Just south of Dundas Street East on Jarvis Street, Ryerson’s newest and largest residence building HOEM rises 30 storeys into the sky, dominating the older buildings in the neighbourhood that surround it.
Unlike other residence buildings at Ryerson, HOEM can be home to any student studying at Ryerson, no matter their year of study or distance from Toronto. The state-of-the-art residence building works similarly to the university’s other residence buildings; there is a check-in system for guests and students have weekly floor meetings with their designated Residence Advisors.
Yet, compared to Ryerson’s other residence buildings, HOEM stands out for its abstract architecture, and of course its hefty price tag. The building offers three housing options: two bedroom, three bedroom, and four bedroom units. Each unit comes equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, furnished living space, a washroom, and a furnished bedroom.
The payment for HOEM works in six installments, paid at different times throughout a year-long housing agreement. The total, according to Ryerson’s Housing & Residence Life website, is about $17,000 not including the price of utilities, which is upon the resident to pay monthly. This averages out to over $1400 a month per room over 12 months. HOEM also does not require its residents to purchase a meal plan with them, but still encourages it.
HOEM emphasizes the community aspect of living, and looks to build an engaging living space for its residents. It resembles living in a condo, with an upscale rendition on classic university residence culture.
Since students living at HOEM vary in age, the community it forms is diverse and offers an energetic, cooperative, and dynamic living experience. Themed floors, common rooms, and even a makerspace all support an overall collaborative and interactive environment for students.
As HOEM’s first active year as a residence building at Ryerson commences, it continues to boast an incredible contrast between home, school, and life in Toronto as a whole.