The Quad student housing community will consist of two mid-rise student residences along the south side of The Pond Road east of Sentinel Road, featuring eateries and retail frontage at ground level.
Compared to other institutions, York University has proportionately fewer on-campus student housing beds for its student population. In addition, a significant proportion of the area surrounding York University is dominated by industrial and commercial land uses, constraining the supply of appropriate and attractive off-campus housing options. The Quad is a new and attractive housing option for the thousands of York students who currently live off-campus in the Jane, Steeles and Finch areas including upper-year undergraduate, graduate and international students. Residential occupancy of The Quad is restricted to York University and Seneca@York students.
The Quad was completed in September 2017. Two buildings deliver 812 beds of privately developed and managed student housing in ‘suite-style’ accommodations with 10% affordable beds. The Quad is located at the southeast corner of The Pond and Sentinel Roads. Street-level shops, restaurants and wide sidewalks contribute to an ‘urban village’
York community members who currently reside near The Quad benefit from the addition of retail stores, restaurants and services in their neighbourhood, and the replacement of a surface parking lot with a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly urban community.
Key features of The Quad student housing community project include:
One-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites in which each resident typically has a private bedroom and each suite typically contains a shared kitchen. This student housing style is in keeping with current trends and matches student expectations as defined by the York University Housing Strategy
Monitored access control and security surveillance will foster a safe and secure environment
One senior staff member residing on-site at all times, plus additional staff on 24/7 alert call
On-site support to enhance the student life experience through a Community Assistant (CA) program. The CA, a peer to the residents, is the first point of contact for safety, questions and mentorship
Indoor amenities such as study spaces, lounges, business centres, a fitness facility and games room; and
Large outdoor courtyards (quads) for each residential building.
Forum Campus Suites (FCS) was selected through a competitive bidding process as the preferred group to develop and manage the project. FCS consists of:
Privately-owned Canadian company specializing in the development of campus edge communities; and
Developed over 11,500 beds in housing projects across 11 different universities
Forum Equity Partners Inc.
Privately-owned Canadian real estate development company specializing in Public Private Partnership
Manages over 800,000 square feet
In collaboration with ARK Design and Urban Strategies Inc., YUDC and Forum Campus Suites (FCS) co-operatively submitted a Precinct Plan for approval from the City of Toronto as required under the York University Secondary Plan. A public meeting was held in January 2015 to gain community feedback on upcoming development for this area. To learn more about this project and the Southwest Precinct Plan, download the project team’s Open House Presentation.
In late 2015, The Quad received municipal planning approvals from the City of Toronto. Construction began in December 2015, and the new purpose-built student housing development opened in September 2017.
Based on the success of the Quad Phase I, Phase II will be the continuation of the vision of the first phase and will consist of two additional buildings along The Pond Road, east of Haynes Road. These two new mixed-used purpose-built student residential buildings will continue to enhance The Pond Road streetscape and add approximately 732 student beds, fitness and laundry facilities, study and games rooms within the building, and street-level commercial and retail space. The units will be a mix of one-, two-, and four-bedroom units with private or semi-private bathrooms, shared kitchens, and in-suite common space