“Envie is synonymous with luxurious, all-inclusive student living, however, the attractive price suggests otherwise. At Envie some of the features that stand out to me are: the ease of finances - everything is included in one monthly price; it is fixed and includes all of the typical utilities as well as some additional services and you know it is going to be the same every month. Additionally, the facilities within the building are another perk of living at Envie; the gym, games room, coffee shop, convenience store, etc. are all within the living space, making it very convenient. The interactions I’ve had between several of the company members has been nothing less than stellar and I would have no hesitation in endorsing Envie to any of my friends as I am thrilled to be living there next year.”
Eric Della Ventura
Carleton University: Mechanical Engineering
"I choose Envie as my new home due to the sense of community they are creating. One thing that caught my eye and was a deal breaker for me when choosing Envie was the security the provide. Having a safe place to live and go home to is a key factor in choosing a place to live. I also like how close it is to my university and the city center with easy access to transportation to different places. I am most looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends who share the same lifestyle as me. I definitely would recommend Envie to my friends so they could also be a part of such an amazing Envie community."
Carleton University: Criminology and Criminal Justice – Bachelor of Arts Honours Program
"I am really exited to be living at Envie next year! I am happy that their is a gym on site so I don't have to go to Carleton to workout and if I did its only about 5 minute commute on the o-train. I love how all I have to bring is my clothing and bathing supplies because Envie includes everything even dishes, which will make my move in and out extremely easy. I already have a few friends living at Envie next year but I would recommend it to the rest of my friends at Carleton because its a great deal for students and it being so close to Carleton make it that much better."
Carleton University: Honours Bachelor of Commerce
What do room rates cover?
Envie’s rates include hydro, gas, water, internet, maintenance, monthly common cleaning of the suite common area, on-site group study and common areas, Wi-Fi, and a comprehensive Envie Life Program.
Is there security in the building?
Yes. Envie Student is equipped with high definition cameras. They cover the parking areas, all common areas and the exterior of the building. Community advisors and front desk staff are also on-site 24 hours a day. We have security on rounds of the building between 11pm-7am. We also offer a Resident Safe Walk program for those times when you are late coming back from class.
How do I access the building, my suite and my bedroom?
Upon move-in, you will be given a personalized security key fob that will allow you to swipe open the front and rear access doors of the building. For access to your suite and bedroom you will be given two keys.
What happens if I lose my keys?
If you lose your keys will be happy to replace the lost keys; however, for safety and security reason we will also have to change your lock and issue your suitemates new keys.
What happens if I am locked out?
If you are locked out simply come down to the reception desk and we will verify your identification and let you back into your suite.
Are there bike storage units on site?
Yes. We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and that means plenty of secure bike racks! There are 120 spots located on site, easily accessible through our dedicated bike ramp.
Is there parking available?
No, there is no surface or underground parking available at this time. There are limited spaces that are reserved for pick up and drop off. We encourage students to make use of their U-Pass, and bring their bikes. Ottawa has a fantastic public transportation system and Envie is just minutes away from the O-Train.
Can I receive mail at while living at Envie?
Yes. The mail room is located in the main lobby. You will receive your mailbox key when you move in. Your mailbox is shared with the other members of your suite.
What does Housekeeping service provide?
As part of your services with Envie we will be cleaning the common space inside your suite on a monthly basis. A cleaning schedule is posted and provided to all residents so that you are aware of when staff will be entering your unit. Staff will also be cleaning the common areas of the residence daily.
Can I get additional cleaning services?
Absolutely, additional housekeeping services can be arranged at an extra cost for your room/unit. Speak with the Resident Lifestyle Manager to make arrangements.
What if I need something in my suite fixed?
We have maintenance staff to fix issues related to each suite. Fill out a service request and our maintenance staff will address the issue. You will be given 24 hours’ notice whenever possible for any maintenance issues that require access to your suite. If it is an emergency, please call the reception desk so that they can have it addressed immediately.
Can I get tenant insurance coverage through you?
We have some local contacts for tenant insurance that we can pass on. Of course, you can get your own through your family’s insurance provider.
Are the suites furnished?
Yes, each suite comes fully furnished. The living room comes with a sofa or sectional, a coffee table, and a large flat screen TV. The eat-in kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances (including refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher), table, bench and chairs. The bedrooms come furnished with a double bed, night stand, a study table and a chair. Each suite includes a washing machine and dryer.
Do I need to bring cutlery, dishes, pots, and pans?
The suites come with a set of dishes, cups and cutlery, as well as a toaster and coffee maker. Residents will have to provide their own pots, pans and any other kitchen items they may want to use.
Is there a TV in my room?
None of the bedrooms have a television in them. Each suite has one in the common area (living room).
Are there beds in the rooms? Do I have to bring my own mattress?
All of the suites and bedrooms are completely furnished. Each student will have a double-sized bed and mattress; desk with a chair; a night table; a closet; and a private washroom. The only exception to this is some of the shared rooms that have single beds.
Does my suite have a phone?
None of the suites come with a phone; however, you can make arrangements with one of our service providers to have one connected.
How do I meet people?
We understand that getting out and meeting other people is important. We have a robust Envie life program which is designed to help make memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll have a chance to meet our Student Lifestyle Manager and your Community Advisor who will help to you take advantage of all things Envie!
I’m worried about my academics! Where can I get help?
The Envie Life Team is here to help you get to the resources you need. Simply speak to one of your Community Advisors or the Lifestyle Manager and they will help you connect with the on-campus resources.
I’m new in town; where can I see a doctor?
Every student has access to on-campus Health Services Doctors. If you are in need of an after-hours clinic, the closest one is the Appletree Medical Clinic located at 225 Preston Street. The closest Hospital is the Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus located at 1053 Carling Avenue.
What should residents do if they are not getting along with their roommates?
There are several options for students and their roommates to consider before any final room change decisions are made. The first option is roommate mediation, where all roommates meet with their Community Advisor to openly talk about the issues, and to come up with possible solutions. After roommate mediation, if things are still not working out, the roommates will discuss their issues with the Resident Lifestyle Manager. If no compromise can be reached, the students are welcome to go through the room change process, which includes a fee.
How soon should I submit my application to live at Envie?
As soon as you have made your decision to live with us you should complete your lease application, we compile our wait list in order of applications received. The sooner you get your paperwork signed and returned you can guarantee your suite/room selection.
Do I need to have a roommate before I move in?
No, we will place single students with other students based on information and preferences you have indicated in your personality profile questionnaire.
Can I request a specific roommate?
Absolutely! All you have to do is indicate that you have a specific roommate you wish to live with.
What deposit do you need?
We require first and last month’s rent upon signing the lease. A pre-authorized payment system and online payments are available for even greater convenience.
How am I billed for my rent?
The advance payment of first and last month rent are required upon lease signing. Our payment options include monthly pre-authorized payment and postdated cheques and online payments for greater convenience.
Will I receive rent receipts for my monthly payments?
Yes. Because we are a private off campus student housing building, you will receive rent receipts for all months that you stay with us. You may use them when filing your income tax returns.
Are the suites co-ed?
That depends on what you want and what you are comfortable with. You get to choose whether you prefer to live in an all-female, all male, or co-ed suite.
When can I move in?
Move-in schedules will be provided with your welcome package letter which will be emailed to you. We schedule move-in times to ensure that it is a seamless and smooth process for everyone.
Can I move in early?
It is possible; however, we ask that you contact us to determine if we can accommodate the early move-in request.
I have disability or medical condition and need special accommodation.
Any student who needs an accommodation should notify us as soon as possible so that we can work with you regarding the room assignment.
Can I smoke in my room?
No, smoking is only permitted in designated areas located outside of building and must be at least 9 meters from any entrance.
Can I have a pet?
No pets are allowed in the building. Service animals are exempt from this policy.
How does guest sign-in and parking work?
All guests are required to sign-in to the building so that we know in the event of an emergency who is in the building. There is no visitor parking on site; however, there is community parking sites and some on-street parking.
Do I have to move out all of my belongings when I leave for winter/spring break?
No, you have signed a lease to live here for 12 months, so there is no need to store your belonging elsewhere.