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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). 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: January 18th, 2021 at 10:00am EST 

All Students - Fees

Last updated: December 2nd, 2020 at 11:35am 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: January 25th, 2021 at 4:25pm EST

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

NOTE: As of January 7, 2021, the Government of Canada requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight.  A Canadian Government accepted COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours of departure of the international flight which will arrive directly in Canada. Please refer to IRCC’s FAQ on pre-departure testing for details on specific situations. Please ensure that your documentation of the test complies with the Government of Canada requirements. You must retain evidence of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.

Additionally, free COVID-19 tests are available at Pearson Airport for inbound international travellers. This is a voluntary pilot program only. Inbound international travellers can register to participate in the program at torontopearson.com/testing. Registration can be done in advance of arrival at the airport or upon arrival at Toronto Pearson airport. does not replace the required negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to your departing flight.

Also refer to the list of exceptions. Please contact your airline for further details. A mandatory 14-day quarantine is still required upon arrival in Canada.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine is still required upon arrival in Canada as is a COVID-19 test  during the quarantine period.

There are two options in this mandatory program, both of which offer regular health checks and access to programming and other relevant information: The Full UofT Program and the “At-Home” program for students who have their own suitable location in which to quarantine.

As part of the Full program, the University will provide:

  • Transportation from the airport to the quarantine location
  • Private room with washroom
  • 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)

As part of the At-Home program, students will receive:

  • Regular health checks by U of T’s Health and Wellness team
  • Connections with their academic division for information on programming and orientation during quarantine
  • Downloadable resources such as food and pharmacy delivery services
  • A confirmation letter to support your entry into Canada, i.e. confirming that you have registered for the program and will be receiving regular health checks during the quarantine program.

Registration for the At-Home and Full program is available at starrez.utoronto.ca (students will need to login using their JOIN/UTORid).  Currently registration is available for arrivals up until March 31st. An update will be provided regarding quarantine support beyond the end of March on this website and StarRez on March 15th. 

Students will need to sign and agree to comply with 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 and will provide information on how students can be tested at local pharmacies or assessment centres when quarantining At-Home.

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

For Students Living in Residence

Last updated January 15th, 2020 at 3:25pm EST

For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival

Last updated January 20th, 2021 at 12:20pm EST

For International Students: Studying Remotely

Last updated October 2nd, 2020 at 5:30pm EST

For International Students:  Leaving Canada

Last updated November 5th, 2020 at 11:00am EST

For International Students:  Health Insurance

Last updated January 18th, 2021 at 4:30pm EST

For International Students: Post-Graduate Work Permit

Last updated January 13th, 2020 at 10:25am EST

For students who are on / looking to study abroad

Last updated: January 12th at 9:00am EST 

As of January 1, 2021, the University of Toronto has extended the cancellation of future University activity to international locations for all students until August 31st, 2021. This decision was made in line with Canadian Government travel advisories, given the changing and continuing nature of the current pandemicUniversity activities abroad on or after September 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 work with your academic unit to 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 summer.  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 the summer.

PhD students planning to travel abroad for dissertation research during this time should review the implication of lock down measures on international travel on the VPRI site.  If the research activity is permissible according to those guidelines, PhD students should then contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca for further information.  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 or undertake your research remotely if you’re able to do so. If your work abroad can be carried out safely and in consideration of government advisories regarding travel, and VPRI requirements, 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.