Why should I attend Get Started?

Get Started is designed for incoming UTSC students. This full day crash course includes what you need to know to successfully transition to university and make the most of your UTSC experience. Here’s what you’ll gain:

  • Pick your first-year courses with the help of your Coach and Academic & Learning Strategists.
  • Learn about the tools you can use to decide which courses you need to take in first year.
  • Receive advice from Academic & Learning Strategists and Career Counsellors. They can help plan out your UTSC class schedule or discuss exciting career options that might interest you based on your program.
  • Learn about the various resources, service providers, and supports available to you on campus.
  • Get your U of T Student Card (we also call it a TCard). You’ll need it for everything from ID to making photocopies.
  • Get to know other first-year students.
  • Have a Coach be your guide for the day and share their own personal experiences as a UTSC student.
  • Learn about the academic regulations you need to know to make informed decisions.

Who should attend Get Started?

Get Started is designed for incoming UTSC students.
Parents, guardians or guests are also welcome to attend Get Started. In fact, we have separate programming specifically designed for them. You’ll say good-bye in the morning. They’ll join you for lunch, and then meet up with you again at the end of the day. Note: only available during core programming days. Not available for condensed sessions.

When is Get Started?

Programming dates are mid-June to mid-July. Please check the Registration page for exact dates. Registration is now open.
Transfer Students may prefer attending the dates that are specifically aimed for you, although you are welcome to attend any session.

International Students, we have a special programming after you arrive on campus. You are also welcome to attend any programming session.

Is there anything I should do before coming to Get Started?

To be prepared, we recommend you review the Course Selection Modules before coming to Get Started.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A pen and paper
  • An outer layer like a sweater or cardigan - the lecture halls and computer labs can be chillier than outside due to the air conditioning
  • To get your U of T Student Card, you will need to provide valid and original documents (photocopies or digital copies will not be accepted). Please bring all of the following documents with you:
    1. Your Offer of Admission letter
    2. Valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport) that is no more than 5 years old
    3. Proof of legal status in Canada (passport, birth certificate, citizenship or permanent residency card, Indigenous status, study permit, etc.)
      For more information, please visit the TCard Website
  • If you're attending one of the Transfer Student Days: Your transfer credit assessment letter (outlining the transfer credits you have received), or course descriptions from your previous institution if you don't have your transfer credit assessment.
  • If you're driving: Cash/coin or credit card, depending on which lot you park in. See the Parking page for more information.
  • Any questions you have about coming to UTSC

What time should I be at the UTSC campus for Get Started?

Get Started begins at 8:30 a.m. Remember to plan for traffic and walking from the parking lots to the campus.

How long does Get Started take from start to finish?

Get Started begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until approximately 2:30 p.m. Please be prepared to stay until the end of the sessions.

If you’re getting your TCard (U of T student card), have questions, want additional support, or have booked a campus tour, then your day might end a bit later. While waiting for your TCard, you may also complete the Academic English Health Check and explore the campus.

How much does Get Started cost me?

Get Started sessions are free to attend. You will only need to bring money for parking.

I don't want to come alone; can I bring a family member or guest?

Yes – family members or guests are welcome to learn how they can support you as a new university student. See our Parents & Guests page for more information.
Parents and guests will attend separate programming throughout the day for all of our Get Started dates. During our condensed Transfer or International Student sessions, there will be no parent & guest programming available.

Please note: We can only accommodate a maximum of two parents/guests per student attending. All guests under the age of 16 are required to be accompanied by an adult.

What should I do while waiting for my TCard time?

Waiting for your TCard is a great time to explore the campus! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Visit the Registrar’s Office with any questions about financing your education, including RESPs and/or OSAP. The office is located in Room AA142, in the Arts and Administration Building. You can meet with a Financial Aid staff member after programming on any of the Get Started days that you attend (except for the Get Started sessions that occur on Saturdays).
  • Academic English Health Check: Take 20 minutes to find out if your level of academic English could be improved for better performance at university and beyond. Available for FREE in BV 469 from 2:40-4:00 pm.
  • Take advantage of the clothing, stationary and gift items from the UTSC Bookstore, located on the third floor of the Bladen Wing.
  • Take in the beautiful scenery from the Humanities Wing Patio (H Wing). Ask your Coach or staff from the AA&CC for more information.
  • If you’ll be in Residence, drop by the Student Residence Centre to chat with Residence representatives (Ask your Coach to direct you to the Student Residence Centre).
  • Visit the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex, home to our Athletics and Recreation Department and for your use FREE when you come to campus in September.
  • Take a UTSC Guided Campus Tour with student tour guides who can show you the main spots on campus, and share their experiences of being UTSC students.
  • If you’re here on Wednesday, visit UTSC’s popular Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, bread, honey and baked goods. Check out our campus food vendors.
  • Enjoy innovative contemporary art exhibitions at the campus gallery, the Doris McCarthy Gallery.  Located on the third floor of the Bladen Wing, across from the UTSC Bookstore. Free admission. Please visit the DMG website for gallery hours, exhibition dates, and more information.

What if I live out of town?

Many international or out-of-town students come to Toronto before class begins. We’ve created a session of tailored programming just for you – conveniently timed closer to the start of school. Check our International Student page for more information.

I'm driving to campus. Where should I park?

For information on where the parking lots are located and the parking rates, please see our Driving, Transit Directions & Parking section.