I lived in a dorm on the 9th floor with a view of the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit, the best view. I got the room through the exchange office and it was included in the semester fees. I got to choose if I wanted to live in other dorms, but I chose this one. The room included a bed and two desks and some storing/wardrobe furniture. It was a good size and the bed was high up from the floor. I had to almost jump in to it and I’m 1,74m! Good storage underneath though.
The bed itself was in a weird plastic kind of material so the sheets moved around all the time. I bought a mattress cover and it sorted that out. We got douves, pillows and hangers from Michelle. I had to buy cleaning supplies and such since that was not included.
It was very easy to hear others through the walls and the door to the corridor and that made it tough to sleep late at night. It was also very echoing in the hallway which made it worse. I did however have my earplugs so I managed. There were 19 rooms per floor and there was people living on 9 of the 10 floors.
In the fees that was paid before arrival (room, insurance, etc..) a sum of that was on the student card and with that you could buy food at the different food courts at the university. They had Subway, Pizza, Tim Hortons, pasta, burgers and sushi. In retrospect I think that I had no clue how much anything costed so I just took what I wanted that day and pulled my card. At the end of the semester I had to buy extra food to last me the last 2 weeks before I went back home. Although anything you leave on the card at the end of semester disappears and is lost to the University, so using it all is a good idea, but one must be mindful.
Since I am gluten intolerant and vegetarian, I had a few issues with the food, but I knew that it would be challenging before I went there. I had a good relationship with a few of the chefs, so they made special food for me. I would say that it is slightly more expensive to live there if you have special dietary needs, but other than that it's fine.