Congratulations and welcome to the University of Toronto community! It may seem like the start of your journey is months away, but it’s never too early to start planning for an awesome university experience. This handy checklist can help you get a head start this summer.



U of T Student ID Get your TCard, UTORid and UTmail+ account
Find a place to live Explore Housing
Accessibility services Register with Accessibility Services for academic accommodation
Register for courses Explore course offerings and register online
Pay your fees Pay your tuition on time to avoid late fees
Explore campus Find your way around campus and downtown Toronto
Food on campus Find where to eat and buy food on campus
Campus life Explore life outside the classroom
Mentorship/Leadership Check out mentorship and leadership programs
Find a job on campus Explore part-time and work-study opportunities
Ask the experts Participate in our Facebook Ask Me Anything chats
Your orientation Plan and prepare for Orientation week
Health & Wellness Gather your health records
Get to know us Meet your registrars and Student Life offices
Say hello by using #StartUofT or by following us on Social Media

1. Get your 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, take a minute to activate your UTORid at utorid.utoronto.ca and set up UTmail+ at email.utoronto.ca

Your TCard and UTORid give you access to the library and gym and can carry a cash balance to spend on food, printing, and much more.

The TCard Office is located in the Koffler Student Services Centre at 214 College Street.  Use the St. George Street entrance.

2. Find a place to live

If you need to find housing, the staff at Housing can help. Use your 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 you need a roommate we can help with that, too. Check out the Roommate Finder to meet other students looking for shared housing.

Explore your off-campus housing options:

3. Register with Accessibility Services

If you have a documented disability, ongoing or temporary, register early with Accessibility Services. Even if you never need any academic accommodations, you can relax knowing you can access them if necessary. If you have 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 a 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. August 28 - September 1, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Deadline to register: August 18.

4. Register for courses

Here are a few handy tools to help you prepare for course selection. 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. 

5. Pay your fees

Visit fees.utoronto.ca for complete instructions. If you’re looking for information about financing your education, check out info on scholarships and bursaries, financial aid and budgeting at future.utoronto.ca/finances, or check with your registrar.

6. Find your way around campus

Don’t wait until September to find your way around campus — map all of your classes and plan your route at map.utoronto.ca or download the U of T Map app for Android or iOS. 

If you’re commuting, find out about transit discounts and bike services on campus at transportation.utoronto.ca.  

7. Find places to eat

Planning to eat on campus, but not living in residence?  A meal plan saves you money and you can pay with your TCard. Visit Food Services' website for information on meal plans and the 40+ places to buy food on campus.  

8. Explore life outside the classroom

Learning at U of T goes way beyond the classroom! Getting involved on campus will enhance your skills and help you find the people and activities that matter to you. To get started, check out Co-Curricular Record opportunities and the database of student clubs and organizations on Ulife.

9. Check out mentorship and leadership programs

Get inspired and motivated by an experienced upper-year student! Mentors can give you guidance and challenge you to do your best. Many programs start in the summer, so visit mentorship.utoronto.ca to find a mentorship program that works for you.

And if you want to develop your leadership skills and make connections on campus check out Learning to Lead! Build your personal philosophy of leadership and gain a deeper understanding of yourself, others and community at these workshops offered in the summer and the academic year at leadership.utoronto.ca.

10. 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 8 and fill up fast! 

11. Ask the experts

If you have questions about anything U of T-related just ask! Visit ASKme for answers to all of your questions about student life or ask us on Twitter using #AMAUofT.

Or, join us for one of our AMA Facebook Live chats:

Join our events at Facebook.com/UofTStudentLife

Tweet us your questions with #AMAUofT. Join U of T Student Life Twitter for updates.

12. Plan your orientation

Orientation gives you the chance to make friends, share experiences and discover the secrets of campus life. Start with your 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.

13. Gather your health records

It’s a good idea to bring your 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 you. 

14. Get to know us

Get to know the folks at your registrar’s and student life offices and familiarize yourself with all the available support services. These are the people who will provide the services and support you need on your journey to success. 

15. Say hello

Say hello by using #StartUofT or by following us on Social Media.


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