The swelling student population at Ryerson University has fostered a surge in demand for rental housing in the area around the Downtown Toronto's campus. Much of this demand is being met through new investor-geared condominium developments, where the suites will be mostly rented out Ryerson students, but purpose-built student rental housing is being built too. In partnership with developer MPI Group, Ryerson is in the process of building a new IBI Group-designed 30-storey rental tower on the west side of Jarvis, between Dundas and Shuter Streets.

Ryerson Jarvis Street Residence, Ryerson University, IBI, MPI Group, TorontoSouth view on Jarvis Street, image by Forum contributor PMT

Now rising above its two-storey podium which will house a lobby and street-fronting retail, four of the project's tower floors have been formed, with work currently underway on the 7th floor of the structure. As it rises towards the height of surrounding rooftops, the building's raw concrete skeleton is now becoming visible from elevated vantage points available to Forum contributors. With crews now getting into a rhythm of forming and pouring repetitive floor layouts, we can expect this project to become visible from some distance away over the course of the coming months.

Ryerson Jarvis Street Residence, Ryerson University, IBI, MPI Group, TorontoView of the site from the northwest, image by Forum contributor Froggy

The building will offer students accommodation within fully furnished one, two or four-bedroom units, each with a kitchen, living room, and bathroom facilities. In total the building will house to 593 students. Nine lounges will be spread every three floors throughout the building. Construction is anticipated to be complete prior to September 2018, in time for the start of that year's fall semester.

Ryerson Jarvis Street Residence, Ryerson University, IBI, MPI Group, TorontoRyerson Jarvis Street Residence, image courtesy of Ryerson University

Additional information and renderings can be found in the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the field provided at the bottom of this page.