York University To Break Ground On New Student Residence
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York University To Break Ground On New Student Residence

New student housing—within two six-storey buildings—will host 812 beds.

Rendering of The Quad. Photo courtesy of Forum Equity Partners.

While the Spadina subway extension project should make commuting easier for York University students, the school is offering an alternative: live on campus.

York breaks ground this Thursday at its Keele Campus, where construction for a 812-bed residence is slated to begin. The development, dubbed The Quad, will span more than 32,000 square metres, including two six-storey buildings and vast green space.

The residence will be built on the south side of Pond Road, to the east of Sentinel Road.

Though the campus is situated far north of the city’s downtown core, York’s Quad project could be a push for students to attend the school without the hassle of commuting. As of present, York is primarily a commuter school.

Construction for The Quad comes nearly two years after the release of a housing issues report [PDF] that suggested a need for affordable student housing at York. The Quad will join eight other residences on the Keele Campus.

In addition to hundreds of beds and upgraded facilities, the property will also host landscaped courtyards and more than 2,500 square metres dedicated to retail food and service outlets—perhaps a cheeky nod to the famed (but certainly unofficial) university motto: “If you can use a fork, you can go to York.”

The project is a joint venture between privately owned Forum Equity Partners, which took the lead on the Billy Bishop Toronto Airport Pedestrian Tunnel, and Campus Suites. There’s no word yet on The Quad’s construction timeline.