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Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa

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Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa

University Studios
Oshawa Mayor John Henry (fourth from left) and Podium Developments’ Managing Director Bernard Luttmer cut the ribbon. Left to right are Podium Developments’ Vice-President Construction, James Wilkinson; Vice-President Development, Christian Huggett; Managing Director, Oskar Johansson; Mayor Henry; Luttmer, Building Capital CEO Saqib Qureshi and Varsity Properties’ President A.J. Keilty. Photo: Evan Eisenstadt

Podium Developments and Building Capital recently celebrated the Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa – an eight-storey, mixed-use student housing project. With with three ground floor tenants (Starbucks, Dominos and Osmows), as well as 308 studio units and related indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, the building acts as a new gateway to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College campuses and to North Oshawa itself

The most unique element of the development are the units, or SmartStudios, the product of big-city thinking into a small space – all the modern conveniences supplied furnished in a tight package (less that 300 sq. ft.). SmartStudios include a three-piece bathroom, washer/dryer, storage area, kitchenette with microwave, stovetop, dishwasher and fridge, study area, lounging area with extra storage underneath, and a military-grade table-bed combined with a four-seat dining table to maximize space economy.

Suite features include granite kitchen countertops, mirrored kitchen backsplash, individual electrical panel with circuit breakers, hardwired high speed internet connection, as well as key furniture including electronic standing desk, desk chair and two dining chairs, couch, TV and window coverings.

University Studios is located 45 minutes east of Toronto, adjacent to UOIT and Durham College in the rapidly intensifying Simcoe Road Corridor and burgeoning North Oshawa area.

Oshawa is serviced by GO Transit, VIA Rail, Hwy. 401 to the south, 407 to the north and 412. Under construction is Hwy. 418 as well as the further east extension of the 407.


Ground-floor amenities include a lobby/social lounge, executive concierge, four meeting rooms, a fitness facility, management office, parcel lockers, multifunctional amenity room, outdoor lounge with barbecue and dining area, bicycle parking and student-friendly retail and student-friendly patios.

Located on each residential floor is a social hub that includes a fully-appointed kitchen, dining area and lounge.


The surrounding areas include schools, places of worship, cafes, boutiques, restaurants, shopping centres and big box stores. A community of culture that gives residents the opportunity to visit theatres and museums. Bordered to the south by Lake Ontario, Oshawa residents enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails lakeside.

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