UR Priority



We know it can be a little intimidating being a new student, especially if you're not familiar with campus, so we want to make your experience a great one. With UR Priority first-year students are going to live together in either Kīšik Towers or College West, so you can make friends and form connections with students in the same shoes as you.

One of the most exciting parts of UR Priority is the UR Priority Centre, located on the main floor of Kīšik Towers. No more wandering around campus trying to find the services you need. The UR Priority Centre is a central hub of resources and supports designed specifically for you. The centre has both office and common space, where you can work with academic advisors, career counsellors, tutors, take a writing workshop, talk to a counsellor, resolve conflict, volunteer on campus, find social events and a whole lot more!

There is no application deadline to participate in this initiative – you just need to be a first-year student living on campus. Apply now, and be part of this great community, UR Priority won’t be the same without you!


4 Pillars of UR Priority

UR Priority was created to provide lifestyle skills, social engagement opportunities, academic support, and personal well-being techniques to help first-year students achieve better overall academic outcomes and become well rounded students while living on campus.


It can be difficult for students to transition into living on their own, away from home. UR Priority offers support by providing programming that helps develop life skills to set students up for success in their new home. Some of these programs include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Field trips and community events
  • Financial literacy
  • Indigenous cultural programming


University life can be tough to navigate on your own. UR Priority offers activities and events that will help you build friendships, create memories, and love campus life. Some of these programs include:

  • Welcome Weekend and Welcome Week
  • Over 50 Residence Life activities each semester
  • Residence Intramural teams
  • Exclusive lounge and study spaces


It is important as a student to take care of your mental and physical health to ensure a well balanced life. UR Priority offers programs and resources to help students stay healthy. Some of these programs include:

  • Peers Helping Peers program
  • Mental wellness supports
  • Stress management workshops
  • Fitness and exercise classes


It can be challenging transitioning from high school to university education. UR Priority offers an in-house supportive and welcoming space to study and receive help with writing, tutoring, and other academic skills. Some of these programs include:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Academic workshops
  • Career counselling