UTSC distinguishes itself from its UTM and St. George counterparts with its focus on undergraduate education, unique co-op programs, and its dual degree-diploma programs with Centennial College. Commuting to UTSC from St. George, and vice versa, is remarkably simple; take the subway to Kennedy Station and catch the 116 or 116E bus, which drops you off just steps from campus. UTSC has plenty of opportunities to offer — from academic advising to Quidditch, and everything in between.
For athletics and recreation, students can use the UTSC gym, which includes a cardio theatre, a cycle-fit room, a strength and conditioning center, a gymnasium, a teaching studio, and squash courts. UTSC will also be home to the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre, which will be used in the upcoming 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The centre will feature two Olympic-sized pools, a dive tank, and an indoor rock climbing wall. It is scheduled to open in September.
The Student Centre is run by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU), which is the official body of student representation for all undergraduate students at UTSC. The SCSU also owns the restaurant Rex’s Den, located below the centre’s food court. At the Student Centre, the SCSU administers student bursaries as well as the student Health and Dental Insurance Plan, sells discount movie tickets and Metropasses, and provides photocopying machines for students. The SCSU is the main organizer of student events at the building and elsewhere on campus, including orientation, pub nights, and fundraisers.
The Department of Student Life (DSL) manages student life programming for the International Student Centre, as well as the leadership program, first-year mentorship, and other community programs. It hosts workshops and events, facilitates student clubs and groups, and provides employment opportunities for students.
Worried about academics or your future career path? There is a department for that. The AACC offers advice and counseling to students on academic and career development. They also offer study skills workshops, job shadowing programs, employment panels, and individual appointments with students for career and academic concerns.
As a commuter campus, UTSC’s study spaces are prime real estate. Check out the library for access to everything necessary for a study session, including computers, group study rooms, and quiet study rooms. You also have access to individual study carrels, where you can borrow course materials from the on-reserve section of the library catalogue. There are study carrels all across campus at the Humanities Wing and Science Wing, as well as at the Instructional Centre and the Social Sciences Building.
In the Student Centre, your options are KFC, Hero Burger, Asian Gourmet, Subway, and Rex’s Den. The newly built Instructional Centre houses La Prep, and the H-Wing Market Place has Pizza Pizza, Bento Sushi, Booster Juice, and more. UTSC also has two Tim Hortons located in the Meeting Place and the Academic Resource Centre.
With picturesque hiking trails, running paths, and the Rouge River cutting through the middle, the UTSC valley is a scenic place for students to unwind. There is also access to tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and two grass fields suitable for soccer, rugby, football, and frolicking.