The Toronto School of Theology (TST) provides a rich spiritual and learning community for its students - particularly through its worship, libraries and research resources. Aided by its affiliation with the University of Toronto, itself immersed in the rich multicultural fabric of Toronto, TST offers a wide selection of services, resources and activities to its students. As well, each member college offers services for its students.
Below is a non-exhaustive listing of services and activities available to TST students (please note that access to some services is restricted to basic degree students who pay a University of Toronto Student Life program fee).
University of Toronto Students' Union
All full-time TST students are automatically members of the University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) of the University of Toronto and are required to pay UTSU fees through ACORN/ROSI (Accessible Campus Online Resource Network/Repository of Student Information). To qualify for membership, a TST student at the basic degree level is full-time if they are taking 3 or more 0.5-credit courses, and advanced degree students are full-time if they have declared full-time status. The UTSU is the representative body for more than 30,000 full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Their website also includes an events calendar listing of the many events on campus.
Location: 230 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1R2 | 416-978-4911
University Health Insurance Plan
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory health care coverage for registered international and exchange students while they study in Canada. Registered international students (including exchange students) are automatically enrolled in UHIP for a 12-month period, starting September 1st and expiring August 31st (adjusted for exchange students). For a complete list of what is covered and not covered by UHIP, please visit the plan details section on the UHIP website.
UHIP coverage is similar to OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) the provincial health insurance plan for Canadian citizens and permanent residents residing in Ontario; however, it does not offer the exact same coverage as OHIP. Your UHIP coverage is insured by Manulife and administered by Cowan Insurance Limited (“Cowan”). International students in conjoint programs access this service through the UofT Centre for International Experience. Students in non-conjoint programs should contact their home college registrar.
Health and Dental Insurance
All full-time students at TST are automatically enrolled in the extended Health and Dental Insurance Plan of University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU). The Health and Dental Insurance Plan includes 80% reimbursable curative prescription coverage, 80% coverage on dental exams, 65% coverage on dental cleanings and 50% on most fillings. The plan covers each eligible student for a full 12-month period beginning September 1 of each academic year, ending August 31. Brochures, information and claim forms can be obtained from any UTSU office or downloaded from their website (see below).
Your Health and Dental Plan premiums are included in your UTSU fees. If you are charged the full year fee, you are covered from September 1 to August 31. If you are charged a one-session fee you are insured either for September to December or January to August, depending on the session in which you are registered. Coverage remains in force until the end of the session you were charged for, provided you have not been refunded your fees. Basic degree students are full-time in a session if they are taking 3 or more 0.5-credit courses. Advanced degree students are full-time if they have declared full-time status. Family coverage is also available for an additional fee. If you are covered by another comparable plan, you may opt-out of the health portion and receive a refund of the fees charged to you. Anyone may choose to opt out of the dental portion.
Location: 230 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1R2 | 416-978-4911
A variety of accessibility services are provided on the University of Toronto's St. George campus where most TST member colleges are located. Services are provided to students with a documented disability. It can be physical, sensory, a learning disability or a mental health disorder. Students with temporary disabilities (e.g., broken arm) are also eligible for the service.
Students have an intake interview to discuss their eligibility and needs, and then, when appropriate, students are referred to one of the service's professionals (e.g., Adaptive Equipment Consultant, Learning Disability Specialist, Occupational Therapist) to discuss strategies and determine accommodations. All discussions are kept confidential with Accessibilty Services and information is only disclosed with permission of the student.
Services provided include:
- alternative test and examination arrangements;
- notetaking services;
- sign language interpreters;
- on-campus transportation (St. George Campus only);
- adaptive equipment and assistive devices;
- alternative format for printed materials;
- information and resource materials on health conditions and disability related issues; and
- liaising with academic and administrative units within the University of Toronto and with off-campus agencies.
Anti-racism and Cultural Diversity Office
The University of Toronto's Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) within the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture, provides services to support University members in their efforts to foster environments that are intentionally racially diverse and inclusive through the advancement of equitable practices, education and training and the provision of complaints resolution supports on matters of race, faith and intersecting identities as guided by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Health and Wellness Centre
The University of Toronto Health and Wellness Centre offers a wide range of services which are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), or by the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). The health team includes family physicians, registered nurses, a community health coordinator, a health promotion nurse, a dietician, a lab technician and peer health educators. The Health and Wellness Centre is a designated Health Canada Travel Medicine Clinic and offers a complete travel immunization and education program for students.
All students needing physical or mental health care, travel medicine, immunizations, nutritional care, family planning or gynecological care, first aid and other services will find referrals in one space – staying on track with their current health care plan and getting new services that meet their needs.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc | 416-978-8030
The Career Centre offers a variety of services to meet the career planning and employment needs of graduate students pursuing academic and non-academic careers. Students pursuing academic careers are encouraged to register with the Graduate Dossier Service; a depository for confidential application material. Career counselors are available to meet with all students, one-on-one or in a workshop setting, to discuss career development and employment search plans including CV critiques. Additionally, the Career Centre has an extensive collection of academic and non-academic career and employment related information in the Career Resource Library, a Resume Clinic, practice interview sessions and an online employment listing service.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
studentlife.utoronto.ca/cc | 416-978-8000
Athletics and Recreation
The University of Toronto offers excellent athletic and recreational facilities, as well as organized sports, instructional programs and recreational programs for children.
Location: Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6
athletics.utoronto.ca | 416-978-3436
TST member colleges are able to recommend housing facilities for their students. In addition, students who have paid the incidental fee may use the services available to University of Toronto students. Single-student residence accommodations are available to graduate students during the fall/winter session (September to May). Each of the many residences on campus provide unique opportunities for living and learning according to the facilities they offer and their philosophy. TST students may be especially interested in residence at one TST's member colleges. Unfurnished university apartments are available for full-time students but priority is given to couples, couples with children and single parents. Students may also rent off-campus housing. Listings of available housing are available on the Housing Services website below.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
studentlife.utoronto.ca/hs | 416-978-8045
Child and Family Care
There are day care facilities and schools located near TST and its member colleges. Contact your TST home college or the University of Toronto Family Care Office (below) for information. The University of Toronto Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their families. You can take advantage of free workshops, support groups and seminars. Their Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to new forms of parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Main Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
familycare.utoronto.ca | 416-978-0951
The Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto accommodates a variety of spiritual and faith-based practices, and encourages interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the learning experience for all students. The facility offers event space, programming and resources for students interested in issues of faith, religion and spirituality.
Location: Koffler Houser, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf | 416-946-3119
First Nations House
First Nations House is a dynamic place where Aboriginal students from across Canada can seek culturally appropriate services. Since 1992, the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs has been supporting incoming and returning Aboriginal students. It provides students with the opportunity to create a space where Aboriginal people from across Canada and the United States can work and grow in a community environment, which reflects the distinctive cultures of Aboriginal Nations. First Nations House is not only the home of Aboriginal university students, it also provides a link to Toronto's Aboriginal community, allowing others in the University to learn and network.
First Nations House provides a number of culturally supportive student services and programs to Aboriginal students and the general University community including:
- academic counselling
- financial aid counselling
- bursaries and scholarships
- resource centre/library
- work study program
- cultural events
- student recruitment
- admissions support
- housing, daycare and employment referrals
- student computer labs
Location: Borden Building North, 563 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh | 416-978-8227
Centre for International Experience
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) provides services that promote and support international education. All members of the university community, both international students and Canadians are welcome to come to the CIE and meet in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The Centre provides services to over 5,000 international students attending the University of Toronto from over 140 countries.
With the vibrancy of the city of Toronto and the heritage of the University of Toronto, students are exposed to an enriching cultural and academic experience. The facilities of the Centre are used for social events, cultural programs and other activities of an international nature. In addition to programs organized by the many cultural, ethnic, and other student groups which use the CIE, the Centre organizes events and activities to introduce international students to Canada and to help bring the world to all students of the University.
Staff are available onsite to share their knowledge on issues such as immigration, crossing cultures and opportunities abroad, and tips on how to successfully adapt to Canadian society. CIE also organizes a number of social activities and trips to places of interest. Designed with a student budget in mind, these programs aim to increase student interaction and participation in university life.
The CIE is a part of Student Services and is funded solely by Student Life fees. If you do not pay Student Life fees, but would like to use CIE's services and facilities, you may inquire about membership below.
Location: Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E3
studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie | 416-978-2564
Hart House is the main cultural, recreational, and social centre on the University of Toronto campus. Hart House hosts a wide variety of clubs as well as athletic facilities, art galleries, and spaces where many other activities take place. The Hart House website also lists many upcoming events on campus.
Location: Hart House, 12 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3J9
harthouse.ca | 416-978-2452
Health Insurance for International Students
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) provides visa students with health care comparable to that provided to Ontario residents covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). UHIP is compulsory for all visa students and dependents not entitled to OHIP, unless they already have coverage which equals that provided by UHIP. Visa students admitted to study at TST may seek further information on this matter from their college of registration before coming to Canada.
Fees for UHIP are automatically added to the fees invoice for all students who are not Canadian Citizens or legal Permanent Residents. Students must enrol all their dependents who are not eligible for OHIP coverage in UHIP within 30 days of the dependents' arrival in Ontario.
uhip.ca | 416-978-0290
Students registered in a TST conjoint degree program are entitled to an account in the University of Toronto Information Commons, which gives them access to email, Internet, library catalogues and other services.
Location: Information Commons, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, First Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 3H1
utoronto.ca/welcome | 416-978-4357
Arts and Culture
A wide variety of cultural and artistic activities are available in Toronto. On the University of Toronto St. George campus, Hart House is the main centre for such activities. As well, there are a wide variety of cultural and artistic groups on campus. The University of Toronto ArtZone website provides information on these as well as other useful links to cultural and artistic activities.
Clubs and Student Groups
Student Life Programs and Services provides a listing of hundreds of recognized clubs and student groups at the University of Toronto.
Hart House Events Listings
The Hart House website contains a listing of upcoming events by day, week and month.
University of Toronto Events Listings
A listing of upcoming events for the University of Toronto.