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Welcome to NOSM University Housing!

Last date updated: January 19, 2024

The Housing Unit provides safe, comfortable housing to learners requiring accommodations during placement. Learner applicability for any type of stay must fall within the Housing Policy.  This policy will highlight procedures and responsibilities, as well as, some information on core and elective placements as well as other helpful information.

Available Housing Locations

NOSM University has learner housing in several Northern Ontario Communities as well as some limited, additional communities in Southern Ontario.  Other locations may be used based on availability and cost. There are two types of housing used (i.e., NOSM U-Managed Housing and Community/Hospital-Managed Housing).

NOSM U-Managed Housing:

  • NOSM University leases housing units in many Northern Ontario communities to provide accommodations to learners.
  • NOSM U-managed units are coordinated and overseen by NOSM U’s Community Relations Unit.
NOSM U-Managed Housing
Atikokan Bracebridge Dryden Fort Frances Huntsville
Kirkland Lake Marathon Mindemoya Nipigon North Bay
Ottawa Parry Sound Red Lake Sault Ste Marie Sioux Lookout
Smooth Rock Falls Sturgeon Falls Sudbury Terrace Bay Thunder Bay
Timmins Toronto

Community/Hospital-Managed Housing:

  • Our community partners (i.e., hospitals) work with us to secure housing for learners.
  • The community operates the housing independently from NOSM U, which is scheduled on a need only basis at a cost, and is dependent on capacity and availability.
Community-Managed Housing
Blind River Cochrane Elliott Lake Emo Englehart
Espanola Geraldton Gore Bay Hearst Kenora
Little Current Moose Factory Vermillion Bay Wawa

Toronto Housing: Self-Arranged Housing Model

Ottawa & Toronto Housing: NOSM U-managed Housing and Self-Arranged Housing Policy

NOSM University Residents travelling to perform CORE rotations in Ottawa and  Toronto-based areas will provide them with the ability to find self-arranged housing when NOSM U Housing is not availabe.  If NOSM U Housing is not available, eligible NOSM University Residents will be able to receive a reimbursement of up to a maximum of $3,000 per four-week block to offset their housing costs incurred when securing their own housing accommodations when performing core or selective placements in the following sites:

  • Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto;
  • Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto;
  • Michael’s Hospital in Toronto;
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto;
  • Trillium Health Partners, in Toronto;
  • CHEO, in Ottawa;
  • The Ottawa Hospital, in Ottawa;
  • in Barrie ON for select placements

The reimbursement process when self-arranged housing is being completed will follow the same reimbursement process as Housing Option 2. Please carefully review the attached policy for further details on the scheduling eligibility and reimbursement process.

Scheduling & Booking

Housing is automatically requested by the program for all learners completing core placements outside of their home base. Learners applying for elective placements at NOSM University may request housing at the time of their application. Failure to apply during the application period may result in housing not being available. Please refer to application details and deadlines.

For NOSM U Learners: Housing will be provided for learners that have confirmed 4+ weeks of placements in one community outside of their home base. If learners are performing two or three week placements, housing could be provided given availability and allocated at a fee. (Please reference the fee structure listed below)

For Visiting Learners: Housing may be provided to our visiting learners given availability within the requested community and allocated at a fee. (Please reference the fee structure listed below)

NOSM University Elective $125 / week
Visiting Undergrad $200 / week
Visiting Postgrad $200 / week
Canadian Undergrad Studying Abroad $200 / week
International Learner $200 / week

* Housing applicability for elective placements is a minimum of 2 weeks* and in accordance with your application requirements.

* Special inter-school agreements are subject to varying fees.

General Apartment Information & FAQ

NOSM University provides a variety of fully furnished shared housing in various communities. Most will consist of 2, 3- or 4-bedroom apartments or houses.  All NOSM U Housing is shared and mixed gender. Housing will be located approximately 2-3 km’s from the main hospital or clinic site within the community. Guests will receive detailed housing information sheets upon confirmation of their stay. Here are a few facts that will help you prepare. We are looking forward to having you stay with us!

If you require special accommodation, please contact your program coordinator before your placement(s) are confirmed.  

COVID-19 Pandemic Updates?

Please refer to NOSM University’s COVID -19 site for all NOSM updates or contact for additional information.

What does fully furnished mean?

Apartments will have well equipped kitchens with most kitchen items such as dishes, glassware, cutlery, and small appliances. Items such as brooms and vacuums for tidying will be included as well. Each bedroom will have bedding, bath linens and will have a personal study area.

What do I need to supply?

Guests are required to bring all personal products. Your clothing and all personal items, food and other sundry such as paper towels, garbage bags, light bulbs, soap etc. will be your responsibility

Are the apartments cleaned?

Yes. NOSM University has cleaners that come in before and after each guest. However, during the stay you are expected to keep the apartment tidy and to leave it in the same way that you found it in, including disposal of your garbage and recycling on a weekly basis.

How do I pay my housing fees?

If fees are required, you will be notified of the amount when you are sent your housing confirmation letter within 4-6 before the start date of your placement. Fees can by cheque, money order or e-transfer payments. 

Is it possible to get housing fees reimbursed?

As housing fees are attributed 4-6 weeks before the start date of the placement, fee reimbursements are not applicable. Fee reimbursement for Housing will only occur if NOSM University cancels the placement or housing reservation due to unforeseen circumstances. If a learner chooses to perform a cancellation of their placement (6 weeks or less), housing fees are forfeited as refunds are not applicable. 

Can I bring my pets?

No. Unfortunately, NOSM University cannot allow anyone to bring pets due to severe allergy concerns of other learners, as these are shared accommodations.

Is there parking?

Parking is available at most locations, but may be subject to lease agreements, cost and availability. Details will be available and provided in your housing confirmation letters.

How do I receive mail while on placement away from my homebase?

We recognize that learners may need timely access to mail while they are away from their homebase on placement. It should be noted that Housing does not oversee or intentionally provide mailboxes as part of arranging housing. Canada Post Boxes are a convenient and secure means for learner to receive mail.

It is recommended that learners purchase a temporary PO Box from Canada Post for the duration of their stay.

Key Considerations:

  • Canada Post has  a multitude  of convenient locations and has a presence in all of our communities and many are accessible 24/7.
  • As learners would be required to complete a mail re-direction form, any unclaimed mail would be the responsibility of Canada Post and be returned to the learner’s permanent address.

What happens if something is damaged or broken within the unit?

It is anticipated that everything should be in good working order and available for your use within the housing unit. However if something breaks or does not work while you are in occupancy we kindly ask that you report this to as soon as possible. We will work with you to replace the item in the most convenient manner. We very much appreciate our learners keeping us appraised of current living conditions within the unit.

How long can I stay in NOSM University housing?

Housing is booked specifically in accordance with the placement. In general, housing reservations will include the following:

  • Day before the placement 
  • Length of the placement
  • Day after the placement ends

This will allow learners to arrive the day prior to their placement and leave the day after their placement without having the worry about attending their clinical placements the same day.

** If learners have concerns regarding entering or exiting Housing please contact to discuss further.

*Special Ontario Inter-University Agreement may apply.

Who do I contact if I have a special accommodation for housing?

Please contact your Program Coordinator or Learner Affairs Officer.

If you have reviewed the NOSM University Housing Policy and the FAQ’s and still have questions, please send us your inquiry here: