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  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 26 people found this review useful. 1 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great safety on campus, campus police is always patrolling at any time and you can walk around at any time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs here at UofT and you might get the feeling that they are operating behind your back as sometimes, you don't see much happening but in reality, there is a lot of hard work behind each club. It is tempting to sign up for many of these amazing clubs and end up being overwhelmed. My best advise is to stick to one or two clubs which you like the most and give in your contribution.

    Great for these types of students

    U of T is nerd and geek paradise, academic brilliance and astonishing projects are praised and prized at the highest level. Some students are great at studying and have no particular talent and some others have amazing talents which you could not even imagine, as long as you can keep up with the work and you are passionate about what you are studying, you will benefit greatly. I must say though, that U of T is a great place for science and engineering majors but does not excel at other majors so if you intent to be in the medical, science or engineering field, its the way to go!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you attend frosh week, Winterfest, Pub Nights and Godiva week from the engineering department, they're great ways to make friends.

    Bang for the buck

    UofT is a very expensive place, especially for international students who pay around 2.5 times the amount paid by domestic students. Aside from the fees, the bookstore and shops around campus are generally more expensive, although if you just go a little bit further outside campus in China Town, things get a lot cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    In order to have the most fun at U of T, from my 2 years of experience here, I suggest the following: 1. Choose UofT wisely, it is not a place for everybody, it will push you to your limits and beyond and therefore, you will get the best sense of enjoyment once you've gone through the punishment. 2. Don't be shy, go talk to people, go talk to that girl or guy you've been eyeing while eating. People are generally very friendly and are equally looking for an exciting experience just like you are but chances are they are they shy ones so do approach them, it might lead to some great friendship and relationships. 3. Join into parties even though you don't know anybody, introduce yourself and you will be having a good time in no time. 4. Try to keep up with the work, do not leave anything for the last minute, this makes for the least enjoyable experiences you can have.

    Food and Dining

    There are literally hundreds of places to eat at U of T, the campus itself feels like a small town with all its facilities and services. Because of the diversity of the country, there are so many food options to choose from on-campus itself. There are food trucks on the main streets selling fries, hot dogs, poutine, fish etc..., there are Indian snacks, pizza snacks, burger and fast food places, salad bars, Italian places and countless number of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai places on campus or very close to campus. I would say that food is in abundance and should be the least of your worries.

    Dorm Life

    Having lived at the New College residence for the past 2 years, I can say that Dorm Life is very convenient and almost makes everything too easy; most residences at U of T come with a meal plan so food is not to worry about. My best friends in life are those I made during my first year in residence and the good times we've had are simply amazing. However, being such an academically focused university, it is very hard to find people out of their rooms looking for friendship or looking for people to interact with, most attendees are nerds and geeks and are nice people but hard to open yourself to and create meaningful relationships. To help with this, the residences adopt a community lifestyle with different Houses for which fun events are organized and also inter-house events for which house points can be earned for performance, teamwork and number of participants for each house. The quiet hours imposed however can impair party times and can be annoying sometimes but once you made some good friends during your first few weeks, the quality of residence, the facilities provided, the cafeteria and events organized makes for a very fun and memorable time. Do not get too distracted though, study hard as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor is the strong point here at U of T, they want the best of the best. It is known for its unnecessarily tough undergraduate programs and while the material that you learn is mostly the same as other universities for accreditation reasons, the midterms and exams are very tough and are often accompanied by grade deflation or inflation practices through a bell-curve. Most of the professors who teach first and second year students are well established researchers and may lack some teaching talent, but upper years are more enjoyable as professors treat you differently and classes get smaller. Nevertheless, be prepared for long class hours, all-nighters, busy weekends, hectic moments, cramming and very little but intense partying.

    Tips for prospective students

    U of T is very different from most other universities; it is definitely not a party school and the tough examinations, marking practices and predetermined averages for each course makes for harsh competition or good collaboration depending on your major. Classes are mostly very large in the first two years and gradually diminish in numbers. U of T expects more from each student compared to other universities, it might seem harsh at first but you will soon realize that it is the closest preparation to real life that you can get in Canada. The engineering and life-sciences programs are one of the toughest and most demanding in North America and professors alongside with the faculty vary the difficulty of final exams or make use of bell-curves to keep the class averages around 68% and therefore it becomes hard to stand out and easy to fall behind very quickly. However, there is great diversity on campus and lots of great food and bar options. When parties do happen, they are most enjoyable and feel very well deserved.

    In three sentences

    More known as 'U of T', it is a very busy place with more than 50,000 students and 200 student clubs and organisations. There is lots to do and it is a very academically demanding place which demands maturity.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    19 out of 21 people found this review useful. 2 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for students who like large classes. If you are the type of person who likes to learn with 200 students in the same class then this is for you.

    Will enjoy being here

    Large campus with a good amount of things too do. Very cold living environment.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The age of majority being 19 makes everything easier than in the US, so enjoy going out to bars and clubs, concerts are always easily accessible and high quality.

    Food and Dining

    Cuisine is awesome around here, tons of Chinese and Indian places, shawarma is a must. Tim Hortons are open 24 hours, and always convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice, the campus is a great space to live, while expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is tough, and it shows through the shortage of wild parties that aren't constant. This is one of the best in the world, and it's easy to get behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find all of the necessary services, laundry, food, bars, restaurants, etc. Learn a little something about as may countries as you can, it will come in handy when meeting the students from all over.

    In three sentences

    This school will change your life by showing you just how many doors there are to be opened. You can study and become involved with anything under the sun here. Other than academics, there is always something to do socially too.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. However, students need to remember that it is located in down town, which is somewhat unsafe is specific areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs and activities. Many are interesting to join and a way for students to enjoy their life while studying.

    Bang for the buck

    Fees are constantly rising throughout the years.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy Toronto life.

    Food and Dining

    I did not buy a meal plan; however, there is much variety around Toronto. Food is generally very easily accessible although dining is not.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It takes much effort to impress most of the professors. The bell curve system also makes it difficult for students to achieve A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be realistic and be prepared to tackle many obstacles. Talk to the counsellors regarding your future aspirations and ways to succeed.

    In three sentences

    It prepares you for the future with intensive skill developing and testing techniques. Nonetheless, the grading system also discourages many students to abandon their career choices. Overall, one needs to be guided well before entering this school.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The university is safe, there is a campus police that you could go to when there is trouble.

    Greek Life

    The university is famous for its multiculturality.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of extracurriculuars, includes both academic and social ones.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, studious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will often see deers on campus. This is really cool. People do stop by just to take a photo of the deers.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition might me expensive but it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The university has various events hosted by clubs/societies mostly every week. There is also a Pub where you and your friends could hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The university offers wide selection of dining, includes cuisines from various cultures, so you won't miss out.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, you get to meet new people. It is also more convenient,

    Academic Rigor

    It takes a lot of hardwork to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a university conductive to learning and research, University of Toronto has it.

    In three sentences

    University of Toronto provides a good learning environment. There are lots of research opportunities/volunteer opportunities on campus. The university is also active in terms of extracurricular activities.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a forest in the center of all of the buildings - there are families of deer who live here and you can often see them running around with their babies.

    Bang for the buck

    The academic rigour will over-prepare you for the future and make you a great candidate for a future career.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of pub nights for those who are 19+, in addition there are over 100 academic and leisure groups for all interests (i.e. dance club, electronic music club, criminology club etc). The groups hold bowling nights, dances, semi formals etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices! Booster juice, many Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Second Cup, Pizza Pizza, international food court.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ensure that you keep up with your readings and your notes. Falling behind will just make everything more difficult.

    In three sentences

    I love the rigour of the academics here. The opportunities that U of T provides academically is astounding. Everyone is very helpful in your goal to succeed.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Listening to music, chatting with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is quite good.

    Dorm Life

    Not living in dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and not to regret.

    In three sentences

    It's the place that I'm going to spend my four years university lives.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you are living on residence, make sure you go to the different events to meet more people. If not, there are still many events hosted for the general students. Also, the city is beautiful so go explore it!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus can be a little repetitive but it isn't horrible.

    Dorm Life

    I have the pleasure of being blessed with three wonderful roommates and have met many wonderful people living on residence.

    Academic Rigor

    It was a little unsettling to get into the routine of a university student, but make sure to study not only the material given but also the applications of the knowledge to difficult questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a very competitive academic atmosphere, but at the same time, try to be more involved within the university community by joining clubs and volunteering.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with great opportunities in both academics and extra-curricular activities. The libraries all extremely resourceful and all the staff are welcoming and willing to help. All in all, it is a great pleasure to attend this university.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel incredibly safe on campus since it's in a small neighbourhood.

    Greek Life

    Not a lot of fraternities or sororities to be honest.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dances, parties, bar night, football, and let's not forget my favourite, Quidditch.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looked for a laid back university life and wants to be in a multi-cultural and accepting environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best location is the dance room, you can watch anyone break dance while you lounge around with your friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Not certain what that means, but I assume it would be average.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, shisha, and movies.

    Food and Dining

    We have our occasional fast food places, not the best.

    Dorm Life

    Parties, great dorm mates, and just a fun time.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard, pretty relaxed environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a clear idea of the field you want to get into. Join as many clubs as possible. Volunteer like crazy!

    In three sentences

    The campus is quiet, small, and easy to get around to. Everyone is friendly and the people are incredibly multi-cultural and open-minded. Classes never feel like they are too hard, many courses feel fair.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always present and will even walk you home at late hours. Further, there is a DON on duty available 24/7

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, the only Greek life available U of T is on the downtown campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and groups at UTM. I encourage participating in extracurricular activities because it is a great way to meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    If you need quiet places to study, there are study rooms available to check out. In addition, there are rooms in the residences dedicated to silent study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The deer that live on campus are an integral part of UTM life. You can actually come within 3 feet of them!

    Bang for the buck

    The educators at U of T are exceptional. You can really learn a lot from the professors besides what you can find in a textbook.

    What to do for fun

    Because all campuses at U of T are in or close to the city, there are always activities to do. For example, I went to a fashion show and attended many clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is adequate.

    Dorm Life

    I strongly recommend living on residence at least once. The transition into university life is made easier, especially when most of your friends live down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    By far, U of T has challenged me the most academically than all my previous years of schooling. However, you reap what you sow. Put in the effort and you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Always study ahead of time, not just the day before the test. 2) Go to your lectures because your professors will cover information that is not found in the textbook. 3) Go to your tutorials, you pay for your TA so you might as well utilize them.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I would rate University of Toronto an 8 out of 10. I believe U of T challenges its students academically, but also provides a well-rounded education. I have learned life lessons that I will carry beyond my undergraduate studies.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    11 of 18

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Toronto is an amazing place to be. The campus is very beautiful and everyone their is very freindly. Hopefully i will attend their in the near future.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Well hey, we are in the downtown, we got all the food you can want within a couple minutes walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Students here dont expect to party all the time, expect to study all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    You must keep up with the reputation of the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to work hard for your grade. Utilize and be a part of the many events and committees this diverse university has to offer.

    In three sentences

    University of Toronto is a very large Canadian university with multiple campuses all around Toronto. It is home to great history, and will be home to more. It is a school with a great reputation for those students with a great reputation.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. Make friends. Orientation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, party hard.

    In three sentences

    Small close knit community. Qualified and interesting teaching staff. Home of the Pan Am games.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Some programs are really expensive (example: deregulated programs at the Mississauga campus). It is even more expensive if you're an international student.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different places to go and since it's located in Toronto, there are plenty of off-campus places too.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your program, it really varies. It also depends on the classes you choose. If you want to have high grades with little effort, there are classes like that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to keep up with your readings because it's really easy to fall behind when there's no one reprimanding you for not finishing your homework.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    On the main campus, you are in Downtown Toronto, lots of things to do. Smaller campus not so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great place if you are looking to go into research. Widest range of courses, therefore, multiple options. In the heart of Toronto, so various other opportunities.

    In three sentences

    I attend the smaller campus UTSC. The professors are very good. I enjoy the flexibility between campuses.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The pub nights are a wonderful source of entertainment, allowing opportunities to socialize and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are sufficient options for dining at school, offering a wide variety of cuisines to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Toronto offers a challenge in its academics and keeps students on their tips throughout. The university's academia requires diligent focus and dedicated students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work extremely hard and take initiative for your work. With nobody to constantly check your homework, it is easy to slack off. But by making sure you go to class and do the assigned work, you can attain success.

    In three sentences

    University of Toronto offers a challenging and cognitively stimulating atmosphere for learning. By putting its students under pressure, the university ensures competitive graduates. With a helpful staff, there is little excuse for not succeeding.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    17 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not sure cause I've never been to one.

    What to do for fun

    Skipping, cooking, reading my bible, playing with my daughter, watching movies, also singing and doing community service.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never give up just try try try again, cause you think that I've given after failing Maths 7 times with different Teachers after focusing my mind on it and practising it every I I not only love the subject but also finally passed on the 8 time so never give up!!!!!!!!

    In three sentences

    I've heard that they are in the Top 100 University of the World and I wan to be apart of It. Their curriculum sounds Amazing! I can't wait to get Financing to start.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    18 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    apply

    In three sentences

    in canada. cold. fun place.