Three students chatting near the large windows located by the Wilson Hall Front Desk.

At the heart of the New College experience is its student life. The college offers students extracurricular and co-curricular programming, experiential learning, community engagement and leadership development, all of which support students’ academic and personal success. New College students will have opportunities to take part in many enriching activities, such as our Let’s Talk Days, SPROUT mentorship meet-ups, field trips, and various educational and social pursuits. They also may want to get involved in the New College Student Council, the New College Residence Council or one of the many clubs and groups housed at New College. 

Living at New—Residence Life

The New College Residence, comprising three buildings, provides a vibrant community for over 850 students. Residence is more than just a place to live; it is a home, a place to make lifelong friends and an abundant resource of programs and services that support the student experience. We aim to extend learning beyond the classroom by providing a host of extracurricular and co-curricular activities to develop students’ understanding of the world beyond campus.

New College offers unique living environments catering to the differing needs of our student body. These include multi-faculty communities, and single-gender, as well as gender-inclusive (or all-gender) communities. New College also offers three room options for residents: traditional single and double rooms, as well as our bed-over-desk double rooms. Each room comes furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair and wardrobe.

Residence Dons

Dons are full-time students who work to support student activities and academics in residence. Generally senior undergraduate students or graduate students, dons are able to draw from their own experiences as students to assist residents in navigating the university and also personal issues that may arise during the transition into first year. Dons provide leadership, support, academic referrals and advice to residents, and direct students for further supports. They also help to organize social, educational and academic activities within the residence. The dons have an important role in maintaining order in the house and encouraging individuals to avoid behaviour that may negatively impact other residents.

First Year Experience @ NEW

The First Year Experience at New College is a suite of programs spanning from June through April that are designed to support new students as they transition in and through their first year at the College. These programs group all new students with upper-year New College student leaders who will stay visible and accessible throughout the year. The First Year Experience consists of three marquee programs: SPROUT E-Mentorship (Summer), New Roots (New College Orientation), and SPROUT Mentorship (Fall-Winter).

Career Mentorship Program

For over 20 years, the New College Career Mentorship Program has helped to increase students’ exposure to ideas, connections and friendships while developing their career trajectory. Mentors and mentees are connected according to personal interests and career aspirations, ensuring a meaningful exchange for both students and their alumni mentors.

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