Toronto Pearson International Airport

When you land at Toronto Pearson International Airport in August or September, our welcome booth and friendly staff will be there to greet you. 

Read this page for details about what to expect at Customs, and how to get from the airport to U of T.


Welcome booth The U of T welcome booth will be there to receive you!
Airport customs You will need to pass through Border Control (also known as customs)
Travel from airport Possible routes from Pearson International Airport to each of the three campuses

Welcome booth

August/September airport welcome booth for international students

When you arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport, the U of T welcome booth will be there to receive you! After you collect your baggage, please visit the U of T welcome booth in the Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 international arrivals area of the Pearson airport.

Summer 2019 dates & times: August 19 – September 8, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Airport customs

Going through border control

If you are coming to Toronto from another country, you will need to pass through Border Control (also known as customs). The process is relatively simple, but it can be intimidating for some. As such, we encourage you to get familiar with the process and be prepared.

You may be required to go through a more thorough customs investigation after picking up your bag. This is nothing to be concerned about, but it might be surprising if you were not expecting it. Agents may ask to inspect your bags to ensure that you are not bringing anything restricted or illegal. To help speed up the process, it helps to have all items easily accessible and to have receipts for any recently purchased expensive items, such as electronics.



For an easy trip through customs, you should have all of your important documents with you and ready to be shown to the customs official. If you are flying, all of your documents should be in your carry-on bag and NOT in your checked luggage. You should have the following documents ready to present at customs:

  • Passport
  • Study permit documents
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Acceptance letter from U of T
  • A declaration card (which will be given to you on the plane)


What you can bring with you

You may bring as much clothing, books and electronic items for personal use as your baggage allowance will allow. However, some other types of items are restricted. You should familiarize yourself with what is allowed and not allowed to be brought into Canada – visit the Canada Border Service website for detailed information.

Most airlines also have restrictions about what you’re allowed to bring on the plane. You should check your airline’s policies before departure to avoid disappointment.

Also, remember that you can bring less luggage by buying things after you arrive, such as winter clothing and your favourite foods!

From the airport to the St. George Campus:

For further information about your transportation options, visit the following websites: TTC, Mississauga Transit or taxi tariffs.

From the airport to the UTM (Mississauga) Campus:

  • Taxi – Tell the driver that Mississauga Campus is at 3359 Mississauga Rd, near Dundas St. West and Highway 10. The flat-rate fare is currently $45, plus the fuel surcharge.

  • Mississauga Transit (public transit) – Take the #7 bus from Terminal 1 to the Square One/ City Centre Bus Terminal, then transfer to bus #110 and take this to the UTM stop. For information about Mississauga public transit fares, please visit the miWAY website. Be sure to get a transfer when you pay your fare.

From the airport to the UTSC (Scarborough) Campus:

  • Taxi – UTSC is approximately 40 km away from the airport. Tell the driver that Scarborough Campus is at 1265 Military Trail. The flat-rate fare for this journey is currently $69, plus the fuel surcharge.

  • TTC (public transit) – Take bus #192 (Airport Rocket) to Kipling subway station, then take the subway eastbound and then the Scarborough Rapid Transit to Scarborough Town Centre. At Scarborough Town Centre board the #38 bus and take this to the UTSC stop. For information about TTC fares, please visit the TTC website