Vibrant Community

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. With such a wide array of activities at U of T, there is bound to be something to match every interest. Encourage your student to get involved.

Some students wait to know how much time their studies will require before deciding to take on a club or a part-time job. It’s important to explore these opportunities early as it can be more difficult to connect after the first few weeks of the term. However, there are opportunities to get involved at any time.

Student clubs and organizations

Ulife lists a large and diverse collection of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on the 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.

Co-Curricular Record

Launched in 2013, the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) helps students to find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document.

The CCR’s centralized database helps students find opportunities for involvement in campus life beyond the classroom. It makes it easier to do things such as join the executive of a club, find a work-study job on campus, or register for a certificate on career exploration.

What makes the CCR so innovative is that each activity in the database is linked to specific skills and competencies. For example, as an executive member of a faculty student union, a student can gain communication, leadership, and goal-setting and project management skills, as well as learn about collaboration and civic engagement.

Students can make the valuable connection between their involvement and what they’ve learned. This allows them to better describe their experiences and skills to employers, graduate and professional programs, and for awards and scholarships.

All the experiences and activities can be captured on an official University of Toronto document validating the learning and skills they gained. This document, called the Co-Curricular Record, can be used to complement the student’s resume and academic transcript as they pursue their future career and educational goals.

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 the 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.

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 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 the 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.

The University makes every effort to accommodate the various faiths of our students and it is our policy to encourage teaching staff to ensure that tests and assignments don’t conflict with holy days not formally recognized by the university.

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