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Community

Ryerson University is where a world of possibilities collide. It starts with our location in the heart of a global city and runs through every aspect of campus life. Here, you’ll experience a diverse and creative community enriched by a multitude of perspectives, underscored by equity, diversion and inclusion. 

As a first year student, we know the importance of immersing yourself in student life, meeting new people and discovering fresh perspectives, so Ryerson has adapted all of our community-building programs for fall 2021 to ensure new undergraduate and graduate students can participate. Join us at Get Ryerson Ready for our pre-orientation programming, meet your fellow students through orientation events, discover our residence options, and experience the benefits of our many other programs that will help you build a supportive network of friends and mentors for years to come.

Orientation events

Pre-Orientation

Pre-Orientation events offer an opportunity for you to get acquainted with Ryerson through events and workshops hosted by various student services and departments on campus in an unstructured format. 

Get Ryerson Ready

Whether you are excited or nervous (or a mix of both!) about your first year at Ryerson, we've got you! We're hosting events, workshops, and other experiences for students and their parents and supporters to help all incoming Ryerson students get ready for their first semester.

Our goal with both of these programs is to offer enhanced summer transition programming for all incoming students to ensure you are feeling Ryerson ready to be successful as a first-year student. 

The five streams

Get Ryerson Ready utilizes pathways to guide you through five streams:

  1. Writing;
  2. Math;
  3. Study skills; and,
  4. Health and wellness; and, 
  5. Community.

The aim of these programs is to ease your transition into fall 2021.

Get Ryerson Ready will be using tech platforms that you will be using through your studies at Ryerson. This will include online instructor-led learning, self directed e-learning, and drop-in session whenever possible

#RoadtoRU Orientation Week

Orientation Week takes place two weeks before classes begin and gives you the chance to connect with other students, get familiar with their academic program, and get to know your way around campus. Our Orientation Week is designed to meet the needs of all new students, especially those going into their first or second year. Get excited because Orientation is coming up fast, from Monday August 23 to Monday September 6, 2021!

Every year we offer new events and programs, but every Orientation Week at Ryerson features:

  • Academic program and faculty-specific orientations so incoming students can meet other peers in their program, find out about faculty-specific resources and get to know their professors.
  • Information about how to access on-campus supports and resources so new students know how to find what they need after classes start.
  • Tons of engaging performances, concerts, and giveaways!

Housing & Residence Life

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Community is at the heart of Ryerson’s Housing & Residence Life. During COVID-19, the safety of students has been the top priority and staff have adapted and found creative ways to ensure incoming students have a stable, secure community to join. While the pandemic has impacted the traditional experience of residence life, some experiences haven’t changed. Residence Advisors continue to be accessible to support students; Academic Links are available to help students navigate online learning; and senior student leaders have been hired to focus on community building.

Virtual tours

Pitman Hall (PIT)

International Living and Learning Centre (ILC)

Daphne Cockwell Centre (DCC) 

Virtual Open House

Receive an in-depth overview of all the exciting benefits offered through living in one of our on campus buildings: Pitman Hall, International Living-Learning Centre, and the newly opened Daphne Cockwell Complex! This video also navigates the application process, fees breakdown, and highlights of living close to your classes at Ryerson.

Tri-Mentoring Program

The Tri-Mentoring Program’s (TMP) educational priority is to mentor each student using their individual experience to find their sense of belonging on campus. The “tri” represents our peer-to-peer, career, and group mentoring activities.

Mentoring is currently virtual over Google Meet, Zoom, and using a platform called PeopleGrove, external link.

PeopleGrove helps provide access to mentoring through group discussion boards and tools for engagement.

"TMP is an integral part of student life, and the Ryerson community. I want all students to know that they have fantastic resources for community building and support at Ryerson..."

Adriana Carpanzano, Former Faculty of Arts Lead Mentor

Equity Service Centres (Virtual Open House 2021)

At our March Virtual Open House, we introduced the equity service centres within the Ryerson Student's Union. This panel of current students discuss their work, mission, resources and volunteer opportunities. Here are some highlights from that session.

Orientation

Connect with other incoming students, get familiar with academic programs and learn how to navigate all things Ryerson. 

Athletics & Recreation

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Get active and engaged with information about Ryerson Athletics, recreational programs and exercise facilities available to all students.

International Student Support

Access support and advisors on immigration, financial assistance, healthcare and more for a successful student life in Canada.

Student Affairs

Connect with a network of advisors and programs supporting students in Learning, Housing, Career and Co-op, Student Life and Care, and more.

Leadership

Leadership Development uses your experiences on campus and in your community to educate and inform programs focused on your evolution as a leader.

Equity & Community Inclusion

Our mandate is to maintain a visible presence for equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigenous values across the university, while addressing the range of systemic barriers at Ryerson. 

ConnectRU

Looking for opportunities to engage in campus life? ConnectRU is your one-stop shop for events that are happening (virtually) across campus this year. 

Clubs

Ryerson University has a vibrant campus community made up of more than 200 student clubs and organizations. 

Aboriginal Student Services

Connect with culturally supportive services that balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.