Get started this summer

Want to get a headstart this summer? Here are 12 things that you can do to get ready!

1. Get to know us

Get to know the friendly faces at your registrar’s and student life offices. These are the people who will provide the services and support you need on your journey to success.

2. Get your TCard, UTORid, and UTmail+ account

If you’re in town, skip the fall lineup and get your TCard early – check out for more info. While you’re at it, take a minute to activate your UTORid  and set up UTmail+.

3. Meet upper-year students

Want to get inspired and motivated by an experienced upper-year student? A mentor can help guide you and challenge you to do your best. Visit to find a mentorship program that works for you.

4. Check out the library system

Get to know your new best friend – the amazing U of T library system. You’ll have access to 44 libraries across all 3 campuses, with a wide variety of study spaces to suit your needs – and more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages. Visit for a helpful introduction.

5. Get a meal plan

Planning to eat on campus, but not living in residence? Getting a meal plan saves you money, and you can pay with your TCard. Visit for information on meal plans and the 40+ places to buy food on campus.

6. Get your bearings

You don’t have to wait until September to find your way around. Map all of your classes and plan your route at, or download the U of T map app for Android or Apple.

7. Plan your commute

Get to class without the last-minute hassle. Find information about transit discounts and bike services on campus, and pick up tips for managing your commute on the Commuting Tips page.

8. Explore life outside the classroom

Learning at U of T doesn’t end in the classroom. There are many ways you can get involved on campus to upgrade your skills and find the people and activities that matter to you. For starters, check out the Co-Curricular Record opportunities available and the database of student clubs and organizations.

9. Register with Accessibility Services

If you have a disability, whether ongoing or temporary, register early with Accessibility Services. Even if you never need any of the services including academic accommodations, you can relax knowing you can access them if necessary.

10. Plan your orientation

Orientation gives you the chance to make friends, share experiences and get in on the secrets of campus life. Start with your college or Faculty orientation, and check out the additional alternative orientations offered for international students, LGBTQ students, students with a disability, and more.

11. Check out a summer program

If you want to hit the ground running, we offer programs throughout the summer to help you prepare. Get involved, find housing, and learn academic skills for a smooth transition to your first year.

12. Be curious!

If you have questions or are unsure about something, just ask! Visit for answers to all of your questions about student life.

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