Easy Transition and Get Ready for First Year

Orientation & student welcome

Orientation will give you a great start, academically and socially. Your academic orientation will give you the skills you need to tackle research, lectures and note-taking. Social Orientation will make York your own. Meet friends, get familiar with the campus and dance through YorkFest! There are orientations for parents, international students, mature students and the LBGTQ community.

College life

All undergraduate students are assigned to one of York’s nine colleges, each with a distinctive theme affiliated with specific academic programs. The support of your college will help you integrate into the York community and support academic success. Each college has its own student government, social activities, programming and academic supports.


YUConnect gives you a way to find clubs and to match opportunities to your interests. You'll also create a record of your on-campus work and volunteer activity throughout your degree.

Skills for success

Take advantage of first-year student learning skills services and one-to-one counselling to improve your likelihood of early and continued success. You can also learn practical approaches to manage your time and achieve school/work/life balance and discover your personal learning style and study strategy.

The Glendon Counselling & Career Centre offers a range of services to students, from personal and career counseling to support for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory and medical disabilities. Find out more on the Glendon Counselling & Career Centre website.

Student Community & Leadership Development

In serving one of the most diverse populations of any Canadian university, Student Community & Leadership Development strives to provide student services and programs that are innovative and responsive to the changing needs of the community.

Other services include:

Sport & Recreation

On the Keele campus, choose from 30-plus aerobics/cross-training classes; 50-plus instructional courses; and 40-plus tournament and league intramural sports. The Glendon Athletic Club is a top-rated athletic centre, formerly the home practice gym of the Toronto Raptors NBA team. And, tickets to York Lions events at our five great venues are free for all York students.

Career Centre Success

York’s Career Centre has an exciting range of programs, services and events to help you get a head start on your career – from learning about career opportunities and getting support in your job search to exploring further education and connecting with professionals during special events. The Career Centre offers workshops, careers fairs, one-on-one sessions as well as online resources and job postings.

Last year:

  • 9,500+ full-time, part-time, internship, summer and on-campus employment opportunities were posted for York students.
  • 450+ professionals (employers, educators and alumni) visited campus to connect with York students during industry-specific panel discussions, recruitment sessions, career fairs and other events.
  • 350+ workshops were offered on the topics of career exploration, job search and professional etiquette.
  • 3,200+ students received one-on-one support through Career Consults, Career Counselling, Job Search Advising, Resumé Reviews and Interview Practice Sessions.

In addition to the Career Centre on Keele Campus, Glendon students also have access to the career support offered through Glendon Counselling & Disability Services. Supports include job fairs, online tutorials, career exploration and workshops.

Peer support 

York's strengths are in its students, where you'll find enthusiastic and understanding support and guidance. Upper-year students lead programs to assist other students throughout the year.

  • Peer Mentorship helps new students make a smooth transition to university life.
  • Peer Mediation facilitates resolutions in dispute situations.
  • Peer Health Educators answer your questions about staying healthy and direct you to the resources you may need.

Plan your route to York

If you plan on commuting to York, we have excellent access to public transportation and supports carpool and bike commuting programs. Transportation Services provide route information, shuttle busses and transit passes. York is also accessible by car from most major highways in the Greater Toronto Area including the 401, 407 and 400 highways. Parking at York functions on both daily rates and monthly or sessional parking passes. 

Child care on campus

The York Co-operative Daycare Centre is a non-profit, on-site organization committed to providing a caring, educational and multicultural environment to children of York students, staff and faculty. As a co-op, parents are strongly encouraged to participate in daily activities and are involved in determining child-rearing policies of the Centre. Fully licensed for 119 children, year-round programs have been designed for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school age (6 weeks to 10 years). The Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre, located on the Keele campus, offers part-time care to children 18 months to five years old.