Congratulations and welcome to the University of Toronto! It might 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. Be sure to watch the checklist videos on our YouTube channel!


U of T Student ID Get your TCard, UTORid and UTmail+ account
Find a place to live Explore housing services
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
Find a mentor Check out mentorship programs
Find a job on campus Explore part-time and work-study opportunities
Ask the experts Participate in our Twitter 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

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.

2. Find a place to live

If you need to find housing, the staff at Housing Services 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 29 – September 2, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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 and pick up tips at transportation.utoronto.ca.  

7. Find places to eat

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

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.

For more help on how to get involved, check out the Make the Most of Your University Experience workshop on August 4, 12 – 3 p.m. or August 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., where you’ll discover opportunities to build skills, meet new friends and make connections on campus.

9. Check out mentorship 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 our mentorship database to find a mentorship program that works for you.


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 1 and fill up fast! 

11. Ask the experts

If you have questions about anything U of T-related just ask! Visit ASKmeUofT for answers to all your questions about student life or tweet them out out with #AMAUofT.

You can also join an #AMAUofT Twitter chat, all at 7 – 8 p.m.:

  • July 6: How to succeed academically
  • July 13: Finding a place to live
  • July 20: What to expect at orientation
  • July 27: How a mentor can help you
  • August 3: Preparing for residence
  • August 10: Why attend orientation 
  • August 17: U of T campus clubs
  • August 24: Commuting to U of T
  • August 31: How to prepare for U of T classes

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

12. Plan your orientation

Make friends and get familiar with campus life. Start with your college or faculty orientationevents and check out the additional orientation events offered for international students, LGBTQ+ Aboriginal students, those with a disability and more.  Get 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 your health 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. 

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

Student Life

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