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University of Toronto - 45 Willcocks Residence

2.0 out of 5.0
  • Walking distance to Uni...
  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Recent guest reviews

I was quite disappointed with this place. On the positive side, the room had a modern style, with a decent single bed, table and closet, has AC and good WiFi. There is a kitchen available to use. The staff are great, helped me out when I needed an extra hour in the room after check-out. However, I wouldn’t stay again unless I was on a serious budget. The bathrooms were extremely dirty all the time, if they every got cleaned it did not show. I stayed for 6 nights and there was absolutely no cleaning service to my room either, not even to empty the trash can, there was also no cleaning equipment available so I could not clean up the room (sweep the floor for example) myself either. My room was very far from the bathroom (there is one female bathroom per floor).The place is noisy, you can hear everything, talking and doors banging all night. No breakfast included in the price, and the add on breakfast is pricey.

If you want a super inexpensive and functional place in a great location, this is it. It's a dorm, but for a dorm it's pretty nice. It's a modern building and everything was extremely clean. The room had a bed (which was comfortable) and a desk and GREAT air conditioning (when I was there Toronto was in the midst of a heat wave and temperatures outside were hitting 95 every day... but the room was nice and cool!) Every floor has a shared bathroom, a large kitchen/common room with a TV, and laundry room. It's a short walk to Chinatown, and a reasonable walk to almost anywhere downtown. It's also near the Spadina streetcar. The price of this nice private room was similar to what I've paid for a bed in a noisy, crowded shared hostel room in many US hostels. So it is an amazing value.

I stayed at the student residence for several nights and it did deliver on being basic and cheap and clean! The rooms were tidy and spotless. The shared bathrooms were pretty clean, which really surprised me. My room was on the 8th floor above the streetcar/tram stop. The view was great but I didn't like the fac tthat I couldn't relly open the window. The residence was pretty quiet except for one night where tourists got pretty loud. The residence is ideally located: in Chinatown close to the underground/metro and the tram. It is about 15-minutes away from the bus station bby foot and approximately 25-minutes away from the train station by foot too. The staff was very welcoming and service-minded. And if it's of any help, Uber eats does deliver there! So all in all I would definitely recommend staying there if you're looking for a basic accommodation in Toronto. I would not however recommend having breakfast there. For 11$, you could get something better.

I did a one night stay. Since it’s summer the residence was very quiet. It was a very clean room. If you’re looking for a basic and very affordable place to stay, I recommend here. The residence is next to Spadina and the street car runs past there. It is shared washrooms.

if you are looking for shangrila..this ain't it..its a college dorm room, go from there. having said that i found the room clean, quiet and comfortable. the bathroom, kitchen and shower was very well kept. i stayed summer of 2017 am staying again summer 2018..for the money i think i got more than expected, front desk was awesome as well.Really nothing to complain about at all..and location was perfect, right on Spadina streetcar line. i'd recommend it for anyone who wants bang for their buck.

I've stayed here twice over the summer--once for my trip to TCAF, and once for a trip to visit friends--and it's been ideal both times. It's not a luxury hotel, but it IS nice and quiet over the summer, there's a kitchen you can use if you want, the bathrooms are clean and everything was well-managed. The bed isn't super luxurious but it's comfy enough to get a good night's rest on (which is a big deal for me as I have fibromyalgia). I also rented a mobility scooter on my first trip, and while the halls were too narrow for me to fit it through the doors into the room, I was able to store it in the common area on my floor with no issues overnight. The staff were also very helpful about arranging for the rental to be picked up on Monday morning after I left. The bathrooms are dorm-style, so there's a men's and women's one on each floor, including a row of toilet stalls, a bunch of sinks and three shower stalls. They all have proper doors, so it's not like showering in a public pool locker room! The towels they provide you are pretty small, and you only get one, so if you have space to pack your own I'd recommend it. I made do with the tiny one, but if you've got long hair you might wanna ask for an extra one at the desk. The location couldn't be better--I was able to walk from the Greyhound station, as well as to lots of cool stuff in Chinatown, and I had no trouble getting UberEats delivery there late at night either. All in all, if you're looking for a place that's cheap, clean and convenient for your summer trip to Toronto, this is the place.

Pro - I stayed at 45 Willcocks/New College III building for about 8 days. GREAT STAFF! central location (510 streetcar stops right outside the door, a few minutes to Spadina TTC station, near main streets: Spadina, Bloor, Yonge, Bay, Queens Park), cheap accommodations (cheaper than Massey College where I usually stay who went up on their rates), quiet in summer months so you don't have to share bathroom/showers with a lot of people (at least not in New College III); FREE internet access via wifi or ethernet (free if you have your own cord, but $5 to rent one from them); access to kitchen/fridge (if you want to cook or store leftovers)- tv is also in that room; laundry room on each floor; study rooms are available if you need them; cafeteria in the 40 willcocks building Cons: 1) extremely small rooms (I guess I was spoiled by the room plus sitting area offered at Massey College just up the street) 2) ethernet streaming buffers frequently (annoying when watching news or movies) 3) The towel that's provided is only a little bigger than a hand towel so BRING YOUR OWN! You only get the one - no face towel. 4) Beds are firm so you may need to use 1 or both blankets as a kind of mattress cover/cushion so BRING YOUR OWN blanket. If you like firm beds, you'll be fine. 5) breakfast only in summer (no lunch or dinner on site except for summer camps), but it ends at 9:30am not 10am as I was told - buffet style $9, but I don't think there's a lot of hot options

We spent 5 nights there so you get dirty the bedroom although you are careful, and anyone cleans your bedroom, there's no service for that. The litter was full and anyone removes the rubbish. It's truth that although is far from the center, the tram stop is near the residence.

You can definitely tell you're staying in a university residence. The smells, the sounds, the fire alarms going off constantly. I was situated next to a room where the occupant held random weekend parties and smoked weed most nights (which due to the ventilation system, meant all my stuff stank too). It's also the kind of place where people will take your clothing and throw it on the floor in the laundry rooms because they don't want to wait to use the drier. It's in a good-ish location though, close to the action. Just not a pleasant stay.

The images posted and description of the place fooled us! Soon as we saw the toilet & bath, our worst nightmares came true! There were toilet tissue trashed on the floor! It was smelly and the bathroom fixtures were defective! There were even people knocking on my door at 10pm!!! It was noisy and messy!!! The phone lines are not even working and there is absolutely no privacy!!! They may look good in pictures but, they are the total extremes of what they posted. And even though their policy says that you have to pay on the day you check in, they charged me in advance and they did not return the payment when I asked for it, even if I reiterated their own policy!!!! Worst dorm type accommodation ever!!!! Chexk in at your worst experience!!!!

45 Willcocks Street Toronto ON

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to University of Toronto - St. George Campus and Royal Ontario Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

University of Toronto - 45 Willcocks Residence places you in Downtown Toronto, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as University of Toronto - St. George Campus and Royal Ontario Museum. This 240-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and laundry facilities.


Full breakfast is offered for a fee weekdays from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. This hotel has a restaurant where you can enjoy a bite to eat.


Guests can stay connected with wired Internet and free WiFi.

Property features

Guests of University of Toronto - 45 Willcocks Residence enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and laundry facilities. Self parking is available for CAD 30.00 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with luggage storage, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. This smoke-free hotel also has a TV in a common area.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Twin Bed (Shared Washrooms)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

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University of Toronto - 45 Willcocks Residence

45 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON M5S1C6
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