Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Online Survey - Chance to let us know about your experience and win some gift certificates

You paid a lot of money to live in residence at Ryerson and we want to know about your experience. Your opinion of our residence services and performance is extremely valuable. In order to understand your perspective we have elected to use a survey that has been used at various residences around the world for more than a decade. You should have received the link to the survey at your ryerson.ca email account:

*Those that complete the survey and submit the survey completion form will have a chance to win gift certificates that can be used anywhere in the Eaton Centre.

Submit your form no later than Thursday, April 2 and you'll have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Two $25 gift certificates will be drawn from everyone that has submitted a completion form by these dates as well:

April 2
April 6
April 9

Complete the survey early for more chances to win!

We will be sending out email reminders to all residents using the same subject line. Once you have completed the survey or decided to not share your opinion feel free to delete the emails as the message is the same.

Good luck on your final exams, papers and projects. Enjoy your summer.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Residence Extension of Stay Request Forms Now Available

The Request Forms are available for pick-up at the Student Housing Office Pit-100.

The form is simply a request for permission to stay in the residence past the day of your last exam. SHS staff will review your request and respond within 5 business days of the submission of the form.

All Requests are due by 5pm on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009.

Good Luck with your studies!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Do you have questions or would like some direction on how to find Off-Campus Housing?

Talk to your RA or come and visit us in the Student Housing Office during our office hours. There are a lot of resources to help you look for housing in Toronto and we can help point you in the right direction.

For starters, visit our Off-Campus Housing website at ryerson.ca/offcampushousing.

If you would like to stay connected to the greater Ryerson Community while living off-campus, please check out our Ryerson Off-Campus Living Links (ROLLs)

If you have any other questions or would just like to get educated on what is available to you, please call our office at 416.979.5284 or send us an email at housing@ryerson.ca

Happy home hunting!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Casino Night - March 28th

The Ryerson Rez-Wide Programming Committee will be running "Casino Night" on Saturday, March 28 from 7-10pm in the Pitman Cafeteria.

The event will feature casino games, Rock Band, mocktails, music, comedy, magic tricks, and lots of prizes to be won! Residents get "casino bucks" at the door which they spend on games, raffles, and mocktails. The more casino bucks you win, the better your chances of winning some great prizes!

Bring your game face!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Property Tax Credit for Residence

As a residence student you may claim a property tax credit of $25 when you file your income tax return; this does not require a receipt. This is the only claim you may make for residence expenses. Your residence fees are not deductible; therefore, the University does not issue tax receipts for them. For more information about Ontario Tax Credits please visit this website:


If you file your taxes in another province or country then we recommend you review your local government (state, provincial or country) tax information for details.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meal Plan dollars - Purchase towards a good cause

Do you have money left on your One Card and no way to spend it all; would you like to spend it for a good cause?

Use your leftover meal plan dollars to help support the Fred Victor Centre by purchasing a meal for the hungry. The centre provides meals for men and women who live in extreme poverty or are homeless.

It's located at Queen and Jarvis in Toronto and has been serving the community since 1894. Spend your extra meal money on feeding someone who really is hungry! Talk to your R.A. or ask any O'Keefer.

(Cash donations are also welcome!)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Rez Event a Success

Who says money can't get a date?

On Saturday, February 28, the Rez-Wide Programming Committee hosted a Bachelor-Bachelorette Auction in the Pitman Cafeteria with the goal of raising money for SOS Children's Villages, a non-profit charity organization that helps support underprivileged children from around the world.

A total of 26 brave volunteers put themselves on the auction block in front of a crowd of over 100 residents. Successful bidders won the opportunity to snatch a gift card from a variety of sponsors (including the CN Tower, Grill Time, Starbucks, etc.) to use on their "date". The event raised over $1200 dollars for SOS Children's Villages!

The organizers hope this will become a new tradition for Ryerson Residence.

March Break Tours - Plan Extra Time for Travel

This is just a quick reminder about March Break tours happening all this week. Between the hours of 11:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm there will tours of the residences.

On Thursday March 19th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm one elevator in each building will be dedicated to moving tour groups through the building.

During these times the elevators will be heavily used. If you have a class or routinely leave the buildings around these times, it is recommended that you add some extra travel time to get to your destination on time.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ryerson Residence Formal

The Ryerson Residence Formal is being held at the Marriott Hotel on Friday, March 27th.

Tickets are $40 which includes dinner (three course meal) and two
printed photographs. Tickets can be purchased this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 16 - 18th) in the Pitman Hall lobby from 4pm - 7pm.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING CASH. The $40 ticket will be billed to your RAMMS account.


The Residence Formal Committee

Friday, March 6, 2009

Discover Ryerson - March Breaks Tours

Notice all Residents,

We are offering you an opportunity to be a part of Discover Ryerson activities where you will be able to earn a gift certificate, for any store in the Eaton’s Center, of $15 to $30 for only a few hours of volunteering.

We are looking for Tour Guides as well as Residence Ambassadors for March Break, March 16th - March 20th. We will be running 45 minute tours at 11 am & 2 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

Thursday is the larger Discover Ryerson event that in previous years has brought approximately 1500 prospective students & parents to campus. 45 minute tours run throughout the morning beginning at 9 am until 12:30 pm. There is also a shorter round of tours at 2 pm in the afternoon.

The Tour Guides would give tours of the residences during the hours above, while the Residence Ambassadors would provide their rooms to be viewed.

For more details please see the volunteer descriptions attached.

Please note these positions are on first come first serve basis, so please complete the attached application and submit it to the Student Housing Services office (PIT-100). If you have any questions please contact Jenny Owens at j1owens@ryerson.ca; ext.6661. We will contact the successful applicants no later than Wednesday, March 11, 2009 with more details.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ted Brock Memorial Award - Application Deadline March 16, 2009

The Ted Brock Memorial Award was established to honour Ted's contribution and dedication to Bond House/O'Keefe House. Each year, this award will recognize an outstanding O'Keefe House resident at the year end formal who has made great contributions to the House during his or her time there.

The Deadline to apply for this award is March 16, 2009.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the Student Financial Assistance webisite at http://www.ryerson.ca/financialaid.

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Here is where you will be able to get the official news concerning our Residence as well as the Ryerson community at large. The blog will be monitored daily and the news will be posted as they arrive fresh from their sources. You will be the second to know...the Official Student Housing blogger will be the first.

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- SHS Team