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Living in Ridgetown

About the Ridgetown Community

  • A safe, quiet, and friendly community of 3,000 people
  • Located 1 hour west of London, ON and 1 hour east of Windsor, ON in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Offers a variety of services and amenities, all within close walking distance of the campus
  • Amenities include a grocery store, local restaurants, banks, pharmacies, convenience stores, 5-pin bowling alley, hockey arena, and a gas station
  • Just 15 minutes off the shore of Lake Erie and Rondeau Provincial Park

Parking On-Campus

  • Parking passes are available for students to purchase if they would like to park on-campus
  • Prices of passes range from $30.00 to $120.00 per year, depending on the location of the lot
  • Passes can be purchase through our online store

Student Housing Options

There are two housing options for students to consider when relocating to Ridgetown for their studies:

  1. Steckley Hall Student Residence (On-Campus)

    Living in Steckley Hall Residence will give you a great opportunity to meet new friends while having several comforts of home. By choosing to live on-campus, you'll live close to classmates, athletic facilities, food services, and classrooms.

    • Co-ed, dormitory-style facility
    • Staffed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
    • Smoke-free facility
    • WIFI available throughout the building
    • Coin-operated washer and dryers available on the lower level
    • Kitchenette on lower level available for student use
    • Fitness Centre located on the lower level for all students and staff to use
    • Quiet wing available for students looking for maximum study time
    • Located next to Willson Hall Cafeteria and a short walk to other campus buildings

    Residence Fees

    Room Type Deposit
    (applied to winter semester)
    Fall Semester Winter Semester
    (amount owing after $500 deposit applied to fees)
    Total Residence Fee
    (Fall and Winter)
    Single $500 $2,826.00 $2,326.00 $5,652.00
    Double $500 $1,423.00 $923.00 $2,846.00

    These fees are estimates and are subject to change and thus students may not receive prior notification; Based on F20/W21 Fees

    Applying to Live in Steckley Hall

    • Application Deadline: May 28, 2021
    • $500.00 deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit will be deducted off of the winter semester residence fees
    • An offer of admission must be accepted before applying for residence
    • Students living in Steckley Hall are required to purchase the meal plan
    • The Steckley Hall Residence Application is now open
    • Residence is available to students for both their first and second years of studies
    • Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis

    Note: For students studying in the Veterinary Technology Alternative program or staying in Ridgetown for on-campus summer employment, Steckley Hall is not available as a housing option.

    Residence Contract

    View the Residence Contract for F21/W22

    Dining in Willson Hall: Meal Plan Details

    • Students living on-campus are required to purchase a meal plan. The meal plan is currently being reviewed and further details will be shared at a later date

    • The meal plan includes 14 meals per week: Monday morning breakfast through to Friday lunch service
    • There are many different entree options to choose from at each meal, with many different healthy food choices
    • For any special dietary need, speak with the chef to ensure your needs are met
    • Students who are not on the meal plan are welcome to purchase food and drinks in Willson Hall using cash, debit, or credit during the cafeteria's hours of service

    Note: As Willson Hall is not open for Friday dinner service or over the weekend, students have access to a kitchenette on the lower level of Steckley Hall to cook meals or they may want to explore the different restaurant options available in town.

    Meal Plan Fee

    • TBA per semester
  2. Off-Campus Student Housing

    For students that prefer to live off-campus, there are many different rental opportunities in Ridgetown and the surrounding communities to choose from:

    • House Rental (room in a house shared with other students)
    • Apartment Rental (individual or shared with other students)
    • Room and Board (shared with the homeowners, sometimes meals are provided)

    Additional Communities Outside of Ridgetown to Consider for Accommodation:

    • Morpeth (7km)
    • Blenheim (16km)
    • Thamesville (17km)
    • Chatham (34km)

    Check out the Off-Campus Housing Listing for different rental opportunities that may be available in Ridgetown and the surrounding area. This service is available for local landlords to post their student housing for free; the use of this service is at the user's own risk.