Research shows that students living in residence perform better academically*. Gold stars for everyone.
It could be the in-house tutors, learning commons, and peer study opportunities, or simply the fact there’s more free-time to study when you don’t have to commute, cook or maintain a home. What’s certain is living is residence isn’t just about being surrounded by your friends or finding time for a few extra minutes of sleep. It’s the whole immersive experience — fostering your personal, professional and academic growth.
Living in residence can lead to a higher Grade Point Average (GPAs), when compared to students living off-campus. Here are a few reasons why:
- You’re surrounded by peers who share common interests and study similar subjects.
- Open daily, the Hatcher Learning Commons provides students with 17 LabNet computers, printing, and computer support staff to assist with technical issues.
- Residence life staff organize programs to enhance your academic strengths and develop new skills.
- Residence life communities offer on-going peer networking and study opportunities.
- In-house tutors are always available through a free residence tutoring program.
- Residence life staff can connect you with the right help centres on campus when you’re in need of support.
- Secure wired and wireless internet is available throughout each building.
Living in residence allows you to be close to all your classes, laboratories, and professors, but it also offers key academic supports to help you in your studies.
Just steps away from classes, laboratories, and the library, there’s no shortage of spaces to study when you live in residence. But if you want to stay close to home, don’t feel confined to your own room. Each residence offers spaces that were designed for solo or group study sessions and are available to all residents.
A good night’s sleep and a quiet working environment are instrumental in helping you focus on doing your best. Each residence generally has quiet hours starting around 8 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. However, during exam periods quiet hours are extended to 21-hours per day.
Living Learning Communities
When you join a Living Learning Community, you get more than just a room. You gain a community of like-minded individuals who’ll share in your experiences and grow along with you. Living Learning Communities are areas within residence where students with similar interests or academic programs live together on the same floor or area in residence. These communities are close knit and support the development of students through tailored academic and faculty support, networking activities, and social and educational events.
*Academic research and evidence supports the fact that students who live on campus are more likely to persist and obtain a degree than those students who do not live on campus. Ground-breaking research in 1991 and another in 2005) analyzed more than 5,000 studies, conducted between 1967 and 1999. It came up with similar conclusions – that on-campus students were more likely to stay in school and to graduate than their commuter counterparts. Pascarella and Terenzini’s (2005) third decade of research continues to support the finding.