The University of Toronto offers students a wide variety of academic, athletic, housing and health services. A directory of these services can be found in a number of student and University publications. Please take note of the following student services:
The TESOL office is a reliable first-stop whenever you have questions, concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way of your success.
The Academic Success Centre is the place to go to learn how to develop skills in time management, exam preparation, textbook reading, note-taking, and dealing with anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism. Make an appointment with a learning skills counsellor at the reception desk or by calling 416-978-7970. You can also visit the ASC drop-in centre in the Koffler building at 214 College Street.
If you have a disability, Accessibility Services is your home base for support. It is important to contact the office as soon as you are accepted to U of T so that accommodations for your needs are in place before classes start. All information about your disability is confidential and won’t be shared with units outside of Accessibility Services without your consent. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/as
Tutors are available at First Nations House to help aboriginal students develop their research, essay writing and study skills. Tutors can also help students find academic support in specific fields of study, such as math and science. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh
If you’re facing challenging personal circumstances that are affecting your academic performance, feel free to seek emotional and psychological support from U of T’s Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Exams 101 – Get Prepared for your LIN200H1 Exams! Writing exams can be very stressful, whether it’s your first university exam or your last. This resource will help you understand what to expect in the exam halls, give you some strategies on how to avoid unnecessary stress before and during the exam period, give you some information on what your options are if you are ill during the exam period, and some tips on what to do after your exams when your marks come in.
Athletics and Recreation
Faculty of Physical Education and Health
The Athletic Centre (AC) is located on the south-east corner of Harbord Street and Spadina Avenue. All full-time and part-time students are automatically members of the AC through payment of UofT incidental fees. A valid UofT student card is required for admission to the AC; entrance to the facility will not be granted without it. Facilities include: two swimming pools; a 200m indoor track; 10 squash courts; eight gymnasia; a strength and conditioning centre; indoor tennis courts; a multi-purpose court for badminton, basketball, and volleyball; a dance studio; a cardio training area; a stretch area; fencing salle; golf cages; and a gymnastics gym. Students also have access to services at the AC including: The David L. Macintosh Sports Medicine Clinic; personal training; fitness testing; and nutrition consultations. Website: physical.utoronto.ca/FacilitiesAndMemberships/Athletic_Centre.aspx
As the cultural, recreational, and social student centre of the U of T, Hart House provides students with the chance to develop their interests in music, art, literature, debates, athletics and recreational activities ranging from photography to scuba diving. Website: http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca.
You don’t have to look far at U of T to find part-time work! We post thousands of paid and volunteer jobs each year from on- and off-campus employers who feel that a student would make a valuable part of their team. We even provide you with employment skills development through our Career Centre with announcements, events, blogs and articles about finding work and developing career skills. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cc
International students must get a work permit if they wish to work off campus, are required to work in a co-op placement as part of their program or want to work in Canada after graduating. Contact the Centre for International Experience for assistance with work and post-graduation work permit applications. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie
Diversity & Equity
Diversity and equity are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Students from every background are supported by policies and resources that help create an inclusive environment and one that actively works against discrimination.
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office offers support and information to students who are “out” or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The office also works with students, faculty and staff to provide training and education on issues related to sexual diversity, anti-heterosexist programming, and events and programs for the LGBTQ community at U of T. Website: sgdo.utoronto.ca/
The Sexual Harassment Office handles harassment complaints based on sex or sexual orientation and provides guides for undergraduate and graduate students. Website: sho.utoronto.ca/
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T’s diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment. Website: www.antiracism.utoronto.ca/
U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf
The Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their families. You can take advantage of free workshops, support groups and seminars. Our Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to lesbian and gay parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members. Website: http://www.familycare.utoronto.ca
The Community Safety Office addresses personal and community safety issues for students, staff and faculty across all three campuses. The office provides assistance to students, staff and faculty who have had their personal safety compromised, develops and delivers educational initiatives addressing personal safety, promotes and delivers self-defense courses on campus, and coordinates and responds to critical incidents on campus. Website: www.communitysafety.utoronto.ca
Rights & Responsibilities
The University of Toronto respects and upholds all students’ rights but also entrusts you with certain responsibilities and expects you to be familiar with, and follow, the policies developed to protect everyone’s safety, security and integrity. Website: uoft.me/rights
U of T is committed to fairness in its dealings with its individual members and to ensuring that their rights are protected. In support of this commitment, the Office of the University Ombudsperson operates independently of the administration, being accountable only to the Governing Council, and has unrestricted access to all University authorities. Website: ombudsperson.utoronto.ca/
The University of Toronto Student Housing Service is a year-round source of up-to-date housing information for off-campus, single-student residence, and student family housing. Our online registry of off-campus housing is available to U of T students, providing listings for both individual and shared accommodations.
Student Housing Services also provides emergency and temporary housing for all U of T students, so contact them to get connected with an emergency housing coordinator. Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hs
Health & Wellness
Wellness refers to your overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social condition, not simply the absence of illness. So when you’re not feeling your best, there are a number of services on campus to help you get back on track.
The Health Service offers students the same services as a family doctor’s office and more. The Health Service team includes family physicians, registered nurses, a dietician, support staff and a lab technician that provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, immunization, diagnostic testing, sexual health care, counselling and referrals. The Health and Wellness Centre also offers assessment, treatment and referrals for a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. Services are available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid Tcard and have health insurance coverage.Website: www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc
Students Unions and Associations
Woodsworth College Students’ Association (WCSA)
Every student studying at Woodsworth is a member of WCSA. WCSA provides a program of extracurricular, academic, cultural, sporting, and social activities, and contributes to a number of College functions such as Orientation and the Graduation and Scholarship Dinners. The Association is administered by a student Board of Directors elected in the spring of each year. You are encouraged to get involved and attend the open monthly meetings. Call 416-946-3333 for more information, or drop in at the WCSA office in Room 103 of the College, or visit http://mywcsa.com/wdw.
University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
The University of Toronto Students’ Union represents all 47,000 full-time undergraduate and professional faculty students at UofT’s St. George and Mississauga campuses. We work to build community on campus and ensure you have the best possible student experience while you are here. Visit: http://utsu.ca
The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS)
All part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto are members of APUS. The role of the Association is to ensure its members have access to the full range of services, programs and resources within the University in order to improve the quality of the part-time undergraduate educational experience. This is achieved by representing part-time students throughout the decision-making process of the university, and of governments, as well as by acting as a voice for the concerns of its members. APUS also offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to part-time students throughout the year, and services such as final exams and photocopying. The APUS office, in Room 1089 of Sidney Smith Hall, is open days and evenings during the summer and winter sessions. Website: apus.ca/