I was looking at the Western Facebook group for off campus housing and off campus housing looks significantly cheaper compared to residence. London Hall is 9800 for the 8 months, whereas you can probably find a decent room in an apartment for around $700 a month (5600). I know prices are a bit cheaper because undergrad students are trying to give away their leases since most undergrad classes are going online. However, I was leaning towards residence because if the coronavirus situation gets worse, Western is going to refund the residence money if campus closes. If I sign off campus, I would still have to pay for months that I might not potentially live in the apartment. So I guess my question to fellow Western students is: are you living off campus or on campus given this info? I was leaning towards residence as well since other 1Ls might also be living there (apparently law students live on the same floor)
Some do, some don’t. They may also need video cameras, microphones, etc. Some universities are also likely paying for some of/all of lecturers’ internet costs.
Canadian universities are multi-billion dollar companies. It’s safe to assume they’ve done the math and figured out that increased costs are going to outweigh money saved on catering.