At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom.
You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community.
Orientation Week events and activities help new students make a smooth transition to their first year at U of T. The week introduces you to the campus community and helps you connect with your smaller college or faculty community, and with U of T as a whole.
There is orientation programming for you, whether you are a recent graduate of high school, a mature student returning to school or a transfer student from another university.
Indigenous Student Orientation
First Nations House organizes an orientation session for new students at the beginning of each academic year. If you are new to U of T or if you have yet to visit First Nations House, you are invited to come and learn about the supports you can access. You will get to meet new people, enjoy a cup of coffee and become involved with U of T’s Indigenous community.
Find information about orientation at each campus:
- University of Toronto St. George
- University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
- University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Clubs and Societies
Ulife is U of T’s one-stop website that lists a large, diverse directory of student clubs, organizations, activities and opportunities on all 3 campuses. The thousands of entries include film appreciation clubs, debating societies, sports teams, social activism, drop-in classes and research opportunities and awards.
Indigenous Student Clubs
The Indigenous Students Association creates social and cultural networks of students through feasts, social gatherings, conferences and other cultural events. It also supports events run by other student organizations at U of T and in broader Canadian communities. Additionally, the NSA Council leaders are advocates on behalf of Indigenous issues in Canada.
The Indigenous Law Students’ Association at the Faculty of Law is an active circle of students from many different Indigenous cultures. The association provides social support for Indigenous law students. It also promotes awareness about Indigenous issues and procures funding for special professional and educational opportunities.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs.
At U of T, you are represented by campus-based student unions and divisional student societies.
U of T is home to Varsity Blues sports that range from baseball to lacrosse. The Varsity Blues participate in both Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Find more information about varsity athletics at U of T, including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
U of T offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, flag football and hockey.
Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Accessibility Services is available on each campus for help. Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
LGBTOUT is a drop-in centre located on campus where LGBT students and allies can gather. It offers programming throughout the school year that include the Queer Ball, awareness events and trivia and movie nights.
Multi-Faith Centre and Spaces
The Multi-Faith Centre at the St. George Campus and the Multi-Faith Spaces at UTM and UTSC support the spiritual well-being of everyone on campus and give you opportunities to learn from one another while you explore questions of meaning, purpose and identity.
The Centre’s and spaces’ facilities and programs accommodate many spiritual and faith-based practices and encourage interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the student learning experience.
Child care is available through a variety of on-campus child care centres. Be sure to apply as early as possible, as the waiting lists can be long.
The University of Toronto Police is committed to creating a safe, secure and equitable environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Security services on campus include Building Patrol, Walk Smart and a centralized key and electronic access management system.