About the St. George Campus
Our St. George campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and is the largest of U of T’s three campuses. With almost 40,000 undergraduate students and 14,000 graduate students, and thousands of faculty and staff, it is the size of a small city itself. But the campus is more than just a big-city school with an urban flair. St. George is an eclectic mix of century-old architecture, close-knit student communities, modern facilities and services, some of the world’s leading minds — and a ghost or two.
U of T got its start over 150 years ago in Toronto’s downtown core, and has since blossomed into the diverse hub of architecture that now makes up the St. George campus. Visitors and students frequently explore our many landmarks, such as the grand late 19th and early 20th century designs of University College and Hart House, the 1970s larger-than-life Robarts Library, and the award-winning suspended lecture hall pods and soaring glass atrium of the recently constructed Leslie Dan pharmacy building.
Of course, you might run into a ghost or two as you wander through our halls. Our resident spirits range from the benevolent Robertson Davies who vowed to haunt Massey College after his death, to the vengeful stone mason Paul Diablos who killed Ivan Reznikoff and hid his body in University College in 1856.
These haunted corridors are host to dozens of world-class programs and faculty that provide instruction in everything from music to law to engineering to literature, and produce graduates who rise to the top of their field. Our college system gives Arts and Science undergraduate students a unique home base that grounds them not only academically and administratively, but also socially through orientation events and special interest groups, such as UC Follies, the famed theatre troupe that gave comedy legends Wayne and Shuster their start.
But college-based activities are only a small part of St. George’s dynamic extra-curricular scene, which consists of over 400 recognized student organizations. These clubs and committees give students a chance to reach beyond the classroom and gain leadership skills that will help them make a difference in communities locally as well as globally. With access to professional rehearsal, meeting, athletic, media and performance facilities, our extra-curricular groups cater to diverse interests, such as music, sports, religion, politics, academics, drama, activism and art.
While the heart of the St. George Campus is easily recognized by its architecture and open green spaces, the borders of the campus are not sharply defined from the surrounding city streets. In general, the campus stretches from Bloor Street to the north, College Street to the south, Spadina Avenue to the west and Bay Street to the east (including the federated universities of Victoria and St. Michael’s.) But there are many U of T buildings outside of this precinct, most within a short walk of the campus proper.
While the campus offers more than enough facilities, study spaces, coffee shops and fascinating escapes, most students venture off campus frequently and enjoy the vibrancy and diversity of the city’s arts, culture, sports and nightlife.
Our campus is also home to a bounty of student services. We provide career and academic counselling through the Career Centre and the Academic Success Centre, and mental and physical health care through our Health Service and Counselling and Psychological Services. Students of all backgrounds and faiths can connect through a number of offices and centres, such as the Centre for International Experience, the Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice, the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and First Nations House. We even help students find accommodations through our Student Housing Service and give students with families guidance at our Family Care Office.
This combination of state-of-the-art offerings and rich, colourful traditions is what makes the St. George campus so exceptional. There’s truly something for everyone here, so step away from your studies once in a while to engage in the new world at your doorstep and take some time to discover the amenities, people, stories and secrets of St. George.
An architectural guide to U of T by Professor Larry Richards, an architect, administrator and teacher who has done much to advance the cause of the beautiful, the useful and the meaningful — all via bricks and mortar.
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