Everything you need to know about living in residence

Huron Residence Applications for the 2023-2024 year are now closed. All applicants should continue to monitor their Western emails for updates related to Huron’s Residences.

For Huron Residence and application related questions, please contact

Huron offers students unique opportunities to grow, learn, expand their awareness and understanding of others, create friendships and develop their own potential. The residence experience at Huron is unique because the living environment is closely connected to the academic environment. The result is a feeling of home away from home, focused on academic success.

Huron will process applications for residence on a first-come, first-served basis. Huron offers various room styles including single rooms, suite style rooms, ‘pod’ style rooms and double room options. Room assignments and move-in details will be made available to all accepted students during the summer months.

Living in residence gives students countless opportunities to develop lifelong friendships, explore their independence and immerse themselves fully in the unique experiences offered within Huron’s close-knit community. Our university is committed to fostering a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all our Leaders with Heart, and part of living that promise means ensuring you and your families know exactly what to expect when it comes to living on campus. Below, we’ve tried our best to provide all the information and resources you should need to better understand what it’s like to eat, breathe and sleep Huron. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home!

To view Frequently Asked Questions about Residence, please visit our FAQ page.

For more information about Huron’s Residence, please review the PDF documents below:


  • Being a Don is kind of like having 35 younger siblings and being able to interact with them, not only to show them the ropes in some aspects, but also to learn from them and have really fun times together. Coming into the role, I didn’t really know exactly what to expect, but one aspect that I love about being a Don is that I am always entertained by my students. There is never a dull moment and even though I enjoy some more than others, I am truly never bored and I don't think there are many roles that can provide such a feeling.
    Carl Lubano
    Don, O’Neil Ridley Residence
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  • Joining the Don Team was the greatest decision I made at university. I was provided with endless opportunities to be a leader amongst my peers while developing many transferable skills that will benefit me as I advance my career. Being a Don has allowed me to provide meaningful support to first-year students while making significant and memorable impacts on their university experiences.
    Jacob Beech
    Don, Hellmuth Hall Residence
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  • I knew I wanted to be a Don since I was in high school. Being a Don has shown a completely new aspect of myself that I was unaware of. My first year students have grown to be my family and I learn new things from them every day. Being a Don is similar to looking after my younger siblings who are going through a crucial stage, similar to the one I was just recently in. I absolutely love being a Don.
    Harsheen Kaur
    Don, O’Neil Ridley Residence
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Residence Life

Living on campus puts you in the heart of all the action at Huron. With hundreds of Huron’s first-year students choosing to live on-campus, it’s easy to meet new friends and get involved.

  • Huron’s Residences are a short two-minute walk to the Western Community Centre and The Weldon Library, as well as all buildings on the Huron campus.
  • Various room styles including a large offering of single rooms, double rooms, and suite style living options.
  • Both Hellmuth and Presidential Scholarship holders get their preference in building and room style choice.
  • Our highly trained upper year student staff called “Dons” organize programming and show you the ropes.
  • Residence community events are planned throughout the year and cover topics like academic readiness, diversity and inclusivity, leadership development, community building, etc.
  • Easily hang out in one of the many lounges, play ping pong, watch a movie and chill with friends, all while living on-campus.
O'Neil/Ridley Hall
Hellmuth Hall
Southwest Residence


Capacity: 187 single rooms.

Dormitory: Single, and single ‘pod’ style rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Co-ed: O’Neil/Ridley residence has separate washrooms for men and for women, as well as private gender neutral washrooms located on each floor.

Single Room


  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

O'Neil/ Ridley Hall O’Neil/ Ridley Hall


Capacity: 37 single rooms and 25 double rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Dormitory: Single rooms with shared washroom facilities.

Co-ed: Hellmuth Residence has separate gender specific washrooms for men and for women.

Single Room
Single rooms


Double Suite
 Double Pod Style Room 


  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

Hellmuth Hall Hellmuth Hall

Double Room


Capacity: 56 single rooms.

Dormitory: Suite style room with four single bedrooms sharing a semi-private kitchenette, living room and two washrooms.

Co-ed: Southwest Residence has individual washrooms in suite with a single gender neutral washroom available on the main floor.




  • Bed frame and mattress (single)
  • Desk and chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Dresser or mate’s bed with drawers
  • Wastebasket
  • Corkboard
  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • Mirror
  • Drapes or blinds

SouthwestSouthwest Residence


Residence Application

Huron Residence Applications for the 2023-2024 year are now closed. All applicants can expect to hear about their residence application status to their Western email by mid-June 2023.

For Huron Residence and application related questions, please contact


To Apply For Residence, You Will Need


Your Western Identity is what you will use while at Huron to access many services including applying to residence, logging into email, accessing online courses, registering for courses, and many other things. Activate your Western Identity (Western ID) and choose your password.

If you also applied to Western, you may already have applied for your Western ID, in which case skip to Step 3.


Your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Reference Number is generated and sent to you by the OUAC when you apply for admission to Huron. Your OUAC Reference Number is ten-digits long and begins with 2023. If you cannot find your OUAC Reference Number, please check your emails from OUAC or contact them directly. If you did not apply to Huron through the OUAC, please email and request your Access Code.


The Student Number is a student identification number that is assigned to a student upon first applying to Huron. The number, which is unique to every student, will be used as the key identifier on a student’s record at Huron. The Student Number is nine-digits long, randomly assigned, and begins with either 250 or 251. You would have received your Student Number on your offer of admission letter and you may also locate it in your Huron Admissions Self-Service Account where you check your application. If you cannot locate or remember your Student Number, please email


Your Access Code is an identification number generated through the Access Code Retrieval process. Your Access Code is needed to activate your Western Identity.
Your OUAC Reference Number, Student Number and date of birth will be required to generate your Access Code.


Quick Steps





Note: If you did not apply through the OUAC please contact Huron to get your access code at 519.438.7224, extension 233 or


Huron Residence Tenant Insurance Program

Huron University College is pleased to offer a Tenants Insurance Program to students who are living in residence that covers your belongings and protects you against loss or damage that you may be liable for. The total cost is $80 + tax for the year and has already been included in your overall residence fees statement.

If you wish to opt out of the Tenant Insurance Program, you may do so at the link below by no later than September 15th. To opt out, you must submit proof of another form of insurance here. Please contact with any questions.

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Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is located on the Huron campus, steps from Western. It offers a unique dining experience, varied cuisine and top quality service, in air-conditioned, smoke-free, spacious dining rooms. Brown’s Dining Solutions is Canada’s largest independently owned dining solutions company and operates exclusively as a dining services provider in over 140 sites in Canada. In support of the commitment to providing the best service, products, and value possible, Brown’s will establish a committee of students, and staff to continually review a range of subjects that impact users daily, including operating hours, menus, and value.

If you have special dietary needs you should speak to our Food Service Manager to make sure your needs are met as effectively as possible. Brown’s can suggest the proper meal plan. Email for more details.

Meal Plan

Students in Residence: All students living in residence must participate in the food plan. Students dine in the Huron Dining Hall, located on Huron’s campus just a short walk from the residences. The meal plan is based on an “all you care to eat” system. The set price covers all meals, every day, for the entire academic year.

Flex dollars are included in your meal plan purchase and can be topped up at any time. There are Huron and Western Flex dollars. Huron flex dollars can be used to purchase at the Retail Kiosk in Huron’s Dining Hall.  Western Flex dollars can be used at any food service location at Western and some off campus restaurants. Western Flex dollars can be topped up at Western.  More information on Western Flex dollars can be found here.

Non-Resident Students: Non-Resident Students have a few options open to them. You can purchase the full year meal plan, one of the bulk meal plan purchase options or just pay as you go. Any option purchased will allow you to access the Huron Dining Hall for an All You Care to Eat experience.

Retail Kiosk: There is a retail kiosk at the entrance to the Dining Hall where students can pick up Starbucks Coffee drinks, sandwiches, and other ‘Grab and Go’ options. These can be paid for with debit, credit, cash or Huron flex dollars.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply For Residence?

Once you have received an offer to attend Huron, you may apply for a spot in residence. The online application process begins at the end of March. See the “Residence Application” instructions above on this page and follow the directions. You will need your Western ID and PIN, and you must pay a deposit as part of the application process in order to be considered for a spot in residence. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

What does ‘First-Come, First-Serve’ mean with regards to residence placements?

Applications are processed for residence on a first-come, first-served basis with completed applications including a paid deposit (time-stamped based on the time you’ve paid the deposit).

After applying, students will hear back about their application status in mid-June 2023 after the application is officially closed. Students will either be accepted or waitlisted depending on their application.

When is the Deadline to Apply for Residence?

Online applications will be accepted between the dates of March 27 and June 1 at 4:00 pm.

Is Residence Guaranteed and is it a Lottery System?

Residence is not guaranteed; however, with over 90% of our rooms dedicated to first-year students, we will do our best to accommodate your top 3 choices. Applications will be approved for placement based on a number of factors including a completed application (deposit received and all questions answered), and the date the application is received. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to receive a spot. Anyone who does not receive a room will be placed on a wait list and if or when rooms become available, students will be contacted from the top of the wait list and offered

How does the waitlist process work?

If you are an applicant who is placed on a waitlist, refunds may be given in the following circumstances:

  • A student is on the waitlist and withdrawals the application before being offered a space in a residence (includes affiliate campus residences);
  • A student is on the waitlist and is not offered a space in residence;
  • A student has a declined study permit application.

If you are an applicant who is placed on a waitlist and you decline the space offered to you, your name will go to the bottom of the waitlist where you will remain until we reach that point in the waitlist.

What Is the Difference Between Each Building?

Each of the residence buildings have some unique and distinctive aspects about them in terms of size, style, and types of rooms, as well as the placement of students to create specific communities within them. A brief description for each of these buildings can be found in the Student Life section of the website.

Southwest is made up of suite-style rooms that include 4 private bedrooms, 2 shared washrooms, a common seating area. Southwest is reserved for students with a high admission average and an interest in living in an Academic Learning Community. Students will be selected based upon their interest and entrance average, but placement in Southwest is a random lottery system through the online application program. Suitemate requests cannot be accommodated for Southwest.

Hellmuth Hall contains single and double rooms. If you prefer to live with a roommate, you can request this on your application. Common areas are located on each of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors, with a larger common area located on the ground floor. The Hellmuth residence is attached to one wing of the main campus building.

O’Neil/Ridley is our largest residence on campus. O’Neil/Ridley is made up of three floors, two wings per floor, and entirely single rooms. Students may wish to live in a “pod”, which is a cluster of single rooms with a shared washroom (between 4-7 students in each pod), accessible only to those students located in the pod area. Shared gender-specific washrooms are located on each floor in each wing, with a number of single gender-neutral washrooms also available for use.

Do I Need to Pay for a Meal Plan if I am Living in Residence?

Yes. It is a requirement for all students who live in residence to purchase a full meal plan.

Can I Choose My Roomate?

You may select a roommate (known to you) for placement in our double rooms in Hellmuth. Your selected roommate must also select your name to be matched as a roommate. All other requests (for instance, to live close to friends within the same residence) may be considered with the exception of Southwest. Due to the high demand and low number of rooms, placement in Southwest is a random allocation determined by the online application system. Suitemate requests will not be considered for the Southwest residence.

What Living Learning Communities Does Huron Residence Offer?

Huron currently has two Academic Learning communities available for students.

The Academic Learning Community, located in both Southwest and Hellmuth, is ideal for students who desire living arrangements that are most conducive to focus and quiet studying, as well as programming and floor events that promote academic success.

The Leadership Learning Community is ideal for students interested in student leadership opportunities and who plan to get involved in various clubs or student government while at Huron. In addition to our Learning Communities, students may also indicate an interest in living amongst non-drinking students (alcohol-free community), with students interested in volunteering or community engagement, or be placed amongst students that identify as allies of the LGBTQ2+ community.

We will do our best to place students in close proximity to one another who have identified any of these areas as preferable for living arrangements, in order to facilitate community development, or to giving priority to placement within requested Learning Communities.

How early will I know if I have a space in residence?

Huron Residence applicants will receive a status update on their applications in mid-June 2023.

What Do I Need To Do After Getting Accepted Into Residence At Huron?

 Once your application has been received in full (all questions answered and deposit received) you will be sent a series of documents to read, sign electronically, and return to us in mid-June. Confirmation of your placement in residence will not be sent out until these documents have been returned via email.

The documents for review include the Residence Contract, Residence Handbook, Residence Discipline Code, and the Huron Promise, a pledge we have developed highlighting our expectations around behaviour and attitudes that reflect our commitment to diversity, acceptance, integrity, and community.

Room assignments will be communicated in mid- to late July and will be assigned via a random lottery system. We do our best to accommodate students in one of their top three room choices, but with limited rooms in some buildings, this is not always possible.  After submitting your application, if you wish to change your room preferences, please contact prior to June 1st 2023.

The Residence Handbook will include all the details you need to know about what you can and cannot bring with you into the Residence, and the most important information you need to be successful while living on campus. Throughout the summer, you will also receive various emails and notifications related to Move-In Day and O-Week. Please continue to check your UWO email as this will be the only form of communication from Housing moving forward.

How many rooms are in Huron’s residence?

Huron has just over 300 beds available on-campus for first year students.

What is the first year incoming student class number?

The Huron incoming first-year class is anticipated to be approximately 500 students. Many of our first-year students live locally in London or self-select to live Off-Campus during first-year.

Can I apply to Western’s residences?

Western does not typically accept first-year students from affiliate campus in their residences. Both Brescia University College and King’s University College have reserved a limited number of spaces for Huron first-year students in the event our applications have exceeded our number of spaces available on campus.

What is the move-in date? Can I move-in early?

The official move-in date for Huron’s Residence is scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd 2023. Additional information on this day will be communicated in the coming months. We encourage students to make arrangements to move-in on this date as we have the support of many student leaders and staff to assist with your move-in, as well as make for a memorable move-in day! Students moving to Huron from outside of Canada will receive additional information on Huron’s Welcome Week program, which occurs before this date.



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