Arriving & Getting Oriented

Students at a welcome booth, Pearson International Airport

Photo: Johnny Guatto

You may have a number of questions about where to go when you arrive in Toronto, how to get to campus, resources at U of T, and general questions
about graduate studies.
On this page, you’ll find information about arrival, transportation, and orientation.


Airport Information

In August and September U of T has a welcome booth for students arriving by plane. Staff at the welcome booth will be there to greet you, answer any questions and help you get to campus. The Centre for International Experience (CIE) also has airport information regarding travel from the airport and customs.  

Transportation & Public Transit

Learn how to get around Toronto by TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) and around U of T through Inter Campus Shuttle, Mississauga Transit, and by car.

Orientation Sessions and Transition Advising

There are a variety of orientation sessions available to answer questions about graduate school, life at U of T as an international student, and to meet other students and staff. Learn about the Grad Step Up program, and check out the Centre for International Experience (CIE) website for additional events just for international students. Gradlife and the School of Graduate Studies also host orientation sessions in late August and early September. Check the Events Calendar for details.

CIE also has a dedicated Transition Advisor for international graduate students. The Transition Advisor is available to help you adjust to Canada, answer your questions and help you plan.

Meet Yaseen Ali, CIE’s International Transition Advisor. Yaseen holds office hours at the School of Graduate Studies and various locations across St. George campus. Check his office hours here‚Äč.

Information for New Students

Committing to a program in a new city, province, or country can be daunting. This can be especially true in a city as large as Toronto, at a university on the scale of U of T. We offer many ways for you to adjust to your new school and city. Learn more: Getting Started as a New Student.