2020-21 Fall and Winter Term residence update

Student Residences is open and operational for the 2020-21 academic year. Although some residence buildings and/or room types will not be available for the Fall Term, usual residence operations and services, including residence dining, will be offered as broadly as possible throughout the academic year. For the Fall 2020 Term, we will be offering accommodations in Pembina Hall and Arthur Mauro residences with single occupancy only.

If you are interested in living in residence for the 2020-21 academic year, some rooms are still available in Pembina Hall Residence and Arthur Mauro Residence.

Apply for Fall and Winter Terms    Apply for Winter Term ONLY

 

We have compiled some information based on questions we have received from student correspondence and hopefully will provide you with a better idea of what living in residence will look like in 2020-21.

If you have questions about residence that is not found here, please feel free to contact our office at residence@umanitoba.ca and we will answer your questions as soon as possible. You may also chat live with our residence staff Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Residence Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I live in residence this fall even if my classes are online?

Yes. We recognize that more than ever, students need to stay engaged and require a supportive learning environment. We are committed to continuing to provide on-campus living options to UM students this year and our Residence Life team is working on new and creative ways to create such an environment despite the social limitations that may present itself due to COVID-19.   

To apply, visit the Residence Application page in the residence portal.

What are you doing to make Student Residences as safe as possible?

The health and safety of every student living in residence is of paramount importance to the University of Manitoba. Under the guidance of public health officials and in compliance with regulatory requirements we have and will continue to take a variety of measures to maximize safety in our community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Restricting rooms to single occupancy
  • Limiting common area occupancy to allow for proper physical distancing , e.g., lounges, study areas, etc.
  • Physical distancing floor markers in higher traffic areas
  • Expanded cleaning and disinfection practices in all common areas and high touch surfaces
  • Providing self-isolation spaces and protocols for residents if needed
  • Plexiglass shields at service counters
  • Monitoring and/or restricting guest traffic in our buildings 

Can I live in any building I choose this year?

For the Fall Term, only Pembina Hall and Arthur Mauro Residences will be available. Arthur Mauro suites will be single occupancy for the Fall Term but may change to double occupancy, i.e., you may be assigned a roommate for the Winter Term (dependent on public health recommendations at that time). Students can choose to live in either building with the exception of students 27 years or older. Rooms on the 6th floor of Arthur Mauro Residence will be assigned to applicants 27 years or older.  

Room and meal plan rates

Why are Mary Speechly and University College closed this Fall?

Traditional dorm style residences with community bathrooms and showers have more obvious challenges as it relates to physical distancing and disinfection frequency. At the present time and with health and safety in mind, we have opted to only offer accommodations with in-suite private bathrooms and showers.

Can I request a roommate this year?

At this time, double occupancy and roommate requests will generally only be granted for same family members wanting to share accommodations; some other exceptions may apply. Please contact our office by e-mail to request this type of accommodation.

With classes being offered mostly online, do I need to be a full-time student to live in residence?

Yes. Only full-time students, i.e., minimum 9 credit hours per term for undergraduates, are permitted to live in residence. Contact our office if you are not sure if you qualify as a full-time student. 

What if my situation changes and I choose to withdraw from residence after I moved in?

In order to withdraw from residence, students are required to complete the online withdrawal form located on the residence portal. This year, normal financial penalties from withdrawing prior to the end of the contract will be mitigated. Approved withdrawals will be assessed administrative fees and any refunds/charges will be based on a prorated formula.

What will residence dining look like this year?

The Fresh Food company (Residence Dining Hall) will be open and will continue to offer a variety of meal plans to choose from. The standard number and variety of stations, menu options and the all-you-care-to eat concept will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year; however the number of persons permitted in the dining hall and self-service options will be dependent on prevailing public health orders/restrictions. Take-out options with reusable containers will be available for all meals.. 

Will the community kitchens remain closed this year?

The number of students permitted to gather in one place is dictated by Public Health orders/restrictions and our ability to manage those spaces with proper protocols and safety measures in place. Until such time, the community kitchens will remain closed.

Will lounges and other common spaces remain open?

Currently, our lounges and study spaces remain open with limitations on the number of students permitted in that space at one time. We anticipate that this will continue for the Fall Term but is ultimately dictated by Public Health orders/restrictions. 

Can I move-in early and will I have to self-isolate if I arrive from outside of Manitoba? Do I have to tell you that I am self-isolating?

All international students and all domestic students arriving from locations east of Terrace Bay, Ontario, and the Canadian Territories will be required to declare this during the application process. Students can self-isolate in their designated rooms for Fall upon arrival. Student Residences will provide isolation kits for those residents and Residence Life staff will provide contactless meal deliveries and garbage/recycling pick during this isolation period. If the resident arrives before move-in weekend, there will be a daily prorated charge for room and meals provided. All residents that are self-isolating on campus will be asked to use the COVID-19 Online Screening Tool and monitor their own health regularly.

I am worried about getting sick. What can I do to prevent getting sick or spreading the virus after I check in?

In addition to including regular handwashing/sanitizing into your daily routine, all residents should practice physical distancing to avoid close contract (within two metres) with anyone.  Student Residences has taken steps to make physical distancing easier by limiting the amount of residents allowed in common spaces and elevators and the use of floor marker indicators in high traffic areas. All programs offered by Student Residences will be guided by physical distancing guidelines as set out by the Province of Manitoba.

I applied to live in residence for the full academic year, but now I only want to live in residence for the Winter Term. What steps do I need to take to make sure I get a room for the Winter Term?

You will not need to pay another $50 residence application fee for January 2021 if you have already paid one for Fall 2020. Spaces are available for Winter Term.

Apply to live in residence for Winter Term

I am interested in living in residence for the Winter term only and have not applied yet. When can I do this?

Applications for the Winter Term are now being accepted. 

Apply to live in residence for Winter Term

Health and safety

The health and safety of every student living in residence is of paramount importance to the University of Manitoba. Under the guidance of public health officials and in compliance with regulatory requirements we have and will continue to take a variety of measures to maximize safety in our community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Restricting rooms to single occupancy
  • Limiting common area occupancy to allow for proper physical distancing , e.g., lounges, study areas, etc.
  • Physical distancing floor markers in higher traffic areas
  • Effective September 1, mandatory mask requirement in public spaces
  • Expanded cleaning and disinfection practices in all common areas and high touch surfaces
  • Providing self-isolation spaces and protocols for residents if needed
  • Plexiglass shields at service counters
  • Monitoring and/or restricting guest traffic in our buildings with added access control staff
  • Hand sanitizing stations outside lounges and in lobbies

In addition to regular cleaning duties, caretaking staff are taking additional measures to wipe down high-touch areas like door handles, elevator buttons, and light switches. At the dining hall, we have added more hand sanitizers at entry and exit and there is a staff person in the dining hall dedicated to cleaning surfaces.

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test or a health care directive to self-isolate, Student Residences has a protocol in place that would allow students to self-isolate in their own room and would include meal delivery service. In these cases, it is imperative that you contact one of our residence staff members immediately.

Dining

Meal plans for the Fall Term start on Saturday September 5, 2020. The Fresh Food Company (FFC) will be open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday and 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday, Sundays and Holidays. The FFC will offer an all-you-care-to-eat service throughout the academic year with dine in and take out options available for all meals at all of its newly renovated dining stations. 

If you have not signed up for a meal plan and wish to add one, you can visit the Dining Services office in 2020 Pembina Hall or contact dining@umanitoba.ca to purchase a plan.

View meal plans

Please note that we anticipate the residence community kitchens will remain closed for the duration of the Fall Term.

Off-campus housing

For off-campus housing, visit Places 4 Students. For information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, including questions about rent payment and evictions visit the Residential Tenancies Branch.