Orientation FAQ

Orientation is a week long transitional program that aims to introduce first year student to university life. Upper year students, called Leaders, help facilitate the week, which is a combination of academic programming and exciting events that help first years meet other UC students.
We have bursaries! Students who demonstrate financial need will not be turned away. Please send an email to orientation@uclit.ca and we will help you cover the cost!
Accessibility, physically and mentally, is something UC Orientation does our best to accommodate every year. We do our best to make sure events are accessible and comfortable for those with mobility concerns, visual and hearing impairments, and mental disabilities of various forms. We do our best to implement ways of accommodating these concerns from the very start of Orientation planning. We also have designated accessibility Executives in charge of overseeing accessibility through the planning process and acting as contact points for those with accessibility issues through Orientation Week. Further, you can optionally disclose whether you have a disability, health condition, or other accessibility concern, and what barriers you might face during Orientation. This information is shared confidentially with event organizers. If you still have concerns feel free to contact us at orientation@uclit.ca
The registration fee covers all your meals and snacks for the week, your T-Shirt, everything inside your Frosh Kit, and access to all the events during the week.
If you are a student living in residence, your first dinner on the Sunday night (September 1st) is not covered by us. Also, we have a charity event at the end of the week. This event is free to attend, but we would appreciate donations! All other events are totally covered by your fee!
Events range from chill movie nights to club nights and parades through downtown Toronto. We will also have event descriptions available so you know what to bring (running shoes, sunscreen, a good attitude) and so that you can gauge whether or not the event is right for you. We also want to make sure that you get all the information you need before school begins so there will be academic programs like PREUofT where you can ask your questions to upper year students in your program.
All students new to University College are welcome! UC prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive space. We strive to make all incoming students feel welcome and included in Orientation regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, language, financial background and other identifiers. If have any concerns about participating in Orientation or worry about your comfort and safety during any events please contact us. We are happy to hear them and accommodate you wherever possible.
It does! Events on the Thursday and Friday will be on a drop in basis, we will still feed you and we still have our semi-formal on the Saturday! Please come join us between your classes!
We have billeting! This is on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you register soon! Billeting is a program that allows you to stay with a student in residence for the duration of the week. That way, you can still make it to all the events without the added stress of commuting and you get to make a new friend!
UofT and UC hold a number of Orientation events through the summer. While these events are informative, they do not cover the breadth and scope of UC’s Orientation Week. Most of these events tend to be shorter and have a greater focus on academic orientation. While academic information is a core part of Orientation Week, we also prioritize bonding with other students and acclimating to university life. You are encouraged to attend other Orientations in addition to UC’s. You are welcome to participate in as many Orientations that you qualify for (ie Woodsworth student who lives in UC can register for either or both, an Orientation in July for Life Science students and UC Orientation in September).
University College is made up of three residence buildings, all of which are further divided into fifteen Houses. Students living in res will live in their house, and each house has one or two residence dons and a common room. During Orientation, many events are divided up by house as you will be competing for the House Cup. Commuters will also be randomly assigned a house and will be with them for the duration of Orientation. After Frosh is over, commuters can still be a part of the house! They pay a fee and have access to the house, events and that houses’ common spaces throughout the year.
Check out the contact page for information on how to contact us. Make sure to also check out the UC Class of 2023 Facebook Group for updates.
Descriptions for each each event can be found on the Schedule page.
UC Orientation is on a drop in basis. You are not expected to attend events you don’t want to, and you are free to leave at any point. However, the price remains the same for everyone regardless of how many events are attended.
A piece of ID like your TCard or a piece of government ID with the name you registered with.
You can pay cash during the Welcome Days or the day of registration in September, however for day of in September we will only offer the $150 fee. If this poses a financial difficulty, please email us at orientation@uclit.ca
UC is committed to providing an inclusive environment; this means we strive to provide meals to everyone. When registering fill out your dietary restrictions and we will accommodate to the best of our abilities. Typically, we plan to accomodate for Halal, vegan, vegetarian, Kosher dietary restrictions as well as allergies. But, we are happy to accommodate you in anyway we can.
No, you don’t need anything to participate in Orientation Week. However, some practical items you may want to bring are:
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and event
  • Sunscreen
  • A reusable water bottle
  • TCard and IDs
  • Your health card/health insurance details
  • Any medication you may need
  • A good attitude :)
  • Your cellphone if you feel comfortable bringing it
  • Sunglasses and a hat