All Ontario universities host orientation programs and events for first-year students. These activities can last for a few days or a week. They are meant to help you familiarize yourself with campus, learn about activities and supports you can access, meet new friends and have fun. These events are a great time to meet others in your faculty, residence and academic program as part of your transition to university life.
Look for invitations in your admission package to sign up for orientation week.
Your residence might have special programming to help you get to know your neighbours and learn more about the residence you will be living in. Upper-year students may host tours, floor meetings and fun programming.
Living off campus does not mean you are excluded from activities during orientation week. Many universities have specific orientation week activities for first-year students living off campus to introduce them to the campus community. These activities include concerts, performances and team activities.
Your faculty may also set up specific programming so that you can meet fellow students in your program before your first day of class.
Indigenous Student Programming
Contact your university’s Indigenous student centre. Some Indigenous student centres offer early move-in programs to beat the rush of move-in day.