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COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students

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The entire University community is focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment on our campuses, preserving your educational experience, and communicating any updates and new information.  This page contains information for U of T students regarding the University’s responses and actions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have created a UTogether2020: Student Roadmap outlining principles and considerations and have posted a COVID-19 Guidelines for Students video. The University’s full roadmap is available on the Provost’s website.

We’ve also created a video outlining some of the many safety protocols we have put in place as part of our return to school plan.

Graduate Students, please also visit the School of Graduate Studies webpage for specific updates.

All students, please continue to check your U of T email, since you may be receiving emails directly from your divisions, residences, and Deans of Students.

All students should complete UCheck self-assessment before they come to campus or leave their residence room.  

We will continue to update this page with important information for students. Please also continue to check the University of Toronto’s coronavirus updates and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for updates relevant to the whole U of T community.

Your Health

We know this situation brings uncertainty and stress for everyone – and some will experience this more than others. Please know that if you are struggling, there are resources and supports available.

Article: Managing stress and feelings of powerlessness can be a challenge in times of uncertainty. U of T’s Dr. Suze Berkhout shares seven tips for mentally coping with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

All Students

Last updated: November 25th at 8:55am EST 

All Students - Fees

Last updated: November 25 at 9:00am EST
Please note that Question 1 is also posted on the main U of T COVID-19 FAQ page

For Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, students continue to have access to supports including Health and Wellness, career centres and academic support offices. A range of programming continues to be offered online by Hart House and sport and recreation staff on all three campuses including online fitness classes, nutrition discussions, virtual board game cafes and workshops. These services are being provided at a reduced fee. Most programming and services continue on-line or through video calls, phone calls, and other means. In person services will also be offered wherever possible in accordance with public health, government, and university guidelines.

Information on Quarantine Accommodation

Last updated: November 30th at 12:55pm EST 

The University is providing support for students arriving from outside Canada who must complete a mandatory quarantine.

As part of this program, the University will provide:

  • Transportation from the airport to the quarantine location
  • Private room with washroom at a hotel
  • 3 meals/day delivered to your door
  • Other supports (daily check in/nurse monitoring, quarantine supplies including personal thermometer, residence life staff, and connections with your academic division for information on programming, orientation, etc. during your quarantine)

An application form is available at starrez.utoronto.ca (students will need to login using their JOIN/UTORid).

Students will need to sign and agree to comply with on self-isolation protocols aligned with relevant government guidance, and remain in their rooms for the 14-day period. Guests will not be allowed during this time.

Students arriving for mandatory quarantine are now required by the Ontario government to be tested for COVID-19 during their quarantine period.  UofT has arranged for testing for those quarantining in our accommodations.

More information is provided in the frequently asked questions below. For further information please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

For Students Applying to Residence for January 2021

Last updated November 25th, 9:30am

Residence is an important part of the university experience and we’re excited to be welcoming students to campus. If you applied to live in residence, your experience will be a little different than what you imagined, but our goal is to make your residence life as fulfilling as possible and to support you every step of the way. 

Individuals seeking graduate housing or student family housing are invited to refer to the following websites for more information: St. George CampusGraduate House and Student Family HousingUTMGraduate and Medical Housing and Family HousingUTSC: please call the office at 416-287-7365 
residences@utsc.utoronto.ca. 

Did you miss the St. George campus information sessions for first-year students who’ve applied for Fall 2020 residence? Not to worry, we recorded the sessions. You can view the first session  and the second session. 

For Students Living in Residence

Last updated November 20, 2020 @ 9:00am

For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival

Last updated November 5th, 11:00am 

For International Students: Studying Remotely

Last updated October 2nd, 5:30pm

For International Students:  Leaving Canada

Last updated November 5th, 11:00am

For International Students:  Health Insurance

Last updated November 11th, 4:10pm

For International Students: Post-Graduate Work Permit

Last updated November 25th, 9:35am

For students who are on / looking to study abroad

Questions updated: November 25th, 2020 at 9:35am EST 

As of September 28, 2020, the University of Toronto has extended the cancellation of future University activity to international locations for all students until April 30, 2021. This decision was made in line with Canadian Government travel advisoriesUniversity activities abroad on or after May 1, 2021 are scheduled to continue at this time, but please keep in mind that conditions created by the pandemic may require changes. If you’re able to postpone or shift your travel to a later date or undertake your activity remotely and without travelling internationally, please arrange to do so. If you’re unable to change your plans, please note that, regrettably, your activity is cancelled. We are making this decision early so that you can make alternate plans for your January semester.  We know that your academic pursuits are important to you and the University is committed to maintaining academic continuity. Your academic unit will work with you to help you build an alternate plan for January.

PhD students planning to travel abroad for dissertation research during this time should contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca. Given the current situation, there are significant travel restrictions and it will be difficult for you to make travel arrangements. We encourage you to postpone or shift your travel to a later date if you’re able to do so. If your work abroad can be carried out safely and in consideration of government advisories regarding travel, you may be able to proceed. Safety Abroad will work with you, your supervisor, and your academic unit to minimize disruption to your research.

We’ll continue to update this page with the most current information we have.