It goes without saying that going to college means you will be studying and dedicating a lot of time towards learning. But a decision like that is not made in a vacuum. Two of the most important questions to ask yourself if you decide to go to college are: where am I going to live, and do I want to get a job? These are two very big and complicated questions. Thankfully, Humber College provides you with some options so you don’t have to try to navigate this yourself. Here we’ll go over on-campus residence life and job opportunities offered through Humber.

1. North Campus Traditional Single Style Rooms

Humber operates two on-campus residences: North Campus and Lakeshore Campus. Within these two residences, there are two styles of rooms offered: single style and suite style. North Campus is the only residence to offer single rooms to students. These are a really good option if you are looking for some privacy and don’t mind leaving your room to use the washroom or not having a kitchen. The single style room comes with basic amenities that you would expect in any generic dorm room. These include a single bed, a wardrobe or closet, a desk with a chair, shelving units, medicine cabinet with mirror, and even an air conditioning and heating unit! 

These rooms are really meant to be slept and studied in. washrooms are centrally located, usually halfway down the hall. Depending on the floor, these washrooms may be single gender or co-ed. You also have access to lounges and common rooms which are on every floor. To help you decide on which floor you would like to live, floors have themes, like studying, which means everyone on that floor is dedicated to maintaining a quiet environment! Living on a themed floor can also help you make friends more easily, since you have at least one thing in common: the floor you live on!

2. Suite Style Rooms at both North and Lakeshore Campus

The main difference between single and suite style rooms is that you will have a roommate since each suite has two bedrooms. But don’t worry about who this is going to be! When you apply for residence, you will be asked to fill out a roommate profile and you will be paired with a roommate in August based on that profile.

Your actual bedroom would be similar to the single style room. However, you will also have access to a shared kitchenette and washroom. The amenities include a full size fridge with freezer, microwave, kitchen table with chairs, a carbon monoxide/smoke detector, and a shower with shower curtain. No matter which style of room you choose, it will be fully furnished and waiting for you to move in with your personal belongings to bring it some life!

3. Living Learning Communities (LLC)

Remember how I mentioned themed floors? Well, they also exist in the form of Living Learning Communities. There are three different types at Humber’s residences. The first is Health and Wellness. On these floors, you would learn what it means to be healthy through education, fitness, and community involvement. Things you would be doing could include climbing the CN Tower and a “Cooking in Residence” class!

There are also Leadership floors, where you would be encouraged to develop your leadership skills through workshops, events, and a practical component where you volunteer in the community. You would have the opportunity to focus on your personal strengths and goals while also learning about the basic theoretical concepts of leadership.

The last of these community floors is the newly formed Social Justice floors. On these, you would learn how to enact positive change in your community. Programming would include volunteer opportunities, workshops on social contracts, and chances to explore equity and awareness. No matter which floor you choose, you will have plenty of opportunities to socialize and make friends!

4. Work Study Program

Like many other schools, Humber maintains a Work Study program which is needs-based. There is a list of eligibility requirements you must fulfill in order to get a job. These include being a domestic student demonstrating financial need, being in good academic standing, and carrying more than 60% of a full-time course load. Additionally, you must maintain your status as a full-time student throughout the program to maintain your eligibility. Jobs vary depending on the department or faculty you end up working at. In order to get a job within this program, you first have to apply for Work Study approval, after which you will be able to search for opportunities.

5. Working On Campus (non-work study)

You also have many other opportunities to work on campus if you do not qualify for the Work Study program for any reason. Working on campus is an especially great option for international students, who must be in good academic standing, be full-time students, and have a Social Insurance Number in order to qualify for this option. During the academic year, from September to April, positions are part-time. This means you would work a maximum of 24 hours per week. During the Summer semester, however, positions can be either part-time or full-time. In this case, you would be able to work a maximum of 24 hours or 40 hours respectively.

Living on campus is a great opportunity to make friends, especially if you’re new to the city or area. Simultaneously, having a job is a great opportunity to not only make money, but also gain experience and build up your resume. Both things can positively contribute to your college experience and inform your next steps in your journey. Make sure you look into both of them to really enhance your future!

Published on August 4, 2022

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