Grad Escapes

Grad Escapes 

Grad school can be hard work -- sometimes you just need to escape. To help you, the Graduate Students' Union and Student Life started Grad Escapes.This program helps to build community among fellow students by offering social, cultural, and recreational opportunities to relieve graduate student stress.

From art classes to baseball, from musical theatre to historic tours, there's something for everyone. So, forget your thesis for a night, try a new experience, and meet fellow students. Come with a partner, a friend, or come alone! Student families are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Games Night: Bampot House of Tea and Boardgames

   Thursday, January 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
   Tickets: $7 and available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Come and play unlimited boardgames with other graduate students at this popular local venue. Tea and refreshments included!

Skating at Harbourfront Centre: DJ Skate Nights!

   Saturday, February 4, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
   Tickets: $10 (Skate rentals, pay at venue) and available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Join us at Harbourfront skating rink for some skating There will be a live DJ with music! You are encouraged to bring your own skates. If you do not have skates, you will be required to rent skates at the venue:  the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Improv for Anxiety Class at Second City Training Centre

   Thursday, February 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
   Tickets: $15 and available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Learn the fundamental tools of improv with students who wish to have a better experience in social settings. The exercises are modified to remove any perfomance aspect and instead focus on the skills to address social triggers and to add effective communication experiences to everyday situations. These fun experiential workshops leave room for debrief and laughter. Presented by the Second City Training Centre.

Evergreen Brickworks Winter Market

   Sunday, February 19, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
   Tickets: free and available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Ever wanted to visit Evergreen Brickworks? Now is your chance to explore this fantastic historical site in Toronto while indulging in a little post-holiday shopping and walking. Join Gradlife at Castlefrank Station, where we'll start our walk to Evergreen Brickworks through the hidden wooded valleys of Toronto before stopping to explore and shoot at the Winter Market. Bring comfy shoes, a camera, and your wallet to grab some handmade souvenirs and warm drinks!

Trivia Night at Harvest Noon Cafe

   Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
   Tickets: free and available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Need a study break? Like to socialize with friends, meet new people, and have fun? If you answered yes to all of those questions, come join us for a Trivia Night. Don't worry, no grad student-type questions here! Come as a team already, or bring yourself and we'll make you a team with some great people. There are awesome prizes to be won, but even if your team doesn't bring home the "trophy," this event is still a great way to take a break from studying and have a little fun while you're at it. Students will receive a complimentary refreshment.

 

Other Events

Optimize Your Graduate Experience  - REGISTRATION CLOSED

November 1, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us to learn effective strategies to enhance wellness and reduce stress as a grad student. This event will feature talks on mindfulness and imposter syndrome as well as yoga and sketching sessions. The evening will finish with a social. Light refreshments will be served. Register.