Here are some tips to help you get a head-start in preparing for University life at U of T.
1. Get to know us
Get to know the friendly faces at your registrar’s and learn more about student services and campus life. You can also peruse our A-Z list and pick up some “U of T speak” with this Glossary of U of T Terms.
2. Finalize your offer of admission
If your offer of admission was conditional, be sure to submit your official final documents to Enrolment Services by the deadline shown on your offer of admission letter. You’ll find a copy of your offer lettter on your JOIN U of T page.
3. Apply for a study permit (international students only)
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will need a study permit which is issued by the Canadian government. Apply for your study permit as soon as you receive an offer of admission. You can find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Our International Centres at each campus are offering webinars students on applying for a study permit for the first time:
- University of Toronto St. George Campus - Visit the website of our Centre for International Experience for detailed information about the application process and local resources for U of T St. George.
- University of Toronto Mississauga Campus - Visit the website of the International Education Centre for detailed information about the application process and local resources for U of T Mississauga.
- University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – Visit the website of the International Student Centre for detailed information about the application process and local resources for U of T Scarborough.
NOTE: The IRCC has updated study permit processing times for study permit applications submitted outside of Canada to 13 weeks. Students can check the processing times to find out how long it takes to process most applications. Students from Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, The Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or Vietnam are also eligible to use the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
Students can direct questions to the University’s immigration advisors:
- U of T Mississauga – email@example.com
- U of T Scarborough – firstname.lastname@example.org
- U of T St. George – email@example.com
4. Get your TCard, UTORid and UTmail+ account
If you’re in town, skip the fall lineup and get your TCard early. While you’re at it, take minute to activate your UTORid and set up UTmail+. When the first day of school arrives, you can also use your UTORid to log in to the Learning Portal.
5. Sign up for Emergency Alerts at UTAlert
Get notification of on-campus emergencies directly by text, phone and email.
6. Find a mentor
Want to get inspired and motivated by an experienced upper-year student? A mentor can help guide you and challenge you to do your best. Find a mentorship program.
7. Check out the library system
Get to know the impressive U of T library system. You’ll have access to 44 libraries across all 3 campuses, with a wide variety of study spaces to suit your needs, as well as over 12 million volumes in 341 languages, 1,500,000 electronic resources, 28,000 linear metres of archival material and 500 terabytes of data.
8. Get a meal plan
Planning to eat on campus, but not living in residence? Getting a meal plan saves you money, and you can pay with your TCard. Find information about meal plans on the St. George, Scarborough or Mississauga campus.
9. Get your bearings and plan your commute
You don’t have to wait until September to find your way around. Plan your routes early with U of T campus maps. Be sure to select your campus at the top right of the page. You can also find out about transit discounts for the TTC or GO Transit through your student union – UTSU (St. George), SCSU (Scarborough), or UTMSU (Mississauga).
10. Register for academic accommodation
If you have a disability, whether ongoing or temporary, register early with your campus accessibility office – Accessibility Services (St. George), AccessAbility Services (UTSC) or AccessABILITY Resource Centre (UTM).
11. Explore life outside the classroom
Learning at U of T doesn’t end in the classroom. There are many ways you can get involved on campus to upgrade your skills and find the people and activities that matter to you. Find out more about Student Services & Campus Life at U of T.