longer want to live in residence in September but may want to live in residence in January. Is residence still guaranteed for January?
Unfortunately, the guarantee will not be extended past September. However, you are welcome to apply for January residence and spaces will be assigned on a first come first served basis, January applications will open in mid-October.
If I don’t come this year, will I be able to defer my guaranteed residence until Fall 2021?
You will be welcome to apply for residence for Fall 2021, however, a place in residence will not be guaranteed. Contact the Residence and Campus Life Office in November if you wish to apply for 2021-2022 residence.
Will I be required to self-isolate prior to arrival?
At this point, under government health protocols, all residents arriving from out of country will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. In the next week or two, King’s will provide more information about how you can self-isolate upon arrival to Canada.
We will continue to monitor and follow federal and provincial recommendations on self-isolation protocols and will update residents if self-isolation requirements change.
If there is a second wave of COVID-19 what happens to students living in residence?
Our commitment is to ensure the health and safety of our community, and we’ll make decisions with this in mind, in consultation with public health agencies, and in line with government regulations.
Should we determine that closing residence is advisable, those residents who can return home will be expected to do so in a timely manner.
Live in the heart of the King's University experience and apply for residence!
Living in residence offers another dimension to your King’s experience. Living close to all the resources at King’s and living with classmates is an excellent way to thrive academically. Living in residence places you next door to campus resources and facilities, but more importantly, it is a supportive learning environment. We know that your first-year experience is an important time of transition and we are here to help you achieve your goals. And, we know upper year students often want to continue living in the supportive residence environment that the Epworth Houses and King's Commons can offer. In addition to the full-time staff in the Residence and Campus Life Office, Residence Assistants, Residence House Coordinators, Residence Sophs, and King’s Academic Peer Mentors are all here to offer peer support.
We are proud of the diversity of our residence students. Students from many backgrounds and many countries make their home with us. Diversity is celebrated and respected in the residence community.
Benefits of Residence Life
- Residence Guide
- Residence Handbook
- Make lifelong friends in a caring community
- Fastest commute to class - ever!
- Enjoy your meals in the three food services locations at King's - offering a wide selection of food choices.
- Student lounges and study lounges available in most building styles
- Laundry on each floor in Wemple and Alumni Court and in each townhouse. Also in each house and apartment.