The Graduate Students’ Union at the University of Toronto represents over 17,000 students studying in over 80 departments. For many years this union has advocated for increased student representation and funding. The GSU also provides health and dental insurance for graduate students automatically. If students have adequate coverage already, opt-out of these plans in advance of the deadline to receive a refund.
Ulife is a one-stop website listing a large and diverse directory of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on all three campuses.
Gradlife connects graduate students to specialized workshops, social events, and online resources designed to enrich your experience as a graduate student at University of Toronto. Be sure to check out the Essential Guide for Grad Students, an annual publication that summarizes useful campus services and resources.
Run in partnership with the Graduate Students’ Union, Grad Escapes invites students to explore the cultural riches of Toronto in the company of other graduate students – at the lowest prices possible. Events run year-round, often include a social component, and are hosted by one of the Grad Escapes staff or volunteers. Events range from discounted tickets (usually <$20) to operas and sports games to free ice-skating socials, etc.
All University of Toronto students paying incidental fees are automatically members of the Athletic Centre, a multi-use health and fitness facility, and the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Membership is valid from approximately September–April each year. Students also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities at the Varsity Centre, which hosts a range of drop-in recreational activities. Between Year 1 and Year 2 students may purchase a summer membership at a discounted rate.
With membership for all University of Toronto students paying incidental fees, Hart House offers a recreational athletics facility, as well as theatre, musical performances, fine arts, a wide range of student clubs, and a variety of food options, all at reasonable prices.
The UTGSU Gym is reserved for graduate student use. Students can sign up in September for a non-competitive drop-in volleyball or basketball league, offered in the evenings once a week, as well as singles badminton or quiet activities during the day.
Health and Wellness Resources
The Health and Wellness Centre employs family physicians for health education and counseling. Travel health and counselling, contraceptive sales, and diagnostic lab facilities are also available. Health Services can also provide documentation for missed exams and/or missed deadlines. The Centre also offers personal counselling and psychotherapy as well as assault counseling and education. Also offered are individual assistance and lectures on learning skills, exam and performance anxiety workshops, and a learning skills drop-in centre.
University of Toronto’s commitment to student mental wellness includes everyone. From student leaders to faculty and staff, we all have roles to play in ensuring student mental wellness. Explore the 22 recommendations across five key areas to discover how you fit in.
Rotman Dedicated Health & Wellness Counsellor
Tracey Doyle will be providing counselling for students registered with the iSchool, Varsity Athletics, Innis College, and Rotman MBA. She will be providing services to the iSchool, MBA, and Innis on Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and Varsity Athletics on Tuesdays. Her office is located at Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 140 St. George Street – Bissell 607.
Tracey’s work experiences include working with post-secondary student at a Toronto College and an adult population at a community hospital. Her psychotherapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
How to Book
Call (416) 978-8030 to schedule first appointment, specifically asking for the “iSchool/Innis/MBA Counsellor”. Follow-up appointments are scheduled with the counsellor.
Location: Faculty of Information – 140 St. George St – Bissell 607
If you are unable to book a time with Tracey (above), other counsellors are available for appointments. The SGS Wellness Counsellor offers brief counselling services five days a week and bi-monthly wellness workshops exclusively for graduate students. Build coping skills to help you meet the demands of your academic and personal life, offered in partnership with the Health & Wellness Centre.
If you are interested in counselling, call the Health & Wellness Centre (416-978-8030), and they will set up an assessment. Students may be recommended to a SGS Wellness Counsellor at 63 St. George Street. Free wellness workshops for grad students are also available twice monthly next door at 65 St. George Street.
University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) provides mental health-related resources and services to students, advocates for graduate students’ mental health, and creates partnerships in the community. Offerings include events (e.g. art events, film screenings, talks), the annual Open Minds conference, free yoga, and monthly Mental Health at the Grad Room.
Dental services performed by supervised dentistry students at a reduced rate. Services include pediatric, emergency, and general dentistry and orthodontics.
A Graduate student-led team providing health education by graduate students. Areas of focus include mental health, relationships with supervisors, school-to-work transition and balanced living.
Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and environment through mindfulness can help you increase your relaxation and resiliency. Drop-in sessions on campus run from September–March.
The Family Care Office offers advice and assistance with childcare and elder care support. Workshops on childcare, parenting, and elder care advocacy for student parents are also available. Find on- and off-campus child care services, and access confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming, and advocacy on family-related issues.
A child and parent drop-in centre on the St. George campus for children up to five years of age. No registration required.
The on-campus child care centres are staffed by professionally qualified early childhood educators. Each centre is separately incorporated as a not-for-profit and is licensed by the Province of Ontario. Childcare subsidies are available. All of the centres give priority to University of Toronto families. To enroll, contact each centre directly to be placed on its waiting list.
Recreational athletic programs for kids, including Camp U of T and Junior Blues, offered by University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Safety and Diversity
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) provides non-academic services to international students at University of Toronto, including student advising, information services, immigration, finances, accommodation, health insurance, legal issues, etc. Where appropriate, referrals are made to other services both within and outside the university.
The office is mandated to offer programs and services to students, faculty and staff. The office engages collaboratively with stakeholders on campus to enable the University’s academic mission through the integration of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity.
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office provides information and programs in support of LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty of the University. The Office works in partnership with departments and offices on campus to provide academic, social and cultural supports to LGBTQ students.
For further information about safety and resources at the University of Toronto.
The Office responds to all personal safety concerns and provides consultation and training to those managing difficult behavior, workshops on a variety of topics, and self-defence courses.
The Sexual Harassment Office handles complaints of harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression at the University of Toronto.
The only residence at University of Toronto reserved exclusively for graduate and second-entry professional faculty students. Provides accommodation for single students sharing same-gender, three- and four-person furnished suites. Please see the website for eligibility requirements and application information.
Massey College is a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. It provides a unique, congenial, and intellectual environment for grad students in all disciplines.
This is a resource for on and off-campus housing at the University of Toronto. It can offer the information, resources, and personal assistance students need to meet their housing goals. Students can visit the office to work with a member of the team one-on-one or check out the online resources at their convenience.
Housing for student families is available through at 35 Charles Street. Student Family Housing is committed to fostering a family-friendly learning and working environment and provides information, guidance, and referral services to students who need childcare and assistance with other matters.
The University of Toronto Off-Campus Housing website allows you to access housing near all three campuses. Save and compare favourite listings, view your search history, and more.
Faith and Spirituality
Connect with spiritual advisors of many faiths and denominations.
The Multi-Faith Centre supports the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty through interfaith dialogue and other activities that help to increase our understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices.
Looking for a place on campus to practise your faith? The St. George campus offers several multi-purpose spaces suitable for prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices.
Accessible Campus Online Resource Network (ACORN)
ACORN—the Accessible Campus Online Resource Network—contains data relating to a student’s admission to and academic performance at the University of Toronto. Students are able to access ACORN to change personal information (address and telephone numbers), obtain fees invoices and tax receipts, and other functions.
Student Card (TCard)
The University of Toronto student card—TCard—is the official university identification and is issued to all new students. It provides access to resources such as campus libraries, the Athletic Centre and Housing (Student Success Centre). It is also required for identification during exams and to pick up assignments and course materials at Rotman. TCards are issued from Robarts Library. Students will need photo identification and proof of citizenship to obtain a TCard. Note that, in addition to providing access to resources at the university, the TCard account is also linked to students’ wireless access account.
Official Name Change
The legal name that is on record with the School is the name used when applying to the University of Toronto. Students wishing to make a legal name change may do so by visiting the School of Graduate Studies in-person (65 St. George Street) to make the request. The requested legal name change must be supported by one of the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Change-of-name certificate issued by the Registrar General of Ontario
Information on ordering official transcripts is on the University Registrar’s Office Transcript Services site.
Underground parking is conveniently located under the Rotman building. Pay and Display parking is available for the posted rates. Monthly/Seasonal parking permits are also available for sale through Parking and Transportation Services.