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Academic Services

Expand Bookstore (Keele Campus)

The York University Bookstore is conveniently located in York Lanes. Over 50,000 titles of general interest, (including journals, magazines, sale books, audio books and CDs), and new and used textbooks prescribed for courses are stocked. Books are priced at the Canadian publishers’ or distributors’ recommended list prices. Discounts and special sale prices are frequently offered. In addition the York University Bookstore carries a wide range of stationery, York insignia giftware and clothing and electronics accessories.

Bookstore hours of operation are: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm; Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 11am to 4pm; closed Sunday. In the September, January and May rush periods, extended hours are announced in advance on our Web site.

The Bookstore accepts for payment: cash, debit card, YU-card and the following credit cards, (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), sorry no cheques.

Our Web site offers a variety of services for York students including, course text lookup, buying textbooks, selling textbooks online as well as textbook buyback alerts, information on special events and sales, as well as sales of general books, clothing, stationery, electronics, gifts and other accessories.

Contact the bookstore by phone at 416-736-5024, e-mail at or visit our Web site at

Expand Computing and Network Services (CNS)

Computing and Network Services (CNS) provides a range of services for York’s undergraduate students. These include:

  • computer accounts
  • e-mail
  • Web space
  • computing labs
  • distributed kiosk computer stations
  • York Computing Web site
  • software downloads
  • applications documentation
  • help services and consulting
  • printing and scanning
  • residence telephone services
  • Internet access from campus and home
  • wireless Internet access on campus

For more information on these services, visit the York Computing Web site at

Expand English Language Institute

York University English Language Institute (YUELI) offers a range of non-credit, full-time and part-time English-language courses, primarily for students who wish to improve their English language skills for university entrance and/or professional advancement. Programs include:

YUELI Academic. A seven-level program offered throughout the year that teaches the language, critical thinking, information retrieval and study skills required to be a successful undergraduate or graduate student in a university where English is the language of instruction. Completion of Level 6 of this program with Distinction, Honours or Pass (depending on Faculty/program applied for) satisfies York’s English language proficiency requirements for entry to most undergraduate and graduate programs.

Pre-MBA Program. A full-time, eight-week program offered twice a year, designed to prepare students who have already earned an undergraduate degree to be successful in an MBA program in an English-medium North American university.

YUELI Part-Time. Part-time programs (generally two evenings a week for seven weeks) that focus on specific aspects of English language proficiency such as Speaking English, Pronunciation and Business Writing.

Summer Language Program. A special four-week intensive program, offered in August, which emphasizes speaking and listening in English. Cultural visits and trips are an integral part of each course.

Custom-Designed Programs. Developed, often in collaboration with York faculty members, for specific groups of students with particular educational and/or professional needs. These programs can be delivered on-site at York University, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad, or by distance education. Individual tutoring is also available.

For more information, contact:

York University English Language Institute
Suite 035 Founders College
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel.: 416-736-5353; Fax: 416-736-5908
Web site:

Expand Institute for Social Research (ISR)

The Institute for Social Research provides consultative and support services, many of which are offered without charge, to undergraduate students conducting research primarily in the social sciences, but also in the biological and physical sciences.

The Institute houses the largest university-based survey research organization in Canada and the staff of ISR’s Survey Research Centre carries out all phases of survey research, from questionnaire and sample design, through data collection, to the preparation of machine-readable data files, statistical analyses and report writing.

The Institute’s Statistical Consulting Service (SCS) provides assistance in research design, sampling, questionnaire design, statistical computing and statistical analysis. SCS also sponsors short courses on statistical analysis, research methodology and the use of statistical software (including SAS and SPSS). These courses are offered in the fall, winter and spring each year.

The Institute’s annual Spring Seminar Series on Social Research Methods presents short courses in questionnaire and sample design, using focus groups for social research, how to analyze qualitative data, conducting Web-based surveys, and survey data analysis.

ISR’s Data Archive provides access to results of studies conducted by the Institute and other major Canadian surveys. The archive also provides access to official statistics such as the census aggregate and public-use data files from the Canadian Census.

York students may contact the Institute to arrange for consultation in any of these areas or to enquire about upcoming courses.

Institute for Social Research (ISR)
5075 Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building
Tel.: 416-736-5061; Fax: 416-736-5749
Web site:

Expand Learning and Study Skills Programs

Writing Department

The Writing Department offers a variety of courses which may be taken for elective credit to help students develop their research and writing skills, both academic and professional. The department is also the home of the Writing Centre, which provides one-to-one and non-credit group instruction as described below.

Writing Department courses (full course descriptions are available in the Courses of Instruction section):

WRIT 1000 3.00 Academic Writing in the Social Sciences
WRIT 1200 3.00 Academic Writing in the Humanities
WRIT 1300 3.00 Theories of Writing
WRIT 1400 6.00 Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing
WRIT 1500 3.00 Writing and Computers
WRIT 1600 3.00 Academic Writing: Developing Sentence Sense
WRIT 2000 3.00 Writing and Research About Business
WRIT 2100 3.00 Studies in Nonfiction
WRIT 2200 3.00 New Challenges in Academic Writing
WRIT 2300 3.00 A Writer’s Introduction to Research
WRIT 2400 3.00 Writing History
WRIT 3900 3.00 Professional Writing for Nurses
WRIT 3988 3.00 Effective Writing and Research
WRIT 3989 3.00 Writing in the Workplace

Writing Centre

The Writing Department’s Writing Centre provides students with one to one and group instruction designed to assist students to become effective independent writers both in their academic life and beyond. Instruction, both individual and group, is based on students' course assignments, usually on the draft of an essay, or other writing assignment, in progress. All Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students, at any stage of a particular course assignment, are welcome to make appointments and take advantage of the opportunity to work on their writing with one of the centre's experienced faculty. Some students in other Faculties also may use the centre (information available on the Writing Department Web site). Appointments are for 50 minutes and are available in the day Monday through Saturday as well as evenings Monday through Thursday. The centre also regularly offers group workshops on various issues and skills related to writing effectively in university. For more information contact the Writing Department at 416-736-5134.

Multimedia Language Centre

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Multimedia Language Centre provides service primarily to the Department of French Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. For more information, contact the Language Laboratory at S117 Ross, 416-736-5197.

Learning Skills

The Learning Skills Program in the Counselling and Development Centre offers individual learning skills counselling as well as regular workshops on selected topics designed to improve your study habits, organizational skills and learning strategies. Please consult the Student Services section below for further information.

Expand Libraries

York's five libraries provide essential support for York's teaching, learning, and research activities. The largest of our libraries, Scott Library, holds our major collections in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts. The Scott Library building also houses the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, the Map Library and the Sound and Moving Image Library. In addition, the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, the Steacie Science and Engineering Library and the Law Library are all located on the Keele campus. The Leslie Frost Library supports the curriculum and research on the Glendon campus in both French and English. In total, York’s libraries contain over 6.5 million items including books, periodicals, theses, archival materials, microforms, maps, films, videos, CDs, DVDs--even a skeleton.

Professional librarians are available in all these locations to assist with research needs. Assistance is available in person as well as by e-mail, telephone and live Web chat. Instruction in library use and research methods is also offered by librarians in course-specific sessions and through general drop-in workshops. These classes provide an introduction to selecting and narrowing a research topic; finding books, scholarly journal articles and Internet materials; critically evaluating information; and using it ethically. Students who attend information literacy classes are better equipped for academic success and are better able to engage as active learners in their courses and beyond.

The libraries have made both collections and services accessible on the Web. The libraries' online collections are available 24 hours a day at Our site functions as a gateway to more than 40,000 full-text electronic scholarly journals and other electronic resources including e-books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject pathfinders, government documents, datasets and image collections. The libraries also provide RefWorks®, a premier Web-based citation management program. All these licensed “e-resources” can be used online by students and researchers with YU-card (or other valid library card) from home or elsewhere beyond the library buildings. For additional information on how to access our e-resources remotely, please consult

In addition our print collections remain a crucial research resources. Because the libraries exist to meet the information and research needs of the whole York University community, borrowing regulations are essential to ensuring fair access to collections, services and facilities. These regulations include the designation of specific loan periods, restrictions on the circulation of certain library materials, the definition of borrower privileges and responsibilities, and the definition of access to and the use of library services and facilities. Privileges are granted subject to users’ continuing adherence to established library regulations. For more information, please visit

The libraries provide study facilities for students of various kinds. There are areas and furnishings suitable for group work, including some 30 group study rooms. There are also silent study rooms for both undergraduate and graduate use. In addition to the provision of alternate format materials for students with disabilities, we have an adaptive equipment lab for drop-in use. Students can sign out laptop computers for use in the library building or use any of our approximately 350 desktop computers, most of which also provide access to word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Our libraries are open from early morning to late evening most days and the first floor of Scott Library is open for study until 1am most weeknights (see hours online

We welcome you to the libraries and we encourage frequent visits, whether you come to read at a carrel, debate with classmates in a group study room or search a database through our Web site. Librarians and other library staff members are here to help you get the most out of the libraries: do ask us!

Student Services

Expand Art Gallery of York University

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a publicly funded art gallery specializing in the professional exhibition of contemporary Canadian and international art. Located on the Keele campus of York University, the AGYU offers exhibitions, artist residencies, off-site and education programs.

As one of Canada’s leading university art galleries, the AGYU is committed to enriching the cultural and intellectual environment of York University. In keeping with this educational focus, the AGYU offers research, internship and work study programs to York students and publishes exhibition catalogues available at the gallery.

Gallery hours: (September to June) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm; Wednesday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm.

New location: 83 York Boulevard, Accolade East.

Expand Career Centre

Your career is yours to create. York’s Career Centre has programs and services to help you throughout your university years - from learning about career opportunities and finding jobs you want, to building career-related skills and experience and exploring further education. The Career Centre is committed to your success. Whether you are in your first year, a new grad, or somewhere in between, you can develop the confidence and abilities to create your own future. Visit us in Suite 202, McLaughlin College, online at or contact us by telephone at 416-736-5351 or by e-mail at

Expand Clubs and Other Organizations

Clubs and other organizations offering programs to the Keele campus community are encouraged to register with the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD). Registered groups may apply for and be permitted to use University space and facilities (subject to availability) and may seek funding from the York Federation of Students (YFS) or other University sources. Application forms and more information about clubs and organizations are available from S172 Ross Building, 416-736-5144. Clubs and organizations at Glendon can register with the Glendon College Student Union ( 416-736-2100, ext. 88230.

Web site:

Expand Co-operative Daycare Centre

The York University Co-operative Daycare Centre, located in Atkinson Residence on the Keele campus has served the York community for 39 years. It is licensed for 119 children between the ages of six weeks and 10 years.

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, fees range from $479 to $1,098 per month, plus one hour’s participation per week per child. The centre has a Purchase of Service Agreement with the City of Toronto, that permits it to accept subsidized children. Priority is given to children of students, staff and faculty of the York University, then children from the surrounding community.

Qualified staff, playgrounds, delicious meals prepared on the premises and optional Martial Arts program are offered.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the daycare centre by telephone: 416-736-5190, by e-mail or by mail to:

York University Co-operative Daycare Centre
Apt. 128, 90 Atkinson Rd.
Toronto, ON M3J 2S5

You may download an application form from our Web site

Expand Counselling and Disability Services

Beginning in Summer 2007, the assistant vice-president (Student Community Development) and the directors of the units providing counselling and disability services launched an initiative to align and organize services to best serve students at York University.

Effective Spring 2009, we anticipate that all counselling and disability services will be integrated within one organization at York University - Counselling and Disability Services (CDS). CDS provides programs and services previously provided by: The Counselling and Development Centre (CDC), i.e. the Personal Counselling Program, the Learning Skills Program, the Learning Disabilities Program (LDP), and the Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program; The Atkinson Counselling and Supervision Centre; The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD); The Glendon Counselling and Career Centre. The information provided below was current at the time of printing, but is subject to change as the transition to one organization progresses.


York University’s Counselling and Disability Services provides a professional and supportive environment in which all York students will have access to a range of services that assist in facilitating their academic success. We are committed to a collaborative, best-practice model that reflects innovative and research-based service delivery.

Services Provided

Personal Counselling

York students are invited to discuss their personal concerns with a counsellor. In order to make an appointment, come to N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services Monday to Friday, or by telephone at 416-736-5297. All interviews are confidential. We also offer groups and workshops with a variety of focuses and themes, including: assertiveness training, effective presentation skills, eating and body image, anger management, achieving goals, stress management, mindfulness, building self-esteem and self-confidence and avoiding procrastination among others. Most groups are offered during both the fall and winter terms depending on enrolment. Check the CDS Web site ( and watch for advertisements in The Excalibur student newspaper in early September and January for information about groups offered and registration.

Learning Skills

Through individual consultation and workshops, students can work at improving reading, listening, note taking, memory, time management, exam preparation, essay writing skills and academic stress management.

Physical, Learning and Psychiatric Disabilities

CDS provides a range of specialized services to students with physical, learning or psychiatric disabilities, including orientation to campus facilities and services, provision of academic accommodations, advice on courses and academic programs, psycho-educational assessment, counselling, educational workshops, mentorship, support for self-advocacy and other services as necessary.

Community Mental Health Consultation and Outreach

The staff of CDS are available to consult with any member of the York University community with regard to aspects of campus psychological well-being and development. Outreach programs may be tailored to community needs.

Contact Information

Keele campus:

Counselling and Disability Services
N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services
Tel.: 416-736-5297

Services for students with physical, medical or sensory disabilities are provided in N108 Ross Building, 416-736-5140

Glendon campus:

Counselling and Disability Services
103 Glendon Hall
Tel.: 416-487-6709

Expand Health Education and Promotion

Health Education and Promotion is located in the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development. Students can schedule an appointment with a professional health educator who is available to provide referrals on health related needs and answer questions relating to sexual health, healthy relationships, birth control, smoking cessation, alcohol and drug information, as well as any other health related questions or concerns. All services are free and confidential. In addition, a team of Student Peer Health Educators deliver creative presentations, organize educational events and plan weekly programs such as Wellness Wednesday and Mellow Mondays. For more information on Health Education at York visit, e-mail or call 416-736-5196.

Expand Centre for Human Rights

Welcome to York University’s Centre for Human Rights. The mandate of the centre is to provide an independent, impartial and private process through which any current student, staff or faculty member of the York University community may pursue the just, fair and equitable resolution of complaints about University-related human rights concerns. Such complaints may either pertain to:

  • Alleged inequality and/or unfairness in a University process, application of a process or absence of a process as outlined in its policies, procedures, rules or directives founded upon a prohibited ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code)
  • Alleged discrimination and/or harassment as defined in the Code

The centre assists individuals and groups to address and resolve allegations of discrimination and harassment as defined by the Code. When such allegations are raised, an inquiry will be conducted at an informal level, seeking resolution early and effectively for the individual(s) involved. Where a complaint cannot be resolved informally by the centre, the matter will be investigated in accordance with established University policies, practices and agreements.

The centre serves as a repository of information including the maintenance of a resource centre about human rights issues. Employees are available to provide accurate information, referrals and advice to all sectors of the community.

The centre advocates for the adherence to both the spirit and intent of the provisions of the code as well as all human rights policies at York. It therefore does not act as an advocate for the complainant nor does it serve as an apologist for the respondent. In the event that the evidence supports a basis for the complainant’s allegations, the centre’s role will be to make appropriate recommendations to address the issue. In exceptional situations the centre may assist an individual because of their particular circumstances in seeking an appropriate resolution. In these circumstance, however, the actions of the centre will be oriented towards seeking referrals and/or securing professional services on or off campus.

The centre plays a significant role in human rights education by promoting a culture of equity and mutual respect and mounting educational initiatives. As part of its educational role, the centre will liaise with human rights groups, committees, associations, and organizations both within the University and in the external community as resources permit with a view to gaining knowledge and information about emerging issues as well as best practices.

The Centre for Human Rights is located at S327 Ross South Building. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm and if you need to see us outside office hours, we can arrange that. You can reach us at 416-736-5682, TTY 416-650-8023 or by e-mail at

Expand Mailing Services

The York University Central Mailroom is located in Curtis Lecture Hall, Room 019. All mail addressed to 4700 Keele Street, M3J 1P3 is received and delivered daily from the central mailroom. Interdepartmental and all off-campus mail are also processed from this location. All addresses on campus with postal codes other than M3J 1P3 is delivered directly by Canada Post.

The Department of Mailing Services requests that all members note the correct mailing address and postal codes for their incoming mail to ensure prompt delivery. The individual codes are:

Keele campus (all academic, administrative and college buildings): M3J 1P3

Glendon campus: M4N 3M6

York apartment residences:

320 Assiniboine Road, M3J 1L1
340 Assiniboine Road, M3J 1L2
360 Assiniboine Road, M3J 1L3
380 Assiniboine Road, M3J 1L4
90 Atkinson Road, M3J 2S5
2 and 4 Passey Cres., M3J 3K8
6 and 8 Passey Cres., M3J 3K9
10 Passey Cres., M3J 3L1
12, 14 and 16 Passey Cres., M3J 3L2
18 Passey Cres., M3J 3L3
51 Chimney Stack Rd., M3J 3L9

The correct address for the University is:

York University,
Building or Department,
4700 Keele St.,
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

The correct addressing format for students living in the undergraduate residences would be:

Residence and room number,
York University,
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

The correct addressing format for York apartment residents would be:

Apartment number -- number and name of road,
Toronto, ON
Postal code

A Canada Post franchise operation is located at the Keele campus in the Inkblotz Stationery store in York Lanes, telephone: 416-736-5911 or if on campus at ext. 55911.

Expand Ontario March of Dimes - York University Attendant Services

The Ontario March of Dimes - York University Attendant Service program provides non-medical assistance to students, staff and faculty of York University, who have a permanent physical disability. Attendant Services provide scheduled bookings. On-call assistance is provided in urgent situations 24 hours per day per school year. Full service is provided from 6am to 1am. Urgent service is available from 1am to 6am. We provide assistance with personal hygiene, rising and retiring routines, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, mobility and general daily activities.

Admission is open to students, staff and faculty who have a permanent physical disability on the Keele campus. Applicants must be willing to organize and direct their own attendant care services. All applications are considered for eligibility by the Ontario March of Dimes - York University Program Specific Committee.

For more information please call: Ontario March of Dimes - York University Attendant Services Office located in N112 Ross Building, 416-736-5167, or York University's Office for Persons with Disabilities at 416-736-5140; e-mail:

Expand Religious Activities

York University offers a unique environment for faith-based programming on campus. The Interfaith Council is designed to provide a forum where harmony and good will permit the diversified religious communities at York to address common concerns and express mutual support.

The Interfaith Council at York is administered and supported by the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD), which devotes staff time and resources to the smooth and effective operation of the Interfaith Council with a view of enhancing the faith-based student club experience at York. The Chair and other members of the Interfaith Council may be contacted through SC&LD, S172 Ross Building, 416-736-5144.

The Scott Religious Centre provides a comfortable chapel for religious services and peaceful meditation room for individual introspection and quiet prayer. It also provides office space for many of the faith-based student clubs.

The chapel may be booked on a regular basis or for a single religious event through SC&LD (416-736-5144) from September 1 through April 30 and Hospitality York (416-736-5020) from May 1 through August 31. The Scott Religious Centre has entrances on the ground floor in Central Square and outside on the second floor between the Scott Library and the Ross Building.

For more information visit our Web site at

Expand Security, Parking and Transportation Services - York Security Services

York University Security Services is located in the William Small Centre, room 228, at the Keele campus and in the Greenhouse at the Glendon campus. We are comprised of dedicated security personnel who are focused on the delivery of quality security services to all people within our community. Our service is “community based”. This means we seek collegial partnerships with community stakeholders and provide inclusive solutions to security problems for our campus’ that best meet the needs of the large and diverse community we serve. Security Services remains committed to the timely delivery of security services in a professional and sensitive manner, treating all persons with the utmost respect, dignity and absolute fairness.

York University Security Services is comprised of five primary operational sections: Patrol, Campus Relations, goSAFE, Emergency Preparedness and CCTV and Access Control. Each partners with various community groups or external agencies to provide a specific need to the community, such as pro-active patrolling, service response, emergency response, pro-active event planning, crime prevention, safety programs, statistical analysis, outreach/liaison, and investigation of complaints and criminal activity. Security Services has partnerships within the University community and with external agencies and organizations to provide a better, more efficient and effective service to our community.

The security and safety of the campus requires the cooperation and support of the whole community. Security Services encourages the community to take personal precautions and report any suspicious activity immediately.

The Security Control Centre is staffed and operational 24 hours a day/365 days a year. Any security related information may be obtained by contacting Security Services’ general telephone number at 416-650-8000 or ext. 58000. For all urgent matters contact 416-736-5333 or ext. 33333.

Urgent Matters

416-736-5333 or ext. 33333:

  • If you observe suspicious persons or situations
  • First aid for non-life threatening incidents
  • When crimes such as thefts have taken place
  • Potential hazards
  • Hate crime incidents

Non-urgent Matters and Service Enquiries

416-650-8000 or ext. 58000:

  • Building or room access
  • Minor floods, spills
  • General security information
  • Lost or stolen keys
  • Broken windows, walls, or graffiti

911 Emergencies

In a Life Threatening Emergency Call 911Direct

For situations where people or property is at immediate risk, for example a medical emergency, fire or a crime in progress we ask that you contact 911 directly, and then notify Security Services at 416-736-5333 or ext. 33333. York Security meets and expedites emergency vehicles directly to the scene of the emergency so that valuable time is not lost searching for a particular building or location.

Keele campus
York University
4700 Keele St., 228 William Small Centre
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
General matters: 416-650-8000 or ext. 58000
Emergencies: 416-736-5333 or ext. 33333
Fax: 416-736-5377 or ext. 55377

Glendon campus
York University
2275 Bayview Ave., Greenhouse
Toronto, ON M4N 3M6
General matters: 416-650-8000 or ext. 58000
Emergencies: 416-736-5333 or ext. 33333
Fax: 416-736-5377 or ext. 55377

Security Control Centre

Located in 228 William Small Centre, the Security Control Centre is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year and houses a dispatch centre, Closed Circuit Television Operation (CCTV), alarm monitoring equipment and a first aid station. The Security Control Centre ensures that appropriate community related security services and emergency response are available to the Keele and Glendon community at all times.

Security Officers

Security Officers are customer service professionals trained in non-violent crisis intervention, crime prevention, emergency response, first aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillators and a variety of other relevant skills. While maintaining strong working relationships with the Toronto Police Service, they serve a different role. Their primary duties are to provide community security services, proactive visual patrolling, medical response and a variety of other duties, such as assisting community members, alarm response, responding to reports of crime, report writing and investigations. Uniform officers can be seen on foot patrol, in marked patrol vehicles and on mountain bikes. Security Officers have extensive knowledge of York University regulations, grounds, departments and services.

Campus Relations

Campus Relations Officers are a support body within Security Services that initiates and formulates proactive security and safety oriented communication ties with community groups, activity leaders, administration and academic liaisons. Campus Relations Officers function in a security capacity for events and incidents, using community liaisons to manage the security component of the events. The aim is to provide prevention, non-violent crisis intervention and/or de-escalation, information services and readiness. These officers actively educate community members regarding departmental policies, activities and accomplishments, as well as provide tips about personal safety.

York University Security Services - Behind the Scenes


In addition to investigating and providing follow-up to criminal and provincial offences committed on campus, York Security Services proactively researches upcoming events to ensure student safety while continuing to provide a peaceful forum for York educational objectives. On a continual basis Security Services works in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service to enhance the level of service provided to our community.

Crime Prevention

Part of Security Services' crime prevention mandate consists of compiling and analysing statistical information to proactively deploy campus patrols and formulate crime prevention programs and services. These programs are designed to educate people in the community. Through education, individuals become increasingly resilient to the factors that can trigger and influence criminal behaviour. The department also fosters Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to make it harder, riskier or less rewarding for offenders to commit crime. The CPTED program introduces ways to deter crime by changing the design of buildings and public spaces.

Emergency Preparedness

York Security Services actively upgrades and sustains an emergency response plan, which is designed to protect life and property, prevent injury and reduce the negative impact of an emergency on the University community.

Medical Assistance

York Security Services provides 24-hour medical assistance to individuals experiencing illness or injury. The advanced Security Control Dispatch Centre allows the department to ensure appropriate emergency services are dispatched and escorted to the scene, ensuring the fastest and most appropriate response in an emergency.

For more information, please visit our Web site at


The primary role of the goSAFE program is to provide safer movement after dark for students, faculty and staff. Student Safety Officers will meet you at campus bus stops, parking lots, buildings and/or residences and safely accompany you to either your destination or one of the goSAFE stops on campus. There are two routes on campus the North Route and the South Route with 11 pick up/drop off locations. It is a complimentary safety service provided to the York community by Security Services, CSBO. The service operates daily during the academic year (September to April) from 6pm to 2am, and during the summer months (May to August) from 8pm to 2am.

For more information, please call York Student Security/Escort Service at 416-736-5454 or ext. 55454 or visit us at

Lost and Found

A Lost and Found office is maintained on the Keele campus at S107 Ross, with operating hours from 11am to 3pm, Mondays through Fridays, and from 5 to 7pm, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We can also be reached via e-mail at If you are leaving a message by phone or e-mail, please indicate a description of the item that you lost, the date and time that you last saw it, and a contact name and number (or e-mail) where you can be reached. Any items turned into this office are retained for 30 days only. On the Glendon campus, enquiries should be directed to the Security and Parking Office in the Greenhouse or call 416-487-6808.

The University regrets that it cannot be responsible for items of personal property left unattended on the grounds or within buildings.

For further information, please visit our Web site at or call us at 416-736-2100, ext. 33369.

Expand Security, Parking and Transportation Services - Parking Services

A limited supply of parking permits are available to all community members on a first come, first serve basis. Parking Services encourages early purchases for the availability of space and to avoid any line ups.

Please ensure you have fully completed an application form. Incomplete applications will result in unnecessary delays. In order to purchase a parking permit you must provide a valid vehicle ownership or registration (photocopy of the front and back of your vehicle ownership will be sufficient for mail/fax and drop off applications). If the vehicle driver is different than the vehicle owner, the vehicle owner must also sign the application.

Parking permits can not be issued to persons or vehicles with outstanding violations on their parking account. For information regarding outstanding violations please call 416-736-5705 for Keele campus, and 416-487-6788 for Glendon campus and ask to speak with a Violations Officer.

Acceptable payment methods to purchase your permit are cash, cheque, debit, Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. To avoid line-ups and the need to apply in person, applications can be processed by mail/fax.

Applicants renewing their parking permits may be eligible to renew online. Please visit our Web site at for more information.

Parking and Transportation Services are located in:

Keele Campus Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
222 William Small Centre
155 Campus Walk
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Expand Security, Parking and Transportation Services - Transportation Services


Carpooling is a simple way for students and staff to save thousands on gas, maintenance and parking by sharing a ride. Carpooling is an effective option for individuals who commute long distances to and from school/work and have limited access to public transit. For information on how to start carpooling or to register for a free ride-matching service, go to the Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan Web site to find a carpool partner to York University. On average it costs $9,000 a year to own and operate a personal vehicle. When you switch from driving alone, you can save a lot of money while helping to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and conserve energy.


VAN GO is a service designed to assist persons with disabilities with their transportation needs at York University. This service is a joint effort between Transportation Services and the Office for Persons with Disabilities, in consultation with ABLE York. The service operates from 8am to 10pm, Mondays to Fridays, during the academic year.

For more information, please call 416-736-2100 ext. 82646 (VANGO) or the Office for Persons with Disabilities at 416-736-5140.

Glendon-Keele Shuttle Service

Security, Parking and Transportation Services offers a complimentary Glendon-Keele Shuttle Service for the York community. For further information and schedule details, please call 416-736-2100 ext. 22546 (or 416-736-5454 from 6pm to 12am) or visit our Web site:

GO Train Shuttle Service

Security, Parking and Transportation Services offers a complimentary GO Train Shuttle Service to/from the York University GO train Station and York University. For further information and schedule details, please call 416-736-2100 ext. 22546 or visit our Web site:

There are many public transit alternatives and we have several buses and transit companies routed through campus or have express services to York University. Please find below a list of the common ones.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Downsview Station and Sheppard Station:

  • 196 York University Rocket - Express from Downsview Station; 196B from Sheppard Station via Downsview during peak times
  • 106 York University - from Downsview at non-peak times
  • 107 B and C Keele North - Downsview Station to Rutherford GO Station (107B) or Teston Road (107C) via York U (one-fare service between York Region and York University)

Finch Station: Steeles 60C or 60F

Jane Station: Jane 35E - Express to York U

Keele Station: Keele 41 (41B - including Petrolia; 41C - including Steeles Ave. via Murray Ross Parkway)

Discounted TTC Metropasses

TTC monthly metropasses are sold at a discounted rate from the Parking and Transportation office, located at 222 William Small Centre.

Please note that interested parties must provide photo ID (i.e. YU-card, driver's licence, passport or health card), and a valid York University YU-card, employee pay stub or Great West Life card, in order to confirm York University status (these passes will not be sold to unaffiliated York University people). Community members can also purchase their TTC metropass online. For full details about the TTC sales and eligibility, please contact the Parking and Transportation Office at 416-736-5335, e-mail or visit our Web site at

GO Transit Student Identification Card Application Process

York University and GO Transit have an online method of applying for the application. Please note that this GO Transit Student Identification Card is only available for full-time enrolled and registered students. In the application you will be provided with the option to either having the card mailed to you or picking it up from the Parking and Transportation Office at the William Small Centre.

Please go to the following Web site to apply for your GO Transit Student Identification Card: or through the Transportation Web site at

For more information please call 416-736-5335 or e-mail

GO Transit

Hwy. 407 Express GO Bus Service: Hamilton - Burlington - Oakville - Mississauga - Bramalea - York U Common - Thornhill - Mount Joy - Scarborough - Pickering - Oshawa.

Newmarket GO Bus Service: Newmarket - Aurora - King - Maple - York U Common - Yorkdale.

Meadowvale Express GO Bus Service: Meadowvale - York U.

Barrie/Bradford GO Train Service: Barrie - Bradford - Newmarket - Aurora - King - Maple - York U - Union Station. A free York shuttle transports passengers to/from the York U Common to the York U GO train Station.

York Region Transit/Viva

Jane-Concord: Route 20 is a new service which provides direct connections to Vaughan Mills Mall; Jane Street Industrial-Employment Corridor; Interchange Restaurants and Entertainment Complex; Ahmadiya Mosque; Paramount Canada’s Wonderland (provided only during park operating season) and many other local destinations.

Woodbridge: York University 10 - Islington/Langstaff - Martin Grove/Woodbridge - Rutherford/Islington - Langstaff, south on Ansley Grove and Weston Road - Steeles - York U.

Thornhill: York University 3 - from York Region Transit Terminal at Promenade Mall (with connections to YRT Routes 77, 83, 88 and TTC Bathurst 160) - Bathurst/Atkinson - New Westminister - Steeles - Dufferin/Steeles - York U.


Viva means life and life at York University just got better.

Viva rapid transit service is now providing students with a frequent, reliable and comfortable way to get to and from class.

Hop on at the closest Viva station to you and then hop off at the York University station.

Viva service operates along Yonge Street from Finch Station to Bernard (Blue Line), and Highway 7 (Purple Line) from York University to Town Centre Boulevard.

Viva service operates along Highway 7 from Town Centre Boulevard to McCowan (Purple Line); from Martin Grove to Downsview Station via York University (Orange Line); and from Don Mills Station to Unionville Station (Green Line).

Viva service expands along Yonge Street from Bernard to Newmarket Terminal (Blue Line). Weekday peak-hour service begins between York University and Martin Grove (Purple Line), and Unionville Station and McCowan (Purple Line).

The newest addition is the Viva Pink Line, a week-day peak service running from Finch Station to Unionville Station via Richmond Hill Centre. It runs along Yonge Street and Highway 7 from 5:45am to 9:10am and from 3:10pm to 6:20pm with vehicles arriving every 10 minutes or less.

Viva is part of a GTA wide transit system. It hooks up with York Region Transit (YRT), the TTC subway system and GO Transit, allowing students to get around without a car.

When you purchase a ticket to ride on Viva or YRT, you have up to two hours to hop-on and hop-off to grab a bite to eat, to buy a book or to visit a friend, all for a single fare.

Visit to register for e-mail updates, ask questions and send us your comments.

Greyhound Canada

Greyhound is a great new service for students to go home or away for the weekend. Greyhound has buses leaving from York University on Fridays and returning to York University from the following locations: Barrie; London and Windsor; Guelph and Kitchener; Peterborough and Ottawa. Tickets are sold for Greyhound services from the Parking and Transportation Office, located at 222 William Small Centre. For schedule information, please visit our Web site at

Cycling to York

For recommended bike lanes, pathways, and suggested on-street routes, refer to the Toronto Cycling Map at or call 416-392-7592. York University provides safe and secure bike cages. For further bike cage information please contact Transportation Services at


Zipcar, North America’s largest on-campus car sharing service, provides Zipcars on campus for faculty, staff and students, as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the costs and hassles of keeping a car on campus. The partnership continues York’s commitment to provide sustainable transportation options. For more information and to sign up to be a member, please visit

For more specific information on bus routes and transit services to York University, please refer to the contact information below:

York Transportation Services
416-736-2100, ext. 22546

GO Transit
416-869-3200 Toronto local calling area
1-888-GET-ON-GO (1-888-438-6646) long distance toll free
1-800-387-3652 TTY teletypewriters only

York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva
1-866-MOVE-YRT (1-866-668-3978)

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
416-393-INFO (416-393-4636) 24 hours

Greyhound Canada

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York Lanes Mall

York Lanes, the “Retail Centre of the Campus”, is York University’s unique student-oriented enclosed shopping mall. York Lanes has a variety of retailers and service providers specifically selected for the campus market. York Lanes also hosts numerous special events throughout the academic year. Retailer hours of operation, our schedule of special events and detailed information about our retailers are all posted on our Web site, York Lanes is managed by the York University Department Development Corporation. York Lanes Management Office is located in 277 York Lanes, telephone 416-736-5462, fax 416-736-5511.

York Lanes Retailers and Services

Aidia Accessories 416-667-7676
Alterna Savings 416-252-5621
Anders & Flynt Opticians Inc. 416-663-8887
Archives of Ontario Presentation Ctr. 416-736-5341
Bank of Montreal 416-665-4775
Berries & Blooms 416-663-0030
Blueberry Hill Restaurant 416-736-5594
Campus Cleaners 416-916-2034
Campus Photo 416-736-5520
Company's Coming Bakery Café 416-650-0191
Daisy Gift Shop 416-663-4411
Data Integrity Computers 416-736-5993
Falafel Hut Restaurant 416-736-5767
Indian Flavours Restaurant 416-663-2666
Inkblotz Cards / Canada Post 416-736-5911
Klik's Beauty Centre 416-661-3150
Mangia Mangia Italian Eatery 416-736-9484
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits 416-736-5883
Sakura Japanese Restaurant 416-736-5471
Taco Villa 416-736-5445
Tastes Healthy Foods 416-736-5952
Telus Mobility 1-866-558-2273
The Campus Bubble Tea 416-931-8662
The General Store 416-661-8382
The Great Canadian Bagel 416-736-5555
The Second Cup 416-736-5359
The York Shop 416-736-5551
Travel Cuts 416-661-0661
York Lanes Chiropratic Clinic 416-736-5414
York Lanes Dental Clinic 416-736-5038
York Lanes Health Centre 416-736-5525
York Lanes Pharmacy 416-736-5272
York University Bookstore 416-736-5024
York University Student Copy Ctr. 416-736-2100, ext. 70300
Government of Ontario Kiosk

Central Square Concourse Areas

Four automatic teller machines are provided by the Toronto Dominion Bank in Central Square.

For information and to arrange a Student Organization information table in Central Square (Keele campus) contact the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD), S172 Ross Building, 416-736-5144.

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York University, through the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, has developed programs in both sport and recreation, aimed at offering opportunities across the broad continuum of physical activity to all students. Programs are designed to allow individuals to select appropriate levels of physical activity participation and, where possible, personal development, wellness and/or leadership opportunities to meet their individual needs and aspirations.

Students not only have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation activities at York, but become involved in the planning, organization and implementation of programs, either as a volunteer, workstudy student or part-time employee. The University also encourages students to take advantage of the exciting environment generated through Sport and Recreation at York by attending events held on campus throughout the season.

Interuniversity Sport

The interuniversity sport program is an integral part of the University’s educational mission and complements the potential for personal growth that the York experience fosters. All full-time students are welcome to try out for any of the 23 interuniversity teams offered by Sport York. Sport programs give student-athletes the opportunity for skill development and the pursuit of excellence through qualified coaching and competitive schedules.

A Proud and Growing Tradition. For more than 40 years, York University student-athletes have been making their mark on the Canadian sport scene. Provincial and national team titles, combined with numerous athletes and coaches who participate on many of Canada’s national teams, attest to the success of York University.

Coaches. The coaching staff at York is composed of experienced, highly qualified and dedicated professionals, many of whom hold full-time positions within the University. A majority of our coaches also hold leadership positions in provincial and national sport organizations and are experts in their field of coaching. These individuals are dedicated to the attainment of the student-athletes’ potential in the sport and in the classroom.

Interuniversity Teams. York University offers the opportunity to participate at the highest level of university competition. In Ontario, universities compete in each sport for the provincial championship title within Ontario University Athletics (OUA). Nationally, York competes within Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

Men’s teams: badminton, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo.

Women’s teams: badminton, basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo.


An important dimension of the total educational experience is the participation in physical activity. The Recreation York program provides an opportunity for the University community to participate in a wide range of activities including intramural sport competitions, fitness/lifestyle and instructional classes, sport clubs and casual recreation. The aim of the program is to provide activities that meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of York students. Registered students may enrol free of charge in most Recreation York programs (space permitting).

Intramural Sports. A variety of individual and team activities are offered at both a competitive and recreational level. The program features 44 tournament and sport leagues including three-on-three basketball and the All-Night Rage Volleyball Tournament. Join a team from your college or form your own team with a group of university friends.

Fitness/Lifestyle and Instructional Classes. For the fitness enthusiast, more than 50 instructional classes are offered each week. Several different levels of step classes, total body conditioning, cardio tae boxing and hi/lo are among the variety of fitness classes available. For those with other interests, instructional courses are offered in the areas of martial arts, dance, aquatics, relaxation and sports like tennis, skating and squash (for an additional charge).

Sport Clubs. For those who would like to join other members of the York community in an activity or sport that may not be offered at either the interuniversity or intramural level, there is a sport club program. Squash, table tennis and curling are a few of the many clubs waiting to welcome new members.

Casual Recreation. For those who like to swim, run, skate, play tennis or squash, or work out, there are many casual recreational opportunities for the person who enjoys the flexibility of self-directed physical activity. Of particular interest is the Tait McKenzie Fitness Centre, featuring state of the art exercise machines and free weights, and staffed by qualified fitness personnel who can assist with equipment use and provide exercise prescription. There are also casual use times set aside in facilities such as the gymnasium and the ice rink for pick-up hockey, skating, badminton, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, table tennis, outdoor tennis and squash.


York University offers state-of-the-art sport and recreation facilities and amenities. At the Keele campus, the Tait McKenzie Centre serves as the centre of activity. For outdoor events, York Stadium is the main attraction. The University also serves as the home of the City of Toronto Track and Field Centre, the Rexall (tennis) Centre and Canlan Ice Sports - York. At the Proctor Field House on the Glendon campus, a variety of facilities and amenities are also available, including a renovated gymnasium and unique walking/hiking trails that lead to local parks.

Keele campus: stadium, four gymnasia, five studios, five squash courts, five sport playing fields, four softball fields, nine outdoor tennis courts, swimming pool, a recreational cricket pitch, a 12,000-square-foot fitness centre with 45 cardio machines, 23 selectorized machines and free weights and a Sport Injury Clinic.

Plus: Canlan Ice Sports at York University (six rinks), City of Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University (indoor and outdoor), Rexall Centre (outdoor and indoor tennis courts).

Glendon campus: two gymnasia, five squash courts, swimming pool, fitness studio, weight room, indoor golf driving range, three outdoor tennis courts, softball diamond, playing field, walking/hiking trails.

For Further Information

Keele campus, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, 302 Tait McKenzie Centre, 416-736-5182,

Glendon campus, Department of Athletics, Glendon Proctor Field House, 416-487-6717

Expand The Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD)

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Student Community Development, the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD) is dedicated to continuously improving the quality of student life at York University.

Through the efforts of a dedicated, student focused staff team, the centre coordinates a wide range of services and activities which directly benefit students’ communal and co-curricular life on the York University campus, including: leadership development; student government liaison; elections support; administration of student clubs; off-campus housing listings; coordination of first-year orientation events, the Information Fair and Parents’ Orientation; Health Education and Promotion, Residence Life and York is U. Through a combination of assessment, planning, and meaningful program design, we can effectively maximize opportunities for academic excellence and personal development.

Student Community and Leadership Development enriches student life by promoting education, awareness and growth; celebrating diversity, encouraging collaboration and developing citizenship.

The Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development is located at S172 Ross Building, 416-736-5144; TDD 416-736-5940. E-mail: Web site at

Expand Student Conduct & Dispute Resolution (SCDR)

The purpose of the Office of Student Conduct & Dispute Resolution is to build community by upholding the values of York University through support and accountability programming in order to positively impact the student experience. SCDR is committed to fostering student success by assisting with informal resolution of conflicts, upholding the behavioural expectations outlined in the University’s non-academic Student Code of Conduct and providing support to students impacted by critical incidents. Under the Code, students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that supports an atmosphere of civility, diversity, equity and respect. Any community member may file a complaint about a student or group of students under the Code. Students wishing to make a complaint about another student or student group’s behaviour must complete a Complaint Form and submit it to the Office of Student Conduct & Dispute Resolution. The office will assess the complaint and take appropriate action. The Office also offers advice, referrals, education, alternative dispute resolution/dialogue processes, local adjudication and the University Tribunal process. SCDR provides support to students, parents/guardians and the community in its role as a University liaison in the management of critical incident cases. For more information on the Code, filing a complaint, seeking advice and/or support for students impacted by a critical incident please visit or call 416-736-5231.

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York Federation of Students (YFS)

The York Federation of Students is dedicated to the representation and support of the student movement at York University. It is a democratic, non-profit, service-oriented organization committed to working towards a university environment wherein members of the federation (all undergraduate students) can pursue academic excellence as well as personal and social growth free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

YFS is committed to universally accessible postsecondary education and rejects all impediments to postsecondary education including, but not limited to, financial constraints through tuition fees, residence costs, streaming and discrimination based upon gender, race, sexual orientation, class, religion, colour, ethnicity, nationality, geographic location, state of health or age.

The federation strives for the highest quality of postsecondary education available. It supports student organizations, on and off campus, which promotes its stated principle.

The federation offers many services, including a health plan, a student datebook, a courtesy phone, five cent photocopies and free International Student Identity Cards and Student Saver Cards.

YFS is located in 336 Student Centre, 416-736-5324. Come and visit for more information.

College and Faculty Student Governments

Student governments take different forms in each of the colleges and the Faculties but have the same general goal - to serve their student members using funds made available to them each year and to represent their interests in a variety of dealings with the University Faculties, service offices and departments, both academic and administrative.

Graduate Student Governments

At the graduate level, the student governments are the Graduate Students’ Association, the Graduate Business Council, and the Graduate Environmental Studies Students’ Association. Each of these organizations collects an annual levy from its members to finance its activities and programs. Student societies receive over one million dollars of support in this way. Annual elections within each unit provide the executive officer group which is responsible for the administration and accounting for these funds. Many of these organizations publish newspapers and newsletters to inform their members about their services and programs.

Other Student Organizations

Several student organizations receive annual levies from their constituents: Excalibur Publications, CHRY North York Community Radio, Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), ProTem, Theatre Glendon, Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) (refundable), Glendon Women's Centre, York Women’s Centre (refundable), Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Line (SASSL) (refundable) and World University Services of Canada (WUSC) (refundable). These organizations are subject to the same financial reporting requirements as student governments. Constitutions and financial reports of these councils are public documents and are available through the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD), or the office of the individual organization.

Student Representation on University Committees

The participation of students in the governance of the University is an important element in effective decision making and policy development at York University. Students are entitled to participate as full voting members on the Board of Governors, the University Senate, Faculty Councils and other bodies. The system of governance established by the York University Act is bicameral, with two central governing bodies: the Board of Governors and the Senate. Decision-making powers are divided and/or shared among the Chancellor, the President, the Board and the Senate and some of these powers are delegated to or shared with other bodies.

The Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is vested by the York Act with authority for the “government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs”. The board consists of 30 members in addition to the President and the Chancellor. There are two designated seats on the board for students. By agreement of the board and the Student Senator Caucus, the selection of one student nominee each year has been done through a process of popular election among registered York University students, usually held in the spring. Upon election, the student's nomination must be confirmed by the Student Senator Caucus and recommended to the board. The term of office is two years. The board conducts much of its business through committees such as the Finance and Audit Committee, the Academic Resources Committee, Land and Property Committee, the Investment Committee and Community Affairs Committee.

The Senate. The Senate is responsible for the academic policy of the University, including the recommendation to establish new Faculties and colleges, admission standards, student aid policies, the establishment of degrees and diplomas and the structure and content of all academic programs. It is composed of the Chancellor, the President, the Chair and representatives of the Board of Governors, vice-presidents, deans, department Chairs and elected faculty members from each Faculty with some representation from other groups both inside and outside the University. Students are elected to the senate through their Faculty Councils. Students are represented on most senate committees, examples of which include Executive; Tenure and Promotion; Senate Appeals; Academic Policy and Planning; Curriculum and Academic Standards; Admissions, Recruitment and Student Assistance; and Research.

Faculty Councils. York University consists of 11 Faculties and each has a Faculty Council which is responsible for making decisions on the variety of matters affecting the curriculum and academic policies of the Faculty. Each Faculty Council is a committee of senate and has, in turn, a number of council committees on which students sit as members. More details on the specific structure and student participation in a Faculty Council may be obtained through the office of the secretary of the council in your Faculty.

Students are also members of a variety of advisory and decision-making bodies throughout the University. Information about these positions can be obtained by contacting academic units or administrative offices. General questions about student participation in university governance should be directed to the University Secretariat (

Expand The Centre for Women and Trans People

The Centre for Women and Trans People is a student-funded, collectively run, volunteer-driven organization at York University. We are a progressive, pro-choice, anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, feminist organization committed to:

  • breaking the social isolation that women and trans people face on campus through programming, socials and networking events;
  • individual and collective empowerment through esteem building, education and decolonization;
  • providing services such as peer-to-peer crisis intervention, peer counselling, advocacy and referrals from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework;
  • acting as a resource base for understanding, exposing and organizing on issues around gender violence and social justice;
  • creating working relationships between students and the University administration, where students are directly involved in developing programs and policies that make the campus safer for everyone;
  • developing a culture of resistance and celebration by supporting initiatives by local artists.

We offer a comfortable lounge with couches and chairs, free phone, computer and Internet access, a fridge, a microwave and good company! Whether you want to debrief with someone about your day, or are looking for a place to chill, eat your lunch, catch up on your readings, get involved in our work -- don’t be shy, drop by and check us out!

Web site:
Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 33484

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Office of the Associate Vice-President International

Internationalization is a strategic priority of York University. The Office of the Associate Vice-President International works collaboratively with students, faculty members, staff, institutions and governments to provide leadership in turning this priority into a reality.

York University’s approach to internationalization is built on the following principles:

  • Academic priorities are the principal motivation for internationalization at York University.
  • Internationalization will be consonant with the University’s commitment to social justice and equity.
  • Internationalization will build on and contribute to York’s tradition of interdisciplinarity.
  • Internationalization requires the collaboration and support of all Faculties and all areas of the University.

With these principles in mind, we are working towards reaching four key goals:

  • To make internationalization pervasive and integral to teaching and learning at York.
  • To provide as many opportunities, and as many different kinds of opportunities, for York students to have an international experience - at York as well as by going away - and to increase the numbers of students taking advantage of them.
  • To establish York University as the national leader in internationalization.
  • To raise the international profile of York University.

International Student Services and Programs

York University is home to a diverse community, which includes approximately 3,200 international and exchange students from over 130 different countries. York International provides a range of student services and programs that further the achievements of York students, while providing the university community at large with learning opportunities to extend their understanding of world knowledge and cultures.

York International provides a variety of programs for students including orientation for international students, a ‘buddy’ program that connects domestic and international students and Cultural Galas.

International students can visit York International to receive individual advising on the University Health Insurance Plan and immigration updates including the Off Campus Work Program. There are workshops on social adjustment, business etiquette, immigration issues and income tax.

Further information on annual services and programs for international students is available at

Study Abroad

York University has over 100 official academic exchanges with universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A full list of partner universities and application details can be found on the York International Web site. The York International Resource Centre in 029 Vanier College maintains an extensive collection of multimedia materials on these exchanges as well as other study, work and volunteer opportunities. Students interested in going abroad are encouraged to attend one of the frequently held information sessions. A schedule of these sessions and details about the exchange program are available at

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Undergraduate Residences

Living on campus presents an affordable opportunity for undergraduate students to experience a diverse community and make lifelong friends while being conveniently situated at the centre of social, cultural and academic life, with a wide array of campus services at their doorstep.

York has approximately 2,280 beds available for undergraduate students across eight buildings on the Keele campus and an additional 400 on the Glendon campus. Most residences are arranged in a traditional style with comfortably furnished double and single rooms, and shared common lounges and washrooms. With most rooms, students will purchase a mandatory meal plan that can be used at over 35 food outlets offering a wide selection of food types on the Keele campus and a main dining hall and fast food outlet at the Glendon campus. York’s Keele campus also has some space available in suite-style units where groups of four to six students share a small kitchen, living area and in-suite washroom. The Pond Road Residence is York’s Keele campus newest undergraduate residence and offers 428 spaces arranged in 2 bedroom suites, each with a separate washroom and kitchen. Residence costs will vary according to accommodation styles; however, students should estimate $7,000 for a typical arrangement of a double occupancy room with a meal plan.

Undergraduate students are welcome to apply for residence as long as they enrol in and plan to remain in a minimum of 24 credits or four full courses. Information about how to apply online to residence will be included with your offer of admission to York.

York University Apartments

On the Keele campus only, accommodation is also available in the York University Apartments to eligible graduate students, and other mature students who are 21 years of age or over or who require family style accommodation. A limited number of York apartments are available to students with physical disabilities. The apartments consist of furnished and unfurnished bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The York apartments are not suitable for a couple with more than two children.

For more information about student housing on campus, contact:

Student Housing Services
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel.: 416-736-5152

Visit the Student Housing Services Web site at

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University regulations governing The Sale, Service and Use of Alcohol on Campus are at

Specific areas in the University are approved for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages under York’s policies and licences granted to various independent campus caterers by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO); these are available as appendix I to the above and at

Enquiries regarding the University Liquor Policy should be directed to the manager of food services 416-736-5517 or

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Students who require assistance finding off-campus accommodation can use the online off-campus housing service, Places4students. This service is available free to students who use the Places4students Web site to look for vacancies or advertise for a roommate. For more information, visit and click on “Partner Schools”.

Students can drop by the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD) for publications and guides that can assist them with their housing search. These publications are also available online by going to and clicking on “Important Rental Information for Students”.