Start of Class
Complete these to-do’s for a smooth start to the fall term:
Review your course enrolment and add, drop or switch courses, if you haven’t finalized your class schedule.
Check Important Dates and connect them to your calendar to make sure you stay on track with your deadlines.
Visit the Students Getting Started page for information about your student computing needs, such as eClass, Passport York, wireless access and others.
Visit the Coming to Campus page to find your way around York’s campuses.
Use it to access various supports across campus.
Check your student account for any outstanding fees and the due date.
Student Life & Community
We know it can be intimidating to create a new community. Student life is at the heart of York’s community and we offer many opportunities to get involved, get active and build connections that will last well beyond your degree.
Sign Up For York Orientation
We are here to help you get settled into university life through a wide variety of programming, such as YU Orientation. Meet new people, discover campus resources and get to know your college.
If you are an incoming or returning international student, register for the International Student Orientation. For those with additional questions about arrival tips, immigration information and ways to get to know York and the rest of Canada, the York International Office can help answer your questions.
Check Out Food Services
Having a break between classes and looking for a place where you can eat and drink? Find them on campus.
Get Active With Athletics & Recreation
Your FREE student recreation membership gives you access to athletic facilities, aquatics, recreation & well-being programs, and much more to stay physically and mentally healthy. (Recreation memberships are free, some fees may apply to fitness memberships and/or additional services). Athletics & Recreation offers it all: varsity student-athletics, sports clubs, intramural sports, group exercise classes, drop-in sports, student athletics clubs, nutritional, cooking classes, ambassador program and access to official Lions gear. Regular season York Lions varsity games are free for students, so get out and show your Lion pride!
Engage In Student Life
Get the most out of your university experience with Student Community & Leadership Development's array of tools, programs and workshops to ensure your growth and engagement in student life.
Join Student Clubs & Organizations of Your Interest
Browse YU Connect to find student clubs and organizations and join those that speak to you.
Make Connections with Residence Life
Are you living in residence this year? Welcome! Visit the Housing Services website to learn about how to move in, what to bring and more. Get to know other people also living in residence by connecting with your Don.
Mature or Part-time Student? Sign Up for Upcoming Events
If you are a mature or part-time student, check out the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) that offers annual Orientation events, the Mature Student First-Year Experience Program, peer-to-peer mentoring and various student success workshops.
Indigenous Student? Connect With The Centre For Indigenous Student Services
The Centre for Indigenous Student Services (CISS) offers culturally appropriate support services to a diverse Indigenous student population. The main office, located at 246 York Lanes, and the second location Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, “the House of Great Peace,” provide welcoming, safe and supportive spaces for Indigenous students, faculty and staff to come together.
Mental Health & Well-Being
Taking care of your mental health and emotional well-being will help you enjoy your student experience. Our services are here to support you.
Take Care Of Your Health & Well-being
For counselling support, Keele and Glendon students can attend an in-person walk-in session or book a virtual same-day appointment at Student Counselling, Health & Well-being or the Accessibility, Well-being and Counselling Centre. They offer many services, including individual and group counselling, as well as workshops focused on topics such as self-care and compassion, mental health, substance use and more.
For support outside of normal business hours, all York students can access keep.meSAFE, a free 24/7 service that offers online resources and phone lines to connect to mental health professionals, in multiple languages. Students residing in Ontario can also reach out to Good2Talk via phone or text at any time of day for professional counselling and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
Contact The Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR)
If you’ve been impacted by critical incidents, facing personal crises or multiple complex issues with a view to fostering a positive learning environment, reach out to the Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR). They respond to a variety of situations involving students, provide referrals and assistance on financial and housing issues and collaborate with community partners to facilitate students’ needs.
OSCR also ensures student compliance with the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (The Code), managing and resolving conflicts amongst students.
Get Support From The Centre For Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre)
The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education is the first point of contact for survivors who have experienced sexual violence (this includes gender-based violence). The team works with individuals to help them determine what support will work best for their circumstance and assists them every step of the way. The team can support with the complaint process, academic/workplace accommodations and discuss how to access other available supports and resources, as well as assist with other inquiries.
Check Your Health & Dental Plans
The York Federation of Students offers a comprehensive student health and dental plan to undergraduate students. If you have comparable insurance, you can coordinate your benefits or opt-out for a refund. Students beginning their studies in September 2022 have an opportunity to opt-in/out from Sep. 1 to Oct. 15, 2022.
International students are also covered under York International’s University Health Insurance Plan. Students with additional questions can attend upcoming webinars to connect with York International staff.
Reach your academic goals with services designed to help you succeed.
Learn About Your Study Options
Use the Study Options website to map out what, when, where and how you want to study or pursue learning experiences abroad, including credential programs with other institutions, academic exchanges and many others.
Confirm Your Degree Progress
See your grades and track your progress towards your degree in the Degree Progress Report, an online tool that is available for most single major programs.
Apply To Graduate
If you're taking your final courses to complete your degree this fall, it’s time to apply to graduate!
Seek Advice About Your Academic Decisions
Get support in making informed and thoughtful decisions about your academic journey by connecting with your Faculty’s Academic Advising Office.
Tap Into Various Resources To Support Your Studies
Learn how to navigate York University Libraries’ (YUL) through the YUL Undergraduate Orientation. Find a wide range of books and resources by using Omni, the libraries’ all-in-one academic search tool. Learn to create a podcast, explore virtual environments or borrow audio-visual tools from the new Media Creation Lab. You can also rent books online from the YU Bookstore, order supplies and York swag.
Access Any Necessary Academic Accommodations
Reach out to Student Accessibility Services if you have temporary or permanent conditions (mental health, learning, sensory, mobility, medical) that impact your inclusion in academic life at York. Student Accessibility Services can arrange academic accommodations and offer one-on-one appointments to support you with problem-solving, developing self-advocacy skills, and connecting to on-campus and off-campus supports and resources. Students should note that they need to register as soon as possible in order to be set up for September.
Learn About Your Rights & Responsibilities
Learn about the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities and how the Office of Student Community Relations can support you through your university experience. Familiarize yourself with York’s Policy on Academic Honesty and other Senate policies governing your time here.
Learn About The Office Of The University Ombudsperson
The Office of the University Ombudsperson provides an impartial and confidential service to assist students who have been unable to resolve their concerns about University policies, procedures and/or practices through other means.
Everyone learns differently. Get the support you need with studying, research, classroom work and more.
Improve Your Learning Skills
Get support for learning and studying. Learning Skills Services supports students in building skills for academic success, such as effective study strategies, time management, academic reading and much more. Make use of online resources, join a workshop, or visit the department. York’s libraries also offer help with general or research questions by connecting you with librarians. Alternatively, improve your library research or citation skills by attending a library workshop or accessing how-to videos and self-paced modules on the library's website. Get help in preparing your research and papers through SPARK modules.
Learn About Successful Remote Learning
If you will continue taking virtual courses, read the YU Blog’s Remote Learning 101 series to get online learning tips from students and learn about various resources, such as The Learning Commons and the libraries. Find out how to understand course codes and finding your courses in eClass. The Online Learning Protocol for York University Students also provides best practices and protocols, including technical requirements and available software and videoconferencing do’s and don’ts.
Find A Study Space
Study spaces are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Bronfman, Frost, Scott and Steacie libraries. Bookings continue to be required for group study rooms and some bookable quiet study spaces on the second and third floors of the Scott Library.
Use these services and resources to learn more about financial assistance throughout your degree.
Learn About Changes to OSAP When You Graduate
If you’re finishing your studies and have OSAP funding, learn about OSAP loan repayments, grace periods and continuing interest-free status.
Maintain Your OSAP
Know that dropping/adding a course, providing incorrect information, having a change in your income and other factors affect your OSAP. Learn how to report changes.
Apply For Additional Financial Support
Consider applying for York’s Bursary Program to supplement your primary sources of funding, such as OSAP, government assistance from other provinces, employment, and parental/spousal support.
Get Your OSAP
If you haven’t yet, you can still apply for OSAP. Follow these steps: I’m Ready to Apply for OSAP.
Consider Working While Studying
Gain valuable work experience and contribute to university life, while earning money, through one of our Work/Study employment opportunities.
Career Education & Development
Career Education & Development helps you develop skills, gain experience and build your career confidence and self-management skills.
Learn About Yourself
Check out the My Career Exploration Guide & Workbook, a self-directed, 24/7, on-demand learning module, to help you reflect on your personality, interests, values, skills, and other factors that are instrumental to making confident career decisions aligned with who you are.
Engage In Job Search Success
Career Education & Development offers specialized supports to help you with your job search, resumé and cover letter writing, interview skills, LinkedIn profile and more!
Build Skills & Gain Experience
Learn to articulate the skills you have and develop new skills and experiences through attending employer events, such as employer recruitment sessions and career fairs. There are also opportunities to connect with professionals in your field of interest through the T.A.S.T.E. Mentoring Program and Career Conversation Panels.
Explore Your Career Path
Explore your career options, learn how to research and identify the many opportunities available after graduation and create a career goal that inspires you. Visit the What Can I Do With My Degree? resource to explore career options by program of study and create a career goal that inspires you.
Talk To Someone About Your Career Goals
Drop by the Career Lounge to get an overview of Career Education & Development’s services from one of our Career Peers. Get answers to your career-related questions and support in your job search.
Reflect On Your Goals And Gain Tools For Success
Becoming YU is a program that allows you to set meaningful goals that align with who you are and what you want to learn. Through active reflection, you will gain the tools for success, building skills, relationships and opportunities that you can leverage when applying for future personal, academic and personal experiences.