Visitor Accommodation

Your host will arrange your accommodation and send you details.


Most of CITA’s visitors stay in reserved rooms in Massey College a multi-disciplinary graduate college that also includes distinguished senior scholars, academic visitors and eminent members of society beyond the academic world. It’s a lively, intellectually vigorous place to “nourish learning and serve the public good”. (If Massey is full at the time of your visit, you will have a room reserved at a nearby hotel.)

Massey College

4 Devonshire Place

TTC: St. George Station, Bedford exit,  and Harbord 94 buses

Porter’s Lodge: (416) 978-2895

CITA is 550 meters south, at 60 St. George Street,
McLennan Physical Labs, Burton Tower, 14th floor

Staying at Massey

Massey College was designed by Canadian architect Ron Thom and is an example of among the most beautiful and fully realized architecture in Canada. Massey celebrated its 50th anniversary, and welcomed a new Master, Mr. Hugh Segal, C.M. in 2014.

The College is modeled on English college tradition. College life is presided over by a Master who is presently John Fraser. (The founding Master was writer, journalist and humorist Robertson Davies.) The College hosts academic visitors and fosters community as a part of its tradition. This community is readily accessed at meal times that are announced with a bell  at 8:00am, 12:15pm and 6:30pm.  Members of the community can be found meeting for drinks in the Common Room in the evening, and dining together at lunch and dinner. Bar service is from 5pm – 8pm.  The Common Room is at the south side of the quad, and meals are served in the dining room on the second floor above it.  The company is always friendly and interesting so if time permits and you feel so inclined do introduce yourself and join in. (Dining room hours, and meal prices are posted below.)

CITA rooms are  grouped in a block  with a common bathroom. Towels and bed linen are provided. The rooms are not air-conditioned and can be quite warm in the summer. Soap is not provided. There is a laundry room with ironing board and iron, coin operated washer and dryer all located in the west basement. There is a telephone (local calls only) in the cloakroom outside the washrooms on the main floor opposite the Common Room. Smoking is only permitted outdoors.

  • Special arrangements are made if the visitor is arriving after the Porter’s Lodge closes for the evening or on holidays; (Porter’s hours are 8am – 10pm Monday to Friday; 10 am to 6 pm weekends)
  • Changes to dates should not be made at the last minute unless absolutely necessary, as our use of the rooms in Massey College depends on making sure that arrangements are not changed constantly.
  • This is not quite a hotel or a bed and breakfast; the rooms have fewer amenities.
  • For those making longer stays, rooms are cleaned and beds made once a week starting about 7:30 am
  • There is a fully equipped communal kitchen

Massey Meals

During the 2019/20 Academic Year, meal times and prices are:

5-lunch plan $81.90  Individual lunch chit $16.38
5-dinner plan $146.80  Individual dinner chit $29.28

These are purchased at the Porter’s Lodge at the entrance to the College, by Visa, Mastercard or Debit. NO CASH or CHEQUES please. The chit will be collected by your server in the dining room.

Breakfast is included with your stay. Vegetarian lunches and dinners are available. Ask the Porter about making arrangements. Reservations are required for dinner and meal tickets can be purchased at the Porter’s Lodge.


Breakfast 7:30am – 9:00am (Monday-Friday); 9:00am – 9:30am (Saturday)
Lunch : 12:15pm – 1:30pm (Monday-Saturday)
Bar: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Dinner 6:30pm sharp & served formally (Monday-Friday); 5:15pm – 6:00pm served cafeteria style (Saturday).

There is no dinner service May – September.

Massey College holds many private and college run events, discussions, lectures. CITA guests are always welcome to attend “College” events. They are generally free of charge. Please check with the Porter to ensure the event is a “College” event and open to everyone.