The Summer Residence Program

A designated Heritage building designed by celebrated architect Ron Thom, Massey College is nestled in the heart of the University of Toronto. The College is steps away the Museum and St. George subway stations, and around the corner from the Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Ceramic Arts Museum and the Yorkville area.  

During the summer term, Massey College opens its rooms to the international academic community and public for summer accommodations during the months of May through August. With members of the College staying on as affiliated summer residents, Massey College offers a distinct environment that encourages open, diverse interactions, both socially and academically between all its guests.

Stay at Massey College

The Summer Residence Program is open for short and long-term stays from May 6 through August 19, 2022. Per college policies, children under the age of 6 are usually not permitted, with all minors (<18 years of age) needing to be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the booking reservation.

The College offers two room options – Junior Fellow (standard) rooms and Suites. Junior Fellow rooms are a studio-style room, approximately 175 sq ft each, furnished with a desk, twin bed, coffee and side table. Junior Fellow rooms share a washroom (including shower, sink and toilet) with up to two other rooms on the floor. Suites include an ensuite washroom, sitting area and are approximately 325 sq ft. Neither the Junior Fellow rooms nor Suites of Massey College have air conditioning but all have windows facing the central Quadrangle. The public rooms (Ondaatje Dining Hall, Common Room, Library and Private Dining Room) feature central air conditioning. 

As part of the Massey summer community, you will also have access to many of our facilities, including: Ondaatje Dining Hall, the Robertson Davies Library, the Upper Library, the Junior Common Room, and our beautiful treed Quadrangle, when these are not in use for special or private events. 

*Note that all room rates include breakfast. As Massey College is a registered charity, the supply of residential accommodation is tax exempt. Applicable taxes will be charged on any incidental fees outside of the accommodation rate.

Rates vary based upon room styles, double or single occupancy, and length of stay.  For exact rates, press “Book” and search available dates with the total number of guests, then specify the number of rooms per guest. Payment details are required in order to submit a booking  request. Your card will not be charged until your booking is reviewed and confirmed.

For group bookings (bookings of 4+ rooms), please contact the Summer Residence Program directly at

Please review our Policies and Standards prior to your stay.

Policies and Standards


Residents’ rooms are located in five houses that make up three sides of a quadrangle. The fourth side contains the Principal’s Lodging and Office, the Robertson Davies Library, the Upper Library, Ondaatje Hall (Dining), the Private Dining Room, and the Common Room.

Standard Rooms consist of a bedroom and an adjacent private study. A private bathroom, accessible from the hallway, is shared with one or two other standard rooms. The majority of rooms at Massey College are standard rooms.

Senior Suites are limited in number and consist of a bedroom, a private study, and an ensuite bathroom adjoined to the bedroom.

All rooms have basic furnishings (including a twin bed, linens, a large built-in desk, coffee table, work chair and reclining chair) and are serviced by the housekeeping staff. Double occupancy rooms are furnished with two twin beds. Wireless internet is available in each room.


All summer residents and guests are expected to abide by the Massey College Code of Conduct at all times and show respect for their fellow residents and College property. For many summer residents Massey is their home and many are working on their dissertations or on independent research. As such we expect all guests to comport themselves as though they were guests in another’s home and act with consideration and care. By making your reservation you are agreeing to the terms and conditions contained herein.

The College reserves the right to terminate any summer residency IMMEDIATELY for failure to adhere to the College Code of Conduct, the following terms and conditions, nonpayment of summer residence fees, or persistent disruptive behaviour.

In reserving a room, the purchaser agrees to the following terms: That they are responsible for all charges of indebtedness for room reservations and/or services ordered or rendered and any damages caused. The purchaser authorizes and grants Massey College permission to charge the credit card number listed on the reservation. Credit card provided will not be charged until booking has been reviewed by the Summer Residence Manager.

For stays of one month or longer, payment equivalent to one month’s total is due immediately upon review of reservation, and additional monthly payments are charged every 30 days from check-in until balance is paid.

Payments for all other lengths of stay are due immediately upon review of reservation. All bills including additional charges must be fully paid by the departure date or an extra charge of 20% will be applied against the outstanding balance.

Cancellations are fully refundable if made at least 30 days prior to arrival date. All cancellations less than 30 days from arrival are non-refundable.

As Massey College is a registered charity, the supply of residential accommodation is tax exempt. Applicable taxes will be charged on any incidental fees outside of the accommodation rate.

The group must arrive and depart on uniform dates and be managed and paid by a single person on behalf of the group.

Please contact the Summer Residence email directly in order to reserve your group. Due to the larger number of rooms required for groups, a 25% non-refundable deposit will be applied. Payment is due immediately upon review of booking by the Summer Residence Manager. Cancellations at least 30 days prior to arrival are refundable for the remaining 75% of the total balance. Cancellations within 30 days of the arrival date are non- refundable.

As Massey College is a registered charity, the supply of residential accommodation is tax exempt. Applicable taxes will be charged on any incidental fees outside of the accommodation rate.

Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult. The College does not accommodate children under the age of six.

Reservations must be made online for individual bookings unless otherwise arranged with the Summer Residence Manager. Online application is a request for reservation only, and the Summer Residence Manager will review all applications prior to confirmation. If availability exists, the credit card number provided on the booking platform will be charged accordingly. The applicant will then receive an email from the Summer Residence Manager confirming their reservation.

Groups should contact the Summer Residence Manager directly for any booking requests. Other requests received via the Summer Residence email will be re-directed for online reservation and payment.

All payments must be directed to the Summer Residence Office. Massey College accepts and charges payment via credit card provided upon reservation. All outstanding bills must be fully paid by the departure date.

Before May 5, contact us by sending a message to Prior to May 1, the Summer Residence office will not be staffed and phone calls will not be a reliable method of contact; email will be the exclusive method of contact. Effective May 6, your College contact is the Summer Residence Manager. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the College Porter at 416-978-2895 and leave a message, send an email to, or drop by the Summer Residence office (at 4 Devonshire Place).

The office is open May 1 – August 24, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Mail may be left in the Porter’s Lodge in the coinciding slot for the Summer Residence Manager or sent to the following address:

Attn: Summer Residence Manager Massey College

4 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON

M5S 2E1

The College does not provide parking space for summer residents. The University of Toronto provides parking in its lots on a daily, first come first served basis, or monthly passes may be available from U of T. For more information contact U of T Parking Services at 416- 978-7275 or see their website:

Linens, towels, and housekeeping are provided on a weekly basis. Additional towel bundles (i.e. two bath towels, one facecloth, and one bar of soap) can be provided upon request for a charge of $5 per bundle. Additional linen bundles (i.e. cover sheet, fitted sheet, cotton sheet, and comforter) are available for the same price. Questions or concerns regarding housekeeping should be directed to the Summer Residence Manager.

Washrooms are shared and guests are expected to leave the room as they found it. Guests should bring necessities into the room for the duration of use and then remove all items not already present afterward; nothing is to be stored in the rooms. While we do have staff to look after the cleanliness of the College, they do not make rounds with the frequency of hotel staff. The reasonableness of our rates is feasible because of the care we ask of our guests; as above, we only ask that you act as though you were a guest in someone’s home.

Coin operated washers and dryers are located in the basement of Massey College. The cost for both the washer and dryer is $1 per load. Extra coins can be added for additional time.

The communal kitchen is located in the basement of Massey College. It contains a fridge, stove/oven, microwave, kettle, espresso machine, blender, toaster, cupboards and drawers of utensils, measuring cups, bowls, glasses, etc. If you are unsure how to properly use an appliance (especially the espresso machine) please seek the assistance of the Summer Residence Manager. Summer residents who use the communal kitchen are expected to leave the space as clean as, or cleaner than, it was found.

The College bar is run by the College Steward and staffed throughout the summer. Drink purchases are cash only. The College expects its residents to exercise discretion in the use of alcoholic beverages.

Single rooms may be occupied only by the person (or a double room by the two persons) to whom it is rented. No summer resident shall occupy a room or change rooms without written permission from the Summer Residence Manager. Guests of summer residents must sign in with the Porter. Summer residents are fully responsible for their guests and are required to pay for any overnight stay and/or meals. In the event of misconduct or inappropriate behaviour by a guest, Massey College reserves the right to demand the departure of said guest and to rescind the accompanying summer resident’s guest privileges without refund.

Evening quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 a.m. Many residents have heavy academic commitments during the summer session. Summer residents and guests must keep noise within reasonable bounds. If you receive a noise complaint, please act promptly on it.

If you are disrupted by noise in the building, go in person to the source and request reasonable quiet. If this approach does not achieve satisfactory results, report the problem. The order of contact is as follows:

1) The Porter (416-978-2895)

2) The Summer Residence Manager 

Due to past problems with allergies, only service dogs for persons with disabilities are allowed.

WIFI Internet access is available free on the premises and is included in the room price. Residents must inquire with the Porter or Summer Residence Team upon their arrival for the username and password. This information will not be given out prior to arrival.

Check In is from 3:00PM on the date of arrival. All arrivals must check in with the Porter to receive their keys. Only one set of keys will be issued per room. In the event of lost keys, a charge of $100.00 will be levied.

Residents who plan to check-in after 8:00PM on a weekday or after 4:00PM on a weekend must inform the Summer Residence Manager in advance at to receive special instruction regarding after-hours entry.

Checkout is 10:00AM on the date of departure. All guests are required to check out with the Summer Residence Manager or Porter to ensure full payment of the outstanding summer residence bill before departure. Any guest that checks out of their room after 10:00AM will be required to pay rent for that day unless otherwise arranged.

If not returned upon checkout, a replacement fee of $50 per key will be charged to the guest.

  1. In the event of a lockout, the order of contact is as follows:

    1) The Porter (416 978-2895)

    2) The Summer Residence Manager 

    If the Summer Residence Manager is contacted after hours to respond to a lockout situation, guests may be subject to a $60 plus tax lockout fee added to their account.

Room rates include daily breakfast. The Dining Hall is also open for lunch daily (cafeteria style service) and may paid by debit or credit in the Dining Hall. For breakfast, guests will be checked in by room number. 

Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E1.

Incoming mail will be placed in alphabetical slots in the Porter’s Lodge. Outgoing postage stamped mail can be left with the Porter. Deliveries will not be accepted at the Porter’s Lodge unless instructions and money (if C.O.D.) have been left with the Porter.

Massey College reserves the right to undertake repairs and minor renovations in resident rooms over the summer.

Residents are individually responsible for the care and proper use of all College property, including the furniture in their rooms. If the room is not fully furnished on arrival, it should be brought to the attention of the Summer Residence Manager immediately. The College reserves the right to bill occupants for any damage or missing furniture.

The electrical system at the College is not designed to support the extensive use of appliances in the rooms. Excessive use may result in power interruptions or a blown fuse. Toasters, microwaves and other cooking appliances are not allowed in rooms. The College reserves the right to disconnect and remove appliances. In the event of a blown fuse, the order of contact is as follows:

1) The Porter (416-978-2895)

2) The Summer Residence Manager 

Public areas of the College are air conditioned and fans are provided for rooms upon request.

  1. Check your area for exits. Always respond to the fire alarm by leaving the building. If you discover a fire, pull the alarm and immediately leave the building. Tampering with fire equipment or exits is a criminal offence and will result in your immediate expulsion from residence.

The University of Toronto and Massey College are smoke-free. Smoking/vaping is not permitted inside of the building, nor in the Quadrangle. 

Each summer resident receives a key to the front gate and a key to their room. Room doors are to be locked at all times. The front gate is to be locked from 10:00PM – 8:00AM on weekdays, and all day on weekends and holidays. It is the responsibility of all summer residents to ensure that the front gate is locked during these times. The Porter’s Lodge is open from 8:00AM – 10:00PM on weekdays and 10:00AM – 4:00PM on weekends. There are security patrols throughout the College property during the evening.

Residents are warned of the possibility of theft. It is highly recommended that all guests keep their doors closed and locked whenever absent from their rooms, regardless of duration. The College accepts no responsibility for losses resulting from theft.

Cell phones are recommended as Massey College does not provide telephones or local telephone service.

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