Easy Transition and Get Ready for First Year

  • 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.


    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.

    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:

  • Residence & Housing
  • York's residences are more than places to live. They are vibrant communities where students learn, grow and develop, and make friends that will last a lifetime. More than 4,000 students (1,600 are in first year) live at York in our nine undergraduate residences (seven on Keele campus, two on Glendon).

    What's in Residence for You?

    • Access: You are in the centre of everything York has to offer. Close to your classes, the gym, libraries and — if you choose to work on campus — your job!
    • Well-planned meals: You can choose from a variety of meal plans that suit your eating needs and habits. Menu options include halal, kosher and vegetarian.
    • Residence support staff: Your Residence Life Coordinators and a team of Dons (senior-student mentors) are there to orient and guide you, making your residence stay a smooth one.

    Who You'll Live With

    Most buildings offer traditional dormitory style with standard bedrooms and shared washrooms and lounges. All buildings are co-ed, though same-gender floors and washrooms are available. The standard single dormitory-style room is approximately 8.5 by 12.5 feet (106 square feet). The Keele Campus also has some suite-style residences that include ensuite kitchens and bathrooms, which are a preferred option for upper-year students who want to live in smaller groups and share amenities. You can select your own roommate on your application or have one selected for you through a compatibility questionnaire.

    Applying to Residence

    Residence is guaranteed to first-year students admitted directly from a full-time secondary-school program who apply by the deadline. First-year students admitted with an average of 90 per cent or higher are also guaranteed a single room if requested by the deadline. You must apply by June 1 to secure your guarantee for residence. Apply now.

    Applying to Glendon?

    Learn more about living in residence at Glendon.

  • Campus Services
  • Career Centre success

    York’s Career Centre has a great 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 Services. Supports include job fairs, online tutorials, career exploration and workshops.

    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.

    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.


    Our libraries house books, print periodicals, theses, archival materials, microforms, maps, films and music CDs. We have more than 3 million printed volumes, 750,000 e-books and more than 90,000 full text e-journals. Each year, our professional librarians handle a total of 150,000 in-person reference questions, as well as host guest lectures, library workshops and research seminars for students. We provide access to 500 computer workstations and 2,900 study seats throughout the libraries. 

    Keele campus

    Glendon campus

    Library Study GuideResearch centres and institutes

    York is also home to 28 research centres and institutes to provide students and professors with outstanding interdisciplinary and collaborative research tools and materials.

    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:

    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.

  • Campus Life
  • York's College System

    Only three universities in Canada have a college system. It's one of the many student supports that sets York apart. Colleges are communities of students, professors and staff and help you integrate into the York community while providing the supports you need. Each college has its own student government, social activities, programming and academic supports. Through your college, you'll meet people from all across Canada and around the world and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

    Every undergraduate student belongs to one of our nine colleges. For students who commute to campus, college affiliation is based on your academic program. Students living in residence are automatically affiliated with the college you live in. 

    Colleges at York
    Bethune Glendon Stong
    Calumet McLaughlin Vanier
    Founders New Winters

    Need help with planning an essay? Ask your Academic Advisor. Interested in team sport? Join your college-mates in intramural competition and you could even win the York Torch. No human hungry hungry hippo matches yet, but if anyone can make it happen, it's your College Council. Looking for a quiet place to study? Check out your college common room.

    The more you get involved, the more important your college will become to your life, while at York and in the future.

    Getting to Know Your College

    Orientation Week is your introduction to everything college affiliated. Make sure to attend as many events – both academic and non-academic – as you can!

    College affiliation does not stop after Orientation Week, though. Each College Council holds events throughout the year.

    Athletics & 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.