U of T is a vibrant community bustling with activity. Students who live off campus may be tempted to head home each day after class, but this would mean missing out on a host of learning and social opportunities that happen outside the classroom.
There are thousands of opportunities to be involved on campus, from volunteering, leadership, community service, student government and athletics to clubs related to arts, science, sports and social issues.
These experiences can result in lasting friendships and connect what students learn in the classroom to real-world situations. There is also strong evidence that students who get involved on campus are more successful generally, including in their academics.
There many places to study or relax between classes. The campus is dotted with libraries, cafeterias and student lounges. Some of these spaces are designed specifically for commuters, and there are many programs out there to help commuter students integrate into smaller learning communities.
Getting involved means spending more time on campus. This may result in your student being here and commuting home at night. Please see our safety section for tips on nighttime safety.
Transit discount programs
If the student in your family travels to and from campus by public transit, discount programs are in place on the three campuses.
Students may purchase monthly student metropasses for $112.00 directly from Toronto Transit Commission or from their Student Union. Students must also carry a Post-Secondary TTC Student Photo ID.
- University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
- Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)
- UTM shuttle bus
- UTM U-pass
Getting a GO Transit discount has never been easier for students! Full-time undergraduate and graduate students at U of T can get on the GO at special student rates.
Students can bring their TCard to the TCard Office on their campus and get their GO Student ID on the spot. Students must carry their GO Student ID card when they’re travelling on the system on a student fare.