Vicky Sunohara has a degree in Physical and Health Education, but she’s more famous for being an Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian women’s hockey team. Atom Egoyan studied international relations and emerged as one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. Students don’t have to end up being famous, but to really make the most of university, they should spend time following their interests both inside and outside the classroom.
There are all kinds of reasons that getting involved is a good idea. They’ll learn new skills, make new friends and meet people who make them think in ways they’ve never thought before. In fact, students who get involved on campus usually get better marks.
Hands-on learning opportunities include workshops, committees, clubs, teams and organizations. It is through participation in these activities that students develop skills in decision making, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, and leadership, as well as technical skills.
Students clubs and organizations
The development of a network of friends on campus through clubs, committees, sports, study groups, and volunteer activities leads to a happier, more balanced lifestyle. There is such a wide array of activities at U of T that there is bound to be something to match every interest. Encourage your student to get involved.
Some students prefer to wait until they have a better idea of how much time their studies will require before deciding to take on extra activities such as a club or a part-time job. It’s important, however, to explore these opportunities early as it can be more difficult to connect in after the first few weeks of the term.
Resources for student clubs and organizations
The Ulife website lists a large and diverse collection of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on all three campuses. Entries include film appreciation clubs, debating societies, sports teams, social activism, drop-in classes, and research opportunities and awards.
Students can access a variety of leadership development programs designed to expand the skills, values, and knowledge that they need to contribute to the community in a more meaningful and effective way.
The Kickstart Program and the Blueprint Program, both offered on the St. George campus, encourage students to explore the campus, develop academic and personal skills, get to know the resources and services available and participate in co-curricular activities.
Many opportunities for involvement outside the classroom are also available to students at UTM and UTSC.
Recreation and Athletics
All current part-time and full-time U of T students who have paid their incidental fees have free access to the athletic facilities and recreational programs on all three campuses. Ice hockey, tennis, squash, swimming, and weight training are just a few of the activities available to students. Participating in intercollegiate teams and intramural leagues in a wide variety of sports is also very popular with students.
Resources for recreation and athletics:
Many students enjoy having a part-time job on or near campus. A job is also a great way to meet new people and establish connections. The U of T Career Centre regularly lists more than 10,000 part-time positions annually.
Resources for part-time jobs for students St. George I UTM I UTSC
Eating on Campus
For most university students, time is short, funds are low, and the cost of eating out is high. The University of Toronto provides a selection of nutritious, well-priced meal plans for residence and commuter students. Many options are available including vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal.
Meal plans on the St. George Campus
Dining options on or near the St. George campus
includes an interactive map of food services on St. George Campus
Meal Plans and Dining Options at UTM
Meal Plans and Dining Options at UTSC
Spiritual Life on Campus
The University of Toronto welcomes and includes students from a broadly diverse range of communities and backgrounds. While U of T is a secular institution, it recognizes that many of its students, staff and faculty are drawn from a diverse range of faith communities.
The spiritual needs of the members of our community are met through a variety of policies and initiatives on all three campuses:
• Multi-faith prayer spaces
• Diverse, faith-based clubs and associations
• On-campus chaplains from most of the world's largest religions
• Programs to encourage interfaith dialogue and understanding
For options for students wishing to practice their faith on campus, visit the website of the Multi-Faith Centre
Accommodations for Religious Observances