March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed during the pandemic to reduce health risks to residents and staff. We are still here to help, but for the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member. Office staff will not be answering the door unless an appointment has been arranged. For assistance, please call the Residence Office on 416-978-8304 or

For eligibility concerns or lease information please contact the Admissions at 416-978-8049 or

If you need to deliver cheques, forms and notices please use the secure drop box outside of the Residence Office – suite 102. If you are not sure please call or email ahead of time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency and stay safe.

Security. Our Security staff continue to be available 24/7 via phone at 416-729-1592. If your security concern requires any type of follow up, please leave the guard a phone number to contact you, to avoid face-to-face interactions where possible.

Locker Access Hours. In order to balance the tasks Security is responsible for and optimize their presence in the buildings, there have been a few changes to the locker access times.  Please take a moment to review the following updated schedule of locker access times, and share it with your family members:

Mondays: 7pm – 11pm
Tuesdays: 5pm – 11pm
Wednesdays: 7pm – 11pm
Thursdays: 7pm – 11pm
Fridays: 7pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 5pm – 11pm
Sundays: 5pm – 11pm

Security can be contacted at 416-729-1592.  Depending upon demand at that time, there could be a short wait for locker access; please take this into consideration when making arrangements.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Playground Survey. Our management team is exploring updating the playground on the south side of 35 Charles St. W. Now’s your chance to let us know what you’d like to see! Families can participate by filling out our survey at by April 2nd. Only one survey per household. We’re looking forward to receiving your feedback!

Items in Hallways. Residents are reminded that they are not to have any items in the hallway corridor in front of their unit. This includes but is not limited to: doormats, shoes, strollers, buy and sell items. This is a direct fire code violation, and interferes with building accessibility. Thank you for your cooperation.

Securing Cars in the Parking Garage. The Residence Office has recently received reports of cars with windows left open in the parking garage. Residents are reminded to keep all doors locked and windows secured, as not to invite theft or vandalism. While our Security team does regularly patrol the parking garage, theft is common in downtown garages and the Residence Office is not responsible for vandalism or lost or stolen items that occur in the garage area.

Construction Project Updates. For ongoing information on the construction project that will soon begin at 30 Charles/730 Yonge, please visit the construction project updates section of our website.

Rent schedule. In order to make this easier to follow and avoid having to pay an extra month’s rent, please use this chart as a guide:
Submit by March 31st to move out on May 31st
Submit by April 30th to move out on June 30th
Submit by May 31st to move out on July 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Virtual Yoga.  On Fridays we have an ongoing yoga class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Saturday’s beginning on March 13th we’ll have an Introduction to Yoga class from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Registration for Saturday Yoga at

Residence Life Program Series. Your RA team is offering two new adult educational series – Peer-to-peer Spanish, launching March 13th and Zentangling, launching March 15th. Spaces are still available!

Financial Literacy Workshop. This workshop, offered exclusively to SFH residents, will help residents acquire and develop practical knowledge and skills to improve their financial well-being. March 24th, 3:30-4:30pm.

To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Sujata at

Introduction to Mindfulness. During these unprecedented times, we’re experiencing stress and uncertainty unlike before. Mindfulness is a practice with known positive benefits for mental health like stress reduction and increased resilience. If you’re curious and want to incorporate mindfulness into your self-care routine, then join us on March 23rd at 7:10 PM to learn more about mindfulness and try it out for yourself with a guided practice!  Lauren Brown, Mindfulness and Meditation Programming Coordinator, will be our instructor for the evening. 

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, or if you have questions or requests for accommodation, please contact Kevin at

Communicating Your Skills: ​Resumes and Interviews. Curious to learn more about communicating your skills in a resume and interview? This interactive session with your peers and colleagues will help you foster understanding on how you can communicate your skills on application documents and during the job search. Friday, March 26, 2021 from 1 – 2:30 pm. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send me an email at to RSVP. Hope to see you there! 

Toronto’s Children’s Book Bank. The Children’s Book Bank is launching a mental health initiative to educate children about topics including immigration, family changes, and illness/death, through family friendly story time events. The story times can be found at the YouTube channel linked below. In addition, you can find updates and content from The Children’s Book Bank here: 

Website–physical books can be accessed through the curbside pickup service – book online for a pickup time through the website!

Grad Minds conference. Grad Minds is proud to present their annual mental health conference: Finding Your Place in Virtual Space. The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly shifted the way we live our lives and has limited our interactions with others to online communities. Navigating one’s wellbeing and cultivating connections in these virtual spaces can be challenging. On Thursday, March 25th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST, join Grad Minds and mental health leaders from across the country to explore resiliency and resolve during these uncertain times. All are welcome! For more information and to register, visit:

Virtual Bulletin Board. To find out what’s going on in our building, campus and community, watch our virtual bulletin board for up-to-date information.

RA Contact Info and Office Hours. If you’d like to meet with your RA, please visit them during their daily Zoom office hours, or contact them to arrange an online meeting. 

Family Care Office Updates

The Family Care Office at the University of Toronto would appreciate if students with family responsibilities can take 5-10 minutes to answer the survey questions found in this link:  :

The mission of the Family Care Office is to provide confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the University of Toronto community and their families.

Stress Management for the Sandwich Generation – Wednesday, March 24
Are you juggling the responsibility of caring for aging parents while supporting your own children? Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? That there is so much on yor plate? Between your job, commute, dreams, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! Learn how you can alleviate your stress and take control of your response when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. Join us for a 90-minute session, where you will discover 3 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways, and you will walk away with transformational tools that you can use to minimize the chaos right away.

Elder Care – Long Term Care Planning: What Is It And Why We Should Care – Thursday, March 25
Join us for a workshop that will help you answer the following care questions: If something were to suddenly happen, who would take care of my loved one? How would I or my loved one pay for that care? The vast majority of us want to age with dignity and control. But that takes long term care planning, and this planning— which involves more than just money—needs to be a part of every financial and/or retirement plan written today.

Family Support Series: Self-Care for Caregivers – Tuesday, April 6
The last thing caregivers need is another item to add to the to-do list and another thing to feel guilty about. In this interactive session, we will consider the complex experience of caregiving and all the feelings that come with that. Together we will discuss and practice simple strategies that don’t take much time at all and that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. We will reframe self-care and affirm what participants are already doing to cope with caregiving, already a uniquely difficult journey, now made even harder by the pandemic.

CIE Events

March 22: Take part in this interactive AGO workshop exploring the theme of Art and the Canadian Identity and including an artmaking activity with materials easily accessible from home. 

March 23: Learn more about common scams and financial frauds and how to protect yourself at this informative session hosted by UofT’s Investor Protection Clinic. 

March 23 & 24: Join Global Chatter Hour to connect with other international students, facilitated by CIE’s International Student Experience Ambassadors.  

March 24: Learn more about filing your Canadian income taxes as an international student. 

March 24: Hear from UofT alumnus Edmund Koh, President of UBS Asia Pacific on global citizenship and perspectives during this month’s “An International Conversation with” session. 

March 25: See if you have what it takes to help your team solve a virtual escape room