Get started checklist
Welcome to the University of Toronto community! It may seem like the start of your student’s journey is months away, but it’s never too early to start planning for an awesome university experience. This handy checklist can help your family get a head start this summer!
TCard, UTORid and UTmail+ account
If you’re in the city, skip the fall lineup and get your TCard early. Check out uoft.me/tcard for the most up-to-date information. While you’re at it, have your student take a minute to activate their UTORid at utorid.utoronto.ca and set up UTmail+ at email.utoronto.ca. Their TCard and UTORid give them access to the library and gym and can carry a cash balance to spend on food, printing, and much more.
Find a place to live
If your student needs help finding housing, the staff at Housing Services can help. Your student can use their UTORid to log in to the off-campus housing finder for more than 10,000 listings near U of T campuses with pre-approved landlords looking for student tenants. And if your student needs a roommate we can help with that, too. Check out the Roommate Finder to meet other students looking for shared housing.
Explore your student’s off-campus housing options:
- Workshops: Tuesday and Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m. at Housing Services starting June 7
- Webinars: Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. starting June 8
- Housing Fair: August 13, 1 – 3 p.m. Connect with other students, meet landlords and schedule viewings
Register with accessibility services
If your student has a documented disability, ongoing or temporary,register early with Accessibility Services. Even if they never need any academic accommodations, you can relax knowing they can access them if necessary. If your student has a learning disability, mental illness, physical challenge or other accessibility issue, you may be eligible for accommodations like:
- deadline flexibility
- note-taking help
- peer mentoring
- test and exam accommodations
Students with disability are also encouraged to check out the Moving Forward Summer Transition program. Develop the skills to meet new academic expectations, learn about academic and co-curricular programs and start building your network on campus.
Register for courses
Here are a few handy tools to help your student prepare for course selection. They will need their UTORid to access most of these.
Course Finder is a tool that lets your student search for courses, identify ones they like and email them to themselves for future reference.
Degree Explorer allows your student to see how future course choices meet degree requirements.
Log into ACORN, the student information service, to get familiar with the system. Your student can look up their enrolment times and even save their course selections in a cart until enrolment day.
Visit fees.utoronto.ca for complete instructions. If you’re looking for information about financing your student’s education, check out info on scholarships and bursaries, financial aid and budgeting at apply.utoronto.ca, or check with your student’s registrar.
Navigate around campus
Don’t wait until September for your student to find their way around campus — map all of their classes and plan routes at map.utoronto.ca or download the U of T Map app for Android or iOS. If your student is commuting, find out about transit discounts and bike services on campus at transportation.utoronto.ca.
Find places to eat
Planning to eat on campus, but not living in residence? A meal plan saves your student money and they can pay with their TCard. Visit ueat.utoronto.ca for information on meal plans and the 40+ places to buy food on campus.
Explore life outside the classroom
Learning at U of T goes way beyond the classroom! Getting involved on campus will enhance your student’s skills and help them find the people and activities that matter to them. To get started, check out Co-Curricular Record opportunities and the database of student clubs and organizations.
For more help with getting involved, check out the Make the Most of your University Experience workshop where your student will discover opportunities to build skills, meet new friends and make connections on campus.
Get inspired and motivated by an experienced upper-year student! Mentors can give your student guidance and challenge them to do their best. Many programs start in the summer, so visit mentorship.utoronto.ca to find a mentorship program that works for your student.
Find a job on campus
Getting a job on campus is a great way to learn about U of T, build skills and earn some extra cash. Check out the Career Learning Network for thousands of on-campus jobs and Work Study positions. Work Study positions are posted starting August 1 and fill up fast!
Ask the experts
If you or your student have questions about anything U of T-related, just ask! Visit uoft.me/askme for answers to all of your questions about student life or join us for one of our #ASKmeUofT Twitter chats, all are 7 – 8 p.m.:
- How to succeed in university, July 6
- Finding a place to live, July 13
- What to expect at orientation, July 20
- How a mentor can help you, July 27
- Preparing for residence, August 3
- Why to attend orientation, August 10
- U of T campus clubs, August 17
- Commuting to U of T, Augsut 24
- How to prepare for U of T classes, August 31
Tweet us your questions with #ASKmeUofT
Orientation gives your student the chance to make friends, share experiences and discover the secrets of campus life. Start with their college or faculty orientation and check out the additional orientations offered for international students, LGBTQ+ students, students with a disability and more. Get all the details at uoft.me/orientation.
Gather health records
It’s a good idea for your student to bring their updated immunization records, prescriptions and any info related to an ongoing illness to campus so the staff at the Health & Wellness Centre can easily assist them.
Encourage your student to get to know the folks at their registrar’s and student life offices and familiarize themselves with all the available support services. These are the people who will provide the services and support your student needs on their journey to success.