Start Strong 2019 summer calendar and checklist
Want to get good grades and ace your exams.
Want to find your people and feel connected.
Want to be physically and mentally well.
Want to use your degree to score the career of your dreams.
Help students do this (and way more) every day.
It’s time we met.
Now is the time to plan for an awesome university experience. Ensure a smooth start in September by using this simple summer checklist and calendar to get a head start on organizing your first year.
- Get in the know and follow us
- Download the Student Life app
The Student Life app gives you quick access to U of T resources, upcoming events, year-specific tips and lets you create lists to stay organized. Download the app through the Google Play or iTunes stores now!
- Get your TCard and activate your UTORid
Your TCard is your campus identification and gives you access to the library, gym and other services. Plus, you can carry a cash balance to spend on food, printing and more.
Before you visit the TCard office, check that you have the documents you need (international students need to bring a valid study permit) and that your info matches your legal status recorded in ACORN.
After you get your TCard, activate your UTORid. Then you’ll have access to the U of T Wi-Fi and your UTmail+ email account.
If you’re in the city after June 1, skip the fall lineup and get your TCard early! All new students who get their TCard before August 31 to receive a $15 gift card to the U of T Bookstore. Just present your TCard at any Bookstore location to get yours.
- Find a place to live
The staff at Housing can help you find a great home. Use your UTORid/JOINid to log in to the Off-Campus Housing Finder to start your search, save and compare your favourite listings, learn about your rights and responsibilities, and search for a roommate using the Roommate Finder.
Explore your off-campus housing options:
Attend the Housing Fair
Connect with other students, meet landlords & schedule viewings.
- Register with Accessibility Services
If you have a documented disability (ongoing or temporary), register with Accessibility Services by July 17, to receive accommodations for the start of the fall 2019 term. Once you’re set up, you can relax knowing you can access your accommodations when you need them.
If you have a learning disability, mental illness, physical challenge or other accessibility issue, you may be eligible for specific accommodations, like:
- deadline flexibility
- note-taking services & peer mentoring
- test & exam accommodations
- Moving Forward
Students with disabilities can attend an evening workshop with Accessibility Services to learn about navigating accommodations and the skills needed to thrive at U of T.
Get Started Workshops: July 17 or August 8, 5 – 7 p.m.
- Discover services and programs for students with disabilities
- Learn effective study strategies and habits
- Connect with other students
Students with a disability are also encouraged to check out the Moving Forward Orientation. This is an opportunity to develop the skills to meet new academic expectations, learn about academic and co-curricular programs and start building your network on campus.
August 27 – 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn more about the Moving Forward Summer Transition Program.
- INCOMING: Nine New Things!
This summer you’ll start receiving Nine New Things, the Student Life e-newsletter highlighting interesting happenings on campus and sharing useful information. So keep an eye out for your incoming student e-newsletter (emailed monthly in the summer and weekly during the school year).
- Ask the experts anything
If you have questions about anything related to student life, just ask! Get answers to all of your questions about student life by watching our Facebook Live every Tuesday in July and August. Still have questions? Tweet us your question @UofTStudentLife using the hashtag #AMAUofT or visit the ASKme website.
Check out these #AMAUofTs:
July 9: Learning more about Accessibility Services
July 16: Start strong finish stronger with U of T Student Life
July 18: Everything you need to know about Housing
July 23: Exploring your career path
July 30: Support Resources for International Students
August 6: First-year programs & orientation
August 13: Discover campus clubs and organizations
August 27: Your path to academic success
September 3: ASKme Anything about U of T
- Explore life outside the classroom
Learning at U of T happens outside of the classroom, too. Get involved on campus to build your skills and find the people and activities that matter to you. Check out Co-Curricular Record opportunities and explore the database of student clubs and organizations.
Getting involved is also a great way to:
- gain practical work experience
- meet new people & discover the city
- stay active & de-stress
- Check out mentorship and leadership programs
Get inspired and motivated by connecting with an upper-year student. Mentors provide valuable guidance and challenge you to do your best. Many programs begin this summer, so start now to find a mentorship program that works for you.
This mentorship program helps first-year students belonging to historically marginalized, minority or under-represented groups. New students are paired with experienced upper-year mentors to help avoid potential barriers to success, access and inclusion at U of T. You can meet with a mentor navigator over the summer.
International students can join the intercultural mentorship program to be matched with a student from a different cultural background. The program starts over the summer with e-mentorship.
Students with disabilities can get connected with a peer mentor and a supportive community that includes social events, academic workshops and career development.
Registration opens July 15. Program launches September 13.
Develop your leadership skills and make connections this summer. Check out this program to gain insight into yourself, others and the community.
- Register for courses
Most course registration starts in July, so check with your registrar to find your dates. Here are a few handy tools to help you prepare. You’ll need your UTORid to access most of these.
Course Finder is a tool that lets you search for courses, identify ones you like and email them to yourself for future reference.
Degree Explorer allows you to see how future course choices meet degree requirements.
Log into ACORN, the student information service, to get familiar with the system. Look up your enrolment times and save your course selections in a cart until enrolment day.
As always, your registrar’s office is the best place for answers to your questions about course selection.
- Enrol in the University Prep Series
These mini courses provide key skills and strategies to prepare you for university academics. Workshops are offered August 19 – 28 and you can attend all or some of them.
- Navigate academic supports
- Discover effective learning and study habits
- Develop university-style time management and organization
- Summer Workshop Series
Do you want in-depth study strategies for delivering presentations, planning assignments, or using critical reading skills? Join new and returning students at the Summer Workshop series.
- Register for Starting Point
Sign up for Starting Point so you can explore career options, take workshops and get involved in campus life. Register this summer so you don’t miss any emails at the start of the school year.
- Pay your fees
Remember to make the smart choice and say YES to Student Life! Our programs and services help you make the most of your university experience, so show your support by checking that box when you pay your fees.
- Find a job on campus
Build your skills and earn some extra cash with an on-campus job. Check out the Career Learning Network for thousands of on-campus jobs and Work Study positions (Work Study positions are posted on August 7 and fill up fast!) Log in with your UTORid or JOINid.
- Plan your orientation
Make friends, share experiences and discover the new world of campus life! Orientation Week at U of T is mostly decentralized, which means that each college and faculty offers its own orientation events.
There are also U of T-wide events including programs for mature students, international students, LGBTQ+ students, students with a disability and more. All of these events will be fun, introduce you to new friends and prepare you for what to expect as a U of T student!
Moving Forward: Orientation Program for students with disabilities
August 26 – 28
Mature & Transfer Student Welcome
September 3 or 4
Whether you are transferring from another post-secondary institution or are continuing your educational journey after time away, you may have specific questions about life at U of T. Join us at the Mature & Transfer Student Welcome event.
Welcome reception for International Students
International students are welcomed to campus with a barbecue at the Centre for International Experience (Cumberland House). And be sure to attend the sessions tagged for international students at your college or faculty orientations.
First Nations House orientation
Indigenous students are welcome to attend the First Nations House orientation, followed by an open house that welcomes all students.
September 23 – 27
Take part in a week of LGBTQ-focused programming. Make connections, engage in activities and have discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities.
- Sign up for My First Six Weeks
Transition well and start strong. My First Six Weeks includes weekly workshops to help you develop your academic skills, learn about campus resources, explore involvement opportunities and meet new people. You’ll have a peer mentor to guide you, a Facebook group and fun activities where you can make some friends.
- Meet us at the airport
Flying in to Toronto? Find the U of T welcome booth when you arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport from August 19 – September 8 at Terminals 1 and 3.
- Find your way around campus
Why wait until September? Map your classes now and plan your route. You can even download the U of T Map app for Android or iOS. If you’re going to be commuting, check out transit discounts, parking and bike services on campus.
- Discover great places to eat
Planning to eat on campus, but not living in residence? A meal plan saves money and you can pay with your TCard. Get information on meal plans and the 40+ places to buy food on campus.
- Organize your health records
Check that your provincial health card is up to date so you can create a file with your vaccination history, prescriptions and any health-related information and bring it with you to the Health & Wellness Centre.
If you’re an international student, learn about the University Health Insurance Plan and print out your UHIP card.
Check with your student union to find out more about supplementary health insurance!
- Visit an ASKme booth
Look for the ASKme pop-up booths around campus! Upper-year students and recent alumni are on hand ready to answer your questions. September 1 – 6 & 9 – 10.
- Stay safe
Familiarize yourself with the safety resources on campus. You can also find all of these resources and more in the U of T Student Life app!