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Student Life

The Real Institute offers exciting opportunities for students to explore Ryerson University and its downtown campus. As part of the Ryerson community, ESL Foundation Program students have access to all events, activities and supports on campus.

In addition to experiential learning activities, the Real Institute organizes several events and trips throughout the year, including essential Canadian destinations such as Niagara Falls, Quebec, and much more!

The Real Institute provides learners with International Peer Supporters, who are current Ryerson students. These peers share their experiences as international students, plan extra-curricular activities, and provide timely support along the way.

Ryerson University and the Real Institute are dedicated to the health and well-being of our academic community. To continue supporting our students' learning goals during COVID-19 closures, the Real Institute's ESL Foundation Program has cancelled all in-person trips and excursions.


There are several amazing resources available for students when they arrive in Toronto. To help you prepare, we have collected the top programs at Ryerson for supporting new students:

  • International Student Support connects international students to Ryerson’s vibrant campus community, provides immigration information, and helps students to achieve their academic goals.
  • Student Life is a group at Ryerson that supports students in discovering their talents, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Campus Life will tell you about the facilities and services on Ryerson’s campus, as well as the advantages of living in downtown Toronto.
  • Housing and Residence Life provides information about great housing opportunities nearby campus.