The AST Residence


As a small university, AST promotes a safe, friendly, and smoke-free environment. Our Residence is a co-ed community with students attending AST, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, Nova Scotia Community College, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Students feel at home here. Everyone knows your name, allowing you to develop lasting friendships.

The Residence has accommodation for students in large or small rooms and also offers apartments with sitting-room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, suitable for parents with children. Apartments are few in number, and not available every year. Students already in Residence will be offered an apartment should one become available before applications are taken from outside the community. Students who live in our dorm rooms use shared kitchens which also have dining space and are outfitted with all the usual kitchen appliances. There is coin-operated laundry onsite, as well as a small boutique-style convenience store.

AST is located in south end Halifax, overlooking the Northwest Arm of Halifax, a few minutes’ walk from Saint Mary’s University and Point Pleasant Park, and within walking distance of Dalhousie, downtown, and Metro bus routes.

We’re proud to offer one of the lowest rates for university residence in Halifax. As an AST resident, you will also have access to our modern library, which is part of the Novanet system and offers study spaces and public computers for class work and/or Internet access.  

To apply for Residence, scroll down the page to the link for the AST Residence Application.  Please follow instructions carefully so that there’s no delay in processing your application – we look forward to welcoming you home!

Residence Applications for Summer 2024

The application process for Summer 2024 will take place from February 1 through February 29, 2024. Applications received after February 29 will be managed, but accommodation for late applicants is not guaranteed.

Residence Application for Fall-Winter

Residence Policies and General Information


Proposed Room Rental Rates 2024-25

Subject to change - All rates in Canadian $

Large Single Room - 1st floor + security (monthly rate)
$   768.00
Large Single Room - 2nd floor (monthly rate)
$   743.00
Standard Single Room - 3rd floor (monthly rate)
$   660.00
One-Bedroom Apartment (monthly rate)
$ 1,050.00
One-Bedroom Apartment shared by 2 students
$ 1,375.00
Short Term Accommodation of less than 3 months:
    • Small Room: $25 per night
    • Large Room: $30 per night
    • Room with Washroom: $35 per night
Residence Application Fee (for June/July residency; non-refundable)
$   110.00
Security Deposit (for rentals from August to May; refundable depending on condition of room at departure)
$   330.00
On-campus parking fee for residents only
    • January through April: $174.00
    • May through August: $174.00
    • AST's 6-week summer term (mid-June to late July): $110
    • September through December: $174.00
Residence Activity Fee (annual)
$     58.00


AST Residence Dates and Policies

  • During academic terms, preference for residence rooms and apartments is given to full-time students.
  • AST is both a Tobacco Free and Scent Free campus. This includes all buildings and property. 

Important Residence Dates

FEB 28
Deadline for Summer Distance Master of Divinity Program students to apply for residence for the Summer Term.
MAR 15
Deadline for current residents to request continuation of their rental agreement beyond May 31
MAY 31
Deadline for all current residents to vacate the residence. All residents must move out by this date unless they have been given permission to extend their rental period.
  • Applications received by June 30 are more likely to be successful.  If your application for September occupancy is received after June 30, we will try to accommodate you but cannot guarantee your space

Residence and Apartment Rates and Policies

  • Payments due on arrival: On arrival, you will provide payment for your first month’s rent, a $15 residence activity fee, plus parking and other fees, if applicable. (Your damage deposit is due with your residence application.)
  • Payments are due on the 1st of every month: Please ensure your rent is paid on the first day of each month via a series of post-dated cheques or by providing AST with a credit card number.
  • Eviction for non-payment: If you are more than two months behind in your rent payments, your door lock will be changed and you will be subject to eviction.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in residence rooms, apartments, or common areas. 
  • Note: Apartments are unfurnished, with the exception of a fridge and stove in each unit. Pets are not allowed in residence rooms, apartments or common areas.
  • A meal plan is not offered at AST

More Information

  • For more information about residence opportunities at AST, including family or special needs requests, please contact our Residence Manager, Bobbi Zahra, via Email or Phone 902-223-2974