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Expand Bookstore (Keele Campus)
Location: York Lanes, Tel.: 416-736-5024, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday – 9am to 7pm; Friday – 9am to 5pm; Saturday – 11am to 4pm; closed Sunday

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.

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.

Expand English Language Institute
Location: Suite 035 Founders College, Tel.: 416-736-5353, Fax: 416-736-5908, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:45am to 4:15pm

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.

Skills for Everyday English (SEE) Program. A flexible general English program, offered in two-week modules, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Some attention is also paid to grammar, writing and reading skills for general purposes.

Destination York. A special eight-week intensive program designed for international high school graduates who intend to go on to undergraduate study at York. Students apply to York Admissions and concurrently to YUELI and then enter Canada with conditional admission to York. On successful completion of the language program, students go on immediately to undergraduate degree courses.

York Pre-Graduate Preparation Program (YP3). A program specially designed for graduates who intend to go on to graduate study at York or other Canadian universities. Participants first improve their academic English skills while preparing for the IELTS and GRE tests, then go on to prepare and submit their applications for graduate school.

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.

Expand Institute for Social Research (ISR)

5075 Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building, Tel.: 416-736-5061, Fax: 416-736-5749, e-mail:
Web site:

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 Spring Seminar Series on Social Research Methods presents short courses in questionnaire and sample design, how to use focus groups for social research, analyzing 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 Institute manages the York University-Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (York RDC) which provides social science, health and policy researchers access to analyze Statistics Canada’s master data sets. In the RDC’s secure environment researchers can access surveys in full detail, without the removal of geographic and other information required to protect respondent confidentiality in the public use data files.

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

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 1700 9.00 Professional Writing: Process and Practice
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
WRIT 4000 3.00 Activist Rhetorices

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.

Open Learning Centre

The Open Learning Centre offers support to English as a Second Language students registered in credit courses within a degree program at York University. Among the opportunities available at the centre are a regular workshop series on topics related to the language needs of ESL students, individual tutoring on specific language needs, small-group English language learning sessions and a weekly English movie night with conversation after. For more information, contact the centre at 416-736-2100 ext. 22940.

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 Services (LSS)

Location: Counselling and Disability Services, N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5297, Fax: 416-736-5633
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm

Throughout the year, students may meet individually with a learning skills counsellor or attend workshops to help in developing and improving study skills and strategies. Workshops are offered throughout the year. Students are asked to register in advance either online at or in person at N110 BCSS.

Expand University Information Technology Services (UIT)
Location: Computing Commons at William Small Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5800, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 5:50pm

UIT provides a range of services for York’s undergraduate students. These include:

  • Passport York
  • Manage My Computing Services
  • e-mail
  • computing labs
  • York Computing Web site
  • software downloads
  • free anti-virus softward
  • applications documentation
  • help services and consulting
  • printing and scanning
  • residence Internet, telephone, cable TV services
  • wireless Internet access on campus - AirYork

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

ExpandYork University 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 the libraries to help with research. Assistance is available in person as well as by e-mail, telephone and online 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. Check the library Web page for workshop offerings.

In addition, the Learning Commons at the Scott Library offers a variety of other academic supports such as assistance with writing skills, learning skills. For more information on workshops, drop-in desks and more, related to the Learning Commons, see

Many library collections and services are accessible on the Web. The libraries' online collections are available 24 hours a day at Our site is 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 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 resource. 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. Borrowing privileges are detailed in our lending code available from the following page

The libraries provide a variety of types of learning environments. Quiet study areas are available in all of the libraries, as well as areas suitable for group work, including some 30 group study rooms. In addition to the provision of alternate format materials for students with disabilities, we have an adaptive equipment lab for drop-in use. Wireless is available through the libraries. Students can also 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. Round the clock study space is available 24/5 during the core parts of the fall and winter terms. For more information on 24/5 and extended library hours, please see

We welcome you to the libraries and we encourage frequent visits, whether you come to read at a carrel, work together with your classmates 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
Location: 83 York Boulevard, Accolade East Building, Tel.: 416-736-5169, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: (September to June) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10am to 4pm; Wednesday – 10am to 8pm; Sunday – noon to 5pm

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.

Expand Career Centre
Location: Suite 202 McLaughlin College, Tel.: 416-736-5351, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday – 9am to 4pm; Friday – 10am to 4pm

Wondering how to make your degree work for you? York’s Career Centre will help you throughout your university years – from learning about career opportunities and getting support in your job search, to exploring and preparing for further education. The Career Centre is focussed on providing leading edge job search, career exploration and experiential learning programs, services and events, and seeks to create innovative opportunities for students and new graduates to connect with employers and alumni.

Expand Clubs and Other Organizations
  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: S172 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5144 Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 88230
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday – Thursday – 9am to 6pm, Friday – 10am to 4pm

Clubs and other organizations offering programs to the Keele campus community are encouraged to register with the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD). 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 SCLD. Clubs and organizations at Glendon can register with the Glendon College Student Union.

Expand Co-operative Daycare Centre
Location: Apt. 128, 90 Atkinson Rd., Tel.: 416-736-5190, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm

The York University Co-operative Daycare Centre, located in Atkinson Residence on the Keele campus has served the York community for over 40 years. It is licensed for 119 children between the ages of six weeks and 10 years.

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, fees range from $1,179.74 for an infant; to $1,041.14 for a toddler; to $946.82 for a preschooler; to $596.99 for a school age (before and after school); to $796.25 for school age (full time camp). These figures include membership and deposit instalments. Parents are also required to do one hour’s participation per week per child. Non-participation option is a fee of $65.00 per month.

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

This centre is licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and we have Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE’s) on staff. Our playgrounds undergo a safety audit annually and delicious meals that meet the Canada Food Guide are prepared on the premises. Optional Martial Arts program is offered to preschoolers for a nominal fee.

An application form may be downloaded from our Web site.

Expand Counselling and Disability Services (CDS)
  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5297 E103 Glendon Hall, Tel.: 416-487-6709, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday – 9am to 4:30pm

Mission Statement

Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) provides a range of essential counselling and disability related services to the York University community. The primary aim of CDS is to help students realize, develop and fulfill their personal and academic potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience. Achieving this aim requires ready access to a range of services available to all students currently enrolled at York University.

Services provided:

Personal Counselling Services (PCS)

Location: N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5297, Fax: 416-736-5633
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm

Students come to the Personal Counselling Services because of a wide range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, abuse, self-esteem, eating and body image, issues about sexuality and stress. We offer short-term individual and couples therapy. Students seeking personal counselling are encouraged to contact us to make an appointment for an initial consultation which will be scheduled for the earliest available appointment time. The initial consultation is a brief interview during which our Intake counsellor assesses the student's counselling needs. After the initial consultation, the student may be offered an appointment at CDS or an outside referral depending upon the nature of the issue and the availability of staff. At peak times during the year, students may have to wait a short while for an initial appointment or for further counselling.

In the case of a life-threatening situation, call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital. In a non life-threatening crisis situation, same-day crisis-intervention services are available.

Personal Counselling Services also offers workshops and group programs for students on such topics as: mindfulness meditation for depression, shyness and communication skills, body image and disordered eating, test anxiety etc.

Learning Skills Services (LSS)

Location: N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5297, Fax: 416-736-5633
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm

Throughout the year, students may meet individually with a learning skills counsellor or attend workshops to help in developing and improving study skills and strategies. Workshops are offered throughout the year. Students are asked to register in advance either online at or in person at N110 BCSS.

Disability Services

CDS provides specialized disability-related supports as listed below. For students who wish to register with these services, relevant documentation is required.

Learning Disability Services (LDS)

Location: W128 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5383, Fax: 416-736-5565
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm

Learning Disability Services provides support for students with specific learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Interested students should arrange an initial intake appointment to discuss appropriate academic accommodations and additional supports.

Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS)

Location: N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services (BCSS), Tel.: 416-736-5297, Fax: 416-736-5633, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm

Mental Health Disability Services provides educational support for students with persistent mental health disabilities such as depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To request a registration package, students can either make contact in person, by e-mail or by telephone. Once the registration package is completed and returned, the student will be contacted for an initial meeting.

Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability Services (PSMDS)

Location: N108 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5140, TTY: 416-736-5263, Fax: 416-650-8068
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 7pm (after 4:30pm by appointment only)

Services include educational support for students who experience a physical, sensory or medical disability. Students are expected to complete a registration package prior to their initial intake appointment with a disability counsellor. To request a registration package, students can contact us by phone or in. Once that package is completed and returned, the student will be contacted for an initial meeting.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can also reach us at

Similar services are provided by CDS at the Glendon campus.

Expand Health Education and Promotion
Location: S172 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5196, Fax: 416-736-5461, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

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.

Expand Centre for Human Rights
Location: S327 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5682, TTY: 416-650-8023, Fax: 416-650-4823, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm (after hours appointments can be arranged where necessary)

Welcome to York University’s Centre for Human Rights. The centre’s mission and mandate includes 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 advocates for the adherence to both the spirit and intent of the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as all human rights policies at York. The centre assists individuals and groups to address and resolve allegations of discrimination and harassment as defined by the code through an independent, impartial and private process. This service is available to any current student, staff or faculty member of the York University community. 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.

In addition, 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.

Expand Mailing Services
Location: 019 Curtis Lecture Hall, Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 77598
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 7:30am to 3:30pm

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

Funded by Local Health Integrated Networks, attendants deliver one-on-one care to students with disabilities who live in campus housing on the Keele campus.

Attendants assist with daily activities such as:

  • personal grooming and hygiene;
  • taking medication;
  • rising and retiring;
  • meal preparation;
  • toileting, bowel/bladder services;
  • ventilator and tracheotomy services;
  • range of motion exercises;
  • essential communication tasks;
  • laundry, housekeeping, shopping and banking on the Keele campus.

Eligibility Criteria for Government Funded Service

  • have a permanent physical disability
  • be 16 years of age or older
  • have a valid OHIP health card
  • have the ability to direct her/his care. For example, is she/he capable of managing, determining and communicating when and how she/he needs assistance and is able to cooperate with this provision.

The application process can be initiated by contacting the Community Support Supervisor at 416-736-5167. Applicants may be placed on a waiting list if the program is at capacity.

Expand Religious Activities
Location: S172 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5144
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

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 (SCLD), 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 SCLD.

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 SCLD (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.

Expand Security, Parking and Transportation Services - York Security Services
  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: 227 William Small Centre, Tel.: 416-650-8000 (general matters), 416-736-5333 (urgent matters), Fax: 416-736-5377, e-mail: Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-650-8000 (general matters), 416-736-5333 (urgent matters), Fax: 416-736-5377, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: 24/7/365 days a year 24/7/365 days a year

York University Security Services 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.

Security Control Centre

Located in 227 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.


  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: 115B William Small Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5454 Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-736-5454
Web site:
Hours of operation: Daily – 6pm to 2am (Sept. to April); Daily – 8pm to 2am (May to Aug.) Daily – 6pm to 11pm (Sept. to April); Closed for summer period (May to Aug.)

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.

For more information, please call York Student Security/Escort Service at 416-736-5454 or visit our Web site.

Lost and Found

  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: S107 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 33369, e-mail: Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-487-6808
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 11am to 3pm; Wednesday, Thursday 5pm to 7pm  

If you are leaving a message by 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.

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

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  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: 222 William Small Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5335, e-mail: Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-487-6788, Fax: 416-487-6806
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday – 8:45am to 4:15pm; Friday 8:45am to 1:15pm Monday to Friday – 9am to 4pm

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 cannot 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.

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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

Location: York Lanes Management Office, 277 York Lanes, Tel.: 416-736-5462, Fax: 416-736-5511
Web site:

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 Retailers and Services

Financial Services
Alterna Savings 416-252-5621
Bank of Montreal 416-665-4775
Food Services
Berries & Blooms Fruits 416-663-0030
Blueberry Hill Restaurant 416-736-5594
Café Supreme 416-650-0191
Falafel Hut Village 416-736-5767
Indian Flavours 416-663-2666
Mangia Mangia Italian Eatery 416-736-9484
Popeyes Chicken 416-736-5883
Sakura Japanese Foods 416-736-5471
Taco Villa 416-736-5445
Tastes Healthy Foods 416-736-5952
The Campus Bubble Tea 416-551-3635
The Great Canadian Bagel 416-736-5555
The Second Cup 416-736-5359
Z-Teca Gourmet Burrito 416-514-0507
Health and Wellness
Anders & Flynt Opticians Inc. 416-663-8887
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
Presentation Centre 416-736-5341
Campus Cleaners 416-916-2034
Campus Photo and Printing 416-736-5520
Internet Kiosk Kiosk
Klik's Beauty Centre 416-661-3150
Service Ontario Kiosk
Travel Cuts 416-661-1396
Speciality Retail
Aromatic Fumes 416-829-4707
Baba Ji Jewellery 416-736-5336
Daisy Gift Shop 416-663-4411
Data Integrity Computers 416-736-5993
Inkblotz / Canada Post 416-736-5911
Smart Commute-North Toronto, Vaughan
The General Store 416-661-8382
York University Bookstore 416-736-5024

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 (SCLD), S172 Ross Building, 416-736-5144.

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  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: 302 Tait McKenzie Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5182 Glendon Proctor Field House, Tel.: 416-487-6717, Fax: 416-487-6789, e-mail:
Web site:

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, work/study 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 more than 40 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.

Expand The Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD)
Location: S172 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5144, TDD: 416-736-5940, Fax: 416-736-5461, e-mail:
Web site:

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Reporting to the assistant vice-president, Student Community Development, the Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD) 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 cocurricular 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.

Expand Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution (SCDR)
Location: W128 Bennett Centre for Student Services, Tel.: 416-736-5231, Fax: 416-736-5565, e-mail:
Web site:

The purpose of the Office of Student Conduct and 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 and 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 our Web site.

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York Federation of Students (YFS)

Location: 336 Student Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5324, Fax: 416-736-5827, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 10am to 6pm

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 (SCLD), 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, Planning and Research; Academic Standards, Curriculum and Pedagogy; and Awards.

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
Location: 322 Student Centre, Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 33484, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday – 9am to 4:30pm

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!

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Location: 200 York Lanes, Tel.: 416-736-5177, Fax: 416-736-5176, e-mail:
Web site:
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

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.

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 200 York Lanes 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 on our Web site.

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Undergraduate Residences

  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: Tel.: 416-736-5152, e-mail: Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-487-6844, Fax: 416-487-6838, e-mail:
Web site:

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 40 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 limited space available in suite-style units where groups of four to six students share a small kitchen, living area and in-suite washroom. Residence costs will vary according to accommodation styles; however, students should estimate between $7,500 and $8,500 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 18 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.

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  Keele campus Glendon campus
Location: 202 William Small Centre, Tel.: 416-736-5517, Fax: 416-736-5879 Greenhouse, Tel.: 416-487-6844, Fax: 416-487-6838
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Looking for a delicious and healthy meal? Want to grab a snack between classes? York University offers a variety of food choices to meet your needs and preferences, at more than thirty restaurants and coffee shops across campus. You can enjoy fine dining at one of our full service restaurants, take a quick break at a student-run coffee shop or dine with friends on one of our patios. Our restaurants serve international flavours, vegetarian and vegan options, local produce, Kosher and Halaal meals and much more. Look for the “Eat Smart!” symbol at select locations to quickly and easily find healthier choices. For more information, including a list of locations, hours of operation and tips for healthy eating, visit our Web site.

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Location: S172 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-5141
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Hours of operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

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 (SCLD) for publications and guides that can assist them with their housing search. These publications are also available online by going to our Web site and clicking on “Important Rental Information for Students”.