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Kensington College Backpackers

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
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Overview of Kensington College Backpackers

Kensington College Backpackers

2 out of 5
Guests rated this property 3.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Business services
  • Parking available

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
280 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5T 2L9

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUniversity of Toronto - St. George Campus6 min walk
  • Popular LocationArt Gallery of Ontario15 min walk
  • Popular LocationRoyal Ontario Museum3 min drive
  • AirportToronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.)23 min drive

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About this area


Kensington College Backpackers is located in Kensington Market, a neighbourhood in Toronto, and is in the city centre and near a metro station. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Yonge-Dundas Square and High Park, while Royal Ontario Museum and Casa Loma are cultural highlights. Check out an event or a game at Rogers Centre, and consider making time for Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, a top attraction not to be missed. Guests appreciate the hostel's location for the nightlife.

What's nearby

  • University of Toronto - St. George Campus - 6 min walk
  • Art Gallery of Ontario - 15 min walk
  • Downtown Yonge - 3 min drive
  • Royal Ontario Museum - 3 min drive
  • Toronto Eaton Centre - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • College St at Augusta Ave Stop - 1 min walk
  • Union Station - 4 min drive
  • Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.) - 23 min drive


  • Hibiscus - 2 min walk
  • NU Bügel - 2 min walk
  • Fresca Pizza & Pasta - 2 min walk
  • Ronnie's Local 069 - 3 min walk
  • Jumbo Empanadas - 3 min walk

About this property

Kensington College Backpackers

Toronto hostel in Kensington Market, walk to University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Self parking, concierge services and a computer station are available at this smoke-free hostel. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a TV in a common area. All 48 rooms provide in-room free WiFi, 2 bathrooms and balconies. Hobs and showers are among the other amenities available to guests. Bathrooms are shared.
Kensington College Backpackers offers 48 forms of accommodation with air conditioning. Rooms open to balconies. This Toronto hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (CAD 15 per day)
  • Limited on-site parking


  • Lockers available
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Front desk (limited hours)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Business services

  • Computer station


  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Hob

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in fee: CAD 20
Minimum check-in age - 19


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 14 and younger are not allowed at this property; all guests older than 14 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: CAD 20 per accommodation, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: CAD 15 per day
  • Early check-in fee: CAD 20 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host; the provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession, within the meaning of Article 155 of the French Tax Code
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa and Mastercard; cash is not accepted
Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted; guests whose residence is within 50 mi (80 km) of the property will not be allowed to check in
Parties and events are allowed on site
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector

We should mention

Children 14 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
Alcohol is not served or permitted at this property

Property is also known as

Kensington College Backpackers Hostel Toronto
Kensington College Backpackers Hostel
Kensington College Backpackers Toronto
Kensington College Backpackers
Kensington College Backpackers Toronto
Kensington College Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 43 out of 292 reviews
5 - Excellent 15%
Rating 4 - Good. 75 out of 292 reviews
4 - Good 26%
Rating 3 - Okay. 68 out of 292 reviews
3 - Okay 23%
Rating 2 - Poor. 60 out of 292 reviews
2 - Poor 21%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 46 out of 292 reviews
1 - Terrible 16%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with partner
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
The people that worked there were incredivly friendly. The accomodation however was not clean, smelled horrible and was just lacking in acceptible cleanliness. Just being inside our room made us feel itchy.
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2021

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with group
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Dirty bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2021

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Absolutely disgusting, checked out first night (booked for 5). Toilet didn't work, showers moldy. Probably had bedbugs.
Stayed 5 nights in Oct 2021

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with group
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Absolutely disgusting place! There was a homeless person blocking the doorway to get into the hallway. There is no one working at the front desk ever!!! 1/2 key cards did not work!
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2021

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Extremely dirty and inadequate facility. Staff was also rude and unprofessional
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021