Where is UofT? | Ultimate University Guide
Arry Pandher - February 7th, 2022
Toronto can be a complex city to navigate, especially if you’re a UofT student who is travelling between the 3 campuses that UofT has to offer!
Don’t know where to start? No worries! Keep reading and we will guide you through the 3 stunning campuses that UofT has to offer, and the best ways to navigate the city!
UofT’s Three Campuses:
Where is UofT? That depends!
- St. George Campus Set in the centre of Toronto, one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities, this campus is a place where students, staff and faculty can engage with vibrant academic life and countless co-curricular activities. Beyond the bustling campus, there are several events, neighbourhoods and industries that you can explore. From Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an annual art festival that runs from dusk until dawn, to sports games at one of the Varsity Centre’s high-performance facilities, the St. George campus is intrinsically linked with the city’s renowned cultural offerings to create a rich and unique experience for everyone.
- NOTE: All students within the Faculty of Arts & Science on the St. George campus are affiliated with one of seven colleges. These colleges have deep roots in the history of the University of Toronto; the college system dates back to the earliest days of the university and remains one of its distinctive features. The colleges are a home base for their students and provide the advantages of a closer-knit community experience within a large research university!
- Mississauga Campus (in the West) Established in 1967, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is U of T’s second largest division with a student population of just over 14,000!
- Featuring 15 academic departments, an Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, 148 programs and 89 areas of study, UTM offers undergraduate and interdisciplinary graduate studies programs. The campus also boasts a vibrant research environment and many of its faculty and researchers are recognized internationally for their innovative work!
- UTM’s award-winning facilities are situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River, 33 kilometres west of U of T’s Downtown Toronto (St. George) Campus.
- Scarborough (in the East) At this campus, students get a head start on their futures through U of T’s only co-op program as well as internships, hands-on research, community engagement and vibrant campus life.
- This campus is located next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area; the UTSC campus is experiencing dynamic growth. The new Aquatics Centre and Field House represents Canada’s largest investment in amateur sport infrastructure, opened in 2015 for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!
Get a PRESTO Card!
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the third-largest public transit system in North America, and helps around 1.5 million people commute around the GTA every day. The most common way that students get around Toronto is through public transit — so it is important that you get a PRESTO card to access all the public transport vehicles connected to Toronto!
PRESTO is a reloadable payment card that lets you pay your fare on the TTC, GO Transit, UP Express and 8 other transit agencies in Ontario. When you download the PRESTO app you can load passes or money, manage up to 10 cards and check your balance. U of T students get discounted rates on TTC Student Monthly Metropasses!
Where to buy a PRESTO Card?
Buy a PRESTO card for $6 in person at a:
Buy a card, load it, and set your fare type. Minimum load: $0.05.
In all TTC subway stations. Buy a card and load it. Minimum load: $5.00.
In select GO Transit and UP Express stations. Buy a card and load it. Minimum load: $0.05.
Buy a card, load it, and set your fare type. Minimum load: $0.05
- Two-hour transfers on the TTC
- With PRESTO you get two hours to travel in any direction on the TTC with each payment. When you start your trip and tap your PRESTO card, your fare will be deducted and a two-hour transfer will automatically be applied to your card. Each time you hop on and off the system or switch directions, just tap your PRESTO card again. This is extremely helpful for students who need to get around campus in a cost effective way!
Did you just receive a new PRESTO card and aren’t sure what to do next?
- If this is your first PRESTO card, make sure it is set to the correct Fare Type so that you’re paying the right fare. A senior or youth Fare Type can be set at any participating Shoppers Drug Mart location. Once you’ve got your card, set up a My PRESTO Account and you can:
- manage up to 10 PRESTO cards through one My PRESTO Account
- quickly view your account balance and transaction history
- protect your card balance if it is ever lost or stolen
- set up Autorenew for automatic transit pass renewals
- set up Autoload to automatically add funds when your balance falls below a set amount
If you already have a PRESTO card and have set up your PRESTO Account, you can continue to use that card. You may want to add this new card to your account. Find out how to do that here!
Click here to find out more about using PRESTO on the TTC.
Way-finding Tips to the 3 Campuses:
- St. George campus
- Hop on the subway, a bus, streetcar or an accessible Wheel-Trans to get around the city. You’ll find a variety of phone apps that can help you plan your trip, like Google maps, and they will let you know when the next vehicle will arrive at your stop!
- Near Mississauga? Catch the Shuttle Bus to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Students just need to show a valid student TCard to ride, and buses run every 20 minutes during the week.
- Scarborough campus
- Catch a TTC bus, a Scarborough Rapid Transit train or an accessible Wheel-Trans. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) runs several buses right onto the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, including the 198 U of T Scarborough Rocket route that offers a direct and accessible ride between the campus and Kennedy Station.
- Mississauga campus
- U of T offers a shuttle bus from U of T’s downtown Toronto campus.
- There are 6 different public transit options to get to this campus (all accessible with a PRESTO card!):
- MiWay – Mississauga Transit
- Oakville Transit
- Brampton Transit
- GO Transit
- York Region Transit
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