Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Quick Orientation Tour Guide to Universtiy of Toronto

With September being a month away, I am sure a lot of new first year students, both undergrad and grad students, are excited to start their new student life. Now, there are probably a lot of people who can't wait to get to know your new campus. So, if you are coming to University of Toronto (UofT), then this post is for you. I will introduce you to the St. George Campus of UofT.

A busy summer day in front of University College

The picture shows the first constituent college of UofT, University College. Therefore, it is a very popular historic site in UofT. Everyday you will see tour bus bringing tourists to view this old architecture. So, what is this first constituent college? Basically, UofT was formed by several constituent colleges and they have quite an interesting relationship. Even until today, undergraduate student from Art & Science programs are still required to select a college to be admitted. Honestly, I am not quite sure what purpose it serves. Maybe someone can let me know? But, you should visit this place at least once during your study at UofT due to the historic reasons.

Now, let's focus on the "main" street where most of the lecturing takes place. We begin our introduction with a map.

Whether you are in Art & Science or Engineering, most of you lectures will be held somewhere on St. George Street, the red ellipse on the map. If you are in Engineering, Computer Science or Math, then your class will be held toward the southern part of St. George. If you are in Arts or Science, lectures are typically held in buildings near Harbord Street (near the middle). If you are a business student, then classes are held at the very north side of St. George. It is worthwhile to note that the buildings near College St is also often used as teaching buildings. Therefore, even the campus of University of Toronto is relatively large, the buildings in which lecturing takes place is relatively concentrated. I guess it is worthwhile to show you a picture of St. George.

St George Street taken from Harbord Street
After doing all that hard studying, it is time to relax ourselves. If you are into sports, then the Athletic Centre (AC) and Hart House are the right place for you. AC is a large sport complex. There are lot of different kind of sports to get involved in, so you should come here whenever you have the chance to. Do mind you that every semester, you tuition includes the access fee for AC and Hart House.

Athletic Centre
Then, we have Hart House. Hart House also holds some historic value to it. I won't even bother to give you the history. Hart House functions as a student activity centre. You can play chess, pool or even work out here. Of course, there is always something going on in Hart House. I should let you know that the size of the gym in Hart House is fairly small when compared to AC. Personally, I prefer working out in AC.

Hart House
Now that you know where to have fun, let's get back to a bit of studying. Suppose your midterm or final is near and you need a quiet place to study. Well, UofT has plenty of libraries! I will just name the 2 larger ones - Robarts Library and Gerstein Library. Robarts library is located at St George Street and Harbord Street, whereas Gerstein libary is just south of Hart House. I will end this post with the picture of each libraries. (For more information on Toronto itself, click here)

Robarts library
Gerstein Library

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